How to Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day Trip

8 February 2016

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway, but don’t wait until the last minute to make your plans! We’ve found some great tips to help you ensure that your retreat is stress-free and filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

We'll help the celebration with a complimentary bottle of wine, champagne or sparkling cider, and  2,000 bonus Gold Points® for Club Carlson members when you book the Romance Package at any Country Inns & Suites By Carlson location.

1. Communicate with your travel companion.

They say communication is the key to any good relationship, and February 14 is no exception. Be sure to plan your trip in advance with your special someone to avoid conflicting schedules and expectations. If you want to add an element of surprise, you can tell your significant other to be prepared to travel for Valentine’s Day weekend, but keep the destination a secret!

You don’t have to be dating or married to enjoy Valentine’s Day weekend. This is also a great opportunity for a mother-daughter trip, a guys’ getaway or girls’ shopping excursion. The possibilities are endless, and Country Inns & Suites is ready to host you at one of our many locations across the United States and beyond.

2. Pick a meaningful destination.

Valentine’s Day is all about love and special moments, so pick a location that is meaningful to both of you. Take a weekend trip to the city where you first met, or journey to a location that is on both of your travel wish lists. Research various activities at each potential destination to ensure that your itinerary is filled with fun and unique adventures.

Use our handy hotel destination map to help find the perfect bustling city or small town for your romantic getaway. In addition to the benefits of our Romance Package, there are other wonderful reasons to stay with us for Valentine’s Day. You can take a dip in the hotel pool or enjoy some time together while reading books from our Read It & Return Lending LibrarySM. Finally, you can relax while we make breakfast. Our Be Our Guest Breakfast offers hot entrees and classic favorites like  fluffy waffles, comforting oatmeal, and fresh fruit. Plus, it’s complimentary!

3. Pack with purpose.

In addition to packing the typical items in your suitcase, consider packing things to enhance your trip. For example, you could bring your wedding photo album to reminisce about your special day over morning coffee. If you are traveling with your girlfriends, you could all bring pictures you’ve taken throughout the years and combine them in a scrapbook. Regardless of with whom you travel on Valentine’s Day, be sure to pack a heart-shaped box of chocolates!

4. Enjoy the moment.

Travel can sometimes be stressful, even when it’s planned perfectly. You could get a flat tire during your road trip, or your flight could be delayed. Regardless of any hiccups that come your way, just remember the importance of the holiday. This romantic getaway could be a much-needed second honeymoon. A weekend trip with a parent could be a chance to catch up and strengthen your relationship. Vacationing with your friends is bound to get hectic, but the laughs you share will be remembered for years to come.

This Valentine’s Day is destined to be one you’ll never forget, given a little consideration, packing, planning, and research. Follow these simple tips and Cupid himself couldn’t do it any better! Start your planning today by booking the Romance Package at a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel for an unforgettable trip. We look forward to seeing you in February

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