Valentine’s Day Getaways Near Vancouver

With Valentine’s coming fast, the pressure is on to show your special lady just how special she is. Roses are lovely but predictable, and dinner out would have to be really extraordinary to stand out, presuming you’ve been wining and dining her all along. (You have, haven’t you?) For memorable romance, head out of town, and give her the commodity that might be scarcest in your life: Time.

Hester Creek Winery, Oliver (pictured)
Head up to the Okanagan to visit what might be BC’s best winery.  Guest chef Roger Planiden will prepare a gourmet meal, complete with live music and brilliant pairings — think seared scallops with pinot blanc and beef tenderloin with cabernet sauvignon. After your feast, retire to your deluxe guest suite and enjoy views of the snow-covered vineyards.
Clincher: Bubbly? Room service? Yes, please.
$455/couple/night (includes dinner), 250-498-4435

Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler
Nita’s Winter Warm Up Package is just what the love doctor ordered: Two nights’ accommodation, breakfast, five-course dinner, sleigh ride, snowshoe adventure and an in-suite massage to top things off.
Clincher: Apparently, there’s half-decent skiing in the area, too.
$325/person, 888-755-6482

Bonniebrook Lodge, Sunshine Coast
Take a ferry ride up the Sunshine Coast to an oceanside escape, the charming Bonniebrook Lodge. The lodge’s Romance Packages (supplemental $99) include an early, 12 p.m. check-in, chilled Champagne on arrival, a four-course dinner at the onsite restaurant Chaster’s Dining Room, and Breakfast.
Clincher: Ever wonder why they call sunset “magic hour”? You’ll see.
From $150/night, 604-886-2887

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