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Romantic Getaways Begin and End at These Airports

Romantic Getaways Begin and End at These Airports

Many of us think the vacation starts the moment we step out of the airport at our final destination. If you and your significant other are going on a trip for Valentine’s Day, however, there is no reason your romantic getaway cannot start (and end) at the airport.  Here are some insider tips to help you find the massage, wine, chocolate and more that will make your Valentine’s getaway start from the moment you check-in!

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Most airports have spas designed to keep you relaxed while traveling.

Nashville International Airport (BNA)

Behind on gifts for your Valentine and planning to fly through the Music City? Amaze her with chocolates from Godiva (B-6) and pair them with flowers from 24-Hour Flower (A/B lounge and C lounge). Head over to Graycliff Cigar Company (C-10) to buy him a fine cigar to enjoy on your vacation after a nice meal. When you are done exchanging last minute gifts with your honey, relax at the Massage Bar (B-1, C-14) for a well-deserved bit of indulgence or grab a glass of wine at Vino Volo (C-7) and enjoy a decadent meal before boarding your flight. You’ll both be ready for romance by the time you land.

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Whether you are departing from Miami International Airport en route to your final destination or en route to return home, you chose a great place to extend your romantic vacation. If you’d like some extra pampering, be sure to make an appointment ahead of time at Jettsetter Spa (South Terminal H) or Xpress Spa (D-10). Both locations offer plenty of services to make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated before your flight.  Next find Beaudevin, located in the North Terminal. Here you can enjoy perfectly paired wine and small plates and escape from some of the hustle and bustle of the airport. Pick up desserts from the highly acclaimed  Icebox Cafe (D-8) on the way to your gate to give your tastebuds a delicious reminder of South Beach and a sweet treat for you both.

The airport holds many opportunities to get closer with your significant other.

San Diego National Airport (SAN)

Enjoy wine and small plates and traveling through San Diego National Airport? You are in luck; Beaudevein is located in Terminal 2, another perfect location to enjoy a romantic meal in a bustling airport. Surprise your significant other with a massage or gift from the Be Real Spa (Gates 26 & 36). You can even get aroma, oxygen & light therapy or a mani/pedi! Who says airport travel is stressful? Not here. And of course it is not Valentine’s Day without chocolate, so buy a delicious box of the famous See’s Candies in Terminal 2 East to share with your loved one over a glass of vino.

Don’t forget to get your Valentine a box of chocolates.

 

Insider Tip: Check out our app if you are traveling other airports around Valentine’s Day. Look out for relaxing spas, dessert shops, and restaurants with a romantic atmosphere. There is no reason for your Valentine’s Day trip to begin and end at the airport.

The Best of the Best Airport Food-Bon Appetit!

The Best of the Best Airport Food-Bon Appetit!

Delicious food can be found in the airport! If your in the mood for a mouth watering grilled cheese topped with caramelized onions and spiced ripe tomato soup it can be found at Gate 55, Terminal 2 in San Francisco International Airport (SFO). How convenient, huh!

Don’t stop there Cat Cora’s Kitchen can add to your cheese fantasy with cheddar, feta, and grilled sourdough yummy! Perfect to keep your appetite satisfied for a long time. Airport food has gone above and beyond with celebrity chefs’, sit in restaurants, farm-fresh ingredients, and expense-account-quality wines. This new trend has quickly caught on to social media sites. In addition, surveys can help you find healthy food in the airport. These eateries help create an image and identity that will stick with the airport traveler.

Gourmet treys have become a major hit through airport dining because they’ve appealed to all expense-paid business trip customers. Several travelers are expert food critics and travel to find the best of the best so why not start at the airport. To make it easier, the check-in and security provide ample time to scope the airport for the perfect restaurant to enjoy. They hope to create a more local environment at the airport not just a pit stop.

Higher quality food equals an expected increased revenue, which leads to the replacement of fastfood into traditional restaurant businesses. OTG Management, which operates in 10 airports across the United States and Canada, says that this replacement has boosted sales-up to 50%. Travelers tend to veer towards eating out, which can be transferred to thinking they will do the same at an airport.

Travelers like a sense of adventure. Taste of Milly City Tavern in Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport has none other than bison tartare on a seasonal menu. He supported his menu item with the statement, “ We operate restaurants inside of an airport, not airport restaurants.”

Restaurateurs have more restrictions however in the airport. They have limited storage and cooking space, their customers want their food quick, they must screen any delivery, and an open-flame is usually a no-no. They claim their higher prices are similar to regular prices at any other restaurant back home.

Roger Berkowitz chief executive of Boston’s Legal Sea Foods was one of the first and opened at Logan International Airport two decades ago. Initially, he didn’t want to open a restaurant in the airport because the other food he found to be expensive and ok in taste. He said, “I didn’t want that kind of image.” But the airport lured him in with a good offer. In his mind, he felt he should offer inexpensive food, but pleasantly found out that people who travel didn’t mind to spend money. His menu included delicious irresistible lobster rolls, crab cakes and tuna burgers that could quickly be made. He griddled the fish.

The best spot to put your airport restaurant is by airlines with delays and cancellations. As a restaurant owner you can sign a license agreement with a concession operator and put them in charge of any regulation and requirement. , unlike Berkowtiz who wanted control over the restaurant.

The mayor’s office of Chicago wanted to include celebrity chef Rick Bayless at the opening in O’Hare International Airport, but weren’t successful. However, Mr. Bayless’s Frontera Restaurant now have three licensed locations at O’Hare.

Urban Taco, a sit-down restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth International, configured a plan to make quicker but healthy food. The licensed business owner, Gina Puente, reduced the amount of fat and salt placed in each dish to make a healthier option. The company also mixes its ingredients to accommodate the limited amount of space that is available.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport chose to showcase local restaurants throughout their airport instead of chained restaurant businesses. Can you believe there is no Starbucks to be found!

The Salt Lick, is a well liked local barbecue place cook their meat at a different location, Driftwood, Texas then reheat to serve. They sold more than 55 tons of brisket at Austin International airport. In 2013, their best sales totals were posted.

SFO hasn’t reached as a high of a sale on the regional level, but close. The National chain make up only 5.5% of current sales. This is due to higher-quality food being more expensive so the average bill is higher.

Here are some favorites to name a few Urban Taco’s chicken tinga and Dos Equis Amber barbacoa tacos at DFW, Legal Sea Foods has chowder and crab cakes in Boston or Philadelphia, barbecue beef rom Salt Lick and you can top it off with Amy’s Mexican vanilla ice cream.

An amazing meal can be found at 8e Ciel the salade gersoise at the airport in Toulous, France. Any duck creation on greens is about $26. They also have regional cuisine controlled by chef Michel Sarran. I love French food!

If you are in the mood for an American favorite you can find a hot dog roller at Dallas Love Field. Make sure you try the char-dog at Gold Coast Dogs at Chicago’s Medely Airport.

Bon appeit!

 

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