Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is hard to avoid during early February. For a few weeks during the coldest part of winter, pink hearts, chocolates and romantic comedies are all but impossible to escape. For those who want to break the mold and avoid overpriced Valentine's Day dinners, standard-issue gifts of flowers and jewelry, or (alternatively) feeling alone for 24 hours, here's a simple solution: take a trip. Restaurants and hotels aren't the only ones offering Valentine's Day specials. Many vacation rentals also offer great deals during this celebration of romance. Whether you travel as a couple or fly solo, nothing answers Valentine's Day's call like complimentary champagne, a good deal and a great view. Here are our picks for a long-weekend escape to either stay away from the Valentine's Day propaganda, or actually enjoy some one-on-one time with someone you love...
1. A Bottle of Bubbly in Bertraghboy Bay
This spacious holiday home in Roundstone, Ireland, has everything you need for a peaceful retreat. It's the perfect size for couples or a small group of friends. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of bubbly when you book a stay for Valentine's Day.
2. A Week of Romance and Warmth
Get cozy by the fire, or uncork a bottle of champagne in the hot tub. This Sevierville rental offers a 3-night package complete with bubbles, or book six nights and get the seventh for free.
3. Champagne and Chocolates in Galloway
Book a 7 night stay for yourself and your loved one, and receive complimentary bottle of champagne and box of handmade chocolates.
4. Champagne and Roses in Kentucky
Enjoy a quietly luxurious retreat in the heart of Kentucky's equestrian region. It may be early for mint juleps and derby hats, but the champagne and roses should help make the weekend memorable.
5. Hartland Haven
This peaceful one-room cottage in Devon offers a relaxing retreat with incredible ocean views and an on-site spa. One reviewer hints that you may even be welcomed with a bottle of bubbly to help you settle in.
6. Mountwood Magic
Book a romantic getaway during Valentine's Day week in this Scottish cabin and save 40%.
7. Luxury L.A. Living
Couples get 2 nights free when they book this condo in early February. Perfect for active vacationers, this unit boasts a convenient location, swimming pool, and tennis courts.
8. Valentine's Day Tango
Buenos Aires is the Tango capital of the world, and this apartment will have you dancing with joy. The last available week in February can be yours at a 15% discount.
9. Make Valentine's Day Special in Missouri
Enjoy your morning coffee looking out over Pointe Royale 7th Tee. This Branson condo has awesome amenities at a price that leaves room for additional Valentine's Day treats.
10. Secluded Serenity
Enjoy a private Valentine's Day away from it all in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.