There's something magical about gaining a day in the year. What adds to the mystical nature of 29th February is that it only comes around once every four years—and while a leap day can be chalked down to a basic science (one you learn about in 3rd grade), many associate it with good or bad luck, misery or happiness, or just a bonus day to embrace life.
Greek couples won’t consider getting married during a leap year, while in some traditions, the leap day is perhaps the best time for a women to get down on one knee and propose. As for us, we intend to cease the day—carpe diem, and all that—by taking a trip this weekend, to make the most of the discounted rates offered by travel companies and hotels to celebrate the leap year.
Here are the packages we found most enticing:
Tanque Verde Ranch, Tuscon, Arizona
If you are looking for some adventure, or just to tune out and relax, head to the Tanque Verde Ranch. You can choose from an array of activities like horseback riding, guided hiking and biking, swimming, dancing and fishing. An active couple can even indulge in a game of basketball or tennis, considering the ranch has several sports courts for interested guests. If adventure is on the agenda, get your adrenaline pumping with off-site activities like downhill skiing, golfing, cave exploring, and even mountain climbing. Located in Saguaro National Park, if you book three all-inclusive nights between 25th Feb and 4th March, the fourth night is free.
The Vanderbilt Grace, Newport, Rhode Island
For those who are on the lookout for an ultra-luxurious and relaxing weekend getaway, head to the Vanderbilt Grace. The hotel offers a multitude of extravagant amenities like revitalizing spa facilities, workout rooms, sparkling pools, fine dining venues, and exclusive concierge services for sporting arrangements, private tours and excursions. Book two or more nights and your stay for 29th February is on the house with complimentary breakfasts every day, and one free meal at their Muse restaurant.
The Art Hotel, Denver, Colorado
If you have a taste for all things artsy, this trip is ideal for you. After all, the Art hotel is all about curating an experiential stay. Considering Denver is a town that lives and breathes art—with its world-class museums, adventurous city attractions, live-theatrical performances, etc—there are many sights and canvases worth seeing so we recommend you drop off your bags and play tourist for the rest of the day. Pay a visit to the Art hotel this leap day to enjoy 29 percent off on your stay on 29th February, and cocktails for $2.29 each.
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Long Island, New York
It’s a fair assessment to say that New York is perhaps one of the most-visited cities in the world. And why shouldn’t it be? It has great food, a rocking nightlife, and a number of songs written in praise of the city that never sleeps. This is why we suggest you make the most of the Leap Day and head to the Big Apple. If relaxation is on your mind, book the resort's spa package to experience pure tranquility. The venue is packed with an array of experiences, fine dining restaurants and check-in options between rooms, suites and private cottages. On 29th February, enjoy 29 percent off on your bookings until 26th May by using the promo code 022916.
Sea Island, Georgia
If you’re looking for a luxurious experience sprawled across white sandy beaches, head down to the lush oasis on the Georgia coast that is the Sea Island resort. The place is brimming with history, and there are definitely some secrets to be discovered and memories to be made. You can choose to walk along the five miles of private beach, play tennis with a French Open champion, watch a turtle hatching, play golf or go kayaking—the options are endless. Take your pick from the main building rooms, oceanside villas, the lodge, beach club residences or ocean-view suites. On the leap day, the accommodation will cost you a nominal $29 this year, if you book a two-night stay (second night standard charges) at The Cloister, The Lodge or The Inn rooms. Use the promo code LEAP29 to make your bookings.