Aww. The newlywed years. Those are the days when Feb. 14 means drunken kissing, giddiness, googly eyes and hiding out in the boudoir satisfying each other for hours. Fast forward 10 years later and the weight of marriage, the whining of children and the burden of bills reduce Valentine's Day festivities to a quick peck on the cheek -- and maybe a small box of stale candy picked up at the Gas Mart during a fill-up of Unleaded #87.
It doesn't have to be that way, though.
Even in the recession, it's possible for couples to have a romantic Valentine's celebration at deeply discounted rates. Since travel and reservations have been down at some hotels, many are offering special deals to entice couples to rent a room, even if they live just a few miles away.