With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning a great getaway for you and that someone special. With so many places to choose from, finding which one is the best can be a tough decision. But luckily, you don’t have to look too far outside of your own area to plan a great trip. Here are some of the top Valentine’s Day travel destinations near Connecticut, for you and that some special in your life to enjoy and create plenty of memories.

Pocono Mountains

The best part about living in the southern part of the state is how close you are to the romantic getaway found in the Pocono Mountains. Residents of Darien, Stamford or even Bridgeport can spend a nice weekend getaway at Cove Haven, Pocono Place or Paradise Stream for a quick, and close, Valentine’s Day destination. Because Poconos is known to bring in couples from near and far, booking your stay well in advance is beneficial. Couples can enjoy quiet, intimate dinners, spa packages, and live entertainment from musicians and comedians.

New York City Times Square

With only an hour to two-hour drive, Connecticut residents can reach the city that never sleeps. New York City offers so much for couples who enjoy dining out, live entertainment and taking in the sights. A Valentines Day quick getaway in the city comes with the excitement of Times Square, which in itself on a regular day is packed with plenty of things to see and do. A Broadway show, plenty of nightlife or a romantic walk or horse and carriage ride through Central Park makes for a great Valentine’s Day destination.

Water’s Edge Resort & Spa

Located right on the shoreline in Westbrook is a great romantic getaway destination. Water’s Edge  offers a historic, yet romantic getaway for couples looking to enjoy some indoor and outdoor activities. The resort offers kayaking, indoor pool, tennis courts, a lounge with live entertainment and, of course, a luxurious spa for all to enjoy. If you choose to stay in your villa during your stay, no worries, the resort offers room service and other specific spa treatments for you to enjoy.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods is one of the oldest casinos in Connecticut and has grown with each year. Located in Ledyard, not only can couples experience the excitement of the many casino rooms, but you can also take in a show or two. Foxwoods offers nightlife for the mature, sophisticated and modern couples who enjoy live music, a little dancing and a little humor from some of the best comedians. The ambiance alone is best suited for a Valentine’s Day destination, and it’s not too far from home. Foxwoods also offers some of the best restaurants for a great dining experience including the new restaurant, VUE 24at the top of the 24th floor of the Grand Pequot Tower. This new spot is oozing with flair and is even offering a Valentines Saturday tasting menu.

Mohegan Sun Casino Resort

Another close favorite for couples to have a nice Valentine’s Day getaway is Mohegan Sun. It’s not as large as Foxwoods but provides a great overall experience just the same. Couples can enjoy great nightlife, live entertainment and some of the most exciting games around in the casino rooms — Earth, Sky and Wind. Check out their show schedule at the Mohegan Sun Arena, or book a spa package.

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Wanda Coppage is a resident of New Haven, CT where she works as a Music Director and On-Air personality for anUrban/AC radio station. Her passion for life, music and great entertainment is reflected in all of her endeavors, as a radio personality, thinker and writer, and all things that allow her to creatively express herself. Read more of her work on Examiner.com.