It doesn’t need to be February 14 to take a romantic getaway. Escaping with your S.O. for a couples vacation (sans kids and responsibilities) is healthy for your relationship because it allows you to reconnect with one another. Not to mention, considering the stressful and uncertain times we’re living in, who couldn’t use a break?
The recipe for romance is a destination that provides tranquility, activities that bring you together, and a location that remains in your memory for a lifetime. While a cozy cabin is always a great idea, here are ten romantic getaways for couples looking to kick things up a notch.
Romantic Weekend Getaways in the Northeast
Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Located on a bluff boasting sweeping views of the Atlantic, this legendary five-star resort is the perfect place for a luxe romantic getaway. Whether you stay in one of the guest rooms, oceanfront suites, or signature suites, you’ll find tasteful and comfortable décor and a bevy of amenities, including a 24-hour floor valet — who is basically like a butler to cater to your every whim. There are copious dining options (even more in the summer), so you don’t need to leave the property to get a fantastic meal. Resort activities include everything from yachting, squash, and biking to yoga movie screening and culinary arts classes — and that’s just the beginning. Enjoy the full-service spa together before taking the complimentary Mercedes-Benz (yes, really) out for a tour of the coast.
Blantyre in Lenox, Massachusetts
Perfectly positioned half-way between New York and Boston, this country manor (from 1902) is nestled within 110 acres of verdant woodlands in the Berkshires. Their charming property only has a small selection of accommodations, so it’s perfect for a more intimate romantic weekend getaway. In warmer months, you can relax poolside after getting a massage at the spa. Before dinner, toast with a glass of bubbles at the Dom Pérignon Champagne salon. The French-inspired on-site restaurant offers brunch and dinner with a view — but don’t worry. You can work off your cassoulet in the fitness center if you so desire.
Romantic Getaways in the Northwest
The Allison Inn in Newberg, Oregon
Located in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn is a perfect romantic home base for couples with an appreciation for the grape. Not only can you visit nearby wineries, but the spa offers grape-themed treatments such as a wine facial or grape seed body treatment. From the deluxe king room to the penthouse suite, all of the spacious and tasteful accommodations offer incredible views of the surrounding grounds — bonus points for the spa-inspired bathrooms. Sit on your terrace before dinner with a glass of (what else?) wine before heading to Jory, the on-site restaurant, for a seasonal, farm-to-table dining experience.
Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington
Lucky for you, this authentic Pacific Northwest lodge is located right next to Snoqualmie Falls, one of the most iconic sites in Washington. Should the mood strike you, take one of the yoga classes that overlook the falls — if that won’t help you find your zen, we don’t know what will. The lodge and its accommodations are spacious yet cozy. Each guestroom is equipped with a gas fireplace and a patio or balcony for enjoying the striking view. Speaking of views, the two restaurants on the property (one casual, one fine dining) provide visual entertainment through the large picture frame windows as you enjoy your local and sustainable meal. And because Salish Lodge is used to handling trips for couples, there’s a romance concierge to help you add a few special touches for your weekend getaway.
Long Weekend Getaways in the West
Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona
Set amidst Arizona’s spectacular red rocks of Boynton Canyon, Enchantment is one of the most stunning resorts in the West — if not the entire country. Recently refreshed authentic casita-style accommodations boast a southwest theme. They are outfitted with amenities such as a kiva fireplace and a private deck or patio to enjoy the breathtaking views and the silence of nature. If you really want to go all out, rent one of the luxurious pool or spa suites. Plan at least one day or afternoon to take advantage of the activities on offer, including local hikes, guided meditation, golfing, gardening, and more.
Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah
Nestled in a protected valley in the heart of the Grand Circle, Amangiri is genuinely a place to escape and get away from it all. This 600-acre sanctuary of wilderness and isolation has only 34 cement suites, each boasting a twin rain shower, soaking tub, fireplace, and private patio to absorb the scenery. Carved into the base of a mesa, the pool at Amangiri just may be the most amazing one you’ll ever have the opportunity to swim in. With the room capacity being so low, you never have to worry about an overly-crowded dining experience or booking an appointment at the spa. If you’re feeling more active, there are copious activities to enjoy, including horseback riding, hiking, hot-air ballooning, cultural storytelling and tribal dancing, slot canyon exploration, and more. While it may be one of the best weekend getaways for couples, it does come at a high price.
Weekend Trips for Couples in the Southeast
The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia
This legendary property is one of the most celebrated in Georgia — and with good reason. From the posh waterfront accommodations to the spectacular dining (the only Forbes Five-star restaurant in Georgia) to the hotel’s signature activities, it’s a modern-day getaway that takes you back to the Jazz Age. While you may be tempted to hole yourself up in your comfortable room, don’t miss out on the bevy of activities on offer. We’re talking about tennis, boating, fishing, biking, horseback riding, falconry, bowling, clay shooting, swimming, water sports, nature walks, and spa-going. You just may have to extend your trip.
The Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia
Open since 1947, the Tides Inn on Carter’s Creek may have expanded over the years, but it hasn’t lost its family-like hospitality and charm. Many of the rooms and suites offer waterfront views — oh, and they’re pet-friendly in case your fur baby is joining you. There are numerous activities offered year-round, including mixology classes, sailing lessons, sunset cruises, water sports, golfing, tennis, and spa services. Don’t miss out on an experience to take a Virginia Oyster Academy class where you’ll head out on a boat for a one-hour oyster harvesting excursion.
Romantic Weekend Getaways in the Midwest
The Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois
Reminiscent of a 15th century Tudor manor, this landmark 1929 inn on Chicago’s North Shore has ranked as the number two resort in the United States and number one in the Midwest. Despite the age of the property, the recently renovated rooms and suites provide modern-day comfort and charm. There’s a central (award-winning) restaurant, pub, bar, and a celebrated afternoon English tea service that shouldn’t be missed. While there aren’t any activities offered at the inn, it’s only about 30 minutes away from bustling downtown Chicago, so it’s impossible to become bored.
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
There’s no shortage of beautiful places to stay in Michigan, but this one-of-a-kind property sets itself apart because it’s located on a no-car (just horse and buggy) island. Here, dressing up for dinner is a tradition, and it’s highly encouraged that your dining experience is followed by dancing to the Grand Hotel Orchestra. Staying here is like taking a trip back into the late 1800s when the hotel first opened. Each of the colorful accommodations has unique furnishings and decor. From sports to There are many indoor and outdoor activities to take part in depending on the time of year you visit. Don’t leave without taking in the views of the Straits of Mackinac while sitting in one of the iconic Grand Hotel rocking chairs on the world’s longest porch.
Before You Go
Of course, every weekend getaway requires appropriate luggage to match your travel plans! There’s no need to overpack, so consider bringing a bag such as the Briggs & Riley Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright or the Rolling Cabin Bag. Also, remember we’re still living in uncertain times, so be sure to practice vigilance and travel safely!
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