Oh God. You almost forgot. Is it possible that Valentines Day is upon us once more?
Not to worry. A few quick calls, maybe a few clicks of the mouse, and you’ll be back on track. Your honey will think you’ve been planning for months.
If your budget doesn’t include pulling out all the stops with a weekend away, but you still want to make a great impression, aim for vintage-style cocktails and dessert in the glass atrium of Zoe’s Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. We recommend the Grand Marnier Crème Brulée and one of Fairmont’s signature drinks, The Sidecar – Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice.
If your wallet is feeling a little more robust, book the hotel’s Celebration Package – room (with upgrade if available), three-course table d’hôte dinner in Wilfrid’s Restaurant, breakfast in your room and late checkout. www.fairmont.com
Should money be no object, dig deep and book a long weekend away at the recently-expanded GoldenEye resort on the north shore of Jamaica. Owned by record producer Chris Blackwell (the names Bob Marley and U2 ring a bell?) the swishy digs are on the former estate of Ian Fleming who penned the James Bond novels. Think: bamboo-framed canopy beds, villas overlooking a bay so startlingly-aqua in hue that it makes your eyes hurt, private outdoor showers and fresh seafood-inspired cuisine to-die-for. If the hit to your wallet is out of the question, it’s still worth nosing around on the website. One can dream, right? www.goldeneye.com
San Francisco, California
The city has that song forever stamped upon it. You know the one. You won’t be there 24 hours before you’ve got a serious earworm and find yourself humming I Left My Heart In San Francisco with Tony Bennett. San Fran is loaded to the gills with romantic possibilities – the city oozes that aura – ride the cable cars (“halfway to the stars . . .”), take a Bay cruise while the fog rolls in, raid Ghiradelli Chocolate for samples and desserts, and nosh your way through artisanal food booths at the Ferry Building Marketplace. The boutique, waterfront Hotel Griffon is just a block away. Book the Romance Package that includes deluxe room, champagne and strawberries, complimentary town car service and late check out. www.hotelgriffon.com
Now that the Super Bowl hoo-hah has settled down, the market is wide open for romantics to return to town. The Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas serves a well-heeled, boomer clientele, including the first full service spa in the worldwide Four Seasons chain. Ranked as one of the leading golf resorts in the country, resort guests can swing a club, enrol in the fitness golf program and then take a place on the massage table for The Spa’s unique golf massage, where heated golf balls are rolled over tired muscles (think hot stone massage with a rounder, dimpled twist).www.fourseasons.com
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Josephine Matyas is an award-winning freelance writer with a jonesing for travel, and a passion for the outdoors, food and photography. Her modus operandi is to quickly toss the map out the window once she hits the road.
Located: Kingston Canada
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