Valentine's Day is this weekend and you may or may not have put too much thought into it. If you also get annoyed with the crowds at restaurants and the extremely high expectations that lead up to the holiday, go ahead and book yourself a last minute trip. Whether it is with your loved one or a friend, it's a perfect weekend to get away, and travel always adds special something to the day.
Our not-so-romantic last minute trip is to try out our new snowboards just a couple of hours away in Maggie Valley. It was definitely not one of our better Hotwire Russian Roulette games, ending on a Microtel…. but we still always have a good time just getting away.
Here are a few, more Valentine themed romantic getaways:
Panama City Beach
Yes, it is a little cold to get in the water, but what a perfect way to spend Valentines Day! There are no crowds, the prices are extremely low, it's only about a 5 hour drive, and you can actually enjoy a long walk on the beach on the most romantic night of the year. If you don't want to gamble with Howire, Hotels.com has some great deals for hotels normally $240/night for only $79. With a room that nice, that may be 1 of 2 reasons you won't want to leave ;)
The Great Smokey Mountains
The Smoky Mountains are so beautiful and there are so many great trails. Ideally you would find a cabin, but this can be hard to find on Valentine's weekend. A hotel is still a great option, especially if you book one with an indoor pool and hot tub. Bring warm clothes and be ready to cuddle. Just 3 hours away, this is a great weekend to hike all day, eat a good meal, and warm up with some wine and hot chocolate at the end of the evening.
Things to do in The Great Smoky Mountains
Chattanooga is a great city and only 2 and a 1/2 hours away. It is perfect for a Valentine's getaway because it is a walking city with delicious restaurants, great parks and fun little shops to see along the way. I highly recommend Chattanooga, especially if you have never been there, you will be so pleasantly surprised! Try to stay downtown so you can enjoy walking all over!
When booking your last minute Valentine's getaway checkout these sites for the best deals on hotels: