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Last minute Valentine’s Day getaways

Not only does Travelzoo’s Gabe Saglie give location ideas, but he also gives different ways to save money when getting away.

SAN DIEGO — Flowers and chocolates are nice, but do you know what your significant other wants more than anything else on Valentine’s Day? A romantic getaway!

Travelzoo’s Senior Editor, Gabe Saglie, joined Morning Extra to give some location ideas and even gave some tips to save some money!


Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday of a holiday weekend this year… so to save:

  • Go Thursday thru Saturday
  • Make it a drivable getaway
  • Compare straight rates with special package offers

Where to Go

Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego

  • Super luxurious AAA 5-Diamond hotel, considered to be #1 in all of San Diego
  • Mediterranean-style resort has championship golf, a 21,000-sq.ft. spa (one of only 27 5-Star spas in the country) and 3 dining options including Addison, considered having one of the top food menus and wine lists in the U.S. – the only AAA 5-Diamond restaurant in SoCal
  • Guests can lounge by 4 pools, including an adults-only relaxation pool, or hike 37 miles of canyon preserve trails
  • Complimentary transportation to and from Del Mar, La Jolla and Solana Beach
    • $499/nt. (45% off) w/bottle of Champagne & $50 resort credit
      • Travel Valentine’s Day weekend; rates from $349 for non-holiday weekend dates


Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point

  • Deluxe AAA 5-Diamond resort that recently completed a $40 million revamp
  • The 172-acre resort sits on a bluff over the Pacific & has 18 holes of championship golf & a private beach
  • Recently added features: five new restaurants, two infinity-edge whirlpools & Miraval Spa's first coastal location
  • Dining options include Stonehill Tavern by Michael Mina and the exclusive Monarch Bay Club
    • Valentine’s Retreat: $948/nt.
      • Luxury Accommodations, Bottle of Veuve Clicquot and 4-Course Dinner for 2 at Bourbon Steak Orange County (onsite)


Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica

  • 4-Star property in the heart of downtown Santa Monica, close to the beach, the Pier and Venice Beach
  • Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and Venice's trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard are also nearby for shopping and a variety of dining and nightlife options
  • Think trendy retro design with modern details including walls filled with mirrors and sleek green leather sofas
    • $249/nt. (50% off) over Valentine’s Day weekend
      • Rates from $219 for non-holiday weekend dates


The Saguaro Palm Springs, Palm Springs

  • Hip, swanky, retro resort hotel on Palm Spring’s quieter south end
  • Hotel’s best feature: the pool deck with two hot tubs and an Olympic-size pool, which is open late
  • Amenities: yoga classes every morning, popular El Jefe restaurant + shuttle to downtown Palm Springs
    • $285/nt. (30% off) over Valentine’s Day weekend
      • Rates from $74 for non-holiday weekend dates


The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma

  • Famous AAA 4-Diamond resort set in 12 acres in the heart of Sonoma wine country
  • The Willow Stream Spa here is one of the few in the country that sits on its own curative mineral springs
  • Treat your love: Dining at Santé Restaurant is world-class, plus she’ll love the nightly wine hour in the lobby!
    • Wine Roses & Romance Package: $309-$465/nt. over Valentine’s Day Weekend
      • Luxury Accommodations, Breakfast in Bed, Sparkling Wine & Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, Rose Petal Turndown, Sparkling Wine Tasting at Gloria Ferrer Winery