10 Best Cities for Celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2018

by Ben SanfordFebruary 7, 2018

Escape to Somewhere Lovely With Your Special Someone This Valentine’s

For those in the know, Valentine’s day is always a great time to travel. It’s the middle of winter, the weather is often bleak and you’re probably ready for a break from your normal routine. On top of that, February is peak off-season, meaning plane tickets are low and crowds tend to be small in popular locations.

So are you and your partner looking to escape the cold weather this year with a tropical retreat? Maybe you’re looking for spectacular vistas and breathtaking hikes? Hoping to have a few incredible date nights in a food lover’s paradise? Whatever your motives and goals are for this year’s Valentine’s getaway, let Homes.com take you someplace magical with this list of the ten best cities to celebrate Valentine’s day in 2018.

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1) Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu is a Hawaiian island that seems to have something for everyone, but it really has that extra something for couples looking for a romantic getaway at an affordable price: cobalt blue waves, uncrowded beaches, and an amazing food scene.

Enjoy good conversation, delicious food, and that sumptuous ocean breeze at La Mer, located inside the elegant Halekulani hotel. The menu is French style with locally sourced ingredients, so expect foie gras, oeufs a la neige, and caviar infused with Hawaiian flare and locally sourced ingredients.

2) Reykjavik, Iceland

With whimsical streets lined with colorful cottages, you and your partner will love spending hours browsing the little shops, cafés, and surprisingly large bar scene in Reykjavik.

Stay at Hotel Borg for a luxuriously romantic spa weekend, and plan on taking time to hit up the Blue Lagoon, a steamy hot springs experience with milky blue water that is as photogenic as it is therapeutic.

3) New York City

It’s no surprise that NYC can do a pretty spectacular Valentine’s day. For an intimate dinner experience, try Buvette, Lilia, or Saraghina. There’s nothing more romantic than snuggling up with a loved one to escape the crowds of New York City.

If you decide to leave the hotel room, hit up the Natural History Museum. For a unique date night, grab a glass of wine and some yummy chocolates in the Cullman Hall of the Universe, then relax in the Hayden Planetarium for a one-of-a-kind view of the night’s sky and romantic tales from the past.

4) San Francisco, California

San Francisco is the perfect city to spend an intimate weekend. It seems to turn up the love a little bit extra over Valentine’s weekend, making it the perfect escape for couples looking to celebrate together.

Each year on Valentine’s day, residents and visitors of San Francisco engage in a flash mob style pillow fight in Justin Herman Plaza, known as “The Great San Francisco Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight.” So take your lover by the hand, bop them on the head with a pillow, and then go out to eat at one of San Fran’s amazing restaurants—we recommend Gary Danko.

5) Cannon Beach, Oregon

For twosomes who love the idea of a rustic getaway, Cannon Beach is the perfect Valentine’s Day solution. Nestled into a breathtaking span of Oregon’s scenic coastline, you’ll find world class art galleries, amazing hikes and views, delicious seafood, and an all around charming locale.

In close proximity to the beach and downtown area, The Inn at Haystack Rock is both cozy and spacious if you’re looking for a place to stay.

6) Paris, France

Let’s face it — it wouldn’t be a list of the most romantic cities in the world without a nod to Paris. Picturesque cobblestone, an iconic skyline, delicious wine, and the most scrumptious sweet treats make Paris a year-round city of love.

But if you happen to find yourself in Paris on this one special day, do yourself a favor and book a table at the Eiffel Tower’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Jules Verne. Trust us; just do it.

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7) Verona, Italy

Home to Shakespeare’s infamous story of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is the perfect Valentine’s day retreat. Ripe with romantic history and gorgeous architecture, you’ll be able to wander the winding streets and alleyways of Verona for hours.

You can visit Juliet’s house and share a kiss on her balcony — on Valentine’s day there are reduced prices. Make sure to also stop in one or two of Verona’s classic wineries, like Monte D’all Ora or Allegrini.

8) Seattle, Washington

If you’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle, then you know that Seattle is an amazing place to be in love. Spend a slow morning getting brunch at Salare, then take in the amazing views of the city and beyond atop the Space Needle.

Finish off your day at the theater—the Paramount Theater boasts gorgeous 19th century architecture and is perfect for a cozy date night. If you didn’t get a chance to snag tickets to Hamilton, which is showing at the Paramount on V-Day, check out the 5th Avenue Theater.

9) New Orleans, Louisiana

If your way of saying “I love you” includes amazing jazz, delicious French baked goods, horse-drawn carriages, and probably a parade, then you should definitely spend your Valentine’s day in New Orleans.

Grab a delicious brunch of southern banana waffles and a strong cup of coffee at Cafe Amelie, then make your way down to Bourbon Street for a day of laughter, dancing, and people watching.
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10) Miami, Florida

If hot sand and gorgeous beaches are on your list of essentials for a Valentine’s Day retreat, book your trip to Miami and start shopping for sun hats. Grab dinner in Mark Soyka’s latest restaurant, Café Roval, to set the mood with giant leafy foliage and yummy farm-to-table eats.

Spend the day strolling through Miami’s design district. You’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for your special someone, in addition to taking in gorgeous street art and great people watching.

Fall in Love With the City Where You Spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to get out and explore a new city. Whether you are getting out of town with your partner, or just looking for some romantic things to do in your own city, let wherever you end up help set the mood for a memorable holiday with your loved one this year.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.