Thursday, February 4, 2016

This February's three-day holiday weekend packs a one-two punch, with two major holidays coinciding. So whether you're a couple looking for a last-minute, romantic weekend escape to celebrate Valentine's Day, or a family on the hunt for an affordable getaway to take as a group, Travel + Leisure has a solution for you. Better still, all of these vacations are less than $200.

The Inn at Glenora, Finger Lakes, New York

From $179 per night
The Finger Lakes are one of upstate New York's most popular romantic getaways. There are 11 lakes to explore; the two biggest are Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, the deepest lake in America. The region is famous for its wineries, many of which produce ice wine, a sweet dessert wine, and wilderness activities like hiking and kayaking. While winter and spring are the destination's slow seasons, you'll find that the wine-tasting experience is more personal and less crowded, so it is still a great time to visit. At the Inn at Glenora, all the rooms overlook the vineyards or Seneca Lake and have private balconies or patios. An overnight stay includes a glass of sparkling wine at check-in, a bottle of Glenora wine, plus complimentary wine tastings at the Glenora Wine Cellars.

Freehand, Chicago

From $106 per night for a private room
There are tons of activities in the Windy City come winter, from dining at great restaurants to taking in the 360 view from the top of the John Hancock Center, 1,000 feet up in the sky. The Freehand Chicago is a fun escape for couples or friends in the cool River North neighborhood. This hotel is an upscale cross between a hotel and a hostel, with colorful, kitschy accommodations, and a great on-site bar, the Broken Shaker. There's also a staff event coordinator who plans daily events for guests, and a Saturday "pay what you want walking tour."

The Durham, Durham, North Carolina

From $199 per night
Durham is North Carolina's "it" city, and a hotbed of boutique hotels, nouveau comfort food, live music, and museums. Just opened last year, The Durham is a 53-room hotel set in a mid-century Home Savings Bank building. Perks include rooftop yoga classes and bicycles with which to explore the city. And there are lots of local touches: specialty coffee drinks come from Durham's own Counter Culture coffee, and turndown service provided by Escazu Artisan Chocolates, which creates small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate in Raleigh. Durham's own Burt's Bees supplies some of the bath amenities, including Beeswax Lip Balm and Hand Salve.

Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Rates from $240 per night including park access for a family of four
Wisconsin Dells is called the Waterpark Capital of the World, a title that holds true even in winter. The 600-acre Wilderness Resort has a bunch of indoor water-parks: the Wild West, Klondike Kavern, Cubby's Cove, and Wild WaterDome, which features private cabanas with TVs. In addition, there are a ton of other activities including laser tag, go-carts, a ropes course, bumper boats, mini golf, and more. Rooms at the hotel have flat screen TVs, microwaves, and are perfect for families and easily sleep four.

The Waves, Cannon Beach, Oregon

From $119 per night; 3-day rate from $357.
Set on the northern end of Oregon's untamed coastline is Cannon Beach, a quaint seaside town. The Waves, a collection of three properties—the White Heron Lodge, the Argonauta Inn, and The Waves—on the quiet, north side of town, provide easy access for exploring both the wide expanse of beach and the trails of Ecola State Park. Most rooms come with fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces, and private decks, leaving guests with few reasons to tear themselves away from the gorgeous scenery. But if you want to head out, the village's shops and restaurants are just a short walk away from the hotel.

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