Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne) - Sunday February 3, 2002

"VALENTINE'S Day is less than a fortnight away and now is the perfect time to devise a plan of spoiling your other half -and, of course, yourself - to a weekend getaway.

Weekend retreats, especially B&B packages, are extremely popular, with more Australians taking shorter and fewer holidays than in the past. director Chris Pecks says: "Traditional Valentine's Day gifts, such as chocolates and flowers, do just fine, but do not deliver what couples need most - a break. 

“Figures and anecdotal evidence from the Bureau of Statistics reveals more Australians are turning their backs on the traditional four-week summer holidays, preferring trips of a week to 10 days.”

"As well, people are travelling more to Domestic locations than overseas." 

A practical, perfect Valentine's Day gift that is in accord with changing attitudes to holidays is the B&B. 

"People have become so wrapped up in their everyday commitments that they are often unable to spend the quality time they need with their significant others," Mr. Peck says.

"Increasingly, couples are using Valentine's Day as a time to escape together, and are finding B&Bs to be the perfect hiding places." is one of Australia's best way to book.

It is quick and easy to use with simple, clear and consistent layout covering all of Australia.  No matter what sort of weekend escape you are searching for - whether it be a lighthouse on the cape, a rural retreat, a nunnery in the city or a beach house overlooking pristine white sands – you will find it all here.  Visitors can make reservations online, e-mail innkeepers, locate B&Bs and Guesthouses using a map, and post questions and comments about services.

It is worth getting in quick because B&Bs are likely to be snapped up on the Weekends surrounding Valentine's Day."


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