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Everyone needs a little time away, but more importantly everyone needs a little time away with that special someone. Don’t waste time traveling when you can have the romantic Valentine’s Day getaway right here in the Houston area.

La Torreta Lake Resort & Spa

600 La Torretta Blvd.
Montgomery, TX 77356
(936) 448-4400
www.latorrettalakeresort.comJust a short drive away from downtown Houston, you will find La Torreta Lake Resort & Spa located on Lake Conroe in Montgomery County. This resort offers rooms and suites in its towers right on the lake or, if you need a little more space, the cabins offer living and dining comfort that is classic and rustic. Enjoy time spent outdoors on the lake or putting around the beautifully wooded golf course. Spend time together getting a couple’s massage in the relaxing spa center which offers massage chairs, facials, scrubs, wraps, healthy snacks and a variety of spa services. Other on-site amenities include a lazy river, pool, slide and waterpark, as well as five-star dining. For those not wanting to leave the water, poolside drinks and dining are available as well. Bring your boat or jet skis because you can rock around the dock when staying at La Torreta Lake Resort & Spa.

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

2222 W. Loop S.
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 627-7600
www.sonesta.com/RoyalHoustonReceive the royal treatment this Valentine’s Day at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Romantic packages are offered throughout the year, not just on Valentine’s Day, and include champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, dinner for two, overnight valet parking and late checkout so you don’t need to rush out the door. Before you make your way to the Royal Sonesta, spend some time shopping in the Galleria at upscale stores like Gucci and Neiman Marcus.

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
(877) 285-3624
www.kemahboardwalk.comYou and your special someone won’t fail to be amused by the music, entertainment, dining and theme park rides at Kemah Boardwalk. Make sure you hold your sweetheart tight as you “Wipe Out” or face the “Pharaoh’s Fury.” For tamer times, the train, ferris wheel and carousel are all good excuses to simply enjoy the day and hold hands. Other entertainment includes live music, a stingray reef and rainforest exhibit as well as many fine and casual dining options.

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www.galveston.comOn Galveston Island, your accommodations are all about location, location, location. Couples will fall in love with the history of The Tremont House, the spa and amenities at Hotel Galvez and Spa or go wild about the wildlife adventure they can take when staying at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. What could be more romantic than walking along The Strand, shopping, dining and ending your evening with a horse-drawn carriage ride? Draw a heart in the sand on Galveston Island beach, enjoy all the pleasure available at the Pleasure Pier and celebrate years of history at the area museums such as Elissa, Lone Star Flight Museum and Galveston Railroad Museum.

New Braunfels

www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.usRomance becomes a walk in the park when your getaway destination is just about an hour west in New Braunfels. Arrive early and spend some time at Landa Park walking the Panther Canyon Nature Trail, playing miniature golf or exploring Landa Lake and Comal Springs on a paddle boat ride. After enjoying the great outdoors, you will want to head to downtown New Braunfels to search for the perfect antique keepsake. Music lovers will enjoy Gruene Hall, Texas’ oldest dance hall with live performances by some of the most recognized names in country music.  Shopping from local craftsman and antique dealers is also available as you walk along and enjoy the many historically restored buildings, some of which have been in the area since 1874. Stop by Dry Comal Creek Vineyards for a wine tasting and take a bottle home to enjoy.

Related: Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip To New Braunfels

Mother of four college to Kindergarten, Lisa Carey is a National and Local writer for Examiner. She brings with her 20 years experience in education, working with families and her enthusiasm for the Houston area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.