There's no such thing as a cookie-cutter romance, even if the cookie is shaped like a sweet little Valentine heart with white frosting and red cinnamon sprinkles.
No, every cookie -- I mean, couple -- is different, as should be every pair's romantic getaway. Maybe you and your sweetheart are total nerds, wedded to the web and the successful marriage of wi and fi, and finding love at the first sight of a Rubik's Cube in your room. Or perhaps your heart's desire is to have your vows renewed. By Elvis. On a train. To Reno.
Whatever tickles your fancy, cuddle up with your cutie at one of these romantic offerings around the Bay and beyond:
Nerds in love
Hotel Avante, 860 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 650-940-1000, www.jdvhotels.com.
In the heart of Silicon Valley, this 91-room boutique hotel aims to "keep your brain engaged" with its in-room Executive Toy Box, which includes a Rubik's Cube, Slinky, Etch a Sketch and more. There's a Hi-Fi Lounge for high-tech music listening, and most of the furniture is on wheels to invite creative rearranging.
The "Get Your Geek On" package (from $149 with a two-night minimum) includes a subscription to Wired Magazine and a "super geek" entry to the nearby Computer History Museum. More geeky stuff, not included in the package, but highly recommended: Drop in at the visitors center at NASA Ames, and maybe steam up the windows at the Tesla showroom.
Kiss the cook
Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, 415-339-4700, www.cavallopoint.com.
Celebrate Valentine's Day throughout February with the "Love Is in the Air" special at the former Fort Baker Army post -- now an eco-friendly, luxury guest lodge and culinary school, tucked under the northern anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge. The romance package (from $569) includes a night's stay in one of the historic or contemporary rooms, a seven-course tasting menu at the Murray Circle restaurant, plus a dozen red roses, a bottle of bubbly and chocolates upon arrival.
Then sign up for cooking classes or demonstrations (additional fees), take a morning yoga class, and hike, bike, fish, kayak -- or relax at the Healing Arts Center and Spa.
Safari West Wildlife Preserve, off Franz Valley Road, Santa Rosa, 800-616-2695, www.safariwest.com.
Hug each other close on an African adventure through a wine country wildlife preserve -- a safari in an open-air vehicle alongside romping rhinos, giraffes, flamingos and other exotic animals. For Valentines, there's a special Wild Jungle Love Sex Tour, an adults-only safari that "probes the ins and outs of intimate relations between warthogs, giraffes, leaping lemurs, porcupines, insects and more." The $135 per-person package includes the tour, a Wild Love Bites brunch and chocolate paired with African wines. Reservations required.
Note: Safari West's luxury tents are not available in winter months for overnight stays, but the nearby Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa is offering a FlaminGo All the Way special from Feb. 14 through 16 (from $139); 800-848-8300, www.flamingoresort.com.
The Love Train to Reno, departing from Emeryville, Richmond (BART connection), Martinez, Suisun and Sacramento, 800-783-0783, www.renofuntrain.com.
For the love of kitsch, hop on the Love Train, quaff some bubbly, dance to live music and have Elvis officiate at the onboard renewal of your wedding vows (they can't actually marry people while traveling through multiple counties) as the train winds through the sometimes-snowy, always beautiful Sierra Nevada. The package for Feb. 14 through 16 (from $309 per person, including round trip rail fare and hotel in Reno) is from Key Holidays in Walnut Creek, which regularly runs the Reno Fun Train, a special Amtrak charter with Amtrak and private rail cars. For Valentine's weekend, the train cars will be festooned with red balloons and hearts.
Post Ranch Inn, 47900 Highway 1, Big Sur, 888-524-4787, www.postranchinn.com.
Birds and bees do it, and you can probably even see them from your tree house room at the Post Ranch Inn. The Ranch's 39 rooms are set amid the stunning scenery on the cliffs of Big Sur, but why not climb up nine feet from the forest floor into your own free-standing triangular room built on stilts? Tree house rooms are one option for the ongoing Romance at the Ranch special (around $3,800). It's pricey, but packed with three nights' accommodations, two four-course dinners at the Sierra Mar restaurant, a choice of spa treatments or shamanic sessions and Champagne with crystal flutes that you get to keep.
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