15 Amazing Weekend Getaways for Couples
A quick weekend getaway is a great way for couples to relax and re-connect while enjoying their favorite activities. Choose a destination that is best suited to both of your tastes, whether it's a romantic inn in New England, a beach in Florida, a great city hotel or an adventure spot.
Plan to have romantic sunset dinners, massages, candlelit baths and rose petal turn-downs. Remember to call ahead for spa treatments because spas tend to be busy on weekends. If the property is not fully booked, the fact that you mention that this is a special trip for you two, can get you a last minute upgrade or a complimentary romantic amenity.
California - The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
The newly renovated Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is a historic getaway with a great restaurant, 3,000 square foot spa and lush gardens. Couples enjoy taking romantic walks through the hotel gardens, dining at the new Morada restaurant and sampling many different activities that the area has to offer. The inn is just minutes from Del Mar, Solana Beach and La Jolla where you can explore beaches, restaurants and boutiques.
Oregon - RiverPlace Hotel in Portland
RiverPlace Hotel is a beautiful romantic spot in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Couples should book a table at the Three Degrees restaurant and have a romantic dinner with spectacular river views. The hotel offers in-room spa services using organic ingredients, including massages, body treatments and facials. A relaxing massage is the perfect way to end the day after exploring the city.
Connecticut - Winvian
Desert Hot Springs, California - Two Bunch Palms
Two Bunch Palms in California has a stylish free-form pool and a spa with its own source of natural mineral water used during rejuvenating spa treatments. The resort is a quiet getaway perfect, for couples who want to get away from their hurried life and reconnect in a beautiful setting. Book a couples massage in the Pagoda overlooking a calm lake and relax your senses surrounded by natural sights and sounds.
California - Loews Coronado Bay
Loews Coronado Bay is a scenic getaway set on its own private island across from San Diego. Have a romantic dinner enjoying an orange sunset over the Coronado Bay while dining on gourmet French cuisine at the resort restaurant.
Vermont - The Pitcher Inn
The Pitcher Inn is one of the iconic Vermont inns, offering couples romantic guest rooms, five star service and many outdoor activities. Whether you visit in the fall to watch the spectacular fall foliage, summer to golf, or winter to cross-country ski, the inn is a fabulous getaway on the East Coast.
Florida - Hammock Beach Resort
When temperatures in the rest of the country drop, head to the scenic Hammock Beach Resort in Florida. Set on a long stretch of a sandy beach, the resort offers spectacular golf, its own marina and three swimming pools. Book a room at the Harborside Inn at Hammock Beach Resort to enjoy the best water views and spa bathtubs.
Massachusetts - Elm Court
Elm Court is a historic Vanderbilt mansion in the Berkshires, set on 90 scenic acres. Ask for one of the suites with a fireplace on your romantic. The estate feels like a large private home. Guests are invited to use the kitchen if then need a snack. The cozy game room offers ping pong, air hockey and board games.
Vermont - The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa
New England offers many romantic weekend spots, perfect for those who are looking to get away from New York and Boston. The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa in Vermont has two restaurants serving delicious innovative cuisine.
Guest rooms and suites are decorated in charming New England style. They have been recently renovated and offer a flat-panel HD television, new 300-thread count linens, and an ihome audio system. Fireplace mini-suites are a great choice for couples because they have a whirlpool tub and a sitting area in front of a fireplace.
Southern California - La Jolla Hotel and Spa
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in Southern California is a great getaway from Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Guests are accommodated in elegant rooms and suites with balconies overlooking the gardens or the pool.
The hotel spa is one of the best spas in the area, offering 7 indoor treatment rooms or private bungalows. Couples can book massages on their romantic getaway. Relax in the saltwater pool, next to the outdoor heated pool, in the Eucalyptus Steam Room and Relaxation Area. The outdoor relaxation garden is available before and after treatments. The hotel has a newly remodeled fitness center.
Virginia - The Homestead Resort
The Homestead Resort in Virginia is built around the healing hot springs which have been drawing vacationers for generations. Two hot springs from the surrounding Allegheny Mountains flow onto the hotel property, allowing you to bathe in this natural source. The pools are named for Thomas Jefferson, who visited the resort in 1818.
The resort is home to the world-renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub (opening in the spring of 2013) following the philosophy of Canyon Ranch in Tucson. The new spa is a perfect place for a relaxing trip.
The Homestead Resort offers romantic rooms and suites with large windows overlooking the surrounding nature. In addition to the hot springs, there is golf, tennis, historic tours, indoor pool, games, shopping and a theater.
Maryland - The Inn at Perry Cabin
The Inn at Perry Cabin is a charming colonial mansion in coastal Maryland with rooms decorated in 19th century style. Linden Spa, named after a tree that grows on the resort grounds, offers a menu of nurturing therapies that utilize local ingredients.
Couples can unwind next to the infinity-edge pool after dotoxing in the steam room. The spa sells the organic products so that you can bring the scents from the vacation back home with you.
The hotel offers the "Linden Spa Experience" package which includes luxury accommodations, a spa credit, daily breakfast and many resort activities, including kayaking, garden tours and wine tastings.
Arizona - Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has a spa and a gourmet restaurant. Relax by the pool, visit the meditation garden, and join fitness classes in the movement studio. There are 105 luxury casitas to choose from, featuring spectacular views of Paradise Valley and the mountains. In the evening, couples can enjoy a romantic sunset from their private patio. Accommodations feature Frette linens, plush robes and in-room Fonte Coffee.
If you are looking for active ideas, take a look at the resorts of Arizona. Rancho De La Osa offers cooking classes, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. The guest ranch is located southwest of Tucson at the base of the sacred Baboquivari mountains and bordering the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation. Enjoy Southwestern cuisine in the romantic hacienda dining room, secluded outdoor courtyard or under the stars at a cookout. Choose from 18 adobe guest rooms - ask for a room with a wood burning fireplace. Each guest room has a porch with mountain views. Rates include meals and activities.
Florida Keys - Ocean Key Resort
Visit the sunny Florida Keys to enjoy romantic sunsets, gourmet dinners and stylish accommodations. Ocean Key Resort has rooms and suites with stunning ocean views. Relax on your private terrace overlooking the ocean while you listen to the sounds of the water and the birds. In the evening, the resort restaurant serves delicious food with spectacular water views. A weekend in the Keys is not complete without a massage at the spa which offers treatments from around the world.
Book one of the 600-quare-foot suites with a private balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The suites are furnished with rich textiles, eclectic furnishings and decor that complements the stunning views of Key West. Order room service and take a relaxing bath in the whirlpool tub.
Florida - Acqualina Beach Resort
Acqualina is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Florida which makes it a quick trip from both cities.
Guest rooms at Acqualina have spectacular ocean views. If you want more space, book a one-bedroom oceanfront Classic Hotel Suite which measures 1,010 square feet in size plus the terrace. The suite has a king-size bed, writing desk, separate living room, two flat-screen TVs and an entertainment unit.