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Romantic and luxurious getaways
As Valentine's Day approaches, it's easy to equate romance with candy and Champagne. But what if you want to go the extra mile for your significant other?
Peter Greenberg, CBS News travel editor, says you should strongly consider waiting until after Feb. 14, which falls on a Saturday this year.
Greenberg says some companies raise prices anywhere from 50 to 150 percent over what you would normally pay any other time.
"(Hotels and resorts) like to overcharge everybody because they're playing upon emotion, they're playing upon guilt and they're playing upon a fact that this year (Valentine's Day) takes place over a weekend," he says. "What you have to be aware of is, if you're in love with somebody, you can actually go to Denny's and have a romantic dinner and be OK."
A romantic getaway is one where you don't have to worry about lots of details and logistics, says Summer Hull, founder of MommyPoints.com, a travel rewards blog. "You want to go somewhere where your only job is to relax and enjoy each other," she says.
Greenberg says it's a mistake to make a Valentine's Day hotel reservation. "What would usually go for $189 now goes for $599, but they'll give you Champagne, roses and chocolate," Greenberg says. "You have wildly overpaid."
Still, if you're planning a romantic Valentine's Day getaway, why not choose one of these opulent Valentine's vacation venues?