January 26, 2002



Valentine’s Day (February 14) is fast approaching and there is no better way to spoil your other half than treating them, and of course yourself, to a weekend getaway.  Weekend getaways, especially bed and breakfast packages, are more popular now than ever before. 

Traditional Valentine’s Day gifts such as chocolates and flowers do just fine, but do not deliver what couples need most – a break!  Australians are now taking shorter and fewer holidays than in the past.  Figures and anecdotal evidence from Tourism NSW and the Bureau of Statistics reveal 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.  NSW Tourism Minister Sandra Nori said lifestyle changes were leading people to take shorter holidays.

A practical solution to the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, as well as to the changing attitudes to holidays, lies in a bed and breakfast.  Chris Peck, Director of OZbedandbreakfast.com, recognises this.  Peck states “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.  Increasingly, couples are using Valentine’s Day as a time to escape together, and are finding bed and breakfasts to be the perfect hiding places where the mobile phone can be switched off and contact with the office minimised”, he says. 

OZbedandbreakfast.com is the perfect source to book romantic Valentine’s Day getaways.  Unlike other bed and breakfast sites, it is quick and easy to use with a very simple, clear and consistent layout for all of Australia.  No matter what sort of weekend escape you are searching for -- whether it’s 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 on OZbedandbreakfast.com, Australia’s number one B&B website. Visitors can make reservations online, e-mail innkeepers, locate bed and breakfasts and guesthouses via map and post questions and comments on services.

However, “the weekends around Valentine’s Day is a busy time”, warns Peck.  So, this Valentine’s Day, forget about chocolates and flowers and give them a romantic bed and breakfast getaway.

CONTACT LEAH PECK - 0408 233 990