A trip to a relaxing resort or an inn can rekindle the romance that has taken a back seat to hurried daily life. Top romantic weekend getaways in USA include lakeside hideaways, golf & spa resorts, city hotels and coastal escapes for couples.
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»The Landing Resort & Spa
The Landing Resort & Spa is a luxury getaway in South Lake Tahoe, offering romantic accommodations with fireplaces and lake views. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides and tubing. In the summer, there is boating, kayaking, biking and fishing. Year-round, couples can get pampered at the resort spa which offers a diverse selection of treatments, a pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge.
Choose from unique water therapies, massages and signature treatments which utilize organic products. Jimmy's Restaurant serves wood-fired Greek and regional California cuisine with emphasis on fresh seafood and locally-sourced ingredients. Celebrate a special occasion in a private dining alcove with its own fireplace.
The resort offers stylish rooms with 55-inch LCD TVs, balconies and bathrooms with heated floors. Premium Lake Front Suites are especially romantic, letting you enjoy spectacular views of the lake from your bed and from the balcony. Read more.
4104 Lakeshore Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530-541-5263
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»New York - The Sagamore
Set on its own private island in the Adirondack, The Sagamore is one of the best romantic weekend getaways in USA, offering historic rooms and luxury suites with views of Lake George. Stay in the Historic Hotel if you are looking for romantic vacation ideas with club-style ambiance and original works of art.
The Lodge rooms are more casual, complete with romantic fireplaces and lake views. On summer weekends, play golf, tennis and enjoy many activities on the lake, from fishing to wind surfing. In the winter, popular activities include cross country skiing and ice skating. The resort spa offers a diverse menu of treatments, including couples' massages.
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»Indianapolis - The Alexander
Indianapolis is a destination for art lovers, sports fans and food enthusiasts. Check into the Alexander where you will be surrounded by modern works of art commissioned exclusively for the hotel. You'll find art in the lobby, in the hallways, and in the 157 guest rooms and 52 suites.
After a quick morning workout at the fitness center, walk to nearby museums and attraction. Market Table restaurant at the Alexander has an amazing open kitchen that lets you observe as chefs prepare your seasonally-inspired dishes. Plat 99, designed by the Los Angeles-based artist Jorge Pardo, is a vibrant lounge which serves hand-crafted cocktails, artisanal sandwiches and regional cheeses. Read more
333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-624-8200
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»California - The Westin Verasa Napa
The Westin Verasa Napa is an elegant getaway in the heart of downtown Napa with a fabulous restaurant, a heated saltwater pool and luxury accommodations. The hotel has 180 guest rooms which measure at least 446 square feet in size.
Most have a kitchenette and a balcony where you can enjoy a romantic breakfast with a view. La Toque Restaurant is one of the best places to dine in downtown Napa, offering indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a chef's table which is perfect for romantic celebrations. BANK Café and Bar in the lobby has a patio which overlooks the nature preserve and the Napa River.
Work out at the fitness center and request a poolside massage to relax after a day of exploring Napa. There are many great activities available in the area, from wine tasting and balloon tours to golf and biking. Read more
314 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, 707-257-1800
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»Idaho - Knob Hill Inn
Nestled in Sun Valley with magnificent panoramic views of the majestic Smokey and Boulder Mountain ranges, the Knob Hill Inn combines warm European charm with a breathtaking setting to create a cozy country escape. There are 29 newly renovated guestrooms and suites, which feature an array of amenities to suit every taste.
While some rooms offer fireplaces and separate living rooms, all suites boast opulent marble-tiled bathrooms with oversized tubs and underfloor heating, fully stocked wet bars and private balconies with spectacular views. Serving a delicious menu of Northwest cuisine fused with European flavors, The Grill at Knob Hill offers a sophisticated, yet casual ambiance.
The private Fireplace Room is ideal for romantic dining for two, and the covered and heated outdoor deck is one of the best spots for alfresco dining under the stars. An indoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna are perfect for relaxing. The area offers a diverse choice of activities, from skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating in the winter to fly-fishing, hiking, and mountain biking in the summer. Rooms start at $165 per night. Read more
960 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340, 208-726-8010
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»Florida - The National Hotel in South Beach
Located in the heart of the trendy Art Deco district in South Beach, the beautifully restored National Hotel reflects the stylish sophistication of Miami’s golden glory days. The Historic Tower boasts 116 well-appointed city and ocean-view suites. If you want to be close to the infinity pool, ask for one of the 36 cabanas and suites surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
Rooms are furnished in an elegant Art Deco style, with spacious en-suite bathrooms and deluxe amenities. Guests can relax next to two swimming pools, work out in the fitness room, and get a massage at the poolside cabana. The hotel offers direct access to the beach where sun loungers and umbrellas are available for guest use.
Savor fine French fare at the elegant Tamara Bistro, have light snacks at the poolside Aqua Bar & Grill, or sip colorful cocktails at the Blues Bar and Martini Room. Rooms start at $340 per night. Details & Photos
1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-532-2311
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»South Dakota - Blue Bell Lodge
Set in one of the world’s best wildlife sanctuaries in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Custer State Park Resorts features a collection of rustic log cabins and affordable forest lodges that provide a true American wildlife experience. Blue Bell Lodge is one the resort’s most beautiful retreats, offering 29 cozy log cabins dotted around the woods.
Climate-controlled and fully furnished with kitchenettes and fireplaces, modern amenities such as flat screen TVs create a comfy home-away-from-home. Four restaurants offer delicious cuisine from elegant fine dining at the State Game Lodge Restaurant to hearty ranch fare at the Blue Bell Lodge and family-friendly, home-style cooking at the Legion Lake Restaurant.
Enjoy a barbeque under the stars in your own fire-pit outside your cabin. Hit the saddle for a trail ride through the park, take a wild buffalo safari or enjoy the ever-popular Blue Bell tradition of an old-fashioned hayride into the mountains for a chuck wagon feast. Cabins start at $160 per night. Details & Photos
25453 SD-87, Custer, SD 57730, 605-255-4531
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»Oregon - The Nines Hotel in Portland
At The Nines in Portland, Oregon, contemporary art is incorporated into the design of the hotel. You will be able to browse a beautiful art collection by local artists while staying at this unique property.
The hotel is centrally located next to Pioneer Square and the business district. Guests can work out at the 24-hour fitness facility and order in-room massage treatments. Use the eco-friendly MAX light Rail to explore Portland's beautiful gardens, museums and unique neighborhoods. Ask the concierge for recommendations if this is your first trip to Portland. The concierge can also arrange trips like wine country tours and hiking in the nearby mountains.
Have a romantic dinner at Departure restaurant serving Asian-inspired dishes or at
Urban Farmer which offers delicious steaks. Rates start at $269 per night. Read more
525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204, 877-229-9995
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»Arizona - Tanque Verde Ranch
Nestled among the magnificent Rincon Mountains and surrounded by endless acres of Tucson’s most breathtaking desert landscapes, Tanque Verde Ranch Resort is one of America’s old time cattle and guest ranches. Well-appointed guest accommodations at the ranch range from sprawling haciendas and comfortable casitas to stylish salas, all of which offer incredible scenic views of the surrounding desert and mountains.
Traditional adobe design complements the surrounding natural beauty, while each abode is tastefully decorated in a classic southwestern style to reflect the spirit of the Old West, with modern amenities for absolute comfort. Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure with a range of excellent ranch-style fare.
The ranch dining rooms serves three gourmet meals every day, as well as several specialty-dining events each week, such as Mexican Fiesta Night, and the Cottonwood Grove Ranch Barbeque. Experience an abundance of activities for all ages, from guided hiking and biking, horseback riding, swimming, and fishing. There are tennis and basketball courts to enjoy, as well as an exclusive spa where you can relax and rejuvenate with pampering treatments, massages and a whirlpool soak. All inclusive rates start at $299 per night. Details & photos
14301 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85748, 520-296-6275
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»Pennsylvania - The Lodge at Glendorn
Nestled in the magnificent Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania, The Lodge at Glendorn will transport you back in time. Surrounded by trout-filled brooks and dense redwood forests, this luxurious lodge is a tranquil and secluded retreat. Choose from deluxe suites in the Big House, dating back to 1929, or cozy log cabins in the forest, each with its own unique history.
All rooms and cabins have wood-burning fireplaces and boast imported linens, towels and deluxe Aveda bath products. Forest cabins have outdoor campfires and furniture, perfect for relaxing outdoors on your romantic trip. Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast every morning, the use of a heated swimming pool in season, a tennis court with complimentary racquets and on-site fly-fishing in one of three trout-filled ponds and mountain streams.
Bondieu Lake is ideal for kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boating. There are miles of excellent trails for hiking and mountain biking around the lodge in the summer, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Rooms start at $550 per night. Read more
1000 Glendorn Dr, Bradford, PA 16701, 814-362-6511
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»Tennessee - Hutton Hotel in Nashville
Check into the stylish Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee to enjoy scenic city views, spa treatments and romantic dining. The hotel has 247 rooms and 52 suites decorated in contemporary style with designer furniture, custom bedding and granite bathrooms. The spa offers a selection of massages, body treatments, facials and other services in its two treatment rooms. Have a romantic dinner at 1808 Grille which serves traditional Southern dishes which incorporate fresh farm produce.
Java Bar serves casual meals and snacks in the hotel lobby. The hotel is located in the heart of the West End, close to the Parthenon and Vanderbilt University. Rooms start at $269 per night. Details & photos
1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-340-9333
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»Long Island, NY - The North Folk Table & Inn
The North Folk Table & Inn in Southold, Long Island, NY, is all about an exceptional culinary journey, and a comfortable place to lay your head once you are done. Serving a seasonal menu of New American dishes made from locally grown organic produce, guests are treated to fresh seafood from Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, accompanied by award-winning local artisanal cheese and an array of distinguished Long Island wines.
The cozy country inn has been beautifully restored to cater to guests staying over after dinner or simply wanting a quiet country escape. The inn offers luxurious cherry wood sleigh beds dressed in plush linens, lovely en-suite bathrooms, individual climate control, and complimentary wireless Internet. There are a variety of interesting wine farms, cozy towns and beaches to explore nearby. Rooms start at $200 per night.
57225 Main Rd, Southold, NY 11971, 631-765-0177 (website)
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»Washington - Island Inn at 123 West
The eco-friendly Island Inn at 123 West is a chic, out-of-the-ordinary hotel that offers an ideal base from which to escape the city and explore the laid-back town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington. Designed in a contemporary-chic style that echoes a maritime era, the inn’s stylish rooms, suites and penthouses range in levels of luxury, featuring spacious living areas, plush décor and modern amenities.
Suites and penthouses boast deluxe extras such as gas fireplaces, steam showers and fully equipped kitchens, as well as spectacular harbor views. The hotel is surrounded by a choice of fantastic restaurants serving cuisine to suit every taste – Cask & Schooner offers long, lazy Sunday brunches, while Vinnie’s Ristorante is the place to be for authentic Italian fare.
San Juan Island offers diverse activities, including whale watching, sea kayaking, cycling, hiking and adventure tours. Rooms start at $190 per night. Read more
123 Front St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, 360-378-4400
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»Missouri - Garth Woodside Mansion
The Garth Woodside Mansion, about two hours from St. Louis, spans over 36 acres of secluded land but is conveniently located close to town. The historic Victorian Estate hosted Mark Twain several times and today you can stay in the same room he did. Every room and cottage has a private bath and the entire building has been restored to reflect its appearance during the 1870s.
Choose from eight guest rooms, two cottages, and a house when booking your stay. Every room includes a television with cable TV and a DVD player, custom bath amenities, evening turndown, and full breakfast. Some rooms also have king beds, fireplaces, and claw-foot tubs.
The inn includes a hot tub for guests to enjoy as well as a verandah, beautiful grounds, a pond, and a balcony with gorgeous views. During the day you can enjoy soda, tea, hot chocolate, coffee, or hot cider. Rooms start at $185 per night. Read more
11069 New London Rd., Hannibal, MO, 888-427-8409
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»Rhode Island - The Dean Hotel
Old school cool meets modern masculinity at The Dean, a stylish and sophisticated boutique hotel in Rhode Island. Designed by Ari Heckman of ASH NYC, the hotel has a fresh, contemporary feel. Just a few hours’ drive from New York and Boston makes it a fun weekend getaway. Well-appointed rooms feature rich Matouk linens, an eclectic fusion of vintage furniture and original artworks, en-suite bathrooms, and modern amenities, such as complimentary premium TV channels, and gourmet snacks.
Dine at the authentic German Hofbrauhaus of Faust, where you will find an assortment of German sausages served with traditional sides, house-made Bavarian pretzels and delicious entrées. Head to the Bolt Coffee Company for your morning espresso, and spend a peaceful evening in the intimate Magdalenae Room, where you can sip fine wines and whiskies in a bar reminiscent of Europe’s finest. Rooms start at $109 per night. Read more
122 Fountain St, Providence, RI 02903, 401-455-3326
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»Vermont - The Woodstock Inn
The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Vermont is a playground for couples who like a choice of outdoor activities, including golf in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Ask for a room with a fireplace which makes the ambiance even more romantic. Tavern Suites at the Woodstock Inn are the most luxurious, offering couples a separate sitting area, queen-sized sofa bed and one and a half marble bathrooms. Amenities include 600 thread count cotton sheets and a down comforter. Room rates start from $260 per night. Romantic weekend getaway packages are frequently available.
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»Massachusetts - 76 Main Nantucket
Nantucket’s rich maritime history is reflected in 76 Main Nantucket, a charming guesthouse set on the town’s busy Main Street. Classic suites can be found in both the main house and larger guesthouse and boast a mix of bold fabrics, plush furnishings, stylish en-suite bathrooms and deluxe amenities, including iPad 3, Apple TV, and iPod docking stations.
Enjoy cocktails and aperitifs next to the open fire pit in the hotel’s lovely enclosed courtyard. While the hotel does not have a restaurant, the cozy Coffee Café in the main house serves a delicious homemade breakfast and a variety of healthy snacks and drinks. Don’t worry about packing a towel for the beach – the hotel provides signature beach totes, complete with towels and beach chairs. Read more
76 Main Street, Nantucket MA, 02554, 508-228-2533
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»North Carolina - Fearrington House
Fearrington House in North Carolina is an elegant inn with classical decor and a great spa. Try one of the signature body wraps, facials and massages on your romantic weekend getaway. The AAA Five Diamond restaurant at Fearrington House serves delicious dishes in a romantic setting.
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»New Hampshire - Omni Mount Washington Hotel
Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire is located in a classical building surrounded by open lawns and scenic mountain views. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel was originally built in 1902.
Bretton Woods offers downhill skiing, a ski school and miles of cross-country ski trails. In the winter, take a romantic horse-drawn ride during your stay. In the summer, try horseback riding on the property surrounding the hotel. There is also swimming, hiking, fly fishing and mountain biking. In the evening, have an elegant dinner in the formal dining room with crystal chandeliers, live music and dancing. Room rates start at $130 per night.
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»Dallas, Texas - The Adolphus
Conveniently located in downtown Dallas in the heart of the financial district, The Adolphus is an exquisite baroque masterpiece that takes you back to the grandeur of the past. Established by beer baron Adolphus Busch in 1912 and known as the “Grande Dame” of downtown Dallas, this luxurious hotel takes elegance and charm to new heights.
Old World extravagance meets classic Hollywood style throughout the 422 guest rooms and suites, where rich décor and elegant Queen Anne furnishings meet and merge with modern amenities for absolute comfort. Rooms feature large en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs and rainfall showers; several rooms even boast large garden terraces for alfresco entertaining.
The tradition and heritage of the hotel carries through to the restaurant, where guests can dine on award-winning cuisine without having to travel far. For something more casual, The Bistro is the spot for sumptuous breakfasts and a lavish English afternoon tea, while the Rodeo Bar & Grill offers hearty Southwestern fare in an authentic Old West setting. Read more
1321 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75202, 214-742-8200
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»Washington - Rosario Resort
Travel to the scenic Orcas Island, Washington for a weekend of great views, whale watching and sailing. Stay at Rosario Resort which offers elegant accommodations with private terraces right on Cascade Bay. The Harborside Rooms offer spectacular views across the water toward the historic Moran Mansion. Wake up to the sounds of the water in the morning at this unique hideaway.
Visit the Moran Mansion at Rosario, built between 1906-1909. The museum houses original photographs from the late 1800s and early 1900s, original furnishings, and an extensive display of the ships built by the Moran Brothers Company in Seattle. The mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 9 am - 9 pm daily. Rosario Resortis listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Room rates start at around $149 per night.
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»North Carolina - Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Old Edwards Inn and Spa is a stylish hideaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, offering a relaxing spa and a choice of elegant rooms, suites and guest cottages. Falls Cottages surrounding the second heated mineral pool are the newest and a great choice for a romantic getaway.
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»Southern California - Terranea Resort
Terranea Resort in Southern California offers spectacular Pacific Ocean views and a luxury spa. A quick weekend trip from Los Angeles, the resort is located on 102 scenic acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Enjoy scenic views of Catalina Island from your guest room and suite.
Visit the scenic resort spa and take a rejuvenating bath in the deep copper bath tub with awesome views of the ocean on your relaxing weekend vacation in California.
The spa has fireplace treatment rooms where you can get a couples massage surrounded by candles, followed by a bath in the oversized tub. The 50,000-square-foot spa has a huge outdoor space with ocean view terraces, hot tubs and a spa pool. Couples who like to play golf together can book a round at The Links at Terranea, a 9-hole scenic oceanfront golf course. Spacious guest rooms measure at least 450 square feet in size and have private balconies. Couples have a choice of 360 rooms, 32 suites, 50 Casitas and 32 luxury villas. The casitas are a great choice for a romantic weekend getaway because of their spectacular ocean views (they are nestled along the resort's east and west ocean bluffs). Room rates at Terranea start at $395 per night.
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»Santa Barbara - Inn of the Spanish Garden
Inn of the Spanish Garden in Santa Barbara, California, features Spanish-Mediterranean inspired architecture, gardens, and 23 stylish accommodations with gas fireplaces, private balconies or garden patios where you can have a romantic weekend breakfast in the morning.
The inn has a central courtyard with a fountain surrounded by guest rooms and suites. Some of the accommodations overlook the inn pool. The inn consistently receives high ratings for its service and elegant rooms. Each suite has a separate living area where you can relax with a book. The inn is located in the Presidio District of Santa Barbara, three blocks from State Street which offers shopping, dining and entertainment. Room rates start at $239 per night.
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»Texas - Lajitas near the Big Bend National Park
Lajitas is a full service golf and spa resort near Big Bend National Park in Texas. Whether you want to spend your weekend getting treated at the spa of try one of the exciting adventure activities on the property, there is plenty to see and do.
Couples can rent mountain bikes, take a historic tour of the resort and play unique championship golf. If you want to immerse yourself in the cowboy theme, book one of the themed rooms at the Cavalry Post which offer cowhide rugs and clawfoot tubs. Agave spa utilizes indigenous ingredients such as Chaparral and stones that are native to the Big Bend. Try one of the signature treatments featuring the Agave plant after which the spa is named. Room rates start at $480 per night.
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More Weekend Getaway Ideas: Charleston, SC
The charming city of Charleston’s cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and gracious historic houses make it the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway. Start your weekend by taking an evening stroll in Waterfront Park, which stretches for over 1000 feet along the coast, to see beautiful views of the lights of Charleston Harbor. You can step back in time to a more gracious era on a tour of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and Middleton House, two of the best examples of historic homes in the area - guided tours of the beautifully preserved homes and superb gardens are available. Drayton Hall and the Nathaniel Russell House Museum are two other examples you can visit to see excellent collections of Victorian memorabilia.
You may prefer to explore the beautiful coastline on a harbor tour or personalized charter by Charleston Charter and Yacht, visit the South Carolina Aquarium or shop for all manner of crafts and bargains at the historic Charleston City Market – the weekend night market is particularly popular.
If you are looking for entertainment you can watch a show or concert at the Charleston Music Hall or enjoy stand-up comedy at Theatre 99. For foodies there are great walking food tours presented by Charleston Culinary Tours or you can hop on the bus for the Brews Cruise Tour of local micro breweries.
Romantic Weekend Getaways: Camden
The lovely coastal town of Camden nestles between Mount Battie and picturesque Penobscot Bay, providing an idyllic setting for a romantic weekend in Maine. Camden is a popular beach holiday resort in the summer, but if you visit during the fall you will have the added benefit of seeing the amazing fall foliage. One of the best places to admire nature is in the Mount Battie and Camden Hills State Park, where you can hike the scenic trails and have a picnic with a view. Another hidden gem is Megunticook Lake, where Barrett’s Cove Beach offers a secluded swimming and picnicking spot.
A novel way to appreciate the beauty of the Maine coastline is to take a 2 hour cruise aboard The Schooner Surprise, a fully operational racing ship built in 1918, or the Schooner Olad, which was built in 1927. Adventurous couples can go on an expertly guided canoe, kayak or fishing excursion with Mike Kinney or take to the skies for an aerial adventure with Spirit Soaring Glider Rides.
You can round off your busy day with a romantic Maine lobster dinner at one of Camden’s many restaurants and then watch a concert, musical or opera at the opulent Camden Opera House.
Rehoboth Beach, DE
With over 30 miles of coastline offering just about every conceivable form of water sports, Rehoboth Beach in Delaware is a perfect weekend destination for adventure-seeking couples. First-time visitors generally make the Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk their first stop; the one-mile long boardwalk is a hive of activity in summer, hosting open-air concerts and band-stands amid quaint beach cottages and shops. You can spend your days relaxing on the beach or get active at Delaware Seashore State Park, a good spot for fishing, surfing and sailing, or try your hand at windsurfing, stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking with DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures.
If you would like to learn about Rehoboth history you can hop aboard the Jolly Trolley of Rehoboth Beach for a narrated historical tour of the area or try an entertaining (and delicious) Eating Rehoboth Walking Food Tour which combines history with visits to several of the town’s best restaurants.
Hiking enthusiasts can visit Gordon’s Pond to explore the hiking trails which lead through wetlands and dunes or try the Junction and Breakwater 6 mile paved trail which is also perfect for cycling. Other exciting activities for adventurous couples include go-karts at Midway Speedway Park or heart-stopping rides at Funland. If you have any time left over, you can shop till you drop at Tanger Outlets or visit the Rehoboth Farmer’s Market.
Washington, D.C. has all the necessary ingredients for a wonderful romantic weekend, with amazing architecture, beautiful parks and gardens and some of the country’s best museums all vying for your attention. The logical place to start your visit is at the National Mall, a vast and impressive green space that runs from the foot of the United States Capitol to the Potomac River and is home to a large majority of the city landmarks and highlights including the White House, Constitution Gardens, East and West Potomac Parks, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the famous Smithsonian Museums.
If you feel bewildered by the choice of attractions on offer, a DC Insider Tour may be just the right thing for you, and if you are not a great lover of museums, a personalized Museum Hack Tour, led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides who bring the fantastic museums to life, is a good choice. While you are at the National Mall you can visit the Smithsonian Gardens, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Butterfly Habitat Garden.
Art lovers should not miss visiting the National Gallery of Art on Constitution Avenue and the Phillips Collection on 21st Street (Impressionist and Modern Art), while the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the perfect place to round off your day watching the ballet, or a theater production.
Mackinac Island, MI
Spending a romantic weekend break on Mackinac Island on Lake Huron is like stepping back in time to a more gracious and relaxed era, where motorized vehicles are banned and horse-drawn carriages are a common sight. Nearly 80 percent of Mackinac Island is part of the Mackinac Island State Park, which has been preserved in its natural state for locals and visitors to enjoy. There are over 70 miles of roads and trails, (many of which weave their way along the shoreline or through the fragrant coniferous forests) which you can explore on foot, cycle or horseback (there are 40 miles of marked bridle paths). One of the most popular ways to see the highlights of the island is by horse-drawn carriage tour; there are several different options available from Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Grand Hotel Stable Horses and Carriage Tours or Jack’s Livery Stable.
Some of the interesting and historic places to visit during your weekend include Fort Mackinac, (where you can view 14 historic buildings), Fort Holmes, the Stuart House City Museum and the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, which showcases all manner of local art forms. For a break from hiking and cycling you can take to the water on a guided kayaking tour with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, (who have special double kayaks for couples), or go salmon fishing with EUP Fishing and Charters.
If you long to get back to nature amidst rivers and mountains in the Northern Rockies, plan a romantic weekend break in Missoula, Montana, where over 60,000 acres of wilderness await you. Missoula also has a rich heritage of art and culture and there are several museums you could visit on rainy days. You can go hiking, jogging or mountain biking in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area or the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area. Montana Wilderness Adventure Company offers guided hikes, birding tours, canoeing excursions and even camping and backpacking trips for adventurous couples, and if you have always wanted to try white-water rafting, ROW Adventures – Clark Fork River Rafting can take you on an exciting rafting expedition. In winter the emphasis changes to skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, which you can enjoy at the Montana Snowbowl (which has a Zip Line adventure during the summer months).
You can learn about the history of Missoula on a trip to Garnet Ghost Town, (where several historic buildings have been preserved to honor the gold rush), or on a self-guided Historic Missoula Downtown Walking Tour.
To add at touch of culture to your weekend you can visit the Montana Museum of Art and Culture which is spread across several sites on the campus of the University of Montana, or attend a performance of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is an ideal destination for a romantic weekend getaway, offering excellent museums and galleries to suit all tastes, great restaurants and good outdoor and wildlife activities. A stroll around Historic Market Square in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh will give you a glimpse of the busting vibrant atmosphere of the city, and if you are not sure where to start you can go on one of several interesting tours presented by Pittsburgh Tours and More who do everything from sight-seeing tours to vineyard and brewery tours.
There are many attractions for art enthusiasts in Pittsburgh – you can start by feasting your eyes on the amazing collection of visual arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art, before moving on to see the Frick Art and Historical Center, (which features historic architecture, Victoriana, vintage cars and carriages), the Mattress Factory (a contemporary art museum), Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburg Glass Center. Round off the day by attending a performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall.
A few of Pittsburgh’s famous museums you should include on your itinerary are the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (especially if you enjoy the world of dinosaurs) and the Carnegie Science Center which includes an Omnimax Theater and the fascinating Roboworld robotics exhibition. Learn all about Pittsburgh food on a ‘Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour – there is one to suit every palate.
Picturesquely situated along the banks of the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga is an exciting weekend destination for couples, offering a wide selection of attractions. You can get amazing aerial views of the city and visit one of the foremost attractions at Lookout Mountain; the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway will have you on top of the mountain in no time at all and once there you can enjoy the views and visit Ruby Falls, an amazing 145 foot underground waterfall in the Lookout Mountain Caverns.
There are several good places to go hiking or simply enjoy a romantic stroll – Tennessee Riverpark runs for 10 miles along the banks of the Tennessee River through landscaped gardens, while Coolidge Park has some good trails and is your starting point for exploring the Walnut Street Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. Other green spaces for walking include Audubon Acres and Maclellan Island (where there is good wildlife watching) and the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Garden, for plant lovers.
Other romantic weekend pursuits include a hot air balloon excursion with Chattanooga Balloon Company or a sunset cruise on the Southern Belle River Boat. For art lovers there is the Hunter Museum of American Art in the vibrant Bluff View Arts District, and bargain hunters can enjoy browsing at The Knitting Mill Antiques.
Wilmington is nestled along the banks of the Brandywine River in Delaware, and has a host of activities for weekend visitors to discover. The famous du Pont family played a prominent role in the prosperity of Wilmington; you can learn all about their history and legacy by touring the Nemours Mansion and Garden, which is built in the style of a classic French Gateau and is surrounded by beautiful gardens themed after the Gardens of Versailles. The Hagley Museum and Library is another du Pont family home set in beautiful gardens; guided tours of both historical properties are available. The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts is sure to please all art lovers, and the Delaware Museum of Natural History has something for everyone.
For a break from historic sites you can head to the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge or the du Pont Environmental Educational Center where you can enjoy walking through various habitats that are home to many species of birds and animals. Other good places for hiking or biking are the Brandywine Creek State Park (15 miles of trails) and Bellevue State Park. If you would like to try something a little different you can go for a romantic ride on a classic vintage steam train with the Wilmington and Western Railroad.
Boston is home to several moving historic sites, beautiful vintage neighborhoods, excellent museums and wonderful restaurants, all of which make it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. To get a true understanding of the significant part of American history that took place in Boston you should start your exploration on the famous Boston Common – the oldest park in the U.S.A. The Common is the starting point for the famous Freedom Trail, which will teach you all you ever wanted to know about Boston’s part in the American Revolution. To get the most of your experience you can go on a tour by the Freedom Trail Foundation. Along the way you will see many of Boston’s historic highlights including Faneuil Hall and Marketplace, the Old State House, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and the site of the Boston Massacre.
Depending on your interests you can visit a few of the specialist museums which include the John. F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, the New England Holocaust Museum and the Boston Museum of Science. If you are an avid photographer you can combine your favorite hobby with history on a Photowalk Tour with a profession photographer, or a stroll through the historic Beacon Hill and Back Bay neighborhoods. All art lovers should find time to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, and everyone should enjoy at least one fabulous Maine lobster dinner.
Top 25 Romantic Weekend Getaway Ideas in the U.S.
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- The Landing Resort & Spa, Photo Credit: The Landing Resort & Spa
- New York - The Sagamore, Photo Credit: The Sagamore
- Indianapolis - The Alexander
- California - The Westin Verasa Napa, Photo Credit: The Westin Verasa Napa
- Idaho - Knob Hill Inn, Photo Credit: Knob Hill Inn
- Florida - The National Hotel in South Beach, Photo Credit: National Hotel
- South Dakota - Blue Bell Lodge, Photo Credit: Blue Bell Lodge
- Oregon - The Nines Hotel in Portland
- Arizona - Tanque Verde Ranch, Photo Credit: Tanque Verde Ranch
- Pennsylvania - The Lodge at Glendorn, Photo Credit: The Lodge at Glendorn
- Tennessee - Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Photo Credit: Hutton Hotel
- Long Island, NY - The North Folk Table & Inn, Photo Credit: The North Folk Table & Inn
- Washington - Island Inn at 123 West, Photo Credit: Island Inn at 123 West
- Missouri - Garth Woodside Mansion, Photo Credit: Garth Woodside Mansion
- Rhode Island - The Dean Hotel, Photo Credit: The Dean Hotel
- Vermont - The Woodstock Inn, Photo Credit: The Woodstock Inn
- Massachusetts - 76 Main Nantucket, Photo Credit: 76 Main Nantucket
- North Carolina - Fearrington House, Photo Credit: Fearrington House
- New Hampshire - Omni Mount Washington Hotel, Photo Credit: Omni Mount Washington Hotel
- Dallas, Texas - The Adolphus, Photo Credit: The Adolphus
- Washington - Rosario Resort, Photo Credit: Rosario Resort
- North Carolina - Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Photo Credit: Old Edwards Inn and Spa
- Southern California - Terranea Resort
- Santa Barbara - Inn of the Spanish Garden, Photo Credit: Inn of the Spanish Garden
- Texas - Lajitas near the Big Bend National Park, Photo Credit: Lajitas near the Big Bend National Park