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Where to Have a Romantic Retreat This Valentine’s Day

Chefs Cottage Fire Pit

It’s time to plan a special trip to celebrate Valentine’s Day together, even if this year’s destination is just a few hours away.

Travel may have changed in 2020, but getting away together is still a great way to celebrate the holiday and experience the intimacy of exploring a new locale or returning to a favorite destination. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the benefits of a trip together, and the fun starts with the planning.

We’ve taken a look around the U.S. from east to west and north to south to come up with ideas that will offer romance and a change of pace for couples with tastes ranging from warm weather relaxation to wintery excitement. Big cities, small towns, wine country, and destination resorts are all options for a Valentine’s Day trip.

Sonoma County, California

Wine lovers can’t miss with a trip to northern California’s wine country, for visits to tasting rooms, delicious dinners prepared with farm fresh local ingredients, and drives among rolling hills and picturesque vineyards. More than 400 wineries, 60 miles of coastline, and nearly 50 miles from north to south provide much to see and do. Wine might be at the top of the list, but Sonoma is also home to breweries and distilleries for a change of pace. Drive along the coast, bike through rows of grapevines, or stop at a farmers’ market for ripe fruit and locally made cheese. At the recently renovated MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa in the town of Sonoma, you can book the Chef’s Cottage with a cozy wood burning fireplace and private patio, firepit, and outdoor shower.

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MacArthur Place will be closed for hotel stays, spa treatments and dining through February 11, per state and county stay at home orders.