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Window Seat or Aisle Seat: Valentine’s Day Two for One

Locations in this article:  Orlando, FL

Most people think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday just for couples, but romance can spoil fast if you spend the whole trip worrying about your children. Instead, Kerri Zane suggests bringing the family along. This month’s Window Seat or Aisle column teaches how to find romance on a family trip.

Nearly 1 billion will exchange cards this year for Valentine’s Day, 35 million will give someone a heart-shaped box full of chocolates and 189 million roses will be purchased (including the 15 percent of women who send roses to themselves that day).  And millions of couples around the world take a romantic trip.

Remember Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be for couples. Instead, think of the day as an opportunity for family members to say, “I love you one and all.” The key to family travel over Valentine’s Day is to find properties that offer supervised kid’s activities while mom and dad share some romantic time along.

According to Karinna Kittles-Karsten, relationship expert and founder of the Sacred Love, “Most couples need some extra time for themselves to rekindle their romance, relax and have some fun together. At the same time, if children are left at home, the couple may spend more time thinking about what is going on there rather than being present with each other.”

Kittles-Karsten suggests,  “a getaway that includes a little couples time as well as time with the children can be the perfect blend.” 

A Family Affair

Many resorts and vacation destinations are savvy to this Valentine dilemma and have created special family packages that can accommodate everyone!

Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa in Moab, Utah has put together a special package just for readers. And the best part it comes with supervised kids’ activities.

The “Family Affair” Valentine’s Day Package, only available during the month of February, includes three nights in a mountain view room, family dinner in River Grill one evening, breakfast daily, roses for mom, a Hummer tour for the family, cider, champagne and chocolate strawberries, guided Arches National Park hike, a kids’ geocache adventure and wrangler demonstration (roping lesson, crafts and branding demonstration). Plus s’mores by the fire for the family! Click here for your special PGW offer. Rates starts at $2,625.74 double occupancy in a mountain view room.

Romance Amid Mickey

Just opened October 1, 2011, the brand new Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is the newest luxury destination in the Walt Disney World area. The resort is offering a special family “Sweet Escapes” package. Adults can look forward to a bottle of champagne delivered right to the room as well as the resort’s Blue Harmony Spa, which has couples massages and other special treatments.

While Mom and Dad enjoy a romantic outing, the resort will entertain children with daily activities such as pool relay games, holiday themed arts and crafts, junk food Bingo, Wii challenges, treasure hunts, a Valentine’s Day movie, and the nightly Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Kids Club. Packages start at $179 per night.

Family Vow Renewals

Renewing your vows with your children helps teach them the importance of commitment. There are many Valentine’s Day vow renewal options. My pick is the Carina Bay Beach Resort on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.  Their package includes, seaside renewal ceremony, tropical bouquet and boutonniere, champagne reception & hors d’oervres, photographer and one 5 x 7 photo print, four course meal, and a vow renewal certificate.

The resort is the island’s only all-inclusive property where kids stay and eat free. Plus if you’re looking for some alone time, children can take part in the Kidz Klub with half-day programs of supervised activities. The all-inclusive package starts at $199 per adult, per night, based on a five-night stay. No passports required! For more information about Divi Carina Bay or the special offers visit the website.

Chocolate for All

Finally for an all out deliciously decadent getaway, The Longboat Key Club & Resort Key just off the coast of Sarasota is celebrating “Chocolate Month.”

Couples will be drawn to romantic chocolate events like choc-tail hour, midnight chocolate sensation, beer and chocolate tasting, scotch and chocolate dinner, chocolate and wine tasting as well as a chocolate “sparty” bubbles & truffles event.

Kids will also be able to indulge in the lobby hot chocolate bar featuring E. Guittard Chocolate as well as the sweet low down chocolate BBQ.

Visit them online for more information regarding “Chocolate Month – Island Style” packages. Rates start at $385 per night, available February 1 – February 29, 2012 – Two night stay required. The resort is also offering a special Valentine’s Romance Package for adults only February 13 through 15, 2012.

Do you think family travel over Valentine’s Day is a good idea? How do you combine romance with kid-friendly activities? Sound off in the comments.

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