15 Most Romantic Getaways in the U.S
It's never too late to light a spark.
Paris may be the City of Love, but that doesn't mean you can't light a spark closer to home. In fact, America is filled with charming escapes to canoodle with your significant other, whether it's a sweet seaside hamlet in Maine or a serene spa retreat in California. So, without further ado, here are 15 romantic getaways guaranteed to set the mood this season. And if you prefer to go stag? Don't fret—these are The 50 Cities with the Best Singles Scenes in America.
San Antonio, Texas
In San Antonio, you can take a boat cruise past the River Walk's colorful umbrellas and under Selena's Bridge. Many restaurants along the River Walk, like Boudro's, have their own boats and offer nightly sailings with your dinner. Then, just two miles north is the Pearl District, a cultural and culinary community that is home to Hotel Emma, an elegant stay located within a 19th-century brewhouse. The on-site restaurant, Supper, serves mouth-watering dishes, including smoked crispy quail and brown-butter roasted cauliflower with hazelnut sauce vierge.
If you want to be more removed from the action, La Cantera Resort offers the best views of San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country landscapes. You can even arrange for a private cabana loft at the spa that includes two massage tables and an outdoor tub.
Just a two-hour ferry from Cape Cod, this little island off the coast of Massachusetts makes for a lovely retreat far removed from daily life. It's full of romantic historic hotels like 76 Main and restaurants such as Topper's, where you can enjoy fresh seafood on the waterfront and pick your vintage from the thousand-strong wine collection. During the day, bike around the island, go whale watching, or sign up for a sunset sailing tour.
Charleston, South Carolina
If you want to feel like you've been cast in a great southern romance, there's no city more charming than Charleston. With its rows of colorful houses and large oak trees dripping in Spanish moss, this is a city that knows a thing or two about setting the mood. Not to mention, it's home to some fantastic restaurants for date night like the striking 5Church. Plus, the sprawling beaches of Sullivan's Island are only a half hour away. If you really want to impress, book a room at The Spectator, the only hotel in Charleston where you can have a personal butler throw together a traditional low country boil for you.
A tropical archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is hands-down the country's most romantic state. For the most peace, quiet, and time left to your own devices, whisk your partner away on an inter-island flight to Lanai, Hawaii's smallest island. You won't find many hotels here, but the Four Seasons Lanai is an enclave of luxury and adventure, with its cliffside views and proximity to the unmissable Sweetheart Rock, a structure on Hulopoe Bay Beach known for its legend of star-crossed lovers.
Newport, Rhode Island
In Newport, you and your significant other can tour this posh seaside town's grand mansions and plan your hypothetical dream home together. Mansions like The Breakers, Hunter House, The Elms, and Rosecliff are all open to visitors and showcase 19th-century Gilded Age luxury. When it's time to turn in, there's no need to feel like you're taking your beloved home to a hole in the wall by comparison. Surprise them with a mansion to call their own, at least for the night, by booking a room at The Chanler at Cliff Walk.
Surrounded by the region's mystical red rock landscape and waterfalls, there's a lot of adventure and relaxation to be had for couples in Sedona. After spending the day touring the Red Rock Scenic Byway or hiking at Cathedral Rock, retreat back to your hotel for a romantic night under the stars. There are many luxury resorts here, but you can also find a woodsy cabin at a hotel like Butterfly Garden Inn or the Junipine Resort.
Santa Barbara, California
As a popular wedding hotspot, any weekend in Santa Barbara can be a romantic one, regardless of whether or not you're getting married. The city is set up for the perfect date night: Book tickets for a show at the Granada Theatre, stroll hand-in-hand during sunset on Butterfly Beach, or take a hike up to Knapp's Castle. For a taste of Scandinavia in Southern California, check out The Landsby in Solvang. The hotel provides minimalist vibes and the option to have locally-made ice cream delivered to your door every night for you and your sweetheart.
Napa Valley, California
Arguably the most famous wine country in all of the U.S., Napa Valley is the best place for a pair of oenophiles to escape San Francisco for a weekend. You can rent a car and cruise through the region's wineries or sit back and book a tour on the Wine Train. Napa is also famous for its spas and unique treatments like the Calistoga couple's mud bath.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Make your way up to Maine's tranquil coastal town just outside Acadia National Park. No trip to Maine would be complete without a buttery lobster dinner, so make your reservation ahead of time for The Looking Glass Restaurant, which has spectacular views of Frenchman's Bay. At the Harborside Hotel you can unwind in a charming, nautical suite, or board a boat directly from the hotel's pier to spot wildlife, such as whales, seals, dolphins, and eagles.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Nature lovers should make a trip out to Jackson Hole to visit Yellowstone's hot springs and pristine peaks. If you're not a camper, there are plenty of cozy cabins and lodges like the Old Faithful Inn. For a special spa day, book a couples massage at the ultra-luxe Amangani Resort, then soak in the heated infinity pool surrounded on all sides by the Teton Mountain Range.
New Orleans, Louisiana
With its French balconies and music-filled streets, New Orleans' unique heritage and personality make it the perfect city for a romantic weekend away. You canoodle over Creole dishes at some of the city's finest restaurants (like Commander's Palace) or hold hands as you stroll through the French Quarter, following the scent of fresh beignets. New Orleans is a city of spontaneity, so you never know when a parade is about to take over the street or if a jazz troupe will surprise you with a serenade.
Halfway between the busy beaches of Miami and Key West, you'll find peace and quiet in Islamorada. A stay at The Moorings Village includes access to one of the biggest private beaches in the Keys, and if you mention that it's your anniversary, the hotel will even throw in a custom star map from The Night Sky! During the day, snorkel around the coral reefs, then in the evening reserve a table with a sunset view, or pop into Key Largo Chocolates for a treat.
New York City
Want to lose yourself in the excitement of a big city? There's no better place than New York. In addition to the plethora of Broadway shows and Michelin-starred restaurants at your fingertips, the city's best hotel concierges are ready and waiting to satisfy your every whim. A skyline view is one of the most magical things you can experience in the city. In Brooklyn, the rooftop at William Vale offers one of the best sunset spots in the five boroughs, but if you want to go the extra mile, a sailboat cruise around Manhattan is the best way to enjoy the moment from every angle.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
For a getaway in the Midwest, Wisconsin's Lake Geneva is a pleasant summer retreat half of the year and a winter wonderland the other half. You and your partner can enjoy hiking the elevated trails of the Geneva Lake Shore Path in the summer or plan your trip to experience the famous ice castles during Winterfest. If you like romance packages, keep your eye on the big resorts or book yourself in a room with a fireplace and jacuzzi at the cozy Lazy Cloud Inn.
Walt Disney World, Florida
When you love someone who loves Disney, the quickest way to win their heart is with a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. In Orlando, Disney World offers a variety of honeymoon and romance packages. You should also check out packages by non-Disney hotels too. Hilton Orlando's Celebrate Package includes late checkout, breakfast, and wine tasting at the on-site steakhouse. If you do decide to book a Disney-themed trip with you significant other, check out Every Great Disney Experience, Ranked by Popularity.