Love is in the air and on the calendar. The most romantic holiday of the year is coming up next month, so here are 5 fun ideas for a Valentine's weekend getaway in Atlanta or within a short drive.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee (about an hour east of town) plans a “Lakeside Romance” package on Feb. 13 starting at $629. This includes overnight accommodations, a bottle of bubbles and rose petal turndown service, a $100 resort credit that can be used in the spa or restaurant, and breakfast for two.
If you’d prefer to just book your room and take an a la carte approach, the standard rates start at $329 per night. Club-level rooms start at $629 per night.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead property offers a similar package on Feb. 13, minus the lake, also starting at $629. The Valentine’s Day Dinner package includes overnight accommodations, dinner for two with a dessert buffet, breakfast for two, sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries and a rose-petal turndown service.
The Reynolds property is at 1 Lake Oconee Trail in Greensboro; 706-467-0600. The Buckhead property is at 3434 Peachtree Road N.E.; 404-237-2700. For information, see ritzcarlton.com and click on “select a hotel.”
The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta in Buckhead is celebrating beyond just Valentine’s weekend during the month of February.
On Feb. 13 and 14, the hotel’s restaurant will serve a five-course dinner menu created by new executive sous chef Richard Lee. Menu highlights include butter poached lobster with wild mushroom risotto and Champagne white chocolate mousse. The price is $95 per person and dinner hours are 5:30-9 p.m.
Throughout February, couples can enjoy the “Decadent Romance” package, including a rose-petal turndown, chilled Champagne and a box of heart-shaped chocolates and tickets to the Atlanta Ballet’s performance of “Moulin Rouge” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The price is $575 per night and is valid from Feb. 5-13.
The “Alone Time With Your Valentine” package includes overnight accommodations, a massage class in the couples suite at the hotel’s spa, Champagne and hors d’oeuvres served on the private guestroom terrace and breakfast in bed. The price is $1,265 per night and is valid the entire month of February.
For reservations or more information, call 404-995-7545, email email@example.com or see mandarinoriental.com/atlanta. The property is at 3376 Peachtree Road N.E.
The rate is $249 per night, and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call 678-500-3100 and mention rate code LAPKG1 or see watlantabuckhead.com/xoxo. The address is 3377 Peachtree Road N.E.
Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, about an hour north of Atlanta, offers a two-night package, including cottage accommodations, breakfast for two each morning in the Woodlands Grill and a four-course dinner in the Rice House.
Chocolate truffles will be there to greet you when you arrive.
Rates start from $530 per night and include a $100 resort credit, which can be used for dining or activities such as a guided horseback ride, sporting clays, spa treatments or merchandise. A four-course dinner by chef Roberto Guzman will be served on the evenings of Feb. 12-14. The price is $105 per person.
The cheekily named “Wine Snob” will be on hand for pairing recommendations throughout the weekend, and complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides are available the evening of Feb. 13.
If that’s not luxurious enough for you, the resort’s “Fairy Godmother” is available to enhance your stay with a number of “royal treatments,” such as the Love Spell, involving candles, Champagne and rose petals, or a customized proposal setting. Treatments are available for additional fees and must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
The property, a little over an hour north of Atlanta, is at 597 Barnsley Gardens Road. See barnsleyresort.com for reservations and information.