Surprise your sweetheart with a belated romantic getaway

February 16, 2017 GMT

It’s hard to whip up a romantic adventure when Valentine’s Day falls on a fresh-off-a-snowstorm, gotta-go-to-work-the-next-day Tuesday. Hopefully you made some effort, but there are still ways to make this a magical holiday without breaking the bank — even if you have put off the romantic getaway for a few weeks.

Sweet surprise getaway

The historic 21-room, family-owned Inn at Manchester offers a delicious escape in Vermont. Located on four park-like acres between the Taconic and Green Mountains, the Inn at Manchester welcomes maple lovers with an insider look at the syrup-making process. At the Sugar Shack, you’ll learn about how maple syrup is made and see the making of syrup, candies and more. The Maple Getaway package (from $195/night) includes accommodations for two, cooked breakfast daily, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sugar Shack, a quart of Vermont maple syrup from the Sugar Shack and a half-pound of the inn’s buttermilk pancake mix to take home, and a 10 percent discount on all maple products purchased from the Sugar Shack. The cozy Vermont setting is just right for a special escape, too. (


Flowers, fresh food and fun

For a fun, romantic and easy-to-do daytrip, head to Boston Public Market. This treasure is easy to access (parking is just $3 when you spend a few dollars there, and the Haymarket T station is steps away). Surprise your loved one with the visit, then have them pick out flowers, a delicious meal or treat to eat while there (you have to get the cider doughnuts!), and then shop for fresh, local ingredients to bring home for the special dinner you’ll prepare after the visit. There’s even local wine and an amazing craft beer assortment, and every Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. there’s a pop-up bar so you can sip and shop. Soup to nuts, it’s all there and in a fun, lively setting. (boston

Learn something new

G-rated, of course. We’re talking skiing and snowboarding. Before you have sticker shock at the notion, consider this: At nearby Ragged Mountain Resort in Danbury, N.H. (about 90 minutes from Boston), beginner lessons, including quality rentals, are completely free. You and your loved one can take three two-hour lessons with all the equipment for no cost at all. And if you love it, you can purchase a season pass for the remainder of the year for a song — $69 — once you finish those three lessons. Call it the gift of a new love that just keeps on giving, and a way to embrace New England winters as a team. (ragged

Winter beach retreat

The Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod is renowned for romance and its setting, and wintertime is no exception. In fact, winter might just be a bit more romantic. Less crowded, you can find more room to enjoy special moments in the lush lobby or on the beautiful grounds. Spa appointments (a must!) are easier to get, and there are few things more romantic than a long, bundled-up walk on a Cape beach in the winter. While some Chatham stores are closed for the season, those that are open are happy to see you. You’ll find great deals and meet some lovely shop owners who have time to chat. Special packages and deals are plentiful this time of year. (