For some, Valentine’s Day is about romance, gifts, roses, candlelight, and expensive dinners. It’s that one special day a year where you shower your significant other with love, adoration, and tokens of affection.
But what if you’re single?
Spending “V-Day” solo doesn’t mean you should Havisham around the house in your pajamas. Take the opportunity to treat yourself instead.
With the cost of airline travel reaching all-time lows, you should pack a bag and grab a single friend or two (or that pal who can’t stand their spouse), and go celebrate the fact that you haven’t gotten tied down by “the one” yet — with a weekend away.
As always, Yahoo Travel has got your back, and we’ve pulled together a list of the best places for singles to visit this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Love is always in the air on Bourbon Street … it’s just a different kind of love. (Photo: iStock)
New Orleans, La.
New Orleans is a year-round party city known for its 24-hour nightlife, vibrant music scene, and spectacular cuisine. This year, the Loews Hotel New Orleans is offering singles who want to mingle a couple of amazing Valentine’s Day weekend package options. Its A Spirited Stay package includes two nights’ accommodation, welcome cocktails at the Swizzle Stick Bar, a wine-tasting at the Wine Institute of New Orleans, a copy of the book “In the Land of Cocktails,” a “concierge recovery kit,” 10% off spa services, and late checkout, so you have extra time to recover. Alternatively, the Girlfriends Getaway package includes a two-night stay, welcome cocktails, in-room cocktail-making amenities, a “concierge recovery kit,” and late checkout. Rates start at $239 per night.
Get your hot single bod into a bikini and head to Cabo. (Photo: Hilton Los Cabos)
Los Cabos, Mexico
From December to March, humpback whales migrate south from the cold of the Bering Sea to the warmer waters of the Baja Peninsula, and they can easily be seen chilling off the coast of Los Cabos. For a truly thrilling experience, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort is offering guests the opportunity to take a whale-watching excursion where they can get up close and personal with these magnificent beasts. The Whale Photo Safari Package includes a two-and-a-half-hour whale-watching experience with a speed boat trip to the local calving area with marine mammal experts on hand, daily breakfast buffet during your stay, and access to all other hotel amenities. Rates start at $377 a night, with a three-night minimum.
Have a gaggle of pals? Head to Turks and Caicos. (Photo: Grace Bay Club)
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
If you’re planning to spend Valentine’s Day with a big group of friends, the newly built beachfront villas, The Residences at the Grace Bay Club should be high up on your list of possible destinations. These ultra-private, beautifully designed five-bedroom houses have direct access to the Grace Bay beach club and offer their own personal concierges, stunning ocean views, their own infinity pools and 6,400 feet of indoor-outdoor living space that can sleep as many as 12 guests. It’s steeply priced at $3,500 a night. But if you have twelve friends, the price works out to less than $300 per person a night.
A gorgeous getaway in the heart of Los Angeles. (Photo: iStock)
Marina Del Rey, Calif.
For an action-packed Valentine’s Day weekend of outdoor activities, look no further than the Marina Del Rey Hotel, a hidden gem of a property with an amazing waterfront location overlooking L.A.’s spectacular marina. Wake up to the sound of sea lions barking, enjoy breakfast al fresco with a view of the sail boats, and spend the day on the water — kayaking, paddle boarding, yachting — or simply lounging round the pool. At night, enjoy the impressive fare served up by the hotel restaurant, Salt, or head out to one of the many local bars. Rooms start at $318 a night.
Bourbon beats champagne any day of the week here. (Photo: Maker’s Mark)
Instead of chocolates and champagne for Valentine’s Day this year, how about bourbon? You can learn all about it at the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Ky., a family-owned and operated distillery that has been making the brown stuff the same way for more than 60 years. Visitors get a hands-on experience of the production process, including the chance to taste the product and even make their own bottle of Maker’s Mark, with its signature red wax embellishment. Stay in nearby Louisville, which is just an hour’s drive north. The magnificent and historic The Brown Hotel has rooms available starting at $231 a night.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the way the founders of our great country intended …. in the Mall of America. (Photo: iStock)
For the ultimate girls’ weekend, you need cocktails, spa treatments, and shopping. The Radisson Blu Mall of America can give you all these things and more with its Girlfriends Getaway Package. The hotel is conveniently attached to the country’s largest shopping mall, giving you easy access to the 500-plus stores. The package includes welcome cocktails, a Mall of America coupon book with up to $1,195 in deals, complimentary purchase pickup from anywhere inside the mall, and late checkout. Alternatively, there’s the Girlfriends Spa Package, which includes overnight accommodations and a choice of two Solamar Mani-pedis or two 60-minute massages. Rates start at $199 a night for the Getaway Package and $329 for the Spa Package.
Hit the slopes in Tahoe this V-Day. (Photo: Resort at Squaw Creek/Facebook)
Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Valentine’s Day this year is coinciding with an incredible El Nino weather blessing that is dumping snow on ski resorts across the west coast. Tahoe has seen a season total of over 244 inches so far. Take advantage of this freak weather and Valentine’s Day weekend by getting together a group of friends for a weekend of platonic love.
The Resort at Squaw Creek is offering an El Nino special where you can receive 30% off room rates if you book four or more nights. When you aren’t carving up the mountain, you can relax in the resort’s spa, check out one of the six on-property restaurants, or just retire with a drink beside the fireplace in your room.
Get serious about being single in Chicago. (Photo: iStock)
The Thompson Chicago has decided to celebrate single status by branding Feb. 14 as Singles Awareness Day and offering a special package to mark the occasion. Guests can indulge with a two-night stay, cocktails at the award-winning Nico Osteria, a $50 food and beverage credit, grab-n-go breakfast, an Instagram photo shoot, and a personal dating profile curation session. Rates start at $298 a night with a two-night minimum.
Beer lovers might prefer the Beercation Package on offer at the upscale JW Marriott Chicago, which includes in-room welcome beer selection of Lagunitas craft brews, complimentary Uber transportation to and from the 300,000-square-foot Brewery and TapRoom, a tour and tasting at the Lagunitas brewery, a signature Lagunitas Mason jar, and overnight hotel valet parking. Rates for this package start at $219 per night.
Malibu isn’t just for the rich and famous any more. (Photo: iStock)
If you prefer to get away from it all and pretend Valentine’s Day isn’t even happening while treating yourself to some intense rejuvenation, The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu could be the getaway for you. Perfect for the solo traveler, this luxury boot camp-style retreat involves an intensive physical regimen and fully structured organic, plant-based diet plan that will help you lose weight, cleanse, and rest. Based in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, the program lasts for a week or more, with prices starting at $6,800, including meals, accommodations, and activities.
Get away from it all … and learn to make sushi. (Photo: The Pearl)
Rosemary Beach, Fla.
For a relaxing Valentine’s Day getaway with some culinary flair, try the sushi-making class and sake tasting on offer over Valentine’s Day weekend at The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach. The stunning ocean front boutique property is inviting guests to get a hands-on lesson in the art of making sushi while sampling a selection of sakes on Feb. 13 ($45 a person). Then you can spend the weekend enjoying the endless sunshine poolside, trying your hand at one of the various water sports on offer — such as kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding — or checking out the beautiful butterfly garden at nearby Fort Walton.
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