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Romantic Valentine's Day
Specials and Packages

This Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetheart to stay at a California bed and breakfast inn.  Several California inns are offering romantic specials and packages, many of which are valid for the full month of February or through the spring.  Gift certificates for bed and breakfast stays from the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) are also available.  A number of specials are listed below; more details and gift certificate information can be found online at

tradewinds carmelGive the gift of romance with the Ultimate Carmel Romance Getaway at Tradewinds Carmel.  The package includes a two-night stay in a Deluxe King Room, a welcome floral bouquet, breakfast in bed, a 90-minute in-room massage for two, a box of chocolates, two Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets, two luxurious kimono robes to take home as a memento, a romantic dinner for two at one of four premiere Carmel restaurants, chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival and a late check-out.  The package price is $1,461, excluding tax, and is based on double occupancy.  The offer subject to availability and is not valid during holidays and special events.  Blackout dates may apply. The offer expires April 30, 2013. Call 831-624-2776 to reserve. 

radford innThe Raford Inn in Healdsburg is offering three romantic specials for the month of February.  For the Valentine’s Day Special, book any two nights at the inn during the month of February and receive 50% off the third night. Guests will find heart of silk rose petals, a bottle of champagne and handmade truffles in their room upon arrival. For $50, guests can purchase a serenade during their stay and a flower-bearing professional musician will surprise their loved ones with a song.  Travelers looking for a last-minute romantic getaway can save 25% off their stay if they book within 48 hours of check-in during the month of February. All of the specials are valid February 1-28, 2013 only and are subject to availability. The specials cannot be combined with any other offer.  Guests must mention CABBI Valentine's Day Special, CABBI Singing Valentines, or CABBI Romantic Getaway Special when booking.  For more details, call 707-887-9573 or email

carter house innTreat someone special to a Valentine’s Day Package at Carter House Inn in Eureka on California’s redwood coast.  The package for two includes deluxe accommodations, flutes of bubbly, wine and hors d’oeuvres, a five-course dinner, bedtime cookies and tea, and a two-course breakfast.  Packages start at $299 and are valid February 14-17, 2013.  A special Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu will be served on February 14, 2013; a five-course Discovery Tasting Menu will be served on all other package dates. Call 1-800-404-1390 or email for menu details and to make reservations.

benbow innFind romance in the redwoods at the magical Benbow Inn in Garberville.  The historic country inn features an award-winning dining room and wine cellar, cocktail lounge, complimentary bicycles, pool and Jacuzzi.  The inn’s romance package includes a two-night stay and $80 for food and beverages at the inn’s restaurant and bar.  The package starts at $299 and includes all taxes, but not gratuity.  Rates are based on double occupancy and apply to advance reservations only.  The package is subject to black-out dates and availability. Call 707-923-2124 for details and reservations.

tallman hotelStay one night at the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake at regular rack rates and get the second night for $99 with the hotel’s Valentine’s Day special.  For a special treat, book one of the hotel’s four rooms with an outdoor Japanese Ofuro soaking tub.  Massages are available with advance reservations as well as a variety of special add-ons, such as chocolate covered strawberries, fruit and cheese basket and sparkling wine.  Enjoy dinner with award-winning Lake County wines at the on-site Blue Wing restaurant, which will host live music on February 14, 2013.  Sunset carriage rides around historic Upper Lake will be available on Saturday, February 16.  Advance reservations are required.  For more details and reservations, call 707-275-2244. 

B&B La JollaThe Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla’s Romantic Sweetheart Special features a bouquet of roses, chocolate-dipped strawberries and chilled champagne for two upon arrival.  The special also includes a candlelit gourmet breakfast with complimentary mimosas served in the privacy of the guest’s room, in the garden or on the inn’s sunny second-floor patio.  Availability is limited; call toll free to reserve: 1-888-988-8481.

centrella innSet the mood for romance at the Centrella Inn in Pacific Grove with the inn’s romance package.  The package includes a one-night stay in a romantically decorated room and a chilled bottle of champagne or wine.  Package rates for a Victorian Premier room is $149 plus tax Sunday-Thursday, and $179 plus tax Friday-Saturday.  Package rates for a cottage or suite is $229 plus tax Sunday-Thursday and $269 plus tax Friday-Saturday.  Travelers must mention special at time of booking. The package is valid February 10-28, 2013 only, based on availability. Some dates may require a two-night stay. Additional nights may be reserved at the regular rate. Rates are subject to change without notice. The package cannot be combined with any other discount or special. If using bed and breakfast gift cards, only $100 may be applied per day.  Call 831-372-3372 for more details. 

cobblestone innCarmel has been recognized as a “Top 10 Destination” by Conde Nast and a “Top 10 Best Wine Destination on the Planet” by Wine Enthusiast.  To celebrate, the Cobblestone Inn in Carmel is offering a complimentary bottle of wine with any stay through the month of February.  Guests should mention CABBI and ask for the Romance Upgrade to receive their bottle of wine.  The inn hosts nightly wine and cheese receptions and cooked-to-order breakfasts each morning.  Enjoy a sunset walk on the beach and then return to a warm fire.  All guest rooms feature gas fireplaces; some also have jetted tubs.  Turn-down service is also available.  For reservations, call 831-625-5222.

timber cove innEnjoy a special Valentine’s Day with a Sonoma Coast getaway. Timber Cove Inn offers the perfect romantic retreat with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Snuggle by the huge stone fireplace in the lobby, or take a short hike to the inn’s own “Cupids Corner.” Available from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17, the package includes overnight accommodations, a personalized Valentine’s Day card, Scharffenberger chocolates, a bottle of champagne and a bottle of bubble bath. A special three course Valentine’s Day menu will be served in Alexander’s for $49 and wine pairings for $29 per person (tax and gratuity additional). A photographer will be available to take a photograph to commemorate the evening. Rates start at $199 per night with a 20% discount for additional nights. For reservations, call 707-847-3231.

donner lake innEscape to Donner Lake Inn this Valentine’s Day with the inn’s Romance in the Snow midweek couple’s special and stay three nights—February 13, 14 and 15—for the price of two.  The deal includes a special Red and Heart breakfast and an evening soak in the hot tub under the stars.  All of the rooms at the contemporary lodge-style inn have private entrances, gas fireplaces, and flat screen televisions.  The inn also features a wood-burning fireplace in the great room with games, books, and a big-screen TV.  A gourmet breakfast is served daily along with afternoon beverages and snacks.  Call 530-587-5574 for reservations.

honor mansionBook a three-night stay at The Honor Mansion in Healdsburg between February 12-20, 2013, and receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine with keepsake flutes and homemade chocolates.  The romantic, AAA four-diamond resort inn serves complimentary gourmet breakfast and evening wine and appetizers daily.  The Valentine’s Special must be mentioned at the time of booking and is not applicable to existing reservations. Nor is it applicable with any other specials or discounts. If booking online, use the redemption code “VDAY” in the special request section of the online booking form.

old yacht club innFor $75, guests can add the Santa Barbara Romance Package to any stay at the Old Yacht Club Inn, and they’ll be welcomed with a chilled bottle of sparkling wine and a bouquet of flowers in their room upon arrival.  Add a little more romance to the stay by selecting a room or suite with a fireplace and in-room whirlpool tub.  The Old Yacht Club Inn is just one block from East Beach and is within walking distance to Stearns Wharf and downtown Santa Barbara with unforgettable shops, galleries and restaurants.  Call 805-962-1277 for more details and reservations.

martine innBook a room at the Martine Inn in Pacific Grove for Valentine’s Day, and upon arrival, guests will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne in a silver ice bucket, two champagne flutes on a silver tray, chocolate-covered strawberries and a box of chocolate truffles.  The historic inn features beautifully-appointed guest rooms with fireplaces, claw foot tubs, and views of the waves crashing against the rocky coastline of Pacific Grove.  To reserve, call 831-373-3388.

olea hotelIn Sonoma wine country, the Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen is offering a Winter Romance Package that’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration.  The intimate, 10-room hotel features modern guest rooms in a historic setting and offers a two-course breakfast, daily dessert and wine pairings, and a hot tub.  The romance package includes a one night stay in a Hillside Queen Room, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries.  The package requires advance reservations and is valid Sunday-Thursday only through March 15, 2013.  The romance package is $196, with an optional room upgrade for an additional $30 per night. To reserve, call 707-996-5131 or email

1906 lodgeEnjoy the ultimate romance package this winter with Some Enchanted Evening at 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach.  Guests follow a trail of rose petals to their private haven where the fireplace is lit, the music is on, roses are everywhere, the champagne is chilled, and the spa tub is filled with warm, soothing water.  The package is $249 and can be reserved in conjunction with any of the inn’s nine suites, which feature large in-room spa tubs, private porches, and fireplaces facing king-sized beds. Additional complimentary amenities include gourmet breakfast on the veranda, luxurious robes and linens, afternoon wine and snacks and nightly turn down service.  The Some Enchanted Evening package is valid until March 31, 2013 and can be reserved by calling 619-437-1900.

Gift certificates for California bed and breakfast stays are available through the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI).  CABBI gift certificates allow travelers to choose from over 200 quality-certified inns in the Golden State, including wine country escapes, coastal retreats and mountain getaways. Gift certificates are available in any dollar amount and have no expiration date.

Now through February 14, 2013, gift certificate purchases of $250 or more receive three free gifts: a 21st Edition CABBI Travel Guide, a CABBI Bed & Breakfast Cookbook and an upgrade to priority shipping.  To order a CABBI gift certificate, visit  For more information on Valentine’s Day specials and other bed and breakfast deals, visit


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