Romantic weekends offer a great opportunity to couples who want to get away from it all and reconnect on vacation. A trip to a nearby resort or an inn can rekindle the romance that has taken a back seat to hurried daily life. The properties that made our list of top 25 offer great service, scenic views and a choice of fun things to do. If you are looking for romantic ideas from major U.S. cities, we've already written about weekend getaways from NYC, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and other cities. Newlyweds are often busy trying to get settled in their new home and advance at work, so they may prefer a shorter honeymoon escape in the U.S. rather than a longer trip to a tropical island.
»The Landing Resort & Spa
The Landing Resort & Spa is a new 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. Room rates start at $499 USD per night (855-700-5263, website).
»New York - The Sagamore
Set on its own private island in the Adirondack, The Sagamore offers historic rooms and luxury suites with views of Lake George. On summer weekends, play golf, tennis and enjoy many activities on the lake, from fishing to wind surfing. In the winter, popular activities include country skiing and ice skating. The resort spa offers a diverse menu of treatments, including couples' massages.
»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 (317-624-8200, website).
»Massachusetts - The White Elephant Hotel
The White Elephant Hotel is a historic oceanview hotel on Nantucket in Massachusetts. The hotel is known for its excellent service, plush guest rooms and gourmet dining. The spa at the White Elephant Hotel has a beautiful Serenity Room which opens out to a lush garden and ocean views. Try the 90-minute Signature Detoxifying Body Massage and Algae Wrap on your weekend vacation.
»New Mexico - The Inn and Spa at Loretto
Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico has a full-service spa, an outdoor pool and a beautiful garden. You will be close to Santa Fe boutiques, museums, restaurants and other attractions. Guest rooms are furnished in Southwestern style with geometric shapes, simple lines and vibrant colors. If your are planning a quick honeymoon getaway, book the spectacular 2,800-square-foot two-story penthouse suite.
»Pennsylvania - Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
For couples who like a wide choice of activities on their romantic weekend getaway, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania offers great golf, spa, a fly fishing school, horseback riding and cooking classes. Book a room or a luxury suite at the AAA Four-Diamond Falling Rock or the Paris-inspired Chateau Lafayette. Have a romantic dinner at the AAA Five-Diamond Lautrec restaurant.
»New York - Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid Lodge in the Adirondacks offers fantastic mountain and lake views from its rooms, cabins and the restaurant. Pine and Birch cabins are a great choice for couples who want to be next to the facilities of the Main Lodge while enjoying privacy and scenic lake views.
»Massachussets - Land's End Inn
Land's End Inn offers couples stunning sunsets over the water in Provincetown, Massachussets. Walk through the beautiful inn gardens, enjoy stylish accommodations and visit the boutiques of Provincetown on your romantic weekend getaway.
»North Carolina - Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Old Edwards Inn and Spa is a stylish hideasay 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.
»New Hampshire - Wentworth by the Sea
Wentworth by the Sea, a Marriott Hotel in New Hampshire has a spa, golf course, indoor & outdoor pools and several dining options. Ask for one of the romantic Turret Suites with dramatic views of the ocean. Center Turret Officer's Suite has 360-degree view of the ocean, harbor and marina and is split into two levels connected by a spiral staircase.
»Washington - Friday Harbor House
Friday Harbor House in Washington is a scenic island hideaway offering 20 guest rooms overlooking the San Juan Island marina. Guests can order in-room spa services and enjoy many island activities, including bicycling, boating, kayaking, whale watching and museums.
»Florida - Marco Beach Ocean Resort
Marco Beach Ocean Resort in Florida is a AAA Four-Diamond getaway with a spa, rooftop gardens, and four miles of white sand beach. Spend your romantic weekend relaxing on the beach and trying a variety of ocean activities.
»Washington - The Inn at Langley
The Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island in Washington offers spectacular views of the water and Cascade Mountains. The inn has a newly renovated spa where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage and unwind in the steam room. The spa uses organic and eco-friendly products. The inn has an impressive wine cellar, letting you select the perfect wine to accompany your meal at the romantic restaurant.
»Southern California - La Valencia Hotel
La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is an incredible scenic getaway on the coast of Southern California, offering vacationers great ocean views, luxury accommodations and impeccable service. The Ocean Villas are a great choice for couples because they offer some of the best views from their private terraces. Have drinks next to the indoor/outdoor fireplace on your romantic weekend getaway.
»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.
»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.
»Los Angeles - The Beverly Hills Hotel
If you live in Los Angeles, or are traveling from one of other cities in California, check into the The Beverly Hills Hotel and get pampered at La Prairie Spa. Two couples suites are available for side-by-side massages, a great way to start a relaxing weekend. Book one of the 21 bungalows with custom-designed furnishings and romantic canopied beds.
The hotel has a picturesque outdoor pool surrounded by perfectly trimmed hedges and flowers. Take romantic walks through 12 acres of gardens, a real treat in the heart of Beverly Hills. Nearby there are many boutique shops, art galleries and cafes. Room rates start at $500 per night.
»Oregon - Sunriver Resort
A three and a half drive from Portland, Oregon Sunriver Resort is one of the best resorts in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes. Lodge Village guest rooms are great for couples because they have wood-burning fireplaces and private decks. The two-story Lodge Village Suites are extra spacious and have direct access to Sage Springs Club & Spa. The bedroom is upstairs, while the living room and the kitchen are located downstairs. There is a bathroom on each floor.
Choose from an array of outdoor activities, including three championship golf courses, hiking, mountain biking and skiing in the winter. Rooms start at $99 per night.
»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.
»Maine - The Yachtsman Lodge
The Yachtsman Lodge in Maine overlooks the Kennebunk River. Every room at the hotel has a view of the river from the private patio where you can have a romantic breakfast during the warmer season.
Guest bathrooms are equipped with Jean-Michel Cousteau by Concept Amenities, environmentally-friendly toiletries. Room rates start at $179 per night. The lodge is located in the heart of the historic town, close to many Kennebunk shops, restaurants and spas. Yachtsman Marina & Wharf are just across the street from the hotel. You can dock your boat here in the summer and enjoy complimentary espresso, cappuccino, tea, coffee and ice.
»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.
»Florida - The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway with a modern spa, plenty of nightlife and a famous beach, stay at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Florida. Check into one of the oceanview rooms decorated with a blue and white carpet and a picture perfect window framed by beige and navy curtains.
You will be withing easy walking distance of the restaurants, night clubs and attractions in the Art Deco district of Miami's South Beach. The hotel spa provides a calm oasis of healing and rejuvenation - it is the largest spa in South Beach. In the evening, go for a walk in South Beach and look for celebrities who either live there or like to visit for a weekend of dancing in the nightclubs. Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton cost around $575 per night.
»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.
»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.
»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.