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The Fairbanks HouseRomantic vacations don’t have to break the bank – no really, they don’t have to. It’s still possible to find great deals on warm getaways during the winter, when snowbirds flock to the Sunshine State to escape the cold. If a romantic escape is what you seek, packages can offer more for your money. Of course, everyone’s idea of a romantic getaway is different – mine was a scuba certification mission with my husband to West Palm Beach in January (I scored two round-trip flights from Baltimore for $300!). But there are a few elements that make any winter escape romantic in everyone’s eyes. Privacy is key; a hot tub is a plus. There’s a better chance you’ll get both by booking at a venue that caters to couples. Here’s a look at three wintertime Florida romance packages worth looking into once dreary January comes:

Summit Tops’l Beach and Racquet Resort in Destin
This package is for the couple who believes romance and ocean-view are synonymous. For $600 through February 29, you get a three-night stay in a studio suite offering a Jacuzzi bath, king size bed, and a private balcony. It also includes dinner for two at the Ocean Club Fine Dining Restaurant and a 50-minute couples massage at Serenity by the Sea Day Spa. The package cannot be combined with any other offer and does not include gratuity or tax. Call 888 598-5359 and ask for Romance Package code $ROM. Fly into Pensacola or Panama City Regional Airports.


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The Fairbanks House in Amelia Island
This intimate, 1885 Italianate B&B’s (pictured above) romance package starts at $595 for two nights in a large mansion suite or private cottage and one dinner at a local fine dining restaurant. It also includes champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries, a daily gourmet breakfast and evening social hour, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There’s also a pool, and the beach is just a bike ride away (complimentary bike use is included). Fly into Jacksonville International Airport, which is a half hour away.


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Sunset Key Guest Cottages in the Keys
This Westin resort is on a private, 27-acre island, and on seven on them are cottages for rent. Book a one-bedroom and sip champagne on your veranda. Right now, you can book one night in a one-bedroom cottage and get the following night for 40 percent off (rates start at $595). Or you can book four nights and get the fifth free (which includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries) using the promo code HNYMN.

For general trip-planning information, see our Florida Travel Guide.

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