Dying to get away this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re in a relationship and want a romantic weekend with your main squeeze or you’re single and hoping to avoid running into your exes, cheap car rentals can be a great excuse to get out of town. Consider these three locations for a fun Valentine’s Day road trip (just make sure to score car rental discounts so you don’t break the bank).
1. Inn By the Sea in Portland, Maine
Use car rental coupons to score a great deal, then pack up your car and head to Portland, Maine. Spend two nights in a beach suite (even if the weather’s still chilly) and call ahead to find out about booking a photographer for a lovely photo session. Reserve a table at the Sea Glass Restaurant and enjoy a three-course dinner, then head back to your room for truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries.
2. Crested Butte, Colorado
Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best ski towns (and the town's been featured on "The Hills," if you're a reality TV fan). Try to snag a room at the Elevation Hotel, which has amazing views of snow-covered peaks. When searching for a car rental deal, make sure to get a vehicle that can handle slippery and rugged terrain. Dine at the Ice Bar and then take a stroll down Elk Avenue with your honey (or girl/guy friends if you’re single and traveling with pals). Cheers with romance-inspired martinis at the Sweet Spot to end the evening.
3. Incline Village, Nevada
When you find the cheapest car rentals around, you can splurge more on a long weekend or week-long vacation for Valentine’s Day. Look into the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, Nevada, which has sweet views of the surrounding lake. Kick back on the Lone Eagle Grille’s patio to watch the sunset. Ask about their February Romance Package, which typically comes with strawberries and champagne, the option to checkout late, deals for staying extra nights and cheaper-than-normal spa treatments.