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A Valentine's Day get-away at a bed and breakfast

Updated on January 12, 2010

A Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine's Day. My Inn is always filled for Valentine's Day. I've seen a lot creative ways that couples celebrate. Of course, we are here to make their week-end as special as possible. It really doesn't cost an arm and a leg, if you pick the right place.

It's amazing what some of my guests come up with to surprise their partners. Everything from champagne served in glasses engraved with romantic messages, to home-made chocolate dipped strawberries, to rose petals strewn across the room from the door to the bed. This last idea was thought up by a nice young man for his wife of one year.

Occasionally, someone will want to surprise their other half with the destination and wont tell them where they're being taken. They'll come by ahead of time, get the key to the room, later drive up to our place and just open the door to our warm intimate and romantic Victorian setting.

We always have soft music playing, maybe Chopin or Mozart, to create a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. The couple will walk in and one of them will be completely speechless, not knowing where they are or what is going on.

In utter amazement, they will be lead to a lovely Victorian room with four-poster bed where a vase of beautiful red roses is sitting on a Queen Anne bedside table. Looking around the room, with its restored polished wooden floors covered with oriental rugs and its antique furnishings, they will see a bottle of Champagne icing in a lovely silver bucket, a cheese and fruit tray, and a crystal dish filled with chocolate truffles or chocolate covered strawberries.

I know what you're thinking. This about to be a very expensive week-end. But, really, it's not. We love to do romantic week-ends and we make these packages quite reasonable. We book a lot of them and make up for the low price in quantity of packages. Many of the couples that do come for Valentine's Day tell me that they set aside a little each week before they come. They use this time as a mini-vacation and budget it in for the year.

Everyone needs a break now and then.....a time to kick back and relax. How relaxing is it to soak in a tub of luxurious bubbles, or sip a glass of wine in front of a beautiful art deco fireplace? How about falling asleep in a huge, 4-poster, Victorian bed, snuggled under crisp, white luxury sheets and down comforter? Then, waking in the morning to the aroma of fresh baked muffins or bread, with the anticipation of a perfect day of sight seeing or just hanging out?

After a good night's sleep, you come downstairs to breakfast in our beautiful French Toile dining room. Let us pamper you with steaming cups of fresh brewed, gourmet coffee or tea. Maybe try one of our Belgium waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, or a delicious Spinach-herb Quiche. Don't get up!! Just sit and relax and imagine all the fun things you're going to do today!

Believe me, what ever amount of money you spend on this type of romantic get away, you will never forget it.

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    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @randomcreative: Thanks for commenting. Appreciate your interest.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @mythicalstorm273 How far are you from Louisville? Yes, I've been doing it for 17 years now and still enjoy it.

      Check out my BNB page on Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aleksander-House-Be...

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Beautiful photos! A B+B is a wonderful getaway idea for Valentine's Day. My husband and I don't have any big plans this year, but I'll have to keep this in mind in the future.

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      mythicalstorm273 

      7 years ago

      Wow I would love to come visit!! I don't have the option for romantic weekends very often and this just sounds beautiful! It also sounds like you take great pride in what you do and that is also impressive!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the Good Luck. I'm hoping for interesting and funny.........We'll see what my readers think.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      How fun, exciting and good to know! I'll keep this in mind! Good luck with your book, I'm sure it will be interesting.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      It's my BNB. I'm an Innkeeper in Louisville, KY. www.aleksanderhouse.com. Why don't you come for a visit? I just finished a memoir about my 17 years as an Innkeeper. I'm just starting the publishing process.

      BTW, Thanks for all the comments and the follow.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very interesting! Where is/was this B&B. You talked me into a visit, but then reality sets in. :)

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I don't understand your comment, but thanks anyhow.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hello alekhouse,

      Might as well tow the link line planned by Papa Sez here. I had a nice read, gorgeous inn. Thanks.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the comment and the link. You're welcome at our Inn any time.

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      Papa Sez 

      9 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      Hi alekhouse, your B & B is what I had in mind in the romantic weekend getaway portion of my hub on Valentine's Day, so I linked it to this hub of yours.

      I hope to get a chance to visit your inn in the near future. Regards, Papa Sez

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the nice comment. I wish you could have a weekend with your husband like this too. Sorry the two of you will be apart on Valentine's Day this year. You're right about the timing.

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      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      Just reading about it makes me wish my hubby would do something like that! But this valentines we are destined to be apart. He's on a TD to a different city. What lousy timing.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Hey! I'd love to have you.

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      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I definitely would love to if I can afford the trip in the near future :).

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks SP. You should come and visit me before I sell my place

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      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Your bed and breakfast sounds like the perfect get away for Valentine's Day. I am going to twitter your article so people looking for Valentine's day trips can read more about your establishment :).

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Yeah, you ought to come for a visit, it might bring you back to life

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      Am I dead, yet? 

      9 years ago

      I am enjoying the Valentine's Day hubs! I can only imagine how marvelous it is to have a stay at a bed and breakfast--and with reading your hub makes me all the more curious as to how wonderful that experience would be! Thanks for the lovely visit here!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Well, my dear, if you are going to visit, you should make it soon. I have sold my business and am moving to Austin, TX in May. No more B&Bs in my future, just writing!

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      Hillary 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Alek I'm so pleased to finally get a glimpse at your wonderful B&B. Chopin and Mozart...excellent. It's really exceptional and I don't doubt you are a gracious host. I do hope to visit one day.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      maybe. But it could easily be a reality. Thanks for the comment.

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      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      9 years ago from Andalusia

      Sounds like a lovely dream come true.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @judydianne: Well, you're invited. Come any time...just call first. Thanks for a lovely comment.

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Your B&B looks stunning, Alek! Thanks for sharing the pix. There are some lovely B&Bs around here also. Love to get away for a week end.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      judydianne 

      9 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      What a beautiful place. It looks and sounds so inviting!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @Micky Dee: Well come on then! Thanks for the comment

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @Violetsun; You're welcome any time; however, it's pretty cold here right now. Last night it was below 20 degrees.

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      That sounds very nice. I should take myself there. Nice hub. Thanks

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      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      How beautiful, enjoyed looking at the pictures, the rooms are gorgeous! Sigh, wish I could get away, but business keeps us here.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the great comments. Glad to hear you appreciate what we have to offer. I really enjoy making it special for the couples who come here.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Oh sigh...I'm seeing hearts and bubbles bursting in my mind already. That sounds SO romantic and your place is so lovely! Actually Bob and I have always done that and not just for Valentine's Day or as I laughingly call it VD (too many years working in urology offices!) That is the key to love and life I think - keeping it special and taking the time out to do those kinds of things together. Looks like you are going to be spoiling some folks really, really well. Kudos to you as there is not a more special treat for a couple! Audrey

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @hmrjmr1: I love your wife's name for a B&B get-away. Sounds good to me. Thanks for the nice comments about my B&B.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @Dohn: Well you'll have to come and visit me some time and bring your wife. I think you'ld love it.

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      Hmrjmr1 

      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Alekhouse - A great Hub and an Idea my Zena and I did many times. For a romantic Getaway, or as she would say "A Dirty Little Weekend" Te He Te He (Giggles hers). You have a wonderful looking B&B I'll bet you do a great job of pampering your guests. Thanks!

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      dohn121 

      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow, alekhouse. I had no idea that you own a B & B! I lived for the better part of a decade in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State and it's absolutely crawling with B & B's. Yes, I must agree wholeheartedly that spending a weekend in one with our better-halves is a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing this. I hope you "benefit" from writing this as well ;)

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