There’s no question that getting something romantic done on Valentine’s Day proper is extremely nice, but with the 2012 holiday falling on a Tuesday, many Long Islanders may have to schedule a special getaway before or following Feb. 14.
For those who would like to travel a bit to celebrate their better half (but need a flexible date), there are a number of resorts and inns in the nearby northeast that could make that a reasonable reality:
Love is "Inn" the Air Escape at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina
WHERE/ HOW MUCH: 60 Grand St., Niantic, Conn., 860-739-0331, nnharborhill.com, $550-$805 (depending on days and room choice)
The “Nutmeg State” is only a quick drive up I-95 (or a ferry ride) away, and this offer stands as a two-night package that includes a $70 gift certificate for one of four local eateries, a bottle of chilled bubbly and special chocolates waiting in-room, a CD of love songs, a choice of either two hourlong Swedish massages or a 60-minute horse-drawn carriage (or sleigh ride, snow-permitting).
Romance Package at Boston Harbor Hotel
WHERE/ HOW MUCH: Rowes Wharf, Boston, 800-752-7077, bhh.com, starting at $345 nightly per couple
The bustling marina will take care of the outside entertainment while the hotel offers luxury rooms, a full American breakfast, valet parking and bubbly with chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your room.
Winter Romance Package at the Norwich Inn
WHERE/ HOW MUCH: 325 Main St, Norwich, Vermont, 802-649-1143, norwichinn.com, $299 per night
Reservations must be made three days in advance for this deal that includes dinner and breakfast, deluxe rooms and a bottle of sparkling wine, plus chocolate-covered strawberries. (Valid until April 30, 2012)
Two Night Romantic Getaway at the Lyme Inn
WHERE/ HOW MUCH: 1 Market St., Lyme, N.H., 603-795-4824, thelymeinn.com, $459.95
This two-night stay set within a country inn includes a three-course dinner served fireside in its price, as well as a cooked-to-order breakfast both mornings of the visit plus a tray of sweets and a bottle of bubbly. (Valid through March 31, 2012).