As store displays have been “helpfully” reminding us since December 26, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you love it or hate it, chances are high that whomever you love is going to expect some kind of acknowledgment. This year, the big day falls on a Thursday, making it perfectly placed for a long weekend away.
If you’re outdoorsy people, camping is a natural option. Spend the day lakeside with a good book, or enjoy an invigorating hike in the mountains. But save your energy–after sharing a s’more, you’ll want to turn in as soon as the sun goes down. Can two adults fit in a one-person sleeping bag? That’s for us to wonder, and you to find out.
For rustic expeditions, Eagle Creek is your brand. Built with adventure in mind, Eagle Creek products are travel-tested and match beautifully with the great outdoors. The EC Adventure Weekender Bag is sized perfectly for a weekend away. An interior divider and lots of pockets keep you from digging around endlessly, ensuring that the bear spray is close at hand when you need it. Plus, it has “Adventure” right in the name. I mean, come on. For heavier packers, the No Matter What Large Duffel handles all kinds of abuse–go ahead, test its limits. Compression straps stabilize whatever it is you’re hauling, and a storm flap protects the main compartment from the elements. Two-way lockable zippers keep unwanted hands (or paws) out of your stuff when you’re away on a marshmallow run.
For some, bug spray and skewered hot dogs aren’t exactly synonymous with romance. For couples who appreciate the charms of running water but still want to get away from it all, a bed and breakfast is a classic choice. Quality B&Bs are located in large cities, rural towns, near the beach, in the mountains, and all points in between–so it’s easy to find one that has precisely what you want. These days, they’re not all frills and flowers, either. Many have been recently updated to suit the changing tastes of guests, with luxury linens, jetted tubs, and wi-fi (if you must). Even the “breakfast” part has changed–many now feature vegan, local, and gluten-free options. If you haven’t taken a look at B&Bs in awhile, now’s a good time to revisit the idea.
The Briggs & Riley Baseline 20″ Large Travel Satchel is stylishly equipped for a weekend away. Its clean, sophisticated appearance belies its quality craftsmanship and generous packing space. Tuck a couple of outfits, your favorite book, and a bottle of wine into its roomy main compartment–what else do you need for a relaxing weekend with your sweetheart? For an afternoon walk into town, the Baseline Large Shopping Tote is an ideal companion. Pack a picnic, browse at an antique store, or visit the farmers market–it’s the perfect size for a 19th Century hand mirror, a loaf or local bread, or just your lunch.
Find a B&B near you at bedandbreakfast.com.
But if you really want to pull out all the stops for your beloved, then a luxury hotel in a haute destination is where it’s at. Breakfast (and lunch, and dinner) in bed? A two-person marble shower? “Ooh la la” would be the understatement of the year. Slip into something flashy and paint the town red–or slip out of whatever it is you’ve got on and spend the evening “reconnecting”–it’s your weekend. Heavy-hitters like NYC’s Conrad, San Francisco’s InterContinental and New Orleans’s Hotel Monteleone are sure to please your favorite person.
Style comes and goes, but real luxury is timeless–like the aroma of fresh-cut flowers waiting in your room, the bliss of sinking into a hot bath in an oversized tub, and the feeling of butter-soft leather at your fingertips. The Piel Leather 22″ Wheeled Traveler houses everything you need for a weekend dressed to the nines in enduring style–and at 22″, it makes a great carry-on. Fill the Leather U-Zip Toiletry Kit with your favorite products–its water-resistant liner keeps the leather looking fabulous, even if something spills. Now you’re ready to put your best face forward, wherever your Valentine’s weekend takes you.