Valentine’s Day – Is it Really a Hallmark Holiday?

love_text_in_hippie-1024x768“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” It is one of the most crucial aspects of being human.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a Hallmark holiday. It’s a great reminder for us to take a day to pause in our hectic lives and acknowledge everyone in your life that you love and that love you.Think of your parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends. Take time today to tell them what they mean to you and how thankful you are to have them in your life.

Valentines day is also a day to love yourself. Celebrate all that is positive about YOU (and there is a lot!). Celebrate with friends, treat yourself to a spa day, or make plans to volunteer at a nursing home, children’s hospital, or animal shelter. There are so many ways to give back and come out of it feeling happier and more uplifted in the process.

If you are looking for a last minute Valentines Day gift, visit  where you can find eGift Cards to perfect local spas, eateries, artisans and more all throughout the South Shore.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Romantic Getaways to Celebrate Your Love and Relationship

Romantic getaways are important for every relationship. It enables you to escape the daily grind of work, chores, errands, life’s responsibilities and stresses. It purposely creates time and space to re-charge individually and as a couple. Strengthening your bond and creating new memories, may even add a little extra spark to your love-life. Having the opportunity to give and receive undivided attention from your partner, allows you to enjoy all the reasons why you fell in love and made a commitment in the first place. There are so many romantic getaways in New England, but so little space to name them all.

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA, 02116
Phone: 617-267-5300 Toll-Free: 800-441-1414

A Romantic Weekend Escape, Fall in Love in Luxury – Enjoy a romantic weekend surrounded by luxury, first-class service and New England history at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay. Guestrooms combine the classic elegance of the past with contemporary luxury. Sip a hand crafted cocktail, sample a farm to table American menu at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen our new, American brasserie style restaurant. Explore – take a walk through historic Boston Common or along the Freedom Trail. The dedicated staff will attend to your every need, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourselves. The Fairmont Copley Plaza will create an exceptional experience and help you make a lasting memory.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club
Route 28 on Pleasant Bay
Chatham, MA, 02633
Phone: 508-432-5400 Toll-Free: 800-225-7125

Spectacular views, luxury accommodations and fine dining – Cape Cod’s premier romantic getaway, with four diamond luxury accommodations, acclaimed cuisine, championship golf, and pure relaxation in an idyllic waterfront setting. With whitewashed buildings and tiny clapboard cottages nestled in 27 acres of picture-perfect gardens, sun-dappled lanes, salt marshes and woodlands the resort is truly a secluded paradise.

Wequassett sits prominently atop an east-facing rise affording breathtaking views of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Guests and flowers alike thrive in out temperate salty breezes! The landscaped splendor of the resorts’ manicured grounds harmonizes with the natural beauty of our shoreline, marshes and woodlands as unique plantings, water gardens, frog ponds and meandering brick pathways invite exploration.

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club
Route 20 – Lee Road
Lenox, MA, 01240
Phone: 800-272-6935

The Berkshires’ only Spa and Golf Resort – The Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club is centrally located in the scenic Berkshires Hills. High on a hilltop with breathtaking views. The combination of traditional elegance and modern comfort is the hallmark of Cranwell Resort. Choose from a total of 96 distinctive guest rooms, suites, cottages and townhouses. For rest and relaxation, enjoy the Spa at Cranwell and choose from 50 revitalizing and soothing spa services. For a more active vacation experience, take advantage of the state-of-the-art Fitness Center or 18-hole Championship Golf Course. At the end of your day, the resort offers a medley of dining experiences with three distinctive, award-winning restaurants located throughout the resort.

Woodstock Inn & Resort
Fourteen The Green
Woodstock, VT, 05091
Phone: 802-457-1100 Toll-Free: 800-448-7900

The perfect romantic getaway: A full service resort in a picture perfect Vermont small town – This premier Vermont destination has been coined “the prettiest small town in America” thanks to its nostalgic main street, rural attractions and untouched panoramas. Escape the hustle and bustle and retreat to one of their luxurious rooms, energize at the fitness center, relax at the new spa, and wine and dine in their four star restaurant.

Castle Hill Resort
Junction of Routes 103 and 131
Proctorsville, VT 05149
Phone: 802-226-7361 Toll-Free: 888-764-6836

Getaway to the wonder and romance of Vermont’s seasons – Luxury reigns supreme here at the elegant, full-service Vermont resort; the goal is to pamper and sooth. Discerning travelers will feel pampered in the 10 Castle Hill rooms which blend classic elegance with modern technology. Guests may also opt for a Resort Home which features magnificent views, elegantly appointed accommodations, state-of-the-art amenities, and are quite spacious, providing more room to relax. The Aveda Concept Spa offers soothing treatments and services. Your dining experience will be a gourmet feast for the eyes as well as the palate! French-influenced American cuisine will delight your taste buds for breakfast and dinner. Chef Alphonsus Harris focuses on using local, fresh produce and quality meats on the prix fixe, four-course dinner menu, which changes seasonally.


The Spa at Norwich Inn
607 West Thames Street
Norwich, CT, 06360
Phone: 860-425-3500 Toll-Free: 800-275-4772

Escape to The Spa at Norwich Inn and re-kindle romance – Private, Serene, Elegant, Secluded… all the qualities and characteristics you look for when choosing a location for your romantic getaway. Couples have escaped to this resort and spa for decades to re-kindle, reconnect and fall in love all over again. Your escape begins in one of their elegantly appointed guest rooms. Create and further customize your stay with luxurious spa treatments, including a couples’ massage; dine in Kensington’s Restaurant for a gourmet dinner and a leisurely breakfast; or just relax in a quiet corner and enjoy the many amenities our resort has to offer.

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Water’s Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT, 06498
Phone: 860-399-5901 Toll-Free: 800-222-5901

An ideal choice for couples seeking a waterfront romantic retreat – Located on 20 acres of beach front property overlooking Long Island Sound featuring 170 spacious guest rooms. Enjoy the perfect balance of historic ambience and contemporary amenities – all just steps away from the beach. The Water’s Edge Report offers award winning dining in the restaurant or casual fare at Sunset Bar & Grill. Work out in the Fitness Center or enjoy a massage in the elegant Spa.

Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel & Spa
588 Wentworth Road
New Castle, NH, 03854
Phone: 603-422-7322 Toll-Free: 866-240-6313

The ideal location to treat your loved one with romance and privacy – Romance is in the air from the moment guests enter Wentworth by the Sea. In any season – the flower-decked bloom of summer, the crisp afternoons of autumn, or the sparkle of winter – the hotel is a haven of traditional elegance and pristine service. After arrival, romance continues with the unveiling of the guest rooms, most of them overlooking the ocean or harbor and all of them laden with luxuries. Fine dining, strolling through the elegant public rooms, floating in the swimming pools or soaking in the co-ed whirlpool – these are pleasures couples can enjoy any time of the year. Enjoy the Couples Getaway Package which includes:

• Arrival night – wine and cheese delivered to your room
• Following morning – couples massage lesson in room
• Room service lunch with a glass of wine delivered to room
• Breakfast the day of checkout
• Gift Set including lotions and 15% off all other spa services

Sugar Hill Inn
116 Route 117
Sugar Hill, NH, 03586
Phone: 603-823-5621 Toll-Free: 800-548-4748

A perfect country inn getaway; romance, comfort, rejuvenation and impeccable hospitality – Nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Sugar Hill Inn is a romantic getaway known for culinary adventure and warm, inviting guest rooms and cottages. You’ll be immersed in country inn ambiance, New England hospitality and all the recreation of the Franconia region. Impeccably restored, this country inn ranges from charming and cozy to sophisticated and distinctive. Imagine lounging in a tub for two, sharing a candlelight dinner or just enjoying a glass of wine on your private porch as you watch the sun set. The Dream Cottage has been featured in “Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine”. The Sugar Hill Inn has received the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA)’s Achievement of Distinction in Dining award for 2009 and 2010.

The Cliff House Resort & Spa
Shore Road, Bald Head Cliff
Ogunquit, ME, 03907
Phone: 207-361-1000

Special preferences rule and are served on this romantic getaway – The romantic getaway answers your preference for many things, the destination being first among them. You’re on the south coast of Maine on a stunning promontory with breathtaking views of the sea. A 142 year history adds intrigue and comfortable style. King beds, a gas fireplace, Adirondack chairs, a wet bar and some free Wi-Fi tend to your practical needs and keep you private and cared for at whim. You can dine formally or casually on Maine specialties at the oceanfront restaurant. Nearby is shopping and a movie theater, and for whatever may still chafe, there is the Cliff Spa with a meditation labyrinth, an indoor heated pool and infinity edge outdoor pool, and body and skin treatments inspired by the same sea you gaze upon when not distracted otherwise.