The Washington Times - February 11, 2009, 12:05PM

By Jacquie Kubin, Editor, Donne Tempo Magazine


With luxury resorts and fine dining destinations throughout this Mid-Atlantic area you can travel in any direction to find the perfect place to share a bit of romance this Valentine’s Day. Weekend packages, many of them offered all year long, take on a special flavor when you add the allure of Valentine’s Day.

And whether yours is a new love, or one seasoned by years of togetherness it is as simple as booking a romantic weekend or overnight that includes luxury accommodations, champagne and chocolates, spa treatments, fine jazz and breakfast in bed to make yourselves, and your love, take the center stage away from daily life.

The Inn at Perry Cabin (photo courtesy of property)

Head East toward the shore and find The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland. Known as a local honeymoon haven, this historic property offers a romantic waterfront setting, luxury rooms and suites and award winning fare.

Visit for a long 3-night stay package and create your own romance or opt for the Romance and Relaxation Package that includes spa credits for mood enhancing “his-and-hers” massage.

Dining choices on-property include Sherwood’s Landing where a prix-fixe “Sweetheart’s Menu” menu offers regionally inspired choices of Local Oysters or Scallops, Grilled Veal Chop and Seared Rockfish and desert.

Go South, set the GPS for Pinehurst, North Carolina where your travels will be rewarded with Pinehurst Resorts “Heart n’ Soul” of Jazz, February 13th and 14th.

A romantic Pinehurst dinner (photo courtesy of property)

Friday features The John Pizzarelli Quartet with guest Jessica Molaskey while Saturday evening presents the Marcus Belgrave Jazz Experience and their tribute to Louis Armstrong and New Orleans.

The “Heart n’ Soul of Jazz” package includes overnight accommodation, in room bottle of champagne, dinner and breakfast buffet and tickets to that evenings Jazz show.

Head west to Leesburg, Virginia for brilliant sunsets at Lansdowne Resort.  This Valentine’s Day take advantage of their “Art of Romance” spa package which includes luxury accommodations with champagne and chocolates at night and breakfast in bed the next morning. 

Add an extra layer of sweet to your weekend and reserve a Spa-Minerale chocolate indulgence spa-treatment that includes a chocolate chip body scrub and chocolate scented body butter treatment followed by a glass of champagne and sweets selection.  

For a sensual duet massage, Spa-Mineral offers a side-by-side massage using chocolate scented oil followed by champagne and sweets.

Spend Valentine’s Day night at Lansdowne and enjoy a culinary delight as Executive Chef Jason Lage presents a special four course dinner with wine pairings as part of the Lansdowne Resorts “Forever Cherished Valentine Package.”

Lansdowne Resort (Photo/Jacquie Kubin)

This experience includes champagne and chocolates delivered to your room followed by dinner at the award winning On the Potomac restaurant.  Dinner entrees include a choice of Maine lobster, Veal Osso Buco, Maple Leaf Farms Duck, Grilled Filet of Beef or Maryland Rockfish.  Deserts including warm molten chocolate cake, a tasting crème brulèe or selection of sorbets.

Travel north to the mountains of Bedford, Pennsylvania and Bedford Springs Resort where a nighttime walk will be filled with crisp mountain air and the romance of the ink black winter sky and the stars and planets that shine against it.

The historic Bedford Springs Resort offers couples the “Legendary Love Package” that includes accommodations featuring the resorts extremely indulgent four-poster beds (one of the most comfortable ever slept in) and luxury bed and bath linens, a bottle of champagne, hand-dipped chocolate berries and breakfast.

Historic Mineral Spring Pool at Bedford Spring Resorts (photo /Jacquie Kubin)
Take advantage of the famous Bedford Springs mineral waters with the “His & Hers” package that includes one hour of personalized golf instruction, one round of golf inclusive of greens fees and golf cart and a $200 Spa credit to use for services.  And while in the Spa, guests can luxuriate in the Bedford Bath, the Bedford Springs Resort signature bathing ritual.

And before you leave for your romance weekend, check those star charts so that you can tell her that her eyes sparkle as brightly as Venus, just above the tree line, over there.

We girls have a tendency to fall for those things.   Even if we have been married for more than one, or two, decades.