Valentine's Day Last-Minute Weekend Getaways - United Hub

Last-minute Valentine's Day weekend getaways

By Nick Harper

With Valentine's Day almost upon us, now is the time to think about expressing your love with something more than a card and a dozen roses.

This year, you can always still buy a card and flowers, but if you're looking to do something different, you may want to consider a romantic weekend getaway. Head for the mountains for a couple of days away from it all, or visit a city for a weekend of culture and cocktails. Whatever your preference, there's a romantic getaway within easy reach. But if you need a little inspiration, here are five great options.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Hike to the heavenly Hidden Lake

For some, a romantic Valentine's trip involves escaping the cold February temps to find sun, sea and sand. For others, it involves embracing the winter conditions and escaping to a world of glaciers, rocky peaks and 600ft waterfalls. If the latter sounds more like you and your partner, head for Montana's vast Glacier National Park. It boasts 700 miles of trails, including a five-mile trail to the photogenic Hidden Lake, while winter also brings ice climbing, sleigh rides and hot spring pools.

And at the end of a day of reconnecting with nature and the one or ones you love, head back to your lodging to sip on a cocktail and gaze up at the stars. Whether you choose a historic grand hotel, a mid-century 'motor inn' or a rustic cabin in the middle of nowhere, you'll discover that each comes with a sense of cozy romance.

United Airlines flies to Glacier Park International Airport

Charleston, South Carolina

Take a carriage ride through the other French Quarter

Stroll the cobbled streets and gas-lit alleys of its French Quarter and Battery district, and it's easy to see why Charleston has been called America's most romantic city. Historic, effortlessly elegant and easily walkable, the city appears to have been laid out like a film set with rambling romantics in mind.

Explore historic downtown or the gardens and plantations that bloom in the winter months, snuggle up on a carriage ride and then watch the sun set over tidal creeks at Bowen's Island Restaurant. Sleep at the historic Jasmine House Inn, then wake and do it all again. The only downside of a plan such as this is that a weekend won't ever be enough, and you won't ever want to go home.

United Airlines flies to Charleston International Airport

Napa, California

Take a hot air balloon ride over Calistoga Ranch

Hot air balloons drifting above Calistoga Ranch

Often, the best romantic escapes are based on illusions —the illusion that you've discovered your own private hideaway, that you've taken a step back from the modern world, that time has somehow slowed down. Those illusions all appear true if you check in at the Calistoga Ranch resort. Set over 157 acres in a secluded Napa Valley canyon, you'll find the space to be 'alone' despite the presence of other like-minded romantics. Check in at a lodge where the trees twist up through the floorboards and the outdoor bath garden blurs the line between indoor and outdoor. With every modern convenience, you'd hope for in a luxury resort, this is 'back to nature' done right.

Situated in a region renowned for its wines and fine dining, add in world-class spa treatments, multiple hillside trails for the energetic adventurers and the option to follow a sunrise hot air balloon ride with a champagne breakfast, and you'll be taking Valentine's to a whole new level. And that won't be any illusion at all.

United Airlines flies to nearby Sacramento and San Francisco International Airports

New York City, New York

Ice skate around the Rockefeller

It's all too easy to overlook New York City as a romantic option because it's, well, just too obvious. But sometimes obvious is obvious for a reason. From gazing down from the top of the Empire State Building to strolling hand-in-hand through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to a million-and-one magical moments that only seem possible in the Big Apple, NYC has romance covered from every angle.

With options this endless, you may be wondering where to start planning your trip. Here's what we'd suggest: check in at an iconic hotel such as the St. Regis or the Soho Grand, take a carriage ride through Central Park or ice skate around the Rockefeller Center, order cocktails at a speakeasy, enjoy oysters in Grand Central Terminal and dinner at River Cafe, as the lights of Manhattan sparkle down on the East River. New York is a city packed full of romantic adventures. The story you write is up to you.

United Airlines flies to LaGuardia and Newark Airports

Hunter, New York

Gaze down upon snow-covered mountains

Snow-covered mountains in Hunter, New York

If a romantic break means chilling out and recharging, head to Scribner's Catskill Lodge, 100 miles north of New York City. Perched high on a hill in The Great Outdoors, head here for a cozy weekend where rest and relaxation is strongly encouraged. Hiking, skiing and zip-lining will satisfy the thirst of the outdoor adventurers, while spa pampering, the Mountain Cinema and Scribner's own Whiskey Lounge offer a more leisurely alternative.

Truth be told, while it calls itself a lodge, Scribner's has the feel of a chic boutique hotel, where every luxury is available. Book the Scribner's Suite for the full romantic effect. The 600-square-foot signature suite boasts a queen bed, sunken living room with fireplace and an oversized private terrace with mountain views. Sit here, huddle close and watch the sun sink behind the mountain peaks.

United Airlines flies to LaGuardia and Newark Airports

Getting there

United Airlines offers nonstop flights from U.S. cities to all of these romantic getaways. Visit united.com or use the United app to book your flight.

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