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Romantic Getaways

Staff Writer

Weather like this -- you both need a getaway, whether it's a spot in the sun, a seat on the chair lifts, or a sexy room for two just around the corner. Here are choices, from Manhattan to Montego Bay to find a refuge from the winter.


Maritime Hotel. One of the city's hottest hotels isn't offering a Valentine's Day deal, but you can afford the regular rate: $235 per night includes a day pass to New York Sports Club, in case you want to hang around the gym. If, instead, you'd rather just loll around your room, there are flat-screen TVs and DVD players. And just downstairs there's the white hot La Bottega, in case you get hungry. (88 Ninth Avenue; 212-242-4300).

Hudson Hotel. The Valentine's Day package here includes a standard room with a bottle of champagne plus the breakfast buffet in the morning. ($265 per room; 356 West 58th Street; 212-554-6000)

Ritz Carlton Battery Park Hotel. The views are amazing, and the place is plenty luxurious. The Sugar and Spice package includes a room with a view over the harbor plus acess to the Chocolate Bar with all -you-can-eat treats. To ease winter fatigue there's an hour-long massage for two. ($559 per room). If you want to spend a little less, there's a standard B&B package, which includes an overnight stay in a harbor-view room plus an all-American breakfast in the morning. (212-344-0800; 25 Battery Place).

Plaza Hotel. To some, the Plaza is romance in the city. For them, the Romance Package is just the thing: A room with a city view complete with a bottle of champagne plus continental breakfast in bed the next day. $399 per night. (Fifth Avenue at 59th Street; 212-759-3000)

Bentley Hotel. City chic comes at a good price at this small East Side hotel. A room with a view and a continental breakfast in the morning goes for $255 per night. (500 East 62nd Street;212-644-6000).


In the Catskills, Onteora House, once the estate of the Hellman family (of mayonnaise fame), has all the amenities of a country hotel plus all the charm of an old-fashioned inn. Rooms go for $185-$240 per night. (845-657-6233; 96 Piney Point Road, Boiceville, NY)

In the Adirondacks. Sagamore is one of those big old places that has made a most successful transformation to a four-season resort. The Valentine's Package includes two nights' accommodation in lodges on the edge of the lake, plus dinner; champagne, flowers, and chocolates, all for $520 per couple (Suites with fireplace and balcony go for $785). 1-800-358-3585; 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, NY).


In the Hamptons. East Hampton Point, in the tony little village of East Hampton, has a 2-night special for Valentines Day in the cottages, with their spacious duplex rooms. Spa services are available. ($395; www.easthamptonpoint.com; 631.324.9191)

In the Caribbean. The Royal Plantation Golf Resort and Spa is offering a 4-night all-inclusive getaway at its ocean-front, all-suite property in Jamaica. The deal includes round-trip airfare, accommodations, all meals and beverages, and activities. Spa services and golf are also available. The deal is available from Liberty Travel; $2155 per person.


In Vermont. Grey Gables Mansion, Richford. Sometimes, the only way to deal with winter is to straight to the heart of it. Grey Gables offers a romantic getaway package with easy access to skiing at Jay Peak and Stowe. The package includes two nights accommodations, breakfast daily and dinner at a romantic restaurant. ($400; 122 River Street, Richford, Vermont; 1-800-299-2117)


In Atlantic City. Caesar's Atlantic City still has rooms available at their resort hotel and casino. $375 buys a standard room for two, and then you can gamble till your heart's content. (2100 Pacific Avenue; 1-800-443-0104)

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