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Forget the chocolates this Valentine’s Day and give these delicious destinations a try

Published: Jan/Feb 2002

TradeWinds Island Resorts offers three properties along Florida’s St. Pete Beach. /TradeWinds St. Pete Beach photo
Here’s a sample of other romantic getaways, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

  • The Hotel Allegro in Chicago offers an overnight package called "The Allegro Quickie" that features champagne, a bowl of fresh strawberries and a large can of whipped cream. Rates for standard room are $169 or $219 for a Jacuzzi suite. The hotel, located at 171 W. Randolph St., boasts an unusual ambiance celebrating Chicago’s musical and theatrical heritage. A décor in the 107-year-old building mixes up classical and contemporary elements. The hotel is in Chicago’s theater district, next to the Cadillac Palace Theater. Guests can walk to Marshall Field’s flagship store, and other shops along State Street. For reservations, call 1-800-643-1500 or visit online at www.allegrochicago.com.
  • The storied Chase Park Plaza Hotel, which reopened in 1998, offers a romantic package Jan. 1 through March 31 that includes a one-bedroom suite with king-size bed, roses, champagne, chocolates and breakfast delivered to the room the next morning.

    Rates start at $235 for the package; the second night might be booked for $99. Massages are also available for an extra fee, beginning at $45. The Chase is located at 212 N. Kingshighway in St. Louis’ hip Central West End neighborhood, which features an array of restaurants, clubs and boutiques. Call 1-877-587-2427 or (314) 633-3014 or click on www.chaseparkplaza.com.
  • The Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown St. Louis (200 N. Fourth St.) has a romantic package that includes a suite with a king-sized bed, champagne or sparkling cider, chocolates and breakfast for two. Available through Feb. 28, 2002, this package is $139 plus tax per night. Call 1-800-333-3333 or click on www.radisson.com/stlouismo.
  • The Holiday Inn Airport (4505 Woodson Road) knows romance can blossom at any time of year, and offers its Heart to Heart package every day. It includes overnight accommodations in a king room, champagne, a basket with bath seeds, chocolates and champagne glasses, and breakfast for two. Rates range from $95.50–$145.50, plus tax. Call 1-800-426-4700 or click on www.holiday-inn.com/stl-woodsonrd.
  • Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo., entices with its romance package perfect for weekend getaways. Guests enjoy a deluxe room with king-size bed, champagne, half dozen red roses, a $50 dining credit at one of the hotel restaurants or for room service, turn-down service and late check out.

    Rates are $199 per night, based on double occupancy and are offered Thursday through Sunday. The hotel is located at 106 W. 12th St. in downtown Kansas City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hotel Phillips completed a $20 million renovation last year. For more information, call 1-800-433-1426 or click on www.hotelphillips.com.
  • TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach, Fla., hosts about 120 weddings each year, according to Lori Runnels, catering manager. As the sun slowly dipped lower to the water’s edge, with the music of G.F. Handel playing in the background, the wedding party gathered on the beach in front of the resort’s romantic flagship property, TradeWinds Island Grand.

    The TradeWinds Island Grand drips in romance. Cuddle with your honey under a beach cabana, or take a romantic gondola ride through the lush waterway that winds through the resort (champagne and stolen kisses optional). End the day with a candlelit dinner at the Palm Court Bistro. All amenities at the resort’s three properties–Island Grand, TradeWinds Sirata Beach Resort and TradeWinds Sandpiper Hotel & Suites–are available to guests.

    For information, call 1-800-237-0707 or visit www.tradewindsresort.com.
  • Kauai, the northernmost island in Hawaii, has always been known as a romantic destination, said Susan Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau.

    "Each hotel has done it’s own little thing-–whether it’s a massage on the beach or rose petals on the bed–it’s amazing," she said.

    Each of the Hawaiian islands has its own message. Kanoho said Kauai’s message is romance, golf and natural beauty. With new eco-tours that allow visitors to experience Kauai’s natural wonders, and renovations at resorts–including Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club and Radisson Kauai Beach Resort–now is a good time to discover Kauai’s charm and beauty.

    Through Jan. 31, 2002, the Hawaii Value Pass can save visitors money on activities, dining, attractions–even weddings and honeymoons. For more information on Kauai, plus the other Hawaiian islands–Oahu, Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island), Molokai and Lanai–visit the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, www.gohawaii.com.
  • Las Vegas probably is best-known for unusual weddings. Recently, the spangled desert city celebrated its 3 millionth wedding. The milestone, complete with Vegas showgirls, was reached at the Imperial Palace’s wedding chapel. Clark County Recorder of Deeds, Judy Vandever, has recorded as many as 400 to 500 marriages in one day, according to the Las Vegas "Review-Journal."

    For the really adventurous, Viva Las Vegas Villas, a remodeled 32-room hotel in the older part of town, offers 10 themed rooms, including a gothic room replete with headstone headboards and a coffin bathtub. Nine more rooms–including an Austin Powers room–are planned. The hotel is at 1205 Las Vegas Blvd. South behind the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Call (702) 384-0771.

– Deborah Reinhardt


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