Now that it's officially February, it's well within reason for you to freak out over Valentine's Day--or rather, lack thereof--plans. Forgot to set something up for that special someone? You're in luck: The following hotels are offering swoon-worthy packages that will no doubt propel you into the Romantics' Hall of Fame in her mind.
"Spin, Whip & Sprinkle," all Personality Hotels, San Francisco
Personality Hotels--comprising Hotel Diva, Hotel Frank, Hotel Union Square, Hotel Vertigo, Kensington Park Hotel and Hotel Metropolis--is getting racy this Valentine's Day season. Added to your night's stay is a JIMMYJANE'S adult version of Spin the Bottle, a bottle of sparkling wine, and whip cream and rainbow sprinkles (we'll let you use your imagination on that one). The "Spin, Whip & Sprinkle" package is valid through July 31, though stay anytime in the month of February and receive two embossed Valentine's Day cards and a box of candy hears. Rates start at $139. For reservations, call 800-553-1900 or visit www.personalityhotels.com.
"Made for Romance," L'Auberge, Carmel
There's one thing executive chef Christophe Grosjean does particularly well, and that's whip up an aphrodisical evening at his top-notch Aubergine restaurant, housed in Carmel's most elegant stay, L'Auberge. The "Made for Romance" deal includes one of two prix fixe menu options ($125 per person for a five-course menu, or $220 with wine pairings; or an eight-course meal for $150 per person, or $260 with wine pairings), a night in a queen guest room, welcome split of champagne, daily European-style breakfast for two and nightly turndown service with a sweet treat.
"Be Mine This Valentine's," Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, Napa
Milliken Creek Inn & Spa is peacefully situated at the river's edge, making it one of the best places for a romantic interlude. And just in time for the pending holiday, it has upped the ante with the "Be Mine This Valentine's" starting at $800 midweek per couple for a two-night stay in a Milliken Room. This deal also includes a hydrating 90-minute Chocolate Decadence Massage per person, a turndown of chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of chilled champagne, a plethora of lit votive candles scattered throughout the room and gourmet breakfast for two served en-suite. For additional information, visit www.millikencreekinn.com or call 800-822-8418.
"Love is in the Air," Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
For just $415, you can land the "Love is in the Air" special, which includes a half bottle of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Champagne, a half dozen chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petals adorning the bed at evening turndown and a room upgrade to the next category at the time of booking (based on availability and not applicable to suites). The offer is available throughout 2010 including Valentine's Day weekend, with a minimum two-night stay. For reservations, call 415-276-9888 or book via the website at www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco. Those staying over the actual holiday weekend may be interested in dining at the hotel restaurant, where the chef is whipping up a special five-course prix fixe menu with such items as tandoori Sonoma quail with cucumber spaghetti, mint raita, toasted pine nuts; celeriac veloute; sweet butter poached maine lobster; slow roasted rib-eye with pan-fried foie gras, chanterelles, glazed baby carrots, potato confit; California cheese plate; raspberry mille feuille with Champagne sorbet. The price is $125 per person or $195 with wine pairings.
"Amour Romance," Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
For more traditional couples, the "Amour Romance" sets the stage for romance. Starting at only $189, the package includes one night's accommodations for two; full American breakfast for two (room service or in Knuckles); bottle of champagne; chocolate-covered strawberries; and late check out to 2:00 pm on request. Since true romantics can celebrate their love at any time of year, this option is available from now through the December 30, 2010. For reservations, visit fishermanswharf.hyatt.com or call 415-563-1234. Additionally, available only on Saturday, Feb. 13, is a crustacean-loving package, the "Fisherman's Wharf Crab Festival Chocolate Lovers," starting at $224 and including one night's stay, two all-day cable car passes, dungeness crab cake appetizer in the hotel's Knuckles at the Wharf restaurant, a Ghirardelli Chocolate amenity and two tickets to Enoteca Musto's wine-and-chocolate-pairing event.
"Spa, Jewels & Romance," Rosewood Sand Hill, Menlo Park
Those who really want to impress (read: have the deep pockets to do so) might consider the ultimate in Valentine's Day getaways. Luxe Silicon Valley staple Rosewood Sand Hill has created a "Spa Jewels, & Romance" special that comprises two nights in a Rosewood Junior Suite, champagne and strawberries, daily breakfast for two, dinner for two at Madera one night and in-room candlelit dinner the other, drawn rose petal bath with champagne and candy bar, three-and-a-half-hour spa "Spirit of California for two," guest's choice of 90-minute spa treatment for two, and a Stephen Silver private consultation and jewelry (valued at $5,000). All that for the minuscule pricetag of $10,000. For more information, visit Rosewood at www.rosewoodsandhill.com