Whether you are looking to woo or re-ignite some dwindling flames, a quick change of scenery is sure to do the trick this Valentine’s Day. From lush forests to desert roses and oceanfront bathtubs, we’ve hand-picked these romantic getaways with Vancouver lovebirds in mind.
Seize the (V-)day with a surprise trip away for two to any of these seven year-round romantic weekend escapes from the Lower Mainland.
Tofino Romantic Getaway
6 hours by car + ferry
Chill Tofino is the perfect place for lovers to recharge their batteries. This surfing town is made for strolling and enjoying each other’s company without the distraction of the outside world–literally, as reception can be spotty. Your Tofino stay is the idyllic Jamie’s Rainforest Inn, located on four acres of old-growth coastal rainforest with private waterfront access. You’re also a 10-minute walk from the swells of local surfing haunt Chesterman Beach.
You can access the lush jungle of the Pacific Rim National Park from your private covered patio, which is also the perfect setting for snuggling under a blanket and taking in the thrill of winter storm watching with matching mugs of hot chocolate. Further amenities include jacuzzi tubs and gas fireplaces in some rooms as well as free WiFi across the property in case you really can’t disconnect.
Thompson River Valley Romantic Getaway
4 hours by car
Pack the cowboy hats and lasso your lover into the car for a romantic weekend at the Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft. This setting is worthy of a Western-themed Harlequin novel and is home to a herd of 100 beautiful horses. Included in your all-inclusive stay are twice daily rides as well as meals. Steal a Valentine’s kiss from atop your saddles as you amble through the stunning scenery of the Thompson River Valley.
For lunch and dinner expect a twist on your favourite comfort foods with generous portions of grilled specialties. However, rest assured that special dietary requirements will be accommodated with great pleasure. The dining room overlooks the horse pasture and boasts panoramic views of the beautiful landscape. In the evening, plan time for some canoodling on the deck under the light of the stars and the warm comforts of a nightcap.See it on trivago!
Okanagan Romantic Getaway
5 hours by car
If you’re new to the concept of a wellness destination, you couldn’t find a better introduction than Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon. Literally sparkling in the Okanagan Valley, the resort is bejewelled with 3.5 million Swarovski crystals. In your romantic enclave, you’ll have views of the Monashee Mountains and Lake Okanagan straight from the soaker tub for two. If you’re a couple that loves to ski, come winter Sparkling Hill can whisk you straight into the powder with heli-skiing packages (the perfect surprise for him or her). The onsite Kur Spa has a huge range of European concept therapies including steam and sauna rooms, a heated outdoor infinity pool, hydrotherapy and a host of bookable specialty treatments and massages for couples.
You’ll enjoy exceptional cuisines starting with the complimentary European breakfast buffet where you will be plied with fresh juices, good proteins and baked goods. Onsite restaurant PeakFine operates on a farm-to-table philosophy using the local Okanagan bounty to craft an exciting menu.See it on trivago!
Discover other must-stays from coast to coast to coast…
Sunshine Coast Romantic Getaway
2½ hours by car
Pender Harbour is known as the ‘Venice of the North’ and while this term gets thrown around often, we’re apt to say the beauty of this string of towns dotting the coast trumps the smelly canals of Venice any day! Couples who hike will be delighted by the expansive summit vistas of mountain tops and turquoise water which dominate the peak of the area’s hiking trails, perfect for hopping from town to town. The Sunshine Coast Resort is located in Madeira Park, known for its amazing vintage shopping, art galleries and cute coffee shop.
The Resort has delightful views of the inlets and ocean and is often visited by soaring bald eagles that circle above the decks. The resort offers a range of accommodation possibilities many with ocean views and amenities like romantic jacuzzis with in-bath TV and full kitchens.See it on trivago!
Halfmoon Bay Romantic Getaway
2½ hours by car + ferry
Wander away hand in hand to your private tenthouse among the trees at Secret Cove Resort on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Guiding you to your front door is a forest boardwalk winding through the old growth cedars that have grown here for thousands of years. Once inside your tent suite with your sweetheart, there is little reason to leave this Valentine’s Day.
Watch the sky paint a sunset across the water while bubbling away in the hydrotherapy tub. On cooler nights, spark up the fireplace for that extra special ambiance that only a fire delivers. A king-sized mattress completes this picture of luxurious camping. You can connect with your partner over a variety of activities like kayaking the coast or a private yoga class on your tenthouse deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean and to a soundtrack composed by nature herself.Start the experience!
Whistler Romantic Getaway
2 hours by car
It’s practically impossible to dream up a romantic weekend escape from Vancouver without immediately thinking of Whistler. There’s nothing like some fresh air to get you in the mood…Your perfectly matched weekend stay is located in Creekside, a nearby village that is holding on to its local charm. The upscale, all-suites Nita Lake Lodge boutique hotel is set beside a lake with picturesque views from many guest suite windows. A long list of amenities accompanies your stay year-round from complimentary slope side ski lockers, shuttles into Whistler Village, kayaks, bikes and canoes.
Inside the rooms, the dark wood accents and basalt-stone gas fireplaces create a feeling of intimacy and nothing spells out romance better than a four-poster bed. The hotel’s restaurant Aura sources their ingredients as locally as possible, even plucking from their own rooftop herb garden for a burst of flavour. Perhaps one of the biggest draws for couples is snuggling into the rooftop hot tubs in the crisp winter air- don’t forget to pack your tuque!See it on trivago!
Coming to ski with the whole fam jam?
Osoyoos Romantic Getaway
5 hours by car
Osoyoos, BC is possibly the most exotic corner of Canada: as you drive through the mountains to reach the town, you’ll suddenly enter this unique climate zone known as the Osoyoos Arid Biotic Zone. Here our country’s only desert lies in stark contrast to its long stretches of grape vines. The conditions here are perfect– not just for producing wine, but also for a spell of weekend romance at the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort. Start your weekend with some tee time on the greens at the nine-hole, par-35 course Sonora Dunes. Follow it up with a private wine tasting for two at the Aboriginal-owned and operated winery and vineyard located at Spirit Ridge, the Nk’Mip Cellars.
Inside the guest rooms, the decor takes cues from the surrounding landscape. Luxurious bathrooms boast soaker tubs with expansive views and separate glass showers. Many of the rooms have additional luxuries like fireplaces and private balconies with BBQs as well as free WiFi and the smell of desert sage permeating through the open windows.Start the experience!
Which romantic destination did you fall in love with? Have we missed your favourite corner? Let us know your Vancouver Valentine’s Day plans!