Want a romance-filled escape with your special someone this Valentine’s Day that doesn’t blow the budget? There are plenty of places close to home that offer all the charm and enchantment without a hefty price tag.
From exciting urban getaways to relaxing beach retreats, we’ve rounded up some of the most affordable places to celebrate the upcoming holiday. In addition to budget-friendly accommodations, each of the destinations on our list have a variety of award-winning cuisine to choose from. We’ve included restaurant options for every price range, so you can treat your sweetie to a nice meal during your trip.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, book your trip now to avoid the panic of scrambling for last-minute plans. Who knows? You might even want to make a visit to one of these places your annual tradition…
Kansas City, MO | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $875
This February, stay in a spacious home in the heart of Kansas City for less than $900 per week. Straddling the Missouri-Kansas border, this friendly Midwest city is an inviting metropolis for visitors all year-long.
Kansas City has much to offer: delectable barbeque, lively jazz music and a loyal sports scene. Spend a day strolling from fountain to fountain, stopping to snap photos and browse local shops along the way. With more than 200 fountains throughout Kansas City, they’re not hard to find. Once the sun goes down, the 18th & Vine Jazz District comes alive with the sounds of swing and jazz music emanating from the clubs.
“The artist scene in Kansas City is alive and vibrant. Now couple that with Jazz and it’s on fire!” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: West Bottoms Kitchen (1623 Genessee St, Kansas City, MO 64102)
Moderate: Gram & Dun (600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64112)
Splurge: Bluestem (900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111)
Hudson, NY | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $816
Book a trip to Hudson and you’ll have everything you need for a romantic getaway: access to fabulous restaurants, a cozy place to stay, fun attractions and more. Visiting in February will also save you some cash that you can put towards an extravagant dinner or an extra dozen roses.
This urban gem has a spirited downtown and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. For breathtaking views, head down to the riverfront for a cruise along the Hudson River. If you fancy history, tour the grounds of the Olana State Historic Site. Just make sure to leave time at the end of the day to bar hop down Warren Street.
“I loved it so much, I told my parents about it and THEY went. This is definitely a photogenic place all year round!” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: Red Dot Restaurant and Bar (321 Warren St, 12534 Hudson, NY)
Moderate: Swoon Kitchenbar (340 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534)
Splurge: The Crimson Sparrow (746 Warren Street, Hudson, NY)
Colorado Springs, CO | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $795
Affordable rental prices and a variety of dining options make Colorado Springs an easy choice for a great getaway.
Inhale the crisp mountain air on a hike at Seven Falls, or snap a selfie with the Garden of the Gods as your backdrop. Walk around the Old Colorado City Historic District for a couple of hours, or treat yourself to tea in the castle at Glen Eyrie. With so many things to do, one thing’s certain: your dinner will be well-deserved.
“You cannot describe this place to people, you have to show them. The big, honkin’ red rock formations are stunning.” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: King’s Chef Diner (131 E Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)
Moderate: Pizzeria Rustica (2527 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904)
Splurge: Carlos’ Bistro (1025 S 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904)
Mesa, AZ | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $758
Looking to heat things up for Valentine’s Day? Head to Mesa where temperatures typically climb into the 70s, even in February. While temperatures remain steady even in the winter, rental prices drop, making Mesa a great place to go.
As if Valentine’s Day wasn’t a good enough excuse to treat yourself to a nice dinner out, you’ll earn it after a day exploring the spectacular Sonoran Desert landscape and surrounding mountains. Mesa is a place where one-of-a-kind opportunities for outdoor recreation are always at your fingertips, while fabulous arts and cultural attractions can also be found in this vibrant urban setting.
“When you start leaving the city, I felt and you can see the transition to the raw nature and awesomeness of the area and the mountain as you approach it. Once you enter the park it’s all a nature-lover could want.” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: Inside the Bungalow (48 N Robson Mesa, Arizona)
Moderate: Red White and Brew (6740 E McDowell Rd #102, Mesa, AZ 85215)
Splurge: Steak and Stone of Mesa (2613 N Thunderbird Cir, Mesa, AZ 85215)
Charlotte, NC | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $751
Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte has energetic nightlife, a refreshing arts and cultural scene and vacation homes that will have you wishing you could stay longer. The best part? You can visit this North Carolina hotspot without breaking the bank.
Known for its high-octane racing, a morning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an absolute must. You don’t have to be a NASCAR aficionado to appreciate the interactive exhibits, simulator rides, and special events found here. In the evening, do an early dinner before catching a show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Whether you’re in the mood for cosmopolitan art, a casual stroll or charming southern history, Charlotte has it all.
“For a grand night out in Uptown Charlotte – enjoy the Arts – a musical, opera, jazz in a great setting!” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: Harper’s Restaurant SouthPark (Sharon Corners, 6518 Fairview Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210)
Moderate: The King’s Kitchen & Bakery (129 W Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Splurge: Bonterra Dining & Wine Room (1829 Cleveland Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203)
Oakland, CA | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $700
Looking for a reason to visit Oakland? Oakland offers picturesque views of San Francisco Bay, convenient access to nearby San Francisco, and is a more budget-friendly choice when planning a trip to Northern California.
With a growing number of hip restaurants and bars, cool music venues and recreational opportunities, there’s no shortage of things to do in Oakland. Wander around the Oakland Museum of California to learn about the surrounding environment, or experience it for yourself by hiking among giant redwoods at Redwood Regional Park. As daylight hours wane, head to the Tilden Nature Area to catch the sunset over the bay before dinner.
“Hike, swim, ride a steam train, and see great views of the bay! No matter your age or fitness level, there is something to enjoy at Tilden.” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: Burma Superstar (4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609)
Moderate: Chop Bar (247 4th St, Oakland, CA 94607)
Splurge: Camino (3917 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610)
Rochester, MN | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $671
Whether you’re cozying up in the comfort of your rental or hopping from restaurant to restaurant downtown, Rochester has the perfect recipe for a memorable Valentine’s Day.
Home of the renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester is a place that’s attracted some of the most innovative minds in science and medicine, and much of what the city offers can be traced back to these roots. The Plummer House and Mayowood Mansion, for example, are historic buildings that are beautiful both inside and out and contain early artifacts from the Mayo Clinic’s history. Bundle up for a walk around Quarry Hill Nature Center or hit the spa for a relaxing couple’s massage.
“I love this place. It never fails me.” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: Grand Rounds Brewing Company (4 3rd Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902)
Moderate: Twigs Tavern and Grille (401 6th Street Southwest, Rochester , Minnesota 55902)
Splurge: Victoria’s Restaurant and Wine Bar (7 1st Ave SW Downtown Rochester, MN)
Pittsburgh, PA | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $513
Pittsburgh, the picturesque “City of Bridges”, continues to emerge as a popular destination because it offers affordable accommodations, friendly locals, great restaurants, and riverfront attractions. Book an urban getaway here for less than $550 per week and discover what makes this city so special.
Tour as many of the 90 neighborhoods that make up Pittsburgh and discover what makes the city so unique. You’ll find incredible architecture, amazing shopping and great pride as you go. If you fancy art, a trip to the Andy Warhol Museum never disappoints. Before you leave, get a bird’s eye view of the city and its skyline from Mt. Washington.
“What a view of the city. It’s a place to go that doesn’t cost a penny and you’ll walk away in awe of the city. It’s beautiful day or night but night time is special.” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: The Porch at Schenley (221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)
Moderate: Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room (139 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)
Splurge: The Commoner (458 Strawberry Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15219)
Lafayette, LA | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $352
With an average weekly rental rate of $352 per week, Lafayette is one of the most affordable places on our list to vacation with your loved one this February.
This destination is tucked into the heart of Cajun country and will surely add some spice to your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Voted the Tastiest Town in the South, indulge in flavorful po’boys, fresh Gulf seafood, slow-cooked meats and more. When you need a break from food, step back in time and explore the historic Acadian Village or hit the shops at the Jefferson Street Market.
“Thoroughly enjoyed strolling around at my own pace soaking up the history of days gone by!” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: Tsunami Sushi (412 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501)
Moderate: Prejean’s (3480 N.E. Evangeline Thrwy (I-49), Lafayette, LA 70507)
Splurge: Ruffino’s on the River (921 Camellia Boulevard, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508)
Pensacola, FL | Avg. Weekly Rate in February: $326
During the winter months, Pensacola’s daily temperature dips…and so do the rates of most vacation homes in the area. Stay on the bay or just a short drive from the beach and celebrate Valentine’s Day down south this year.
Make yourself comfortable on the sugar-white sandy shores of Pensacola listening to the rhythmic crash of waves. When you’re ready for a relief from the sun, dive into the area’s proud military heritage showcased at local museums and parks, or explore downtown on foot. Pensacola is ideal for couples looking for a relaxing getaway.
“This secluded beach is stunning. Filled with beautiful sea birds, seashells, and a panoramic ocean view that extends forever, you’ll find everything you need for a relaxing/energizing stroll.” – TripAdvisor Traveler
Affordable: Seville Quarter (130 East Government Street, Pensacola, FL 32502)
Moderate: Carmen’s Lunch Bar (407-B South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502)
Splurge: Jackson’s Steakhouse (400 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502)