With Valentine’s Day two weeks away, have you decided how you’ll celebrate? Lonely Planet, publisher of guidebooks and online guides, suggests a romantic trip and has some out-of-the-ordinary recommendations. The Roadtripping blog will be on a non-romantic trip to Orlando (unless you count flying on a broomstick with Harry Potter as romantic) on Valentine’s Day, so will bow out of this discussion.
Here are Lonely Planet’s suggestions:
*Canterbury, England, the setting for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer changed February 14th forever in his Parlement of Foules — a dreamy 700-line poem with its narrator visiting Venus’s temple and a ‘parliament’ where birds choose their mates, on Valentine’s Day.
*A drive through one of the California’s great secrets—a coastal ride north of San Francisco from Sonoma County to Mendocino’s rugged peninsula. It’s almost completely undeveloped with no stoplights to break up the bliss.
*Cartagena, Colombia — where Gabriel García Márquez supposedly based Love in the Time of Cholera (the town is never explicitly named in the book) — is one of the most romantic cities in the Americas.
*Catch the Love Train to Churchill, Manitoba. The two-day trip up from Winnipeg is nicknamed the ‘love train’ by some, as it’s particularly popular with Japanese couples who believe the Northern Lights help with fertility.
*Take a soak in one of Iceland’s many geothermal pools — less clichéd than a heart-shaped tub.
*Head to Valentine’s Day capitol of the U.S. — Valentine, Nebraska — and partake in the Feb. 14 coronation of the King and Queen of Hearts.
Go here for the detailed list.