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Whisk your Valentine away soon


 Savannah, Ga., is well worth a visit. Elizabeth's on 37th is a popular romantic spot. Menus change seasonally.
Jacqueline Fitzgerald/Chicago Tribune
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Date published: 2/12/2013

By McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

With Valentine's Day upon us, it's time to show that special someone that you've been thinking of them and are looking forward to spending a couple of romantic days and nights together.

Forget Paris--the members and editors of Virtual Tourist.com have come up with a list of "5 Romantic Weekend Destinations" that you probably haven't visited yet and are bound to enjoy together.

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic: If you think Prague and Vienna are too cliche, how about visiting the spa city of Karlovy Vary? Located at the confluence of the rivers Teplá and Ohre, Karlovy Vary is located about 81 miles west of Prague. While the town is famous for its spa culture and hot springs, it also contains beautiful belle epoque and art nouveau building facades. And these spas are not cost-prohibitive--many of the city's famous thermal springs are located in open colonnades, which are free to the public and where visitors can "drink cure" from special cups available for purchase throughout the town. Some of the more notable colonnades are the Park Colonnade and the Mill Colonnade, as well as the Thermal Spring Colonnade. Stroll the streets, sip the cure, and enjoy your weekend away from the busy city.

Ischia, Campania, Italy: Few coastlines have the views and sunsets of the Amalfi in Italy, but with those views come high prices and large crowds. Celebrities have flocked to the nearby island of Capri, but with their visits and vacations, so have followed the high prices and big groups. Multiple VirtualTourist members suggest avoiding the large crowds and high prices by visiting Ischia, the largest of the three islands off of Naples, but significantly less "sceney" and crowded than Capri.

Accessible by ferry from Naples and Pozzuoli, this island is of volcanic origin and therefore known for its thermal hot springs and wellness activities. In addition to heated pools and spas, one must-see is a walk on the Ponte Aragonese, the foot bridge that connects the island to the Castello Aragonese. For unparalleled views, stay at the Albergo Il Monastero, a hotel built in an old convent within the Castello Aragonese. If that's not feasible, at least enjoy drinks from the hotel's terrace.


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