There's never one hard-boiled way to revel in romance, but it somehow seems more special when it's celebrated out of town. In pursuit of emotional and geographical diversity, we've combed the mid-Atlantic in search of Valentine's Day getaways. The result: seven unique options for the romantically inclined, from tree huggers to craps players. Note that Valentine's Day falls on a Monday, so much of the celebrating is taking place the weekend of Feb. 11-13.
The digs: Tree cottage, Maple Tree Campground, Gapland, Md., about a 90-minute drive from Washington.
What you get: A treehouse insulated for winter, with wood stove, double beds with mattresses. Firewood for sale. No electricity.
The price: $50 per night.
The twists: Located on South Mountain, site of a historic Civil War battle. No electricity. During winter, it's recommended to drive the 10 or 15 minutes into Harpers Ferry, W. Va., for meals.
Contact info: The Tree House Camp
From the Travel Section:
A Few Nights Without Power? Cool! At a 'Treehouse' Campground in Maryland, Primitive Is In (Sept. 23, 2003)
Because You've Always Wondered
The digs: Champagne Tower suite, Coven Haven, Caesars Pocono Resorts, Lakeville, Pa.
What you get: Seven-foot-tall champagne-glass tub, heart-shaped swimming pool, fireplace, sauna.
The price: Two-night weekend stay will run about $1,100, including taxes.
The twists: What more do you need than a champagne-glass tub?
Caesars Pocono Resorts
From the Travel Section: Rub a Dub Dub, True Luv in a Tub (Feb. 10, 2002)