Best Places for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway in 2012

Valentine’s Day brings couples together to celebrate love and romance. While the holiday’s traditions have spanned centuries, the appeal to make someone happy never diminishes. Some couples even prefer to travel during this time, become engaged, get married, renew vows and pamper each other. If a getaway sounds like the perfect gift, read our 2012 picks for a romantic Valentine’s Day trip.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Destinations for 2012

Maui, Hawaii

Chosen among the best places to spend a romantic weekend by U.S. News Travel, Maui features lush, tropical valleys, moonscape volcanic craters and the welcoming warm sand. During the day plan an adventure — such as a hike, game of golf, snorkel trip, sightseeing tour or wine tasting. When dusk arrives, enjoy dinner while watching the sunset and then take a stroll along the beach.

Maui rentals: Couples will find private rental options ranging from resort condos to hidden spots away from it all. Many are also situated on golf courses, offers relaxing pools and home-like amenities.

Charleston, South Carolina

Immerse yourself in modern charm and Southern flair with a quiet romantic getaway to South Carolina’s scenic low country. Enjoy a long walks along Folly Beach or Isle of Palms, both located less than 20 miles from downtown Charleston. Popular activities include historic tours, water activities, food tastings and sightseeing.

Charleston rentals: The Charleston area offers rentals in downtown, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, and Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Couples will find many spacious houses with private pools and within easy walking distance to beaches.

Miami, Florida

Miami sizzles with a Cuban beat, vibrant nightlife and parties. Beautiful bodies, warm beaches, world-renown restaurants and clubs make this city the perfect romantic getaway for night owls. Sip champagne while enjoying spectacular views of Biscayne Bay, or dance the night away at an exclusive spot. Other fun things to do include food and helicopter tours, sporting events, golf, boating trips and simply walking down the streets.

Miami rentals: Vacation rentals in Maui offer the same diversity as the city. Couples can select from condos in high-end resorts to private houses off-the-beaten-path. Some are located near the city center, while others welcome guests to Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

If a trip to the mountains sounds like the perfect retreat, consider Steamboat Springs. The ski resort city offers plenty of cold-weather fun, including skiing, snowboarding, gardens, hiking and special events. Don’t forget the hot springs. The city houses two springs open to the public where couples and unwind, recharge and connect with one another. The Old Town Hot Springs complex welcomes guests year-round and offers several heated pools

Steamboat Springs rentals: Couples will find several rentals in Steamboat Springs. Some provide ski-in, ski-out access, while others sit high on mountains overlooking the town. Select from cabins, condos and large homes, many with private hot tubs and scenic views.

Let romance blossom and book a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration.