It’s one of the unfortunate truths about the American calendar: Valentine’s Day arrives on the tail end of a long string of gift-giving, family-appeasing, and heavy-drinking holidays. This year, vow to give your special someone a break. No presents—just a weekend away. Whether you opt for an anti-Valentine’s Day staycation (we've got plenty of ideas for that!) or set forth seeking some much-needed vitamin D, you’re sure to win major points for thoughtfulness. (And if you need extra reason to celebrate, it’s Oregon’s birthday!) Below, we’ve compiled a list of destinations near and far to help jumpstart your planning.
Become a Wine Snob at a Retro Trailer Resort
The Vintages Trailer Resort (Dayton, OR)
If you’re looking for a unique, low-key way to drink barrels of wine in Oregon’s famed wine country, book one of the Vintages Trailer Resort's awesome vintage airstreams and explore more than 110 wineries within 35 miles of the resort. The trailers have all been updated and outfitted with ultra-chic, mid-century furniture—and a few of them even have soaking tubs big enough for you and your honey. Show up and enjoy your complimentary truffles, local sparkling wine, and roses.
Happy Anti-Valentines Day!
Friends with Beer (Downtown Portland)
Enjoy a mini-staycation with friends. And loads of beer. Hotel Monaco serves as home base while you and your friends wander around Zwicklemania—the annual Portland beer fest on February 13 that features over 120 breweries offering samples and tours. Book with Hotel Monaco and enjoy a night at the hotel, a bucket of local craft beer, two pint glasses, and a hair-of-the-dog breakfast with two complimentary Bloody Marys.
More like Stuff-Your Face-With-Chocolate Day
Sunriver Lodge (Sunriver, OR)
Sunriver Resort’s "Month of Chocolate" is for the obsessives. Sign up for the Saturday morning 5K Run for Chocolate, hit up the showcase of local artisan vendors between 10:30am and 3:30pm, then enjoy wine and chocolate pairings in the evening while you paint a ceramic masterpiece to take home as your V-Day memento. Or head out on Sunday evening for a hosted happy hour, four-course dinner, and dancing to the tunes of the Salem Big Band at Sunriver Resort Great Hall.
GET OUTTA TOWN
So Michael Bublé is Your Guilty Pleasure…
Palladian (Downtown Seattle)
Get thee to Seattle for a luxurious night at the swanky Palladian. Book the Bublé Bath Package and enjoy a night in a king spa suite listening to a provided playlist of Michael Bublé, drinking a bottle of Bublés while soaking in a Bublé bath. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, head down to Shaker + Spear, the hotel’s seafood and cocktail bar, for oysters and martinis. Or, for a belated V-Day, book a night between February 5 and April 3 for $191 as a way to say “Cheers to One Year” to the youthful Palladian.
For the DIY Couple
Shack up on Lake Couer D’Alene (Lake Couer D’Alene, Idaho)
Pave your own way and book a vacation rental with Vacasa. This particular spot in Couer D’Alene comes complete with a hot tub and full kitchen—perfect for either a cozy weekend for two, or for a group of friends seeking an epic road trip/cabin combo. The cabin is just on the edge of the Couer D’Alene National Forest, which provides loads of hiking trails and snowshoeing. If skiing is more your speed, Silver Mountain is just an hour away.
Treat Yo’self at the Penthouse
The Edgewater (Seattle Waterfront)
If you’re really looking to live the high life for a weekend, book your stay with the Edgewater (available through February 28). Just show up and settle on in to the penthouse suite, situated on Seattle’s waterfront with sweeping views of the Puget Sound. Arrive to find oysters, chocolates, and wine awaiting your arrival, then you'll head down to the Six Seven Restaurant to enjoy an intimate dinner for two.
WARM UP OUT OF STATE
It Takes Two to Two-Step
Heywood Hotel (Austin, Texas)
There’s nothing more romantic than a surprise trip to sunshine. Soak up the sun with your cutie and enjoy a bottle of bubbly compliments of this 7-room boutique hotel. This comfortable hideout is situated on Austin’s east side, close to dozens of great restaurants and bars—so be sure to check out dining options like the new Italian gem, Juniper, for Valentine’s Day reservations.
The Palm Springs Hotel (Palm Springs, California)
Find a modern romance in the California desert, where temperatures sit at a steady 85 degrees. Just imagine the pure blue skies and warmth on your face as you sit poolside. Snag a quick direct flight on Alaska Airlines and be in sunny California in less than three hours.
V-Day Dessert in the Desert
Hotel Valley Ho (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Head for the desert for some midcentury, retro-chic fun. Get situated in your romantic retro room and then head down to a classic dinner for two at Café Zuzu, where you’ll find special V-Day menu items like a strawberry trifle for two and half bottles of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Vintage 2004. If you’re up for a spa treatment, treat yourself to a decadent massage at the luxurious VH Spa, complete with a chocolate body butter and champagne exfoliation. Splash around in two different pools, a hot tub, and most importantly, some Arizona sunshine.