Wednesday, February 7, 2007
What flavor is your love? The comforting, life-together taste of a hot morning muffin? The elegant tickle of chilled champagne? Or the, ahem, indulgent tang of "chocolate body frosting"? Well, they are all being offered this month by hotels that want to be your Valentine's love nest. We found deals at inns that range from doily-draped B&Bs to hotels stocked with items usually hidden in the bottom of a dresser drawer. Many offer romance-themed deals throughout the month and longer. Prices are per couple, per night unless noted.
-- Elissa Leibowitz PomaFOR THE OVERWORKED POWER COUPLE
Love nest: Wayside Inn in Ellicott City.
The attraction: If you're a Type A with limited time, this five-room Maryland inn is a quick drive and always within cellphone range. The "luxury package" includes a night in a WiFi-equipped suite with a four-poster bed, a shower for two with a "rain forest" shower head, and a sitting room where you can fiddle with your BlackBerry by the wood-burning fireplace. The package includes an eight-course tasting-menu dinner at the nearby French restaurant Tersiguel's.
The Wayside Inn is at 4344 Columbia Rd. 410-461-4636, http://www.waysideinnmd.com. Package is $425.
Love nest: St. Michaels Harbour Inn in St. Michaels, Md.
The attraction: Roses and champagne will be waiting (quite a timesaver) in your waterfront room, suite or room with a whirlpool bath when you arrive at the 46-room inn and spa for the "harbour romance package." Dinner is at the in-house Shore Restaurant; continental breakfast is delivered to your room in the morning.
The St. Michaels Harbour Inn is at 101 N. Harbor Rd. 800-955-9001, http://www.harbourinn.com. Packages from $369. Through April 30.FOR RETIREES MARRIED FOREVER
Love nest: Aerie Bed & Breakfast in New Bern, N.C.
The attraction: With all that time to spare, take a leisurely drive to this seven-room inn in New Bern's historic downtown district. The "romantic getaway package" includes two nights' lodging, a horse-drawn carriage to take you to the nearby Harvey Mansion for dinner, breakfast and flowers and other goodies to take home.
The Aerie B&B is at 509 Pollock St. in New Bern, a 5 1/2 -hour drive from Washington. 800-849-5553, http://www.aeriebedandbreakfast.com/. From $435 for two nights.FOR THE COUPLE WITH SOMETHING SPECIAL TO CELEBRATE
Love nest: Omni Richmond.
The attraction: An anniversary, birthday or IRS refund celebration is just better with a little bubbly. The hotel's "sparkling encounter" package includes a bottle of champagne, champagne truffles from Switzerland and champagne-scented bath products and massage oils. The historic 361-room hotel overlooks the James River.
The Omni Richmond is at 100 S. 12th St., approximately two hours from Washington. 804-344-7000, http://www.omnihotels.com. From $194 ($294 on Valentine's Day). Through Feb. 25.
Love nest: Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City.
The attraction: If you can't make it to the mass wedding and vow-renewal ceremony on Feb. 14, visit any other weeknight this month for the "romantic getaway package." The deal includes a $75 gift card for dining or shopping, buffet breakfast for two, tickets to a show and late checkout.
The Tropicana is on South Brighton Avenue at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, a 3 1/2 -hour drive from Washington. 800-345-8767, http://www.tropicana.net. From $184. Available Monday to Thursday through March 31.FOR LOVERS WHO LOVE FOOD
Love nest: Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia.
The attraction: Eat at the in-house, fine-dining M Restaurant and Bar, which serves such indulgent dishes as sauteed boneless rack of lamb with vanilla parsnip puree. A dinner there is part of the "gourmet meal package" at the 15-room historic landmark.
The Morris House Hotel is at 225 S. Eighth St. in Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood. 215-922-2446, http://www.morrishousehotel.com. From $378 for two nights.
Love nest: The Holladay House in Orange, Va.
The attraction: Culinary indulgence doesn't have to be expensive. For $135 you can stay for one night at this six-room inn, receiving a chocolate lava cake, a bottle of wine from a Virginia vineyard, a gift certificate for dinner at a local restaurant, and a full breakfast. When the food coma hits, relax by the fireplace or in a whirlpool tub.
The Holladay House is at 155 W. Main St. in Orange, approximately 1 1/2 hours from Washington. 800-358-4422, http://www.holladayhousebandb.com. $135; stay another night for $100 more.FOR THE NICELY NAUGHTY
Love nest: Hotel Gansevoort in New York.
The attraction: The 187-room luxury hotel in the city's Meatpacking District has a limited-time deal full of wicked giveaways. They include chocolate body frosting, massage oils, a feather, a blindfold and a battery-operated unmentionable, among other items. Full-body or foot massages are included.
The Hotel Gansevoort is at Ninth Avenue and 13th Street in New York. 877-426-7386, http://www.hotelgansevoort.com. From $795. Feb. 14 to 18.
Love nest: Pocono Palace in Marshalls Creek, Pa.
The attraction: Part of Caesars Pocono Resorts, the Pocono Palace is a couples-only hotel in northeastern Pennsylvania that's for either the adventurous or the really cheesy. One ancient-Rome-styled love shack has a seven-foot-tall soaking tub shaped like a giant champagne glass, a massage table with heat lamps and a heart-shaped pool. Another suite has a round bed with a mirrored headboard, an en-suite pool surrounded by mirrors, and a heart-shaped tub surrounded by -- surprise! -- mirrors.
Pocono Palace is on Route 209 in Marshalls Creek, Pa., about four hours from Washington. 877-822-3333, http://www.caesarspoconoresorts.com. From $250, including most meals and entertainment.