In the movies we see the couple in love zip away to a romantic getaway on some tropical island or other exotic location. Somehow, when they arrive they look better than in the scene when they left. The man looks adoringly into the eyes of the love of his life and says “Tired?” and she coyly shakes her head to indicate that she is not.
Really? After spending 24 hours traveling with a plane change here or there I am ready to find the closest place to get fast food and then hop in the shower and maybe even take a nap.
Valentines day can be tough for married couples. We pretty much have to figure in that you don't have any vacation scheduled – you are saving all your vacation days to coincide with spring break and your child's summer vacation. And perhaps you don't have a private jet to whisk you and your love off for the weekend.
That being said what is a hopeless romantic to do to celebrate their undying love when you are on a budget?
Simple! Go to Paradise. That is if you live near Washington state and can take a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park and visit Paradise Lodge. As it turns out there may be a Paradise near you. The online search for the term Paradise Lodge turned up a number of results in various states.
Here are some of my other favorite suggestions for Valentine inspired trips for the romantic on a budget.
LOVELAND, Colorado, Ohio, and Texas
The city of LOVE found in Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas
If you want to combine a visit to a historical location along with a Valentine theme there are three locations called CUPID in Iowa, Oklahoma, and Nebraska
In southern Oregon you can visit DIAMOND Lake
There are a dozen or so towns named VALENTINE scattered around the US Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia
Or you can visit VALENTINE BEACH, New York
Or ROMANCE, Arkansas
When my husband and I were dating we went on a very long hike into the Olympic Rain Forest in Washington state. After several hours of hiking I suggested that perhaps we had seen enough and we could call it a day. He said “No, we must press on”. Finally, we arrived at Heart Lake where he got down on one knee (at first I thought it was just because we were exhausted) and pulled out the little box and popped the question. It was very romantic. It was a long hike back to the car but it was worth it. Good thing I said Yes.
Don't let Valentine's Day get you down just because its not like in the movies – look on the map around where you live and make your own romantic get-away.
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