With Valentine’s Day on one end and Presidents Day on the other, Feb. 15-17 is the ideal time for a romantic getaway at the Delaware beaches—especially when many hotels are offering special deals perfect for two. Can’t take off that weekend? No worries, there are other off-season rates to be found, and you’ll have plenty to do. Most area restaurants and shops keep winter hours.
Here are seven properties with specials to consider.
Book the Friday and Saturday over Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend at the sophisticated yet friendly Hotel Blue, and you’ll receive complimentary Champagne and chocolates from Edie Bee’s Confection Shop. Prices range from $199 to $249 a night. Add a third night—Thursday, Sunday or Monday—for just $99.
In March, book three nights and get a fourth night for half off. (The discounted day does not include a weekend night or a holiday.)
110 Anglers Road, Suite 107, Lewes • 645-4880
If you’re flexible during the week, reserve three nights between Sunday and Thursday at Hotel Rodney and get a fourth night for free. You must prepay for the three nights, and the offer does not include suites, holidays and special events that fall on weekdays. The offer is good until April 30.
142 Second St., Lewes • 645-6466
The second of Dogfish Head Inn’s winter Spirited Weekends takes place Feb. 15-16 and offers guests a behind-the-scenes experience for beer and spirit geeks. It includes a two-night stay, a hand-bottled spirit and a fireside chat with the distilling team, along with a tour of the distillery and brewery, discount codes and local transportation to Dogfish Head properties. Room rates vary and range from $799 to $1,200.
The inn also features the $99 add-on Romantic Chemistry Package, which includes flowers, Edie Bee’s chocolates and Dogfish Head goodies.
105 Savannah Road, Lewes • 644-8292
The picturesque Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, which sits right on the beach, carries a Victorian theme into public spaces and guestrooms. Stay on Feb. 14, and you’ll receive Champagne with two keepsake flutes, chocolates and a four-course dinner at Victoria’s, the inn’s restaurant. Sleep in the next day; the deal includes a late checkout. Rates vary depending on the room.
From now until March 21, book two nights in an oceanfront suite at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel and you’ll receive a $50 food credit toward Victoria’s, The Plaza Pub or The Plaza Point Coffee Shoppe. The deal also includes a plush throw and pop-up lantern, unlimited DVD selections and hot chocolate and dessert for two delivered to your room. The cost is $499 per couple, and the deal isn’t available on holiday weekends.
2 Olive Ave. and the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach • 227-7169
Receive 20 percent off any room rate at Hotel Rehoboth on Feb. 14. For Presidents Day weekend, take 15 percent of any room rate for two or more nights between Feb. 15-19.
For an additional $130 on top of the regular rate, you’ll receive a half bottle of Champagne, glasses and chocolates, dinner for two ($100) at your choice of seven restaurants, discounted services at Bad Hair Day? salon, along with the hotel’s usual perks, which includes breakfast and evening wine.
247 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-4300
The Bellmoor Inn and Spa includes Swedish massages in its Valentine’s Day deal, which also features red or white wine, dinner for two and 25 percent off the room rate on Feb. 14.
Until Feb. 29, the inn is offering 50 percent off a third night when you book all three. Make a spa appointment for one service and get half off another of equal or lesser value. If you haven’t been to The Bellmoor in a few years, you’re in for a surprise. The hotel has undergone renovations to make it brighter and add an elegant coastal touch.
6 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach • 227-5800
There’s no better place for romance than a hotel right on the beach. Bethany Beach Ocean Suites this month features a one-night stay in a suite with a king- or queen-size bed, chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling rose. Optional add-ons include dinner at the on-site restaurant, 99 Sea Level, and a treatment in the on-site spa. The fee is $249 but check rates to confirm.
99 Hollywood St., Bethany Beach • 539-3200