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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Romantic Travel Tip Series

Words by Jennifer Stein
Words by Autumn Millhouse

As part of my romantic travel tip series, my goal is to add value and romance to your destination, wherever that may be. Whether you are two are seeking the sun at a tropical beach side location or looking to hideaway in a rustic cabin resort, these tips, suggestions and travel advice will allow you plan and enjoy a truly romantic travel experience.

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This time of the year, is the perfect time to relish in the endless romantic travel possibilities. One sexy way to maximize your dollars while traveling is by booking a romantic package. Many boutique hotels and resorts, ranging in star ratings, amenities and size, offer romantic packages during the month of February. Most romantic packages include heartfelt seductive additions to the purchase of your accommodations. For example, some of the embellishments include couples massages, rose pedal-filled beds, dinner reservations, massage oils and often a bottle of bubbles on ice upon your arrival. Securing an irresistible getaway will be guaranteed.
As a romantic travel writer, here are some of my favorite romance packages for the month of February.

Sedona: Healing Spa Weekend

Discover the healing power of Sedona for a romantic spa weekend away amidst the spectacular red rock desert and breathtaking Arizona sunsets. Known for their vortexes, spiraling spiritual energy, Sedona is thought of as a Native American spiritual center perfect for facilitating meditation, healing and prayer. Enchantment is a luxurious adobe-style resort that embraces the Southwestern landscape and the Native America culture for a harmonic experience. Enjoy their Suite Romance Package that is a plethora of heartfelt amenities including a romance gift upon arrival (candles, CD, body oil, etc.), 60 minutes of spa services, Valentine’s Day dinner and complimentary actives such as Lana & David’s relationship workshop, chocolate cooking demonstrations, sweetheart yoga, aura soma readings and star gazing. Did I mention that you can also use the tennis courts and mountain bikes? Need I say more?

Napa Valley: Wine Country Romance

Love with all of your heart and soul in Napa valley. Cherish your time together at Auberge du Soleil, the quintessential wine country inn perched above the valley. Auberge du Soleil has created the ultimate Valentine's package. This package is inclusive of a one or two night stay in a Garden View King Room. Plus a special 6-course Chef’s tasting Menu at our Michelin starred Restaurant. Return to your room to find the fireplace lit, romantic music turned on and candlelight filling the room. We are also including "Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider's Guide for Couples". This charming book is a must for couples hoping for romance in the Napa Valley. Also a bottle of sparkling and chocolate covered strawberries will be delivered to your room upon your arrival. Much more is included…
Lake Tahoe: SnowBoarding

Winter wonderland perfectly describes the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe. Nestled away in the hillside, and delicately covered in snow during the winter months it’s a seductive boutique hotel for a romantic haven. Spend your days learning the art of shredding by taking snowboarding lessons with Squaw Valley USA ( Spend your evening hours either in the outdoor hot tubs soaking your sore muscles or at the modern resort lounge sipping Hottie Totties. Hint: Hit the slopes mid-week to take advantage of amazing mid-week rates or get a group of couples together to take advantage of the More the Merrier Package, where you get four rooms for the price of three.
For more on Autumn Millhouse and her book Romantic Napa Valley, An Insider’s Guide for Couples, click here.
Autumn Millhouse is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in wine, food and romantic getaways. She is also an international trekker who has wined and dined across the globe from Barcelona to Beijing . A self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic” and author of Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, Autumn also has a bi-monthly column called "Love Vines" published in Napa Valley Life Magazine. She resides in Napa Valley where she cultivates her wine and food relationships with top chefs, winemakers and a slew of other foodies. Besides, sniffing, swirling and sipping wine daily, Autumn is currently working on her next travel book Romantic Sonoma Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples.

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