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Romantic Getaways
1/31/2018 5:29:15 PM
Romantic Getaways

Louisiana is blessed with so many wonderful celebrations that sometimes we let a few important ones slide. This year Valentine’s Day is the day after Mardi Gras and it falls on Ash Wednesday, which might tempt you to simply give a card to that special someone. Don’t let Cupid’s special day pass unacknowledged. Be bold!  Reserve a special get-away with the one you cherish.

Normally, a list of nearby get-aways would feature New Orleans hotels or B & Bs, but because they’ll be cleaning up after weeks of celebration, we’ll give our friends west of the Sabine a little love instead. After all, they’re still in the midst of hurricane recovery. And who among us can’t relate to that? All properties listed are up and running and eager to hear from you. And depending on your mode of transportation, each suggestion is a tank of gas, or less, away. We’ve also included some Louisiana places you may not have considered.

Houston & Galveston

Hotel Galvez and Spa
2024 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX
409-765-7721
The Sweet Escape package includes your room, sparkling wine, and breakfast for two. A weekday package runs from $179 to $219 and a weekend package will run $289 to $329. The Galvez is part of Galveston lore; a very special place to celebrate one another. Remember to book some spa time, too.

The Tremont House
2300 Mechanic Row
Galveston, TX
409-763-0300
Proposing this Valentine’s? Here’s your venue! The Tremont offers a Marry Me engagement package that includes a night in the beautiful Belmont Suite, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a vase of six roses, a 30-minute carriage ride through the Galveston Historic District, dinner for two at the Galvez Bar and Grill, and after dinner, back to the suite to enjoy a Rose Petal turndown service and breakfast in bed the following morning. Whew! What a way to propose! (this must be booked directly through the hotel) Already married? Don’t tell! Just book the package and enjoy.

Hotel ZaZa
Museum District
5701 Main St.
Houston, TX
888-880-3244
Just saying ZaZa out loud brings a smile, but check out this unique hotel and the memories will keep you smiling. The Valentine’s Package offers a choice of a breakfast package or a dinner and breakfast package both which include the romantic 5 Senses of Love Turndown special. How could you say no to that? Breakfast is a $40 credit and adding dinner is a $150 dinner credit and $50 room service breakfast credit. The Museum District location features rooms in the main building but there are also wonderful poolside bungalows, villas, and a suite for around $450.

Hotel Icon
220 Main St.
Houston, TX
844-204-7664
Once the Union National Bank in downtown Houston, this fabulously restored property features the bank’s original vault. Depending on the room you choose, there are clawfoot tubs, garden tubs, and in-room jaccuzi tubs. The Icon’s Kiss and Tell romance package features your room, a dozen red roses, a half dozen chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast, and complimentary parking. Kiss and Tell indeed!

Hotel Derek
2525 West Loop S
Houston, TX
713-961-3000
This is ‘the’ hotel for the very famous, and those checking out the very famous. It’s a hot boutique property with surprisingly affordable rooms, plus rooms that will take a bit more green to get you in. Feeling naughty? The Fifty Shades of… package ($149) offers a chilled bottle of Rose Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. After a night on the town (the Galleria is just up the street!) or an evening at the on-sight Revolve Kitchen and Bar restaurant (think craft cocktails) or Tap and Pour, you’ll find a rose petal-strewn bed with turndown service and breakfast in bed in the morning. 

Don’t forget Louisiana!
There are so many iconic places to stay in Louisiana. If you don’t have time for a major get-away, each of these spots provides something a bit different than a classic hotel stay.

Loyd Hall Plantation
292 Loyd Bridge Rd.
Cheneyville, LA (16 mi. south of Alexandria)
318-776-5641
The history of this incredible old plantation will take your breath away. Nearly lost to the ages and then rescued, this place has a wonderful story. There are five cottages and two luxury suites from the mid $100s to around $300. A light breakfast is offered. Sometimes B & Bs can be a little "close” when it comes to accommodations. Loyd Hall cottages are private, as are the suites. Make sure you get the tour, or at least talk with the caretakers about the history of the house and the property.

Cypress Bend Resort
2000 Cypress Bend Parkway
Many, LA
318-590-1500
Cypress Bend offers a spa, sauna, golfing, fabulous views, and a Romance Special! The special features a deluxe room and breakfast for two in the dining room. There is also a Stay and Play package for golfers which includes a premium room, a round of golf, and breakfast, plus a Great Fishing Package that features one-time entry to Cypress Bend park, a cooler bag packed with ice, and room accommodations. This place has a little something for everyone with very reasonable prices.

Grosse Savanne Lodge
1730 Big Pasture Rd.
Lake Charles, LA
337-598-2357
Not only a destination for world class hunting and fishing trips, Grosse Savanne offers a B & B option that includes a five-course dinner and continental breakfast. Views from the screened porches or the wildlife tower are spectacular as are the sunrises and sunsets. This is a true Southern experience and one of those splurges you will not soon forget. (B & B options are not available during waterfowl hunting season)
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