ROSES ARE RED ...
Okay, guys, it's about a month until Valentine's Day. That would be Feb. 14 for those of you keeping score at home.
With the big day in mind, travel folks are swelling with pride over their bountiful deals.
Here are a few of them:
Fairmont Hotels has a series of "doghouse" packages aimed at getting you out of the doghouse and into a nice set of matching bathrobes. Included are deals at signature Fairmont properties in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City has a deal featuring a romantic, chateau-style room, daily buffet breakfast for two and a special in-room delivery, with rates starting at $328 a night. Fairmont Chateau Laurier's package for Ottawa is called the "puppy love" package and features a bouquet of red roses, an aphrodisiac chocolate and breakfast delivered to your room, with rates starting at $395 a night. Most deals begin Feb. 15.
If you're interested in the northeast U.S., check out the Jared Coffin House (not a particularly romantic name) in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where you can wander cobblestone streets and have a drink by the fireplace. Chocolate-covered cranberries are dispensed upon arrival and there's a gourment Sunday breakfast for two, with rates starting at just $124 U.S. for Saturday night. Hotel officials recommend a stop at Ladybird Lingerie for the top of the line intimate wear.
One step down the line, if you will, is the Marmara Manhattan's getaway package, which gives you a one-bedroom suite in New York for two nights with a dozen roses, rose petals on the bed, a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered Turkish Delight candies and a Kama Sutra kit "for couples to indulge their sensuous side." The deal is $699 U.S. for the two nights for a suites hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan complete with a kitchen.
Willing to travel a little further? The Viceroy in Santa Monica, California has a weekend package that includes accomodation in an Ocean View Room, dinner for two at the restaurant Whist, a bottle of wine, local strawberries, organic bath amenities and poolside pedicures. You also get an organic breakfast and bike rentals (presumably organic) to tour the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. It'll cost you $800 including tax and gratituities but that's 35 per cent off and isn't your sweetheart worth it?
Le Meridien Bora Bora also has a romance package, but if taking your honey to the South Pacific isn't enough to get things going you're probably beyond hope.
The second annual Happening Gourmand restaurant week is underway in Montreal and runs through Jan. 31. Eight restaurants in Old Montreal are offering three-course, prix-fixe menus at either $17, $22 or $27. Go to happeninggourmand.com for menus.
The Los Angeles Times reports that heading to Washington D.C. for next Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama isn't as problematic as some have suggested. A website called CrashtheInauguration.com can hook you up with locals, maps and travel info for the big bash.
The folks at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas are presenting a Jonas Brothers "Burning Up" Atlantis package for three exclusive concerts this spring. The three day/two night packages includes accomodations, round-trip ground transfers on island and tickets for the concerts, with rates starting at $639 U.S. per person or $199 per child (ages 11 and under) for the March 14 and April 19 shows, and $589 per person and $199 per child for the May 9 concert. Call 1-800-Atlantis or book at atlantis.com.