Red-hot southern destinations for a Valentine’s vacation

Most people hope the smooch they get on Valentine’s Day isn’t like kissing a cold fish, but Discovery Cove in Orlando is courting guests to come on down for just that very thing. That is, the resort is hoping to entice couples with its Valentine’s Day packages that include, among the beloved chocolates, champagne and other special touches, a kiss from one of the park’s dolphins. (I know, dolphins are really mammals.)

Everywhere you turn right now, southeastern hotels, resorts and tourist attractions are looking to seduce travelers with come hither holiday deals. For Atlantans, the only problem might be narrowing down the list of places for that perfect Valentine’s cuddle.

  • Discovery Cove’s V-Day packages begin at $129 and run as high as $449 — not including the theme park admission. The February Dolphin Swim Day admission price begins at $199, but it does offer access to the luxury, limited-access park, a reserved 30-minute session with the dolphins, snorkeling with tropical fish, hand-feeding exotic birds, breakfast, lunch, unlimited snacks, drinks, some alcoholic beverages, sunscreen, snorkeling gear and unlimited admission to either SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Aquatica.
  • Romantic train trips offer couples the chance to canoodle through the countryside aboard day excursions on Fort Myers’ (Fla.) Seminole Gulf Railway; Cordele’s (Ga.) SAM Shortline Train; or Nashville’s Tennessee Central Railroad. For more information on these trips and where to stay nearby, check out Blake Guthrie’s article in the AJC here.
  • The private Eagle Island along the coast of Georgia near Darien is offering romantic packages for couples who want to get lost in a little luxurious seclusion for Valentine’s Day.
  • The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. is honoring the doomed oceanliner’s honeymooning couples during February, a.k.a. Sweetheart Month, by giving away a free vow renewal on the Titanic Museum’s Grand Staircase (along with a two-night stay at nearby Wilderness at the Smokies Resort) to a lucky couple on Valentine’s Day. For more information on the contest, the museum’s month-long Valentine’s celebration or the museum itself, click here.

Where will you be spending Valentine’s Day? Are Valentine’s getaways the way you say “I love you”?

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January 23rd, 2011
11:47 am

WIDESPREAD PANIC @ the Fox theatre on V-Day night is the obvious answer!