Valentine’s Day Lasts All Winter in Door County, WI

Special getaway packages offer couples a chance to reconnect on Wisconsin’s scenic peninsula

A couple enjoys a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in Door County, Wisconsin during the annual Nature of Romance promotion. Photo courtesy Mike Roemer/DoorCounty.com.

A couple enjoys a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in Door County, Wisconsin during the annual Nature of Romance promotion. Photo courtesy Mike Roemer/DoorCounty.com.

In Door County, Wisconsin, the spirit of Valentine’s Day lasts all winter long. Door County is a bucolic peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin’s northeast corner.  Named one of the Top 10 Vacation Destinations in North America byMoney magazine, Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 11 lighthouses, 5 state parks and 19 county parks. It is known for its natural beauty, artistic offerings and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The sun rises over Lake Michigan at Whitefish Dunes State Park on a crisp winter morning in Door County, Wisconsin. Capture Door County photo courtesy Markos Berndt.

The sun rises over Lake Michigan at Whitefish Dunes State Park on a crisp winter morning in Door County, Wisconsin. Capture Door County photo courtesy Markos Berndt.

Now through the end of March, Door County offers couples a chance to escape into the pampering luxury and scenic beauty of Wisconsin’s peninsular jewel with more than twenty specially priced romantic getaway packages for two.
Each of these Door County Nature of Romance packages includes two nights’ lodging at one of Door County’s renowned resorts, inns or B&Bs. Choose from among accommodations that include in-room fireplaces, four-poster canopied beds, water views, whirlpool tubs and indoor swimming pools. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day 2013: THE SERIOUS TEDDY BEAR COMPANY Sends Hugs, Happiness This VALENTINE’S DAY

Looking to surprise that special someone this year for Valentine’s Day? This Valentine’s Day, the easiest way you can show someone you care is to give them a hug. But for loved ones far away, how can you send a hug their way? The SERIOUS TEDDY BEAR COMPANY delivers Hugs with their Valentine’s Day gift baskets that include HUGS THE BEAR (the only teddy bear in the country specifically designed for grown-ups), candy, flowers, custom cards, and more – a unique alternative to the usual gift basket. 

'Happy Valentine's Day' Hug Package 2

‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ Hug Package 2

The Serious Teddy Bear was created to assist people in communicating their feelings and to be the vehicle for those wishing to hug someone, particularly if they are unable to do so in person,” ROBERT SCHNEIDER , THE SERIOUS TEDDY BEAR FOUNDER, said. “My firm belief is that people are begging for an alternative way to let someone know they really care…an alternative to the usual flower arrangements or a chocolate gift basket.” Continue reading

DISCOVER CLOUD NINE: HEAT UP YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SPECIAL DINING MENUS, HEART PUMPING EXPERIENCES AND RELAXING SPA TREATMENTS WITH A ROMANTIC GETAWAY TO LAS VEGAS

THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, WILL REALLY STAYS IN VEGAS

WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS (Courtesy: The Las Vegas  Covention and Visitors Bereau, www.lvcva.com)

WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS (Courtesy: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau, http://www.lvcva.com)

Love fills the air in Las Vegas this Valentine’s Day weekend with experiences that’ll have your special someone soaring to cloud nine. Across the destination, world-class restaurants, spas and nightlife venues will set the mood for the ultimate romantic getaway.  Sweethearts from across the country will be able to book their air and hotel packages on www.LasVegas.com. Continue reading

TRAVEL AMERICA 2013: BALTIMORE OFFERS SPECIAL PACKAGES DURING 1ST ANNUAL BALTIMORE HOTEL WEEK FEBRUARY 8-18

MONEY-SAVING PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY AND PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKENDS 

BALTIMORE, home of the SUPER BOWL-bound BALTIMORE RAVENS, is gearing up for its first annual HOTEL WEEK. Sponsored by VISIT BALTIMORE, the event is patterned on the successful Restaurant Weeks events of years past. Many hotels around the city are discounting their rates during the week of February 8-18, including HOTEL MONACO, ADMIRAL FELL INN, HYATT REGENCY and the SHERATON INNER HARBOR HOTEL.

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Even better, it’s a chance for you and the missus to get to know each other again. Did you give your wife a toaster oven for Christmas? Can’t remember the last time you went out—anywhere—without the kids? Was your last vacation a trip to your in-laws? And you had a miserable time? If so, it is time to book a couples getaway to Baltimore with special packages starting at $99 a night during the inaugural BALTIMORE HOTEL WEEK FEBRUARY 8-18.

Baltimore’s renowned INNER HARBOR is home to many exciting restaurants, unique shopping, famous museums, live entertainment, local pubs and taverns. Explore the idea of staying in one of the many Inner Harbor Hotels where it’s easy to get in on the action, spirit, and fun of everything Baltimore has to offer.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor Skyline at night (www.baltimore.org)

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Skyline at night (www.baltimore.org)

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HOTELS.COM REVEALS FIVE UNCONVENTIONAL HOTEL OUTINGS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY

“THE BRANGELINA” AND “CHEAP DATE” ARE AMONG A FEW NOTEWORTHY HOTEL DEALS ONLINE BOOKING EXPERT HOTELS.COM® FINDS ALLOWING COUPLES TO SNUGGLE UP THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

FIND YOUR SINGLES OR SWEETHEART GETAWAY WITH THE 2013 Hotels.com Valentine’s Day Sale.

Looking to spice up your romance life a bit this Valentine’s Day? Hotels.com® is encouraging lovers and travelers to take a gamble andhotels.com logo add a little more va-va-voom, out of the box excitement to this year’s Valentine’s Day plans with five unusual and distinct deals from properties across the United States.

Nowadays travelers and couples are seeking romantic experiences beyond flowers, champagne and a nice dinner,” says TAYLOR L. COLE, APR, TRAVEL EXPERT FOR HOTELS.COM. “We are finding that our customers want to incorporate more of their personality and passions into their getaways. Whether couples are gadget enthusiasts or love the luxury life, there’s a destination and a hotel that will fulfill that unique sweet spot.”

FOR THE “CHEAP DATE”

PERSONALITY HOTELS, located in MontereySan Francisco and Santa RosaCalifornia, is offering couples looking for a good laugh the “CHEAP DATE” VALENTINE’S DAY PACKAGE. The package includes a bottle of Champagne, a box of conversation hearts, a bear-shaped bottle of honey, Jack in the Box coupons (for the romantic fast-food dinner), a romance kit and two blank Valentine’s Day cards – so you don’t have to run out last minute to grab one! Continue reading

MIMI’S CAFE® CELEBRATES L’AMOUR WITH A SPECIAL PRIX FIXE VALENTINE’S MENU FOR TWO

ALSO IN FEBRUARY, MIMI’S WILL SUPPORT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S® GO RED FOR WOMEN® MOVEMENT WITH ITS SECOND ANNUAL MIMI’S GOES RED CAMPAIGN

Mimi’s Cafe, a customer favorite French-inspired neighborhood bistro, is celebrating the season of love by offering a ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S MENU FOR TWO at $26.99. Available FEBRUARY 7 – 17 from 4 P.M. – 11 P.M., the VALENTINE’S MENU will offer guests a French-inspired three-course meal featuring a variety of delicious options. Also in February, Mimi’s will support the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S® GO RED FOR WOMEN® movement with its second annual MIMI’S GOES RED CAMPAIGN, which will include a month-long fundraiser and incentives for guests who donate.

Chicken Madeira offered on Mimi's Cafe's romantic three-course Valentine's Menu for two from February 7-17, 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/Mimi's Cafe)

Chicken Madeira offered on Mimi’s Cafe’s romantic three-course Valentine’s Menu for two from February 7-17, 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Mimi’s Cafe)

Mimi’s Cafe was founded on love. Arthur J. Simms named the restaurant after his first love, Mimi, whom he met in France while stationed there during World War II,” said MARK MEARS , PRESIDENT & CHIEF CONCEPT OFFICER. “To celebrate the season of love, our special Valentine’s Menu offers guests a delicious and affordable opportunity to create a ‘Mimi’s Moment’ and enjoy a romantic French-inspired dining experience.” Continue reading

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR TEMPTS DINERS—AND EXTENDS VALENTINE’S DAY– WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL VALENTINE’S CELEBRATION MENU

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR will celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with four evenings of decadent specials and a unique Valentine gift for couples dining on THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY or SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH through the 17th.

Nationally acclaimed FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats andflemings1_jpg-magnum chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders — with a unique wine list known as the FLEMING’S 100®, which features over 100 wines served by the glass. Fleming’s was launched in Newport Beach, California, in 1998 by successful restaurant industry veterans PAUL FLEMING and BILL ALLEN. Today there are 65 restaurants nationwide, including the latest Fleming’s to debut in Beverly Hills. FLEMING‘s is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Wine Enthusiast‘s annual AWARD OF DISTINCTION and Wine Spectator‘s annual AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.

To enrich the occasion, EXECUTIVE CHEF RUSSELL SKALL has created two enticing entrees, perfect for Valentine’s dinner that will be available in addition to Fleming’s popular a la carte menu.

Valentine’s Day is always such a special celebration for our guests,” remarked Chef Skall. “We created a unique menu to make the evening a truly memorable one. There is nothing more romantic then savoring the pleasures of a delicious dinner and wine with someone you love.Continue reading

VALENTINE’S DAY LASTS ALL WINTER IN DOOR COUNTY, WI

SPECIAL GETAWAY PACKAGES OFFER COUPLES A CHANCE TO RECONNECT ON WISCONSIN’S SCENIC PENINSULA

In DOOR COUNTY, WISCONSIN, the spirit of Valentine’s Day starts before Christmas and lasts ’til spring. DOOR COUNTY is a bucolic peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin’s northeast corner.  Named one of the Top 10 Vacation Destinations in North America by Money magazine, Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 11 lighthouses, 5 state parks, 19 county parks and is known for its natural beauty, artistic offerings and outdoor recreation opportunities.

A couple enjoys a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in Door County, Wisconsin during the annual Nature of Romance promotion which runs through the end of March. Photo courtesy Mike Roemer/DoorCounty.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Door County Visitor Bureau)

A couple enjoys a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in Door County, Wisconsin during the annual Nature of Romance promotion which runs through the end of March. Photo courtesy Mike Roemer/DoorCounty.com. (PRNewsFoto/Door County Visitor Bureau)

From early December through the end of March, DOOR COUNTY offers couples a chance to escape into the pampering luxury and scenic beauty of Wisconsin’s peninsular jewel with more than a dozen specially priced romantic getaway packages for two. Continue reading

CHARM HER THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE PERFECT GIFT FROM PANDORA JEWELRY

GIFTS FROM PANDORA FOR EVERY WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE

 

As the saying goes, “love don’t cost a thing,” yet every year millions of Americans look forward to spoiling their friends, family and loved ones with gifts on Valentine’s Day. Flowers and chocolates remain popular selections, but for those looking for a gift with more longevity, PANDORA JEWELRY offers the following gift suggestions for women.

Charm Her this Valentine's Day with the Perfect Gift from PANDORA.  (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

Charm Her this Valentine’s Day with the Perfect Gift from PANDORA. (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

  • SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Put your heart on her jewelry this Valentine’s Day. PANDORA’s newest collection includes sterling silver heart-shaped pavé charms, a pendant, stud earrings and a ring, each embellished with sparkling zirconia accents. For the romantic at heart, the STERLING SILVER “LOVE BIRDS” CHARM, which features a small, dangling heart engraved with “Love,” is the perfect addition to a PANDORA bracelet. Choose a necklace with a black polished onyx heart pendant for a less traditional take on the heart motif.
  • MOTHER OR SISTER: Start a new family tradition with a PANDORA CHARM BRACELET that can be added to over the years for holidays and birthdays. This Valentine’s Day, PANDORA will offer an exclusive gift set which includes a bracelet, two clips and the limited edition “Language of Love” charm, which is engraved with the word “Love” in six languages. The set will retail for $200 at participating PANDORA retailers.
  • FRIEND: A gift between friends is unexpected and thoughtful. Invite girlfriends over for dinner instead of dining out and ask each person to bring a small gift to exchange. PANDORA’s selection of colorful fabric cords, which can be layered as a bracelet with charms or worn as a necklace, retail for $20 and make a stylish gift between friends.
  • YOURSELF: Why not show yourself a little love this Valentine’s Day with jewelry that celebrates you? PANDORA allows you to express your personal style with statement pieces, such as stackable rings, available in sterling silver, 14K gold and mixed metals and adorned with colorful enamel or stones. Two or three rings worn together make a beautiful statement for a Valentine’s date night. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day 2013: GODIVA CHOCOLATIER “SHARES THE LOVE” OF CHOCOLATE ON FACEBOOK

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THIS VALENTINE’S DAY SHARE PHOTOS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN GODIVA FOR FACEBOOK FRIENDS

This Valentine’s Day, GODIVA is honoring one of the greatest acts of love: sharing. Through their “Share the Love” sweepstakes, an engaging photo sweepstakes on the brand’s Facebook page and website www.GODIVA.com, GODIVA shares their love by offering consumers a chance to win GODIVA chocolate for them and their Facebook friends.

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AVOID THE VALENTINE’S DAY DOGHOUSE: SHOPPERS ARE CLEAR ON WHAT THEY WANT THIS YEAR

69 PERCENT OF WOMEN PLAN ONE OR MORE WEEKS IN ADVANCE – BUT THE MAJORITY THINK MALES ARE LAST-MINUTE

ShopAtHome.com, the largest coupon search engine that connects upwards of 12 million consumers each month to the best deals and cash back savings, today released the results of ‘AVOIDING THE VALENTINE’S DAY DOGHOUSE’.  A survey of www.ShopAtHome.com”s 4.3 million Facebook fans unlocked keys to surviving this oftentimes stress-filled holiday.

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Founded in 1986 by husband-and-wife team MARC AND CLAUDIA BRAUNSTEIN, www.ShopAtHome.com is the web’s largest provider of online coupons, Cash Back rewards and printable grocery and restaurant coupons. The only destination integrating the best discounts from coupons, deals and Cash Back, the site has evolved from its early roots as the ‘Catalog of Catalogs’. Throughout this transformation, the company has kept the same goal – helping improve the shopping experience for millions of shoppers. As a true coupon powerhouse, www.ShopAtHome.com aims to provide the most savings to consumers whether they’re shopping at the grocery store or at their favorite online retailer. For more information visit www.ShopAtHome.com. Continue reading

VALENTINE’S DAY 2013: LOVE YOUR SWEETIE WITH PURE PLAY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

FROM ROMANTIC COOKING CLASSES AND SUNSET KAYAKING TO ZIPLINING OVER VINEYARDS AND A FUN WAY TO POP THE QUESTION, UNPLUG AND RECONNECT ON CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST*

In our fast-paced, fairly routinized world, it’s hard to find time for true romance. So when Valentine’s Day rolls along, we tend to cram a year’s worth of romance and expectation in one night – which often produces decidedly unromantic results.

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To help romantically challenged couples get in the right space for romance, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY on California’s spectacular CENTRAL COAST invites you to slow down, unplug and savor the moment in playful ways. In a place often ranked among the happiest regions, their signature laid-back attitude and child-like sense of adventure will rub off, and you’ll remember what the good life is all about. Continue reading

VALENTINE’S DAY 2013: SWEETEN UP THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH NEW DELICIOUS TAKES ON RED VELVET (AND OTHER TREATS)

Few things show you care more than a treat made with love. Whether saying “xoxo” to family or “be mine” to a new Valentine, there’s

McCormick Red Food Color

McCormick Red Food Color

McCormick Raspberry Extract

McCormick Raspberry Extract

one dynamite flavor that fits the bill: red velvet. In recent years, the love of red velvet has blossomed beyond its traditional Southern roots into a popular dessert with mass appeal. In fact, last Valentine’s Day, enough MCCORMICK RED FOOD COLOR was sold – more than 550,000 ounces – to make enough red velvet cupcakes to circle the Earth 23 times.[i] That’s why the McCormick Kitchens turned to red velvet to inspire new Valentine’s Day recipes this year.

MCCORMICK & COMPANY, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. With more than $3.5 billion in annual sales, the company manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses.  Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick.

Creating memories in the kitchen with kids is sweeter than ever with six irresistible, velvety red recipes from the flavor experts in the MCCORMICK KITCHENS. For treats that will turn your Valentine’s Day into a celebration kids of all ages will enjoy, try these six fresh takes on red velvet, featuring MCCORMICK RED FOOD COLOR and extracts:

  • RED VELVET BROWNIE CONVERSATION HEARTS: These heart-shaped delights are a perfect project for the whole family. Vary the drops of Red Food Color for icing in every shade, from puppy-love pink to ravishing rose, adding the final embellishment with edible words of love. For a simplified version, glaze the brownie hearts and decorate with red and pink sprinkles.
  • RED VELVET MOUSSE WITH VANILLA WHIPPED CREAMYour darling will be struck with love at first bite with this smooth-as-silk, whipped treat. Embellish to your heart’s desire.
  • RED VELVET CREAM-FILLED CUPCAKES: Fall in love with Red Velvet Cupcakes all over again with this crush-worthy cream-filled version of the classic.
  • RED VELVET HOT CHOCOLATE:  This rich twist on kid-favorite hot chocolate makes the perfect addition to a cozy family night. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream for an extra-sweet finish.
  • RED VELVET PANCAKES: Start the Valentine’s Day celebration early with a sizzling stack of these sweet and colorful breakfast favorites, perfect for a surprise breakfast in bed.
  • RED VELVET RASPBERRY TRUFFLESThis decadent collision of rich Raspberry Extract and Red Velvet is the perfect way to brighten someone’s Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

VALENTINE’S DAY 2013: TELEFLORA KICKS-OFF “LOVE ROCKS” SWEEPSTAKES

ROCK HER WORLD THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH FRESH FLOWERS AND A DIAMOND NECKLACE

Even men who are lucky in love often have trouble when it comes to expressing their feelings on Valentine’s Day. The options can be overwhelming and guys are unsure about which blooms are best to spoil their sweetie pie. This year, TELEFLORA is making it easy by providing the perfect bouquet to celebrate love this season. Lovebirds who dazzle their darling with the HEARTSTRINGS BOUQUET BY TELEFLORA have a chance to rock her world in more ways than one!  With the launch of TELEFLORA’S “LOVE ROCKS” SWEEPSTAKES, this bouquet purchase gains entry for a chance to win a stunning diamond necklace valued at $15,000.

Teleflora's Heartstrings Bouquet is available on telelfora.com for $69.95.  (PRNewsFoto/Teleflora)

Teleflora’s Heartstrings Bouquet is available on telelfora.com for $69.95. (PRNewsFoto/Teleflora)

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