Oh boy, do we smell love in the air! These are the Best Cities to Travel to in February. Show your special guy or gal that you can be an adventurous romantic with a Valentine’s Weekend away for two. Where to Travel in February? Our three cities this month promise big savings on a short getaway that is every part cosmopolitan and classy.
Your San Francisco Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 63°F ~ Low 43°F
Our Where to Travel series crunches our users’ top destinations across North America to show you the best value month to visit. When looking at San Francisco, the ballooning value of real estate in the city speaks for itself through trivago’s hotel data which shows February hotel prices jumping by 56.5% between February 2014 and February 2017.
As one of the foggier months for San Francisco, hotel savings steer clear through summer peaks (last September and October saw average hotel rates at $330). trivago hotel data shows average room prices closer to $273 per night in February. We’ve picked properties across budgets and neighborhoods that each promise their own take on SF.
Hotel Zephyr ★★★★
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With the E and F heritage streetcars running right in front, the Hotel Zephyr places visitors spitting distance from Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and a short ride away from Downtown, Union Square, and even The Castro. A Maritime pattern spans the floors and walls of this waterfront stay with shipping containers built into the lobby and porthole reading nooks. Tastefully decorated rooms and suites come in a variety of configurations that suit both families and guests with accessibility needs.
Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer ★★★
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From the same lineage as one of our beloved Napa stays, the Harvest Inn in St. Helena, comes Charlie Palmer’s urban post, the Mystic Hotel. Unassuming from the outside, guests will delight in boutique living at this 82-room Union Square property. Exposed bricks and roughed up wood paneling add a raw touch to Mystic Hotel’s homeyness (you know, the kind where you wake up to a free breakfast spread). Sweep your Valentine off to the nightly live jazz in Burritt Room, best accompanied by one of their craft cocktails (their Ode to the Greats honor recently deceased stars).
1906 Mission ★★
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Elevated accommodation and housing prices are becoming the new norm in the City by the Bay. 1906 Mission thankfully offers a budget alternative to those simply looking for a centrally-located, clean, modern stay. Double and Queen rooms (all with shared bathroom — robes and slippers included) present some of the city’s best value for money which also includes a daily continental breakfast.
trivago data tip: Conferences, concerts and holidays are known to disrupt hotel prices. trivago hotel data for February 2017 shows that the most expensive nights of the month are February 12-16 and 27 -28 in San Francisco.
What to do in San Francisco in February?
February visitors are in luck this year. The weather forecast is looking mostly sunny with some daily highs reaching into the 60s. As any San Franciscan will warn you, pack that windbreaker and layer up when the dinner hour comes around. Should you get rained out, the Legion of Honor is hosting their own Rodin exhibition this year honoring the centenary of the artist’s death as well as an homage to Monet’s early years (opening on February 25th). San Francisco Travel pointed us in the direction of their must-do activities for visitors coming in for the shortest month of the year.
Exploring the Summer of Love
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, SF is looking retrospectively at the impact its free-thinkers had on the second half of the 20th century through the lenses of music, visual arts, politics, literature and more. This February, UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive opens up its multimedia exhibition, “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia”, while the Summer of Love is celebrated through photography at San Francisco City Hall’s “Jim Marshall’s 1967″ exhibit and through technicolor horticulture during Pier 39’s “Tulipmania”.
Kicking off the Year of the Rooster in America’s oldest Chinatown
While in town, why not partake in the Lunar New Year festivities of San Francisco’s Chinese community? If you’re passing along Grant and Stockton over February 11th, you won’t be able to miss the din of the Chinese New Year Parade whose high volume furor is meant to banish evil spirits for the year to come. Old school morning dim sum at Dol Ho and Hang Ah Tea Room is just the sodium kick you need before taking on “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty” at the Asian Art Museum.
How Much to Budget
Once you’ve made it to the City by the Bay plan to set aside roughly $944 over 48 hours for two in SF.
Uber from SFO: $35+
BART train to City Center: $8.95
One night in a 3-star Hotel – February: $262
Special Exhibition + General Admission to the Asian Art Museum : $20
Your Chicago Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 36°F ~ Low 15°F
Chicago is the kind of place that only takes one visit to fall in love with and to convince you of another two or five trips back. A first visit may enchant you on a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise or getting up close with the penguins at the Shedd. Hook yourself up to the “L” (the sometimes above, sometimes below ground train) to uncover the everyday corners of Chi.
December through February shows average hotel prices dipping below $175 per night, the cheapest point of the year. Whether you’re more of the “stay by the sights” traveler looking Downtown or the “feeling out the neighborhood” traveler looking on the North Side, filter for your ideal stay at the best price on trivago.
Home to two of the trivago Awards 2017 5-star winners, February may also be the month that you treat yourself (and your sweetheart) to a luxury stay at a discount. Searching for Chicago’s best hotels? We’ve let our collection of user reviews and ratings do the talking.
The Langham ★★★★★
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The Langham had the high honor this year of receiving top marks in the trivago Awards 2017 in the 5-star category. With an overall score of 96/100 from 1688 reviews (at the time of publication), this glamorous hotel has let its understated confidence carry its way to the top of the list. For the sophisticated duo, take Afternoon Tea in the Pavilion (pictured above) which pairs both a house exclusive list of teas with sweet and savory nibbles — all served atop Wedgwood China.
Virgin Hotels Chicago ★★★★
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This fun and funky hotel on North Wabash is more than its lipstick red flare. The complete guest experience is thoughtfully planned from the Sleeping Lounge-Dressing Room divide in each guestroom to Smart Closets by Poliform® and guest services (like valet retrieval, thermostat, and room service) available from the mobile app. The Commons Club on the second-floor functions as a coworking space by day, slipping into its best threads for cocktail hour by night.
The Alise Chicago - A StayPineapple Hotel ★★★★
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The former Hotel Burnham has reopened as The Alise in the old Reliance Building on State Street. Now under the management of the West Coast’s Pineapple Hospitality, Chicago has another dog-friendly accommodation to add to its count, along with perks such as complimentary bike rentals, free cupcakes and coffee, and premium bedding and linens. Thankfully, resident eatery Atwood delivers directly to your room, should the both of you prefer taking your Smoked Salmon Blintzes and your Midwest Cheese Board under the warmth of your covers.
What to do in Chicago in February?
Wandering through Chicago’s Art Institute hand in hand, a curvaceous pic of you and your boo in the reflection of the Cloud Gate, daring steps onto the Willis Tower’s Skydeck — Chicago has a litany of Valentine’s Day activities. As one of the quieter months in the Windy City (also one of the windier ones), area businesses are keen to bring people out around this time and, for February visitors with advance planning skills, a ‘dinner and a show’-kind of evening can be a real steal. You can save those ‘deep dish’ and ‘beef hot dog’ cravings for the next day.
Sample Chicago’s Finest by Prix Fixe
Chicago Restaurant Week, which in fact runs for a full 14 days, returns for its 10th edition this year between January 27 and February 9. Be sure to book a table early at acclaimed restaurants, like Lincoln Park’s Balena (Taglioni Nero with crab and sea urchin is one potential menu pick), Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Club (Gingerbread Dream Cake finished in Lemon Yuzu Cream) and Dusek in Pilsen (Boudin Blanc sandwich served with Beef Fat Fries). Best of all, prix fixe menus across the board are set at $33/$44 for dinner and $22 for lunch and brunch.
“Chicago’s cultural assets and landscape are reason enough to visit Chicago and February is a great time to see and experience so many of the wonderful productions, institutions and celebrations that make the city so special. Between Chicago Theatre Week and Chinese New Year, visitors can whet and satisfy their appetite for arts and culture with a number of performances,” David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago said. “And speaking of appetites, Chicago Restaurant Week will be in full swing early February and a great time to celebrate the city’s diverse and star-studded culinary scene. It’s the perfect combination – exciting festivities, amazing dining options and great deals!”
Be captivated by a Chicago Theatre Week performance
Blustery conditions are not unknown to blanket Chicago. Covering everything from comedy (“Second City’s Winner… of our Discontent” shown above) to children’s theater (“The Adventures of Robin Hood), Chicago Theatre Week has added over 100 productions in 2017 to keep you entertained indoors. Similar to Restaurant Week, CTW is raising the profile of the over 250 theater companies that call Chicago home with tickets priced reasonably at $15 and $30. How’s that for entertaining?
How Much to Budget
Once you’re on the ground in the Windy City, plan to set aside roughly $655 over 48 hours as a couple in Chi Town.
Taxi from O’Hare: $40+
CTA from O’Hare: $5
One night in a 3-star Hotel – February: $136
Ticket to Game Changers by the Joffrey Ballet: $30
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