There's still time to surprise your special someone with a trip for Valentine's Day. United Vacations (tel. 888/854-3899; www.unitedvacations.com) sends you off for three nights at a four-star resort in Napa, with airfare, a rental car, and wine country passes -- all from $683 per person.
After landing in San Francisco, pick up your Alamo rental car and drive about an hour to the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa. The luxury hotel and resort has private vineyards, farm-to-table cuisine (would you expect anything else from Northern California?), a spa complete with steam grottos and soaking pools, and rooms with marble bathrooms and plush beds. The package comes with a pair of two-day wine country passes, which grant you free (or 10¢) tastings at more than a dozen of Napa Valley's vineyards; free admission to the Napa Valley Museum and Charles M. Schulz Museum (creator of Peanuts); discounts at most of the participating wineries' gift shops; and coupons redeemable at three premium outlets in Napa, Petaluma, and Gilroy.
Why is this a deal? Airfare from Denver to San Francisco on Feb. 9 costs $254 per person. A three-night stay in a superior king room at Meritage Resort comes to $866 for two people, or $433 per person. Add on a four-day rental of an Alamo economy car (about $140, or $70 per person), bringing the airfare/hotel/rental car total up to $757 per person. The wine country passes are valued at $100 per person. Breakfast is not included in the regular room rate; budget about $20 per person for each morning (or a total of $60 per person).
This package would cost you about $917 per person if you booked each component separately. Booking the United Vacations package therefore saves you at least $234 per person.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Denver to San Francisco, three nights at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa; breakfast daily; a four-day Alamo rental car; a pair of two-day wine country explorer passes; airline fuel surcharges, government taxes and fees; and hotel taxes.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: That's it. United Vacations has instituted a "no-surprises" policy with its pricing, so what you see is what you get.
When: Departures Feb. 9-13; promotion is valid through March 3.
Book By: Feb. 15
Single Supplement: $405
Other Gateways: Boston ($738), Houston ($786), Chicago ($802)
Other Details: All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.