We've all read the endless travel articles touting "it-resorts" as the "most romantic" or best "couple's getaway." Inevitably, the weekend includes rose petal-strewn beds, free bottles of second-rate sparkling wine and an awkward couple's massage by chatty staff.But instead of harp strings and rose petals, most couples are simply looking for a Valentine's getaway of quality one-on-one time and the ability to reconnect and recharge a relationship. We have scoured North America for the best weekend getaways to suit your current state of love, whether you're in the first weeks of a hot new romance or in secret negotiations with your divorce attorney.
"Secret Celebrity Romp"One and Only Palmilla -- Los Cabos, Mexico She's a tabloid starlet and you're a pencil pusher. You met her at a rock club while visiting L.A. and she insists on keeping you secret from her publicist and the pages of Perez Hilton. A private jet and backseat Hummer journey along the Sea of Cortez ends within a private villa at the
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"Never Leave the Room"Heritage House Inn -- Mendocino, Calif. You call her five times a day and the conversation always ends in "I love you more." You ditch longstanding plans with your best buddies to cook mushroom risotto and watch long, sappy Kate Hudson movies. You've been planning Valentine's Day almost since you met and swore to do it right. Your adventure starts with a two-hour drive north of San Francisco along jaw-dropping cliffs that caress the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean where you arrive to the charming three-street town of Mendocino.
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"Happy Couple Attempts to Save Earth"Hotel Terra -- Jackson Hole, Wyo. You made it past the seven year itch and still get a sparkle in your eye when she walks in the room. You fight and argue like everyone else, but always make up in the end. You compromised by patronizing her latest "green" obsession and checking in to Jackson Hole's first
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"For Make-or-Break Marriages"Le Sereno -- St. Bart's He used to fly you on the corporate jet to St. Bart's, but now you're 22 rows deep in JetBlue and he doesn't even get up from his aisle seat when you need to use the bathroom. The glitzy town and beach clubs like Nikki Beach are the perfect playground for a predivorce wife to serve her husband notice to "shape up or ship out." The island is pricy enough to keep college-age bombshells from stealing your bikini thunder -- and, should you need a backup billionaire, the yacht harbor is full of moorings by the likes of Paul Allen and Ron Perelman.
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"Spare No Expense Romance"Winvian Inn, Litchfield, Conn. The two of you work so many hours you barely see each other, so you might as well spend some of that hard-earned dough on a lavish get-reacquainted locale. That is why God created places like
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