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Eat, Play & Get Lucky: Romantic Valentine's Getaways at Native Resorts

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We're up all night to get some. We're up all night for good fun. We're up all night to get lucky.

Daft Punk might as well have been singing about a weekend casino getaway.

At Las Vegas-style destinations across Indian country, it’s easy to play all hours of the night. Though some resorts are arguably just as appreciated if not more for their fine dining, divine spa treatments, and luxurious rooms. Why not take advantage of the specials offered to love birds this time of year?

From secluded Casitas in Southern California to rooms “fit for the gods” in Santa Fe, these tribally owned resorts are perfect for couples craving an escape.

Our list includes the “World’s Most Romantic Spa,” according to MSNBC, The Coeur d’Alene Spa in Idaho, as well as the “Most Romantic Restaurant in New York,” Wildflowers at Turning Stone, as recently ranked by Open Table diners.

The intimate, 65 seat elegant Wildflowers Restaurant at The Lodge at Turning Stone

The intimate, 65 seat elegant Wildflowers Restaurant at The Lodge at Turning Stone

Turning Stone Casino Resort

Verona, New York

Stay here: Steps from the casino action, yet seemingly a serene world away, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Lodge at Turning Stone Resort is an elegant all-suite hotel that has perfected the art of pampering. The beautiful hideaway offers treasured privacy that superbly complements the Resort's recreational pleasures.

Eat Here: Each perfectly orchestrated meal at Wildflowers, Turning Stone’s beautiful contemporary restaurant in The Lodge, sets the stage for a memorable dining adventure. The restaurant recently introduced an all-new dining experience, featuring a new menu of contemporary American cuisine and expertly timed service.

Indulge Here: Differentiating itself by honoring Oneida and American Indian culture, Skʌ:nʌ́: has held its own among top U.S. and international resort spas, as evidenced by the spa’s numerous awards, including being ranked the #3 spa in the world by Spas of America and receiving a designation as a top spa for adventure seekers from SELF Magazine. Just imagine the Sage & White Pine Hot Towel Massage, a completely relaxing experience that combines massage and steaming hot towels with a sage and white pine oil blend. Gentlemen, definitely go with your lady to this spa. The “Ska:ná: for Gentlemen” menu provides several customizable treatments specifically targeted at the ailments that men often are faced with, including tight, sore muscles, dry skin and achieving a smooth, clean shave. All massages can be enjoyed side-by-side in Ska:ná:’s couple’s room.

Love Special: Consider the “Love to Indulge” package, available throughout the month of February. Packages include one night at The Lodge, six chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, rose petal turndown (72 hour advance notice required), and a dining credit of $100.

Get Lucky at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The sumptuous couples lounge at Wo' Pi'n Spa at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Stay Here: Each of the 393 rooms at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino “fit for gods” designed in Native décor. Located in the Pueblo of Pojoaque just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the resort is shadowed by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Revel in 70,000-square-feet of gaming, including 1,200 slot machines, a poker room, race book, high-limit slots and the largest table games pit in Northern New Mexico. But Buffalo Thunder is far more than a gaming mecca, it’s a luxury retreat. The resort includes a pool and cabana, three golf courses, a world-class spa, shopping, wine tasting and fine dining.

Eat Here: The Red Sage offers a sensuous dining experience, full wine cellar and exquisite gourmet fare.

 Indulge Here: Celebrate the month of love at Wo’ P’in Spa. The “Couple’s Escape” invites you to unwind and relax in a tandem of separately customized massages for an experience of privacy, togetherness, and pleasure. After the massage, enjoy a glass of champagne in the couple’s lounge. The Enchantment Retreat beacons you to indulge with a romantic hydrotherapy soak for two, followed by side-by-side massages at Wo’ P’in Spa’s beautiful couple’s spa suite. A glass of champagne will be waiting for you in the couple’s lounge for continued bliss.

Masselow's Steakhouse at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Masselow's Steakhouse at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Northern Quest Resortand Casino

Spokane, Washington

Stay Here: This Kalispel Tribally owned, AAA Four-Diamond-rated resort casino is famous for its luxury accommodations. Each of the 250 oversized, posh rooms and suites feature custom-made beds, quality linens, the latest electronics and spa-inspired bathrooms. The unexpected highlight of your stay may be the open glass shower with four adjustable spray body jets and custom products.

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Eat Here: Dine on the finest Northwest cuisine at Masselow’s Steakhouse, offering USDA Prime steaks and an excellent, fresh seafood selection.

Indulge Here: You might want to start the weekend early on Thursday, February 9, to see Roots & Boots (featuring country stars Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Terri Clark) live at the Pend Orielle Pavilion. If the following weekend works better for your schedule, check out the homage to Jimi Hendrix on February 18. The resort is also renowned for its nightclub Impulse. La Rive Spa offers world-class spa treatments, too. Meaning “the river,” La Rive pays tribute to the centuries-old culture of the Kalispel Tribe by focusing on elements of nature to enhance the senses and promote wellness. Healing massages, facials, wraps and body treatments are enriched by a unique palette of natural and native materials.

Love Special: Sweethearts, you’re in luck. On Valentine’s Day, you could win sweet rewards up to $5,000. On Sunday, February 12, see if you’re hot at the $10,000 Guaranteed Wild Hearts Poker Tournament.

Choose between packages like Spoil Her Sweet, Couples Massage, Couples Retreat, Champagne Tips & Toes, and more at The Coeur d'Alene Spa.

Choose between packages like Spoil Her Sweet, Couples Massage, Couples Retreat, Champagne Tips & Toes, and more at The Coeur d'Alene Spa.

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Stay Here: For the best in gaming, six destination restaurants, one of the largest day spas in the Northwest, top-rated golf course, Coeur d’Alene has you covered.

Eat Here: Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits keeps the home fires burning for wild Nisqually salmon, prime beef, handmade pasta and pizza. The ingredients are all local, including wood fires and warm hospitality.It's our nature to be natural here.

Indulge Here: Luxuriate during a massage for two in the Private Fireside Couples Suite at the “World’s Most Romantic Spa”, according to MSNBC, The Coeur d’Alene Spa in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Love Special: Consider the ultimate Spa Romance overnight package, including an overnight stay in a Lake Tower suite, massage for two in our Couples Suite, Champagne and tuxedo chocolate strawberries, special spa bath amenities, rose petal candle lit turndown service, breakfast in bed the next morning and late, 2 p.m. checkout.

February is looking hot in the Sunshine State, particularly at the Casitas at the Oasis, featuring your own, private pool, at Morongo Resort & Spa.

February is looking hot in the Sunshine State, particularly at the Casitas at the Oasis, featuring your own, private pool, at Morongo Resort & Spa.

Morongo Casino Resort & Spa

Cabazon, California

Stay Here: A jewel amongst breathtaking hills and canyons at the foothills of the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Mountains, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa recent won AAA’s coveted Four-Diamond Award. Enjoy ultimate luxury and intimacy at the Casitas at the Oasis. Casitas at the Oasis are six gloriously secluded suites, each located just outside our 27-story hotel along a winding walkway by Oasis Pool. Guests at the Casitas enjoy discreet and secure VIP entrance, a private veranda that overlooks a lazy river and sandy beach, and a private lounging pool with an outdoor shower.

Eat Here:Cielo, Morongo's fine dining restaurant, is perched 27 stories above ground. The opulent space is adorned with sparkling chandeliers that slowly change colors throughout the evening to reflect the intense oranges, blues, purples and golds of the nightly sunset behind the mountains. Floor-to-ceiling windows help to bring this amazing view into the room. The menu offers the freshest ingredients. Cielo at Morongo is lauded for its superior cuts of flame-grilled, USDA Prime steak, premium chops, and savory seafood specialties, invoking a distinctly comfortable, distinctly Californian approach to the classic steakhouse and fine dining near Palm Springs. From breads baked fresh on-site to handmade pastas, each inspired dish prepared by itsr Chef showcases the fresh flavors of California’s farm produce and presents it with a playful, yet innovative twist to create something new, something memorable. The restaurant also offers a robust selection of boutique wines from across the globe.

Indulge Here: A desert sanctuary of wellness, Sage – The Spa at Morongo takes its name from the fragrant white sage that has grown abundantly in the surrounding hills and canyons. The plant has been used for centuries by tribes for purification and cleansing traditions. Relax in one of Sage's 14 treatment rooms, its sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and cold plunge, or pamper yourself by choosing a luxurious and relaxing spa treatment.

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