Amping up the romance for Valentine getaways
Outdoorsy couples can embrace winter at an Ontario Park this Valentine's Day. (Wayne Eardley/ONTARIO PARKS PHOTO)
For many romantics, flowers and chocolates just won't do for Valentine's Day. And the travel industry has responded by dreaming up some very creative ideas. Here are a few:
The Dylan, a luxury boutique hotel in Amsterdam's trendy "nine streets" shopping area has a Valentine package that includes poetry. The deal features an overnight stay, buffet breakfast, a wine experience, a Valentine gift and a customized poem created by the "Poetry Pusher." Guests staying at the hotel from Feb. 11-19 will also get the package but without the poem. From 405 euros per room per night. See dylanamsterdam.com.
Love in the park
Outdoorsy types might enjoy Valentine's close to nature in an Ontario Parks yurt, cabin or cottage. Nine provincial parks -- Pinery, MacGregor Point, Algonquin, Silent Lake, Arrowhead, Killarney, Windy Lake, Sleeping Giant and Quetico -- have roofed accommodation. Activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, tubing, birdwatching or stargazing. Some parks also offer equipment rentals. See ontarioparks.com/roofedaccommodation and ontarioparks.com/winter.
This year, the InterContinental Toronto Centre has a pre-Valentine's deal for singles. The Call Us Cupid Package includes one night's lodging, a 1-year subscription to matchmaker app Bernie A.I., two-hour car service for a night on the town, a mood-enhancing cocktail, chocolates, a bottle of champagne, essential oils, a buffet breakfast at Azure restaurant, and late checkout. Rates start at $599. See torontocentre.intercontinental.com and click on "seasonal packages" or call 1-800-422-7969.