The best romantic holiday destinations and getaways in the United States are locations where you can find beautiful canyons, mountains and hotels on the ocean side where you can revitalise your love life. These are places in a peaceful atmosphere where you can tour the sights at your own pace for sightseeing, cycling or a hot air balloon trip. Enjoy intimate romantic experiences where you can relax and unwind at a spa with a massage for couples followed by a romantic, intimate meal.
The Wine Country – Just north of San Francisco, this area of the Napa and Sonoma Valley offers romantic couples a rare mix of a pitch-perfect blend of wineries, charming hotels and spas, and quiet scenic beauty. A leisure car ride through the valley will enjoy your romantic getaway, or better yet, by cycling through vast vineyards. Attach a hot air balloon trip to the sunrise and you have the ideal romantic getaway. Where the Napa Valley is smaller, Sonoma, whose vineyards occupy much more acreage, is also more commercial than the laid back Sonoma.
Located on a picture-perfect 33-acre hillside olive grove, Auberge du Soleil Spa offers made-for-couples rooms with a big stone fireplace and a private hot tub. Take advantage of the sweeping views of the valley below or take advantage of the 7,000-square-foot calming spa.
Or check in at the intimate Poetry Inn and Spa in the Stags Leap wine district, perched on a hillside, offering breathtaking views of the Napa Valley. Guests will enjoy an outdoor massage, drink a snack on the private terrace or simply relax by the swimming pool. The facilities include large rooms with private balconies, double vanity marble baths, a large soaking pool, a rain shower headset indoor and outdoor shower, and wood-burning fireplaces.
Big Sur – Two and a half hours south of San Francisco, on a scenic trip with spectacular views of rugged ocean cliffs embraced by pine and cypress trees, you can get away. For the more adventurous, you can enjoy the scenery by trekking down the Overlook Trail in Julia Pfeiffer State Park to the McWay waterfalls by taking a short quarter mile long hike, 80 feet above sea level.
Check in at the Post Ranch Inn and Spa, embracing Big Sur’s rugged cliffs. With a romantic environment that provides a choice of either ocean or mountain views, wood-burning fireplaces, indoor or outdoor spa tubs, and private decks, the accommodations are luxurious. Messages for couples are also available. It’s situated next to nature and Monterey and Carmel’s charming villages.
Santa Barbara – Sometimes referred to as the “American Riviera” with plenty of water, surfing, fine dining, great wineries and a rich dose of Spanish heritage culture, it has a perfect climate. Downtown Santa Barbara is ideal for a loved one’s lazy strolls. Pamper yourself and someone in Santa Barbara who is exceptional. Hand yourself over to the treatment of luxury spas, take a day trip through the other” wine country of California, taste the pleasures of world-class candlelight dining or indulge in exclusive shopping experiences.
At the Simpson House Inn, check in. This intimate getaway from Southern California is an elegant 1874 Eastlake home with period Victorian antiques. You can pamper yourself with one of their many in-room European spa treatments, secluded inside an acre of tall hedges, stone walls, lawn and gardens, a five minute walk from downtown Santa Barbara. The inn offers bicycles for the more adventurous ones to cruise around historic, beautiful Santa Barbara, or you can take a mountain walk. Take a leisurely beach walk or just relax with a book in the garden for the less healthy ones.
Charleston, South Carolina is a charming historical destination on the waterfront of the Historic District of Charleston. You can feel a deep sense of time and place. In Charleston Harbor and the Ashley River, you’ll glimpse the sails, and you could even smell the Atlantic Ocean’s fragrant salt air. All about Charleston is about history. Walkways and cobblestone avenues snake past architectural gems and beneath moss-draped oaks. The cemeteries are particularly beautiful and tell quite a storey on their own. The one departing from Charleston Place hotel is led by a 40-year-old resident and history buff who is writing a book about the cemeteries of the area Take a guided walking tour. You’ll hear more storeys, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride, but you can only snuggle in the back and enjoy the views.