Big Bear Sweethearts: Your Frosty Valentine's Day

Treats and deals await twosomes who book a stay up the mountain.

EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T GROW UP WITH SNOW... you know that the white cold stuff, when it is even and sparkly on the ground, makes a rather wonderful and stark canvas for any works of art, or expressions of love, you want to undertake. For sure, two snow people kissing can convey the true-hearted-ness of the couple that constructed them, and, yes, snow angels are sweet. But spelling out an "I Love You" below someone's window, on a vast bed of the chilly white stuff, with pine needles and pine cones for your materials, is also way up there in the annals of touching romance. Or a proposal, or any declaration of affection. Which all leads to this: Your fun and flirty getaway with Your Someone Special doesn't necessarily have to happen on some roasty beach (though, let's be honest: Sand makes a pretty spectacular canvas upon which to show someone your love).

YOU CAN GO... the snow route, even in Southern California, which happens to have a few mountaintops within shouting distance. ("Shouting distance" if you have a megaphone attached to a microphone, maybe, but close.) Big Bear is one of those spots, and there are a number of doings around the big lake dotting the Valentine's Weekend calendar. Oh yes, you know this, right? Valentine's Day in 2015 is on a Saturday, so if you don't start planning two minutes ago, it could be sad trombone time when the middle of February arrives.

THE KNICKERBOCKER MANSION... will present overnight Valentine's Day duos with a gratis bottle of bubbly, and Altitudes Massage is upping the couples massage game with the giving of a rose, some Champagne, some chocolates as a part of the 90-minute, two-in-one-room massage. And for those twosomes who schuss? Goldsmith's Boardshop has some rent-one-get-the-second-set-free deals going down over the middle of February. For all the Big Bear February haps, ski this way. For what you'll spell on the snow outside your honey's window, spell out of pine cones and pine needles, well... We suggest you start plotting that bit of heart-cheering whimsy, pronto.

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