This holiday season, spring for a romantic vacation with your loved one. What could be a better gift? Whether you're looking for a fun road trip or a quick flight between states, let me help to relight the spark with getaways you don't need your passport for.
1. The Florida Keys
If you're the type of couple that enjoys a relaxing, warm, beach getaway, the Florida Keys are for you. Not only is it the southernmost tip of the United States, but also one of the most romantic places to visit. Many people visit the Keys to get married, to renew their vows, or just for a romantic getaway. The Parrot Key Hotel and Villas offer the most amazing luxury experiences whether you're golfing with your loved one, jet skiing in the ocean, or simply lounging on the beach. Be sure to check out their package deals for the best bang for your buck. If you're looking for a more private and intimate stay, I'd suggest booking one of their secluded villas.
2. Scottsdale, Arizona
When you're long overdue for a blissful couples massage, look no further than Scottsdale Arizona. With over 70 choices of resorts and day spas, Scottsdale has price points for every person on a budget. In fact, according to trip advisor, the top rated spa in Scottsdale costs less than $100 per person for a luxury hour long couples massage. Now that's a deal we're here for! If you and your partner are looking for a more active experience, Scottsdale is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Being only 40 minutes from the Grand Canyon, it's easy to make unforgettable day trips. If you really like a challenge, try climbing and hiking with 360 Adventures and make sure to experience the after hours desert tours to make a wish on a shooting star! Check out the Bespoke Inn in Scottsdale for luxury dining and drinking, right outside of downtown.
3. Maui, Hawaii
Take a trip to Maui to feel like you're in another country, while still being in the US. From hiking in the mountains to relaxing at the spas, there are activities to do for every type of couple. If you go to Maui, you have to watch the sunrise above the clouds, 10,000 feet above sea level at Mt. Haleakala's summit, there is absolutely nothing like it. If you're looking for dinner with a view, be sure to take a sunset luau dinner cruise for great cocktails, food, and company. There are several breathtaking places for couples to stay on Maui, but be prepared to spend a good chunk of change. One of the most highly rated, and more affordable option to stay is at the Andaz Maui At Wailea Resort. Be sure to explore the Hawaiian scenery and immerse yourself in the unique culture, and remember that flights between the Hawaiian Islands are pretty cheap.
Looking for an in depth guide to experience Hawaii? Check out our Hawaii travel blog for all the best tips and tricks for local must sees.
4. Grand Junction, Colorado
This area is quiet, underrated, and absolutely stunning. Grand Junction is home to over 20 wineries and vineyards, perfect for a romantic trip with your loved one. Grand Junction boarders Colorado National Monument, a national park with 20,000 acres of canyons, so views never disappoint. Here, there are hiking trails for the more active couples, and spas for the couples who prefer ultimate indoor relaxation. A scenic hour and a half trip to Grand Mesa is definitely worth it during your stay in Grand Junction. In the summer, Grand Mesa is a beautiful place to hike, and in the winter, an amazing place to snowshoe or even downhill ski. Hotel Maverick is the perfect place for couples as it has breathtaking views, drinks, dining, and luxurious amenities. It is also affordable at only $120 a night.
5. Napa Valley, California
It's wine o'clock somewhere! Napa Valley is known for their beautiful wineries and vineyards perfect for couples to explore on their romantic getaway. Even though Napa Valley is known for it's wine tours, there are plenty of other things to do if you're not in it for the wine. Visit the amazing distilleries and breweries or grab a bite to eat at the most popular restaurants in the area. If you're looking for a romantic and intimate place to stay, look no further than the Bardessono Hotel and Spa. When you stay here, I recommend looking into the "Handwritten Holidays" package, which includes a unique wine tasting for two and breakfast at the Lucy Restaurant. You can even enhance your stay by adding an in-room couple's massage or a hot-air balloon ride!
Are you obsessed with wine too? Check out our recent blog on the best wineries all over the world. Make sure to look over the Napa Valley section for all our recommendations!
6. Greenville, South Carolina
Visit this outdoor oasis to experience southern charm sitting next to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to check out Falls park to see 32 acres of river, waterfalls, gardens and public art, great for a quiet picnic date. Grab a bite at nearby Passerelle Bistro, one of only two U.S. restaurants included on CNN's list of most romantic restaurants in the world. In the summer, the park hosts Moonlight Movies at dusk, a perfect way to finish a romantic night. On Main Street, experience the night life as you enjoy free salsa dancing and concerts every Thursday and Friday. However, due to the pandemic, make sure you double check the new policies and regulations surrounding these public events. There are a wide variety of housing experiences in Greenville so finding the best romantic hotel is really up to personal preference.
7. Coronado, San Diego
Coronado is a beautiful and romantic luxury island off of San Diego. If you choose Coronado for your next visit, you should make sure you stay at the staple hotel on the island, Hotel del Coronado. The hotel has private beaches, wonderful dining options, and shopping for everyone. Check out the package deals for the best prices for your next visit. Grab a bike and explore the 32 square miles of Coronado's Island for exercise and relaxation. Be sure to take in the sights and landmarks downtown Coronado and visit the parks for a beautiful outdoor nature experience. When you're looking into the best romantic restaurants, check out the menu at Salvatore's Cucina Italiana for an amazing meal and ambiance sure to put you in a good mood.
8. Sullivan Catskills, New York
Just 100 miles north of New York City, the Sullivan Catskills are the perfect place for you and your loved one to fall in love all over again. This historic region offers several activities to do all around town. Stop by the Do Good Spirits distillery to experience award winning craft distillery, tastings, and tours in a historic setting. Stay at The Arnold House for a comforting cabin-like experience as you cozy up by the fire and under the stars. If you're considering the best season to visit, I strongly suggest you go during fall to see the vibrant colors of the changing leaves and a moderate temperature perfect for every outfit. Need another excuse to visit? Cell service in the area is extremely limited, so be ready to unplug from reality and fully enjoy each other's company.
9. Saratoga, Wyoming
If your ideal getaway includes peace and quiet, open space and no other people, Saratoga Wyoming is perfect for you. The small population of 1,605 people make it easy to get your alone time. Saratoga is home to natural hot springs open 24/7 and free to the public. After an extremely relaxing soak in the spring, catch the sunset that drops behind the mountains. If you're looking for more of a glamping experience, stay at The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. This ranch is a perfect, all-inclusive hotel sure to take all your worries away. Even though you'll be in the least populated state, the ranch has so many awards and accolades that your chance of running into a celebrity is actually quite high.
10. Big Sur, California
Big Sur is home to the most breathtaking views of California cliffs plunging into the Pacific Ocean. When you stay here, it is vital that you drive down the Pacific Coast Highway for incredible scenery that cannot be missed. Make sure you drive over the Bixby Bridge for views you'll never forget with your loved one. Bring a picnic and stop at one of the scenic lookouts for a peaceful lunch with a view. Visit the many state parks for fun hiking trails that allow you to experience the best parts of nature. Stay right on top of the cliffs at Post Ranch Inn for a relaxing spa experience with the most amazing views of the Pacific.
Although we won't be traveling much this year, what better than to gift someone a trip for next year?
Here are some romantic places to travel internationally:
Amalfi Coast, Italy
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This blog was written by Featured Wrighter, Isabel Hosley.