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Whether you are in a new relationship or have been married for decades, time spent together is important to keep the relationship alive. It is easy, after all, to grow apart, easing into complacency. You have full time jobs, kids and parents to care for, and other commitments that force you to put your own needs on the back burner. Professionals will tell you the way to rekindle and strengthen your relationship is to spend quality time together—relearning communication skills. What better way than to plan a valentine getaway for two?
Close to Home
If you can’t take time to go far, many local hotels have Valentine’s Day specials. The Hotel Monaco has two romance packages. Their Don’t Come A Knockin’, (kind of reminds you of the 70s) package, includes fuzzy handcuffs! If that’s a bit risque, they offer the Wine Me, Dine Me romance package that includes a daily $50 food and beverage credit, to dine in style, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne or cider delivered to your room.
Not to be outdone, The Peery Hotel offers a romance package that includes a 30 minute carriage ride through downtown Salt Lake, a $50 food credit to the Macaroni Grill and champagne or cider delivered to your room.
These are within walking distance of at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, where African Drums will be playing February 12, the Capitol Theatre where you can watch Ballet West’s Sleeping Beauty or Abravenel Hall where guest pianist Joyce Yang will perform Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale, Shostakovich’s, Piano Concerto No. 1 and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra with the Utah Symphony on February 12. If a little violence stirs your blood, there’s always Confrontation at the Complex.
Up North, you’ll find The Alaskan Inn Bed & Breakfast. Located up Ogden Canyon is a tranquil property with arctic-inspired themed suites and cabins. Their package, “Rest & Romance” includes fresh rose petals leading from door to bedroom, 6 Roses in a vase or a medium treat basket (popcorn and movie treats) and 6 chocolate covered strawberries, and an in-room massage for two. Heaven.
If you’d rather have a ski weekend, Park City’s Goldener Hirsch Inn has recently undergone a complete renovation of all 20 rooms and suites along with many of the common areas. All guest rooms  offer the finest in travertine showers and sunken bathtubs. Most have private balconies and wood burning fireplaces. Their two night ski package includes two or more night’s lodging, two full day ski passes at Deer Valley, per person and a daily European breakfast buffet each morning. If your muscles get sore from all that skiing, you can order up an in room couples massage.
Road Trip
Cedar City offers romance at the bed and breakfast—The Garden Cottage. In keeping with the name, the cottage is surrounded by gardens and the names of rooms, the flowers within. You can reserve the Rose Room, Hollyhock Room, and Lilac Room, to name just a few.  They offer A delicious full breakfast served on fine china each morning at 8:30 with savories and sweets is quiche, fruit, home-baked breads, juice or smoothies, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and hot cider. Normally, closed for the winter, they open for the weekend of February 4th and 5th for the performance of Love Letters—a fund raiser for the Shakespeare Festival.
Further South, St. George and Mesquite has many properties that could claim romance (see Leaving Winter Behind, December Utah Boomers Magazine). Famous for spas, golf, hiking, there is no shortage of getaway potential.
Short Flight Away
If Bora Bora is out of the question and your idea of romance is being near the ocean, there are plenty of quick getaways—just a short flight away.
Twenty-five miles northwest of Seattle is Widbey Island. This seaside hamlet complete with bookstores, art galleries, specialty food shops, and unique boutiques has something for every traveler. The Inn at Langley offers a weekend retreat that includes two nights in a waterfront guest room, a six course inner for two, bottle of wine and a steam bath and two sixty-minute massages at Spa Essencia. Every oversized guestroom features epic 180-degree waterfront views, creating a personal refuge with its use of space, oversized jetted tub and fireplace.
One hour north of San Francisco is a quaint village of Inverness. Manka’s Inverness Lodge has been voted one of the top 50 most romantic getaways. Located on the shore of Tomales Bay amidst white cliffs, 80,000 acres of parkland, pristine beaches, ridges forested in douglas fir, laurel, and redwoods. Miles of trails give hikers and bikers freedom to find their own hidden spot. Two thousand acres of Audubon Nature Reserve. The numerous beaches provide for swimming, surfing, kayaking, and relaxing in the dunes. Dramatic scenery, whale watching, horseback riding.  Frommers review calls it terribly romantic in a Jack London-ish sort of way, and tastefully done.
If these locations don’t offer enough water, you can take a quick 3 or 4 night Baja cruise from ports of call in Long Beach or San Diego. Cabo San Lucas, a once sleepy fishing town located on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, into one of the most popular resort destinations in Mexico. Rolling sand dunes and hidden coves dot a countryside ringed by some of the most famous and often-photographed rock formations in the world. These short cruises are quite inexpensive and provide solitude and romance galore.
So, we’ve provided some options—the rest is up to you. Enjoy!

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