Since Valentine's Day is on a Thursday this year, why not head out of town with your sweetie for a fun, romantic getaway?  We live and play in one of the most gorgeous states, so grab your babe and hit the road!  Take a weekend to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us.  If you are new to the area, or want some ideas, here are some of my picks for the  best weekend escapes and activities.

Close by Billings - only 60 miles away - Red Lodge, MT makes a great choice!  With Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort, the kitschy shops and gourmet restaurant choices - this town rolls out the welcome mat like no other!  There is a wide variety of lodging choices, from Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, to Guest Ranches and Hotel -Motel options.  My favorite is the Twin Elk at Rock Creek Resort - a rustic log suite that's elegantly decorated. With the music of Rock Creek that can be heard outside, and being situated at the base of the Beartooth Mountains, this makes a refreshing retreat.  I can already smell the fresh air!

Another recommended weekend retreat is hanging out at Chico Hot Springs Resort.  Not only is the Paradise Valley one of the most beautiful places close to Billings, it has two open air mineral pools.  Treat yourself or your Valentine to a relaxing massage at the Day Spa during  your stay!  Oh, and did I mention the food?  It is delightful!  There is also a full bar if you want to sample the wine list or micro brews. There are different lodging options that are cozy, like the Shooting Star Cabin, or the Main Lodge which is the original building.

I am sure there are other "hidden treasures" for a weekend getaway.  If you know of a place that made  you think you'd like to go back, please share it with me below.