Romantic getaways: 5 affordable last-minute trip ideas for Valentine's Day

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Romantic getaways: 5 affordable last-minute trip ideas for Valentine's Day
Seaside, Oregon.

Red roses and heart-shaped boxes full of chocolate are nice, but romantic getaways make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience. Before you assume a long weekend will bust your budget, know that it’s possible to curate a cheap romantic getaway.

For those looking to make the most of the holiday that falls in line with Presidents Day weekend, GoBankingRates.com has rounded up these U.S. destinations to explore with your sweetie.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, but it’s much more than a college town. Aside from exploring the campus, stroll hand in hand down Franklin Street, the town’s main drag, for signature Carolina barbecue at Crook’s Corner and The Crunkleton for cocktails and spirits.

Nightly rates at elegant and centrally located The Franklin Hotel are around $200, including taxes and fees.

Manchester, Vermont

The Equinox in Manchester, Vermont.

It doesn’t get more New England-Americana than Manchester. Layer up and head to the Green Mountain State for winter fun at one of the nearby ski resorts like Stratton, Bromley or Magic mountains. When you want to warm up, you can ice skate indoors at Northshire Civic Center’s Riley Rink, take a yoga class or indulge in some romantic R&R with a couples massage at Equinox Spa.

Located just a few miles outside of Manchester is Norman Rockwell Studio & Inn, the former home of artist and illustrator Norman Rockwell. For around $150 a night, guests can enjoy a quaint, tranquil lodging experience in Southern Vermont.

Sante Fe, New Mexico

The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.

Travel to the land of arid air and cacti to visit Santa Fe, N.M. With a thriving food and restaurant scene, Santa Fe is considered a food lover’s paradise and boasts cuisines of all ethnicities and nations. Winter is the time for skiing or snowshoeing, but if you’re looking to spend time indoors, you can take in historic and cultural sites like the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

For $116 a night, you and your valentine can score a room at the 4-star Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza.

Seaside, Oregon

Seaside, Oregon.

Nearly 90 miles away from Portland is the romantic town of Seaside. Nestled on the Oregon coast, Seaside is perhaps most famous for being the end of Lewis and Clark’s trail in their trek across the continent. There’s no shortage of ways to explore Seaside on foot, bike, kayak or skateboard.

When you’re tired of exploring the town’s craft breweries and shopping, you can relax like lovebirds in a nearby Airbnb for just $125 a night.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is the nexus of democracy, but it’s also a destination for history-loving romantics. Centrally located and easily accessible for East Coasters, Washington, D.C., is a budget travel haven as many of its top attractions like the Smithsonian museums and U.S. monuments don’t charge admission. At night, you and your main squeeze can snuggle up by the fire at The Wharf, D.C.’s waterfront development, or eat like a local at Ben’s Chili Bowl, a District institution where you can get a bowl of chili for just $5.95.

Just a nine-minute walk to the White House and an 11-minute walk to the Washington Monument, the J.W. Marriott is in the heart of D.C. For the weekend of Feb. 15-18, the four-star hotel is offering rooms for less than $200, including tax.

The top 100 most romantic places for 2019 just in time for Valentine's D...

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! To help find a perfect dining spot for your and your loved one, Yelp identified restaurants with a large number of reviews mentioning the words “romantic,” “Valentine’s Day” and “date night” and ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning the relevant keywords. Here's what they found, starting off at no. 100 with Dada in Delray, Fla.
99. The Secret Garden Cafe in Occoquan, Va.
98. CUCINA urbana in San Diego, Calif.
97. Azure Restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii
96. Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant in Newport, R.I.
95. L’Auberge Chez Francois - Great Falls, Va.
94.Victoria & Albert’s in Orlando, Fla.
93. Green Valley Grill in Greensboro, N.C.
92. Basi Italia in Columbus, Ohio
91. L’Albatros in Cleveland, Ohio
90. Stanford Grill in Columbia, Md.
89. Royal Taj in Columbia, Md.
88. The Love Apple in Taos, N.M.
87. Mama Carolla’s in Indianapolis, Ind.
86. Social in Fort Collins, Colo.
85. Magnolias in Charleston, SC..
84. Dolce in Omaha, Neb.
83. I Fratellini in Clayton, Mo.
82. Circa 1886 Restaurant in Charleston, S.C.
81. Cafe Lurcat in Minneapolis, M.N.
80.The Rotten Bunch in Austin, Texas
79. Antiquity Restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M.
78. Good Food on Montford in Charlotte, N.C.
77. Street & Co. in Portland, Maine
76. Kaluz Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
75. Le Patio in Wilton Manors, Fla.
74. Eleven Eleven in Saint Louis, Mo.
73. Toro Bravo in Portland, Ore.
72. Ciro’s in Tampa, Fla.
71. The Rabbit Hole in Colorado Springs, Colo.
70. Le Diplomate in Washington, D.C.
69. Soul Gastrolounge in Charlotte, N.C.
68. Cheever’s Cafe in Oklahoma City, Okla.
67. Tidepools in Poipu, Hawaii
66. Amore Ristorante Italiano in Birmingham, Ala.
65. Bida Manda in Raleigh, N.C.
64. Paseo Grill in Oklahoma City, Okla.
63. Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse in Las Vegas, Nev.
62. a Cena Ristorante in Portland, Ore.
61. 21 Great American Bistro in Fairfax, Va.
60. Blue Duck Tavern in Washington, D.C
59. Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, Nev.
58. Second Empire Restaurant And Tavern in Raleigh, N.C.
57. Irene’s in New Orleans, La.
56. Broders’ Pasta Bar in Minneapolis, Minn.
55. Los Andes Restaurant in Providence, R.I.
54. Elizabeth on 37th Street in Savannah, Ga.
53. Odyssey Italian Restaurant in Denver
52. Grampa’s Pizzeria in Madison, Wis.
51. Salty Sow in Austin
50. The Mill House in Waipaku, Hawaii
49. Bliss in San Antonio, Texas
48. Pappas Bros Steakhouse in Houston
47. Marcel in Atlanta
46. Root Down in Denver
45. Oporto Fooding House & Wine in Houston, Texas
44. Colorado Fondue Company in Casselberry, Fla.
43. Orsay in Jacksonville, Fla.
42. Cafe Matisse in Rutherford, N.J.
41. Seito Sushi in Orlando, Fla.
40. Fratellino in Coral Gables, Fla.
39. 5th & Taylor in Nashville
38. Bocado Tapas Wine Bar in Worcester, Mass.
37. The Pink Door in Seattle
36. Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, Fla.
35. Sixty Vines in Plano, Texas
34. Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar in Memphis
33. French Alpine Bistro in La Creperie Du Village in Aspen, Colo.
32. Montalcino Ristorante Italiano in Issaquah, Wash.
31. Cafe Amelie in New Orleans, La.
30. Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa, Hawaii
29. Gracie’s in Providence, RI..
28. The Cuban Restaurant and Bar in Hoboken, N.J.
27. St Martin’s Wine Bistro in Dallas
26. Bella On Houston in San Antonio, Texas
25. Mama’s Fish House in Paia, Hawaii
24. Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia, Pa.
23. La Mer in Honolulu, Hawaii
22. Per Se in New York
21. Pomodoro in Boston
20. Scusca Italian Ristorante in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
19. Cibo in Phoenix
18. Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami
17. Dametra Cafe in Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif.
16. Kokkari Estiatorio in San Francisco
15. Bistrot La Minette in Philadelphia
14. Boucherie West Village in New York
13. Collage Restaurant in Saint Augustine, Fla.
12. Sotto in Cincinnati, Ohio
11. Gary Danko in San Francisco
10. Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill - Dallas
9. Pane & Vino in Miami Beach, Fla.
8. Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery in Boulder, Colo.
7. Canoe in Atlanta
6. The Black Pearl in Dunedin, Fla.
5. Barrique in Venice, Calif.
4. The Blind Rabbit in Anaheim, Calif.
3. Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf in Chicago
2. Cafe Monarch in Scottsdale, Ariz.
1. Penumbra in Chicago

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