This year Valentine’s Day falls on a long weekend. It’s a perfect excuse to get your loved one out of the city for a little romance, flirtation and fun. Though it may be easy to take them for a quick trip up to the cottage or a Niagara weekend, why not be spontaneous and adventurous – explore the oldest city in North America, get wild in a winter wonderland, dine on gourmet meals prepared by a top chef and relax with a spa treatment. Here are some romantic retreats that will have your sweetheart smitten.
Auberge Saint Antoine, Quebec City
A trip to Paris would be exciting, chic and oh la-la expensive! But there is no need to go that far. Take a stroll in Quebec City and you will feel like you are in a charming European city. Steeped in history, filled with beautiful boutiques, delectable dining and options for so many winter activities it is an ideal spot for sparks to fly.
The award-winning Auberge Saint-Antoine located in the heart of Old Quebec is offering an exclusive Valentine package that includes champagne, chocolate a 5 course gourmet meal and 5 star service in one of their elegant rooms. Whether you chose to go for Valentine’s or another time this inn offers comfort, history and culture.
A unique hotel – museum, Auberge Saint Antoine is a window into the past. Hundreds of artifacts were discovered during an archaeological dig on the property and now line the walls. Perched on the shore of the St Lawrence River and steps away from Place Royale, Musee de la civilization and the bustling streets filled with quaint shops it is the perfect location to explore Quebec City. Dining at the Auberge is fantastic with the four-diamond Panache on site. Everything on the menu from brunch, to five course dinners, to room service is exquisite. But wait, there is more, the concierge can help you set up daytime activities like GO Helico, helicopter tours of the city, Aventure Nord-Bec dog sledding adventures, cross country skiing on the Plains of Abraham, or ice skating at Place D’Youville.
This little jaunt to Quebec will have you and your honey filled with l’amour.
The Lodge at Glendorn, Pennsylvania
If a romantic retreat means leaving the city and hustle and bustle behind, then you may want to indulge in an outdoor adventure. Just a 3 and a half hour drive from Toronto there is a magical place bordering the Allegheny Mountains. For couples that want a secluded rustic feeling of a log cabin in the woods, perfect for outdoor exploring by day and cozying up to a fire by night.
The Lodge at Glendorn nestled in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania is reminiscent of the grand family retreats of long ago. It offers 16 distinct luxury cabins surrounded by bubbling brooks, forests full of deer and rabbits, along with breathtaking views and vistas.
The cabins are all furnished with monogrammed fine linens, cable TV, fireplaces, shelves stacked with books, complimentary tea, coffee and to die for homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Open your front door to a winter playground. Glendorn offers everything you can think of; snowshoe or cross country ski the many trails on this 1500 acre property, toboggan down one of the hills, try your luck at ice fishing, throw on some skates to take a twirl around on Skipper lake, snowmobile to explore the entire property, take a shot at skeet shooting and end the night toasting marshmallows while singing around a bonfire.
Does it sound too good to be true? Well, there is more. Foodies will go gaga over chef Joe Schafer’s amazing menu. You can sign up for a one on one cooking class as well as learn about wine pairing. There is also a spa for you to relax and have a deep tissue muscle massage.
This serene resort removed from the city will have you and your loved one feeling pampered, spoiled and one with nature. http://www.glendorn.com/