Six unexpected Valentine’s Day destinations

Lonely Planet has a few suggestions for those couples looking for romantic rendezvous spots on Valentine’s Day. These unlikely places are sure to set the mood for a passionate evening.

  • Canterbury, England- the setting for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer’s “Parliament of Foules” poem has made its mark on February 14 through its content. The poem’s narrator visits Venus’ temple and a ‘parliament’ where individuals choose a mate on Valentine’s Day.
  • Coastal drive north of San Francisco from Sonoma County to Mendocino’s rugged peninsula- one of California’s hidden gems. It is nearly completely undeveloped, allowing no traffic lights to reduce the romance.
  • Cartagena, Colombia- where Gabriel García Márquez allegedly based the book, Love in the Time of Cholera. This has become known as one of the most romantic cities between North and South America.
  • Love Train –Churchill, Manitoba. This two-day trip to Winnipeg has been nicknamed the “Love Train,” due to those who believe the modern lights assist with fertility.

    Jim Reynoldson in Iceland
  • Geothermal pools- Iceland. These warm pools are something different than the clichéd heart-shaped hot tubs.
  • Valentine, Nebraska– the Valentine’s Day capitol of the U.S. Participate in the February 14 coronation of the King and Queen of Hearts.

Spice up your typical valentine’s day with one of these unique locations.