Bill Burke / The Travel Guy
February 10, 2011

You’ve planned and saved and are ready to spring an amazing surprise on your significant other for Valentine’s Day.

Stop it. You’re making the rest of us look bad.

Valentine’s Day sits ominously on the other side of this weekend, and there are those of us who may be looking for a quick, romantic getaway to stave off stern looks and macaroni-and-cheese dinner come Monday night.

Luckily there are plenty of options within a three- to four-hour drive of Boston — which is pretty far away from the doghouse you might otherwise find yourself in.
# The Lord Camden Inn in Camden, Maine, is far enough away that you feel like you’ve traveled, but not so far that you need a passport. A three-and-a-half-hour drive from Boston, the Inn offers a February Is for Lovers package that includes champagne, two chocolate truffles, a red rose, complimentary breakfast, and for you sunrise Casanovas, a late 1 p.m. checkout. The package rooms start at $99 a night and go up to $189.

To reserve the February Is for Lovers package, call 1-800-336-4325.
# The Bedford Village Inn sits just an hour north of Boston in Bedford, N.H., and minutes from Interstate 93. Fear not — the buzz of the highway and the Mall of New Hampshire, in reality just over the hill, will seem eons away once you’re tucked into this AAA Four Diamond-winning Inn. Built in 1810 as a working farm, the Bedford Village Inn oozes elegance and charm throughout its 14 suites and the adjoining eight-room Woodbury Cottage. The Bedford Village Inn also offers three dining options: the Dining Room, the Tavern and Corks Wine Bar.

A number of packages are available, including the Summit Suite Fireside package — one night in a suite with a Jacuzzi, king-size four-poster bed, in-room fireplace, champagne, shrimp cocktail or oysters on the half-shell and dinner for two and dessert served by a dedicated waitperson — for $650.

The Winter Romance package includes overnight accommodations, wine, chocolates and a three-course dinner served fireside.

To book a package or make reservations, call 1-888-491-8096.
# Stop fighting the endless winter and embrace it at the Trapp Family Lodge, set in the snow-blanketed hills of Stowe, Vt. When it’s not gray and slushy or caked up under your wheel wells, it can be picturesque.

OK, maybe not. But book the Just the Two of You Romance Package and you might even forget it’s there. The package includes two nights lodging, a three-course dinner each night and a full country breakfast each morning, a romance gift basket and a bottle of champagne with engraved champagne flutes and a one-hour massage. The package starts at $454.

The European atmosphere and spectacular Green Mountain views set this Alpine-style resort apart from the ski lodges along Mountain Road. Skiing at Stowe is always an option, but for those averse to tumbling down mountains, there are myriad dining or après-ski options to fill time during the day.

Stowe is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Boston, but the route will bring you past the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury. If champagne and massages don’t create sparks, there’s always ice cream.

To book a package or make a reservation at the Trapp Family Lodge, call 1-800-826-7000.

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