With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the pressure is on to pop the question in a creative way. Forget the fancy dinner, the typical walk on the beach, or the unimaginative stroll through the park. Instead of getting down on one knee in an ordinary place, Darra Stone shares destinations that are sure to inspire a yes!
Say Yes Under the Stars–Saariselka, Finland
Sleep under the stars and see the aurora borealis in a glass igloo for two. For couples willing to bear the cold, this is sure to be magical experience.
Once you’re done snuggling up in your personal igloo, more adventurous couples should brave the weather and go Ice Karting. Not many places in the world offer this out-of-the-box experience, so buckle up for an adrenaline rush.
Say Yes with a Sweet Treat–Brussels, Belgium
Instead of purchasing a package of chocolates from the store, go to where the sweets are made. As one of the world leaders of chocolate confectionaries, Belgium offers a vast amount of the worlds best chocolate. Become a part of the process at Mary Artisan Chocolatier‘s chocolate workshops, where world-class chocolatiers train you in just a few short hours to make delicious treats. The additional treat is that you get to keep any chocolates that you make.
After eating chocolate together treat yourselves further by immersing in it. The World Beauty Centre in Brussels offers an entire line of chocolate-based spa treatments. Have the sweetest massage of your life with their unique liquid chocolate blend, receive a chocolate facial that exfoliates and softens the skin, or give yourself and full chocolate body wrap.
This Greek island has much to offer for the traveling lovebirds. Wander through the Palace of the Grand Masters which was originally built in the 7th century but later reconstructed by Mussolini in the 1930’s. Then travel down to ancient Rhodes to explore some of the most beautiful ruins in the world.
After walking through history, travelers can go hiking through the Valley of the Butterflies. During the right time there are sightings of thousands of butterflies.
Say Yes on the Water–Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
This is one of the top island destinations in North America and it’s no wonder why. With spectacular ocean views, plus off season rates in winter, pop the question in an amazing setting, where you can save a little extra to put toward the ring. Cape Breton is also host to the most fiddle players per capita in the world. So while proposing by one of the famous lighthouses overlooking the ocean, don’t be surprised to hear musical notes through the air.
Finish an evening on the island at the Glenora Distillery. As North America’s first single malt distillery, whiskey connoisseurs will enjoy sampling some of the best single malts in the world. For those who don’t enjoy whiskey they also offer specialty brews on tap and a full menu.
Say Yes at the Spa–Costa Rica Hot Springs
Although many places offer natural hot springs, few offer the hot springs with a scenic view that includes Arenal volcano. If you are looking for an affordable exotic get away, look no further than the Arenal Paraiso Spa and Resort. This resort offers 14 swimming pools, private walking paths and is surrounded by lush gardens. Or check out the Titoku Hot Springs which cascade down offering 8 hot pools for guests.
Climb out of the hot springs and head closer to the volcano to experience some of the world’s most interesting hanging bridges. This tour is perfect for the not-so-sporty couple that wants to experience nature close up.
Say Yes then Say Cheers–QueensTown New Zealand.
Prepare to pop the question and a bottle of wine in Queensstown, New Zealand. For the couple that wants to hit wine country there is no better place to travel. This emerging wine region is the most southern located in the world, which offers a unique climate for its growth. Couples can join a group for a tour of the Queenstown Wine Trail Wineries, or sign up for a special private tour. Those visiting the area in April can head to Remarkable Wines in Central Otago where you have the opportunity to press your own grapes.
While there you can also take a popular helicopter ride to get the best view of Queenstown and other surrounding areas. There’s no better way see the breathtaking scenery.
For more romantic travel spots, check out:
- Peter’s travel tip, Are Valentine’s Deals Worth It?
- New Ideas for Destination Weddings
- Honeymooning The Second Time Around
- Romantic Travel archives
By Darra Stone for PeterGreenberg.com