If you're tired of the traditional dinner and a movie, surprise your loved one with something different this Valentine's Day. A weekend getaway is the perfect way to escape your daily responsibilities and explore a new place. These destinations are hidden treasures with scenic views and sustainable practices. Leave the candy hearts at home and book your trip today.
Fireside Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Fireside Resort is made up of 23 rustic cabins in Jackson Hole. Ski and snowboard at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or take a hike through Grand Teton National Park. Fireside Resort has winter packages with special deals for guests. The Getaway Package includes two lift tickets and discounts on a Jeep rental along with your ski/snowboard rental. If you plan on staying for a longer time, The Powder Escape package might be your best bet.
The Inn at Westwynd Farm in Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Inn at Westwynd Farm is off the beaten path on an equestrian farm. Guests can enjoy a cozy night with a glass of wine by the fireplace. If you still need chocolate to make your Valentine's Day complete, this hotel is only a three minute drive from Hersheypark. Explore the inn's special vacation packages to get tickets for Hersheypark and choose the best weekend getaway for you. The For My Special Love package even includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Sewall House in Island Falls, Maine
If you want to get in touch with your inner yogi, book your getaway at Sewall House. Located in northern Maine, this house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sewall House has breathtaking scenery and offers yoga, meditation and plain old porch sitting. The yoga classes are small and personalized, so you don't need any prior experience before participating. The resort serves vegetarian dishes, in line with traditional yoga values and respect for the planet.
Park Lane Guest House in Austin, Texas
Just a quick walk from downtown Austin, Park Lane Guest House is a hidden treasure. This bed and breakfast is a self-proclaimed urban eco-oasis. With private cottages, a swimming pool, outdoor showers and massage therapy, this guest house will give you the perfect weekend escape. The menu includes organic, vegetarian dishes including fresh eggs from their hens. The cottages are solar-powered, and the tap water is filtered through a Brita pitcher to reduce the use of plastic water bottles.
Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California
The Post Ranch Inn is the only hotel in Big Sur with an ocean view. Sitting 1,200 feet above sea level, this inn embraces its natural surroundings and has a focus on sustainability. Guests are transported in a hybrid vehicle, and water is served in renewable glass bottles. In 2009, the Post Ranch Inn even turned on a 990-panel solar array. Looking for more romance? Activities for guests include yoga and meditation classes, nature hikes, garden tours and nightly star gazing on the deck.
The Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California
Relax on the Northern California coast at the Stanford Inn by the Sea. If you're looking to escape reality, Stanford Inn by the Sea offers special packages such as a Healing Yoga Package or a Vegan Cooking Package. The inn focuses on sustainable practices by providing an electric car charging station and serving vegan, organic foods from the garden. Take your loved one to the spa and wellness center, or go for a romantic bike ride together and explore the California coast.
The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia
Relax on the wrap-around porch at the Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast in historic Virginia. The inn is only six blocks from trails along Blackwater Creek and the James River that are perfect for hiking or biking. The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast became the first certified green lodging facility in Lynchburg by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality while still keeping its character. The owners even installed energy-efficient windows behind the original windows to preserve the exterior appearance of the hotel.
Maple Hill Manor in Springfield, Kentucky
The Maple Hill Manor is one of the preserved antebellum homes in Kentucky. This historic bed and breakfast is walking distance from downtown, and it strives to provide a luxury experience while being eco-friendly. With its Triple-Leaf Green Lodging Certification, Maple Leaf Manor has proved its commitment to giving back. Daily practices include composting kitchen scraps and coffee waste, along with using low-flow toilets and opening windows in place of using air conditioning. Guests can tour nearby Civil War sites, shop the antique stores and visit the on-site alpaca farm.
Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina
Proximity Hotel in Greensboro was the first certified LEED Platinum hotel in the United States. This hotel uses solar panels to heat water and geothermal energy to power refrigeration equipment. Proximity Hotel has a European-style bistro with an elegant outdoor dining area. Ask about the Sustainable Romance Package, which includes a bottle of wine and breakfast in bed. The Love Me Tender Package includes a night in the Loft King Room and homemade chocolate truffles.
Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray, Colorado
If you're looking for a winter adventure, Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is for you. Guests can enjoy traditional winter activities including ice climbing, ice skating, skiing and sledding, or they can relax in hot springs hot tubs. Each hot tub has a 360-degree view of the Colorado Mountains, and the water is warmed naturally from the earth using geothermal energy. Geothermal resources have allowed the lodge to reduce its natural gas usage by 70% in the past four years. Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is open all year long.