Romantic Getaways to Plan Now
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Until Spring at these Romantic Northern California Destinations
by Dynie Sanderson - NapaFoodGalTravels
It’s time to get away for a mini-vacation in Northern California. After several months of shelter-in-place rules throughout California, these restrictions have recently been lifted. Now hotels, restaurants, and wineries are again welcoming guests. So many are anxious to start getting out exploring get-a-ways that are just a short drive away.
Though Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, these three unique properties have a created Valentine’s Day packages that you can take advantage of well into the Spring months ahead. Celebrating Valentine’s Day, no matter what the time of year, romance creates a perfect excuse to escape and enjoy a much needed romantic couples’ getaway. A private spa experience in Yosemite, couples mud baths in Calistoga, or a relaxing weekend in Napa, these three Valentine’s Day packages welcome you to celebrate love and reignite the spirit of romance in 2021!
The beauty and grandeur of Yosemite National Park await with its snow-capped peaks, crystal waterfalls, and the serene pristine beauty of this stunning region that was limited to public visitation for so many months. Nestled in the heart of this Northern California amongst the majestic pines is a brand new lodge – The Rush Creek Lodge, where Rush Creek was in its heyday during California’s Gold Rush. In 1849, thousands of immigrants – known as the “49ers” flocked to the area in search of their fortunes.
Before Highway 120 was constructed in the 1960s, the main road into Yosemite National Park actually passed right through Rush Creek. In fact, it is the exact road near Villas 4-7 at Rush Creek Lodge. Dine, Explore, Stay, Play and Pamper yourself at this mountain oasis. A true hidden gem slightly off the beaten path, yet a stone’s throw away.
Private Yosemite Spa Getaway at Rush Creek Lodge (Groveland, CA)
Escape to Yosemite for a romantic getaway at Rush Creek Spa. Just opened in November 2020, the Spa at Rush Creek Lodge is the first spa of its kind to open in the region and is inspired by the wonders of the world-renowned National Park with features such as the Warm Waterfall Coves, Cool Mist Showers, Aromatherapy Steam Room, Himalayan Salt Sauna, Granite Waterfall Hot Tub, and Sensory Room.
The Spa Exclusive Getaway Package, available Feb 5 through March 25, guests will have 1.5 hours of private use of the 5,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Spa and all the Spa amenities. The package includes:
- 2 nights of lodging in a deluxe Lodge King Room (room upgrades available)
- Two 50-minutes massages
- 1.5 hours private use of Spa amenities.
The price ranges from $416 to $698 per night for two adults in a Lodge King Room, gratuity included plus tax, depending on dates of stay. These romance packages are offered through the end of March. Though if you miss this extended Valentine's getaway offer, there will surely be other romantic offerings to experience year-round.
The Famous Hot Springs of Calistoga
Located in Northern Napa Valley, the town of Calistoga offers a natural phenomenon with its healing geothermal hot springs. More than 500 years ago, members of the Wappo Tribe discovered natural volcanic hot springs in a valley located near the base of Mount St. Helena. When the first American settlers came to the area in the 1840s, the news of the healing powers of these hot springs spread quickly.
Sam Brannan was lured to the area in 1859 with tales of the healing powers of these hot springs and decided to build a hot springs resort that would rival Saratoga Springs, New York creating Calistoga, Hot Springs of the West. Calistoga has become iconic for these infamous healing hot waters from the springs of the area. Visitors from all over the world, continue to arrive to experience all of what Calistoga now has to offer. Guests journey to the region to enjoy, relax in the hot springs and volcanic mud baths, fine dining, and wine tasting at local wineries. Hike Mount St. Helena, bicycle amongst the vineyards with a backdrop and pristine beauty of the Mayacamas Mountains.
Couples Massages & Mud Baths at Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort (Calistoga, CA)
Located just 90 minutes from San Francisco, Roman Spa at Calistoga, best known for its signature mud baths and geothermal pools, has a Valentine’s Day package available for the entire month of February (Feb 1-28).
Complete with mud bath treatments and massages for two, plus prosecco and artisanal chocolates, a romantic trip to Roman Spa is exactly what you need to relax and rejuvenate. The Month of Love package includes:
- Overnight stay
- Mud bath for 2
- 2- 45 minute massages
- 1 bottle Prosecco
- 1- 4 piece box of Earth and Sky chocolates
- 2- soft Chamois robes for use during your stay
- Early check-in 11 am
Midweek: 1 night allowable with rates starting at $475 plus tax for a Classic King bedded unit.
Weekend: 2 night minimum with rates starting at $675 plus tax for a Classic King bedded unit.
All reservations based on 2 person occupancy.
Additional fees apply for added guests. Restrictions may apply, available for new reservations only. Not available for use with hotel bonds or other discount coupons. Reservations can be made by calling directly at 800-914-8957 or on the website through the end of February with other romantic packages offered throughout the year.
Historic Napa River
The Napa River rises in Northwest Napa County just south of the summit of Mount St. Helena and it is approximately 55 miles long where the river mouth is in Vallejo, where the intertidal zone of fresh and salt waters flow into the Carquinez Strait and the San Pablo Bay. The Napa River, particularly around the town of Napa, provides many recreation opportunities such as kayaking, rafting, and canoeing. From downtown Napa to where the tributaries eventually open up to the bay, motor boating is also very popular. You may want to while you are there during your romantic getaway, plan to do the Napa River History Tour by kayak. It is truly a memorable experience, lush full of history, stunning sites, and abundant birdlife.
Riverfront Romance at River Terrace Inn (Napa, CA)
Escape to Napa to this casually elegant riverfront retreat. The newly renovated guests’ rooms are exquisite, and many overlook the tranquil historic Napa River. It is so conveniently located you won’t even need a car as you can walk right out the door of the INN and a short walk away you will find yourself at the Oxbow Market, The Wine Train Depot, and Copia. Also, a short walk away is charming downtown Napa with its many shops, dining spots, art galleries, and more.
During your stay at the River Terrace Inn in Napa, you will surely want to partake in a dining experience at their onsite restaurant, ALBA which also offers an outdoor riverside terrace, full bar, and weekly live music.
Love is in bloom in Napa Valley. Located in downtown Napa, celebrate coupledom at River Terrace Inn with a romantic riverfront experience for two. The Riverfront Romance includes:
- Seasonal welcome amenity
- $50 F&B credit
- $50 in Oxbow Bucks to spend at local Oxbow Marketplace
- Priority tasting reservations at a preferred Napa Valley winery
These wonderful romantic packages are ongoing through April.
by Dynie Sanderson - NapaFoodGalTravels