The cooler temperatures in February mean this is the perfect time to visit the stunningly beautiful city of Sedona, Arizona. This is the perfect trip for anyone that loves the outdoors, as it offers a lot of amazingly scenic hikes and views. If you aren’t the hiking type, you can also rent a fun pink Jeep and head off-road to check out all the sites. The guided tours offered through Pink Jeep Tours will take you through the stunning rock formations in Sedona, including Capitol Butte, Doe Mesa, Chimney Rock and Lizard Head. When you are done exploring the wilderness, relax at the beautiful Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa, or even seek out a psychic to tell you what the future has in store for you and your love. Yes, Sedona happens to have tons of spiritualists in residence here, as the area’s large rock formations are supposed to have special energy and powers.
Take advantage of the lower gas prices and drive into Colorado Springs for a wonderful trip that is great for the whole family. In addition to the beautiful mountains that surround the city, you’ll find plenty of great activities for everyone. Check out the Air Force Academy and the Olympic Training Center, where you can get tours and learn more about the historic events that have all happened in these locations. You can go for a hike in the Garden of the Gods to catch the towering red rock formations, or wander into Manitou Springs to check out the amazing food and adorable shops, as you can easily spend hours just perusing this lovely little town. The best part? Visiting any of these locations is totally free, which leaves you more money for a special hotel—like the famous Broadmoor Hotel or Cheyenne Mountain Resort—for the two nights that you’ll be in Colorado Springs.
If you are a fan of live music, who loves discovering new sounds and learning about up-and-coming musicians, then bring your sweetie to Austin, Texas. This southern city is often considered the “live music capital of the world.” Of course, the dining in Austin is also something worth visiting on its own, as there are tons of amazing local barbecue joints, chop houses and more. Or you can visit the growing international cuisine scene in Austin—there are plenty of romantic European bistros and other spots to escape for a special meal. Make sure to save some time to wander down 6th Street to experience the Austin talent at it’s best. Lots of bars and live music venues line the street, as music-loving fans wander from bar to bar checking out all the incredible talent. When you are ready to wind-down from a busy day, retire to a beautiful, historic room at the Driskill or enjoy a bite to eat at its 1886 Café and Bakery.
Visit a whole town dedicated to history. You can walk in the very same footsteps of the founding fathers and teach your children all about American history by visiting many of the same locations in which historical events took place. A trip to Colonial Williamsburg is perfect for the whole family, though it’s just as fun for the adults as it is for the kids. It’s like a theme park for history fans. If you are visiting without the kids, you may also want to make a stop at the Williamsburg Winery, where you and your date can enjoy some tastings of several local wines in a beautiful and romantic atmosphere. When you find yourself exhausted from a day packed with learning about American history, retire to a beautiful room at the nearby Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel for a delicious meal and a soak in the large pool, or just sleep it off and get ready for another day of adventure.
If you’re in the North East, then a romantic getaway to Kennebunkport, Maine is the perfect escape for the long Valentine’s Day weekend. It’s pure, romantic bliss in a beach-side city filled with fresh lobster, quaint shopping and quiet beaches. Spend some time strolling around Dock Square, getting lost in all the different boutique shops, bakeries and restaurants. Or head out to Walker’s Point, where you can enjoy a truly breathtaking view of the coastline and you may even get a sighting of one of the Bush family, as this is near the Bush family summer home. However, if a relaxing beach is what you seek, then Gooch’s Beach is the place to be. Make sure to check the tide report before you visit, as the cold winter months can be dicey. However, if you luck into a warm and low-wind day, you’ll love this gorgeous beach and all the surrounding scenery. After you’ve spent enough time exploring Kennebunkport, retire to a cozy room at the Captain Lord Mansion Inn and Spa.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.