Whether you are a newer couple, married with kids, or long-time significant others a vacation is always a good bet for injecting romance into your relationship. Jetting off somewhere far away for a week might not be in your budget or schedule though. Don’t fret – a weekend of romance in a nearby location is sure to ignite romance. Check out these five staycation spots. If these aren’t close to you, get inspiration for your own romantic weekend where you live.
With lights that glisten off the bay, outdoor activities, award winning restaurants, high end hotels, and incredible views, San Francisco is a top city for romance. Start with cocktails at Top of the Mark, then check into the luxurious Fairmont Heritage Place with water views and Ghirardelli Square nightlife. Or opt for Mansion on Sutter, offering Victorian vibes plus free baked treats and wine. Savor dinner at Coteouest Bistro, an authentic French bistro. Sleep in then enjoy a long breakfast in bed.
Wander off the beaten path for city views at the top of the artsy Moraga stairs. Elevate the views and your adrenaline on a seaplane tour. Top off your day stunning views with a sunset at Twin Peaks. Satisfy your appetite with an Italian dinner on the patio of Cotogna cozied under a blanket. For your final day consider two tours – one for fun and one for indulgence. First, try a Segway tour around Golden Gate Park, then a chocolate and wine walking tour. Before heading home, sneak in a kiss by Cupid’s Span.
A winter staycation in Aspen, CO will satisfy your mood for mountain treks and views, ice skating, skiing, and cuddling up under a blanket in a luxury hotel while watching the snow fall. First, check in to the ski in ski out Little Nell to be pampered by unbeatable mountain views from your balcony, a fireplace, outdoor heated pool, and wine from their cellar that has won Wine Spectator’s Grand Award since 1997. Another option is The Gant for the space of a private condo, heated pools, gourmet coffee and beer, and dining in your own rooftop Igloo.
Besides hitting the slopes or ice skating, you can take in the mountain views from a hot air balloon, while paragliding, or via snowmobile. Satisfy your appetite with exquisite food and majestic mountain views at Sam’s (ski in) or Pine Creek Cookhouse. Looking to relax – book a couples massage at the Full Circle Spa. Finally, visit the gorgeous downtown and buy yourself an indulgent couple’s gift from a boutique shop.
A lively atmosphere full of entertainment, rich music scene, mix of a French and Southern feel, exquisite culinary choices, and historic architecture means New Orleans is a must visit. Water romance beacons with gondola rides, riverboat dinner cruises, or an evening stroll with lights glistening off the water’s surface. Music sets the mood for romance including traditional jazz at the Preservation Hall, a mix of jazz and blues served up with cocktails at The Spotted Cat Music Club, or a variety of acts in the outdoors of Paradigm Gardens.
Relax and cuddle up while touring the historic garden district via a streetcar or checking out the French Quarter aboard a horse drawn carriage. Unwind in your elegant room at The Roosevelt, and indulge in a couples spa treatment and poolside cocktail on the rooftop. You could also soak in exquisite baths, marvel at Italian and French influenced décor, and savor coffee or a picnic lunch in the courtyard of the Hotel Peter & Paul. Finally energize your romance with intimate French dining at La Crepe Nanou or Café Degas.
If buildings steeped in historical southern charm, sweeping trees, beach time, and maybe coming across a ghost spark romance for you, then Savannah is for you. For the historical charm vibe, stay at the Kehoe House, named the most romantic hotel in the USA. You will be treated to a gourmet breakfast in a secluded garden and a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception. Take a streetcar or horse carriage ride through the historic district. Keep the theme going with coffee at the 100-year-old Savvanah Roasters, a picnic by the fountains at Johnson Square (home to the first 40 houses in Savannah), dinner at Belford’s, and cocktails at Congress Street Up, a 20s era speak easy.
Go for unique with a stay at the Alida, offering local art and décor, a year-round pool, and rooftop bar. Choose water adventures or beach relaxation at Tybee Island. Brave a ghost and graves tour. Snag a unique treasure at District Boutique, indulge at District Gelato, dine at the Myrtle and Rose rooftop garden, and imbibe at Savannah Tequila Company. Take a romantic stroll along River Walk to top off your perfect staycation.
Bar Harbor, Maine
In less than an hour from Portland, ME and a little over 4 hours from Boston you can get away from it all at the quiet coastal area of Bar Harbor. Check in at the AAA diamond rated Balance Rock Inn or The Harborside Hotel for views of the Frenchman Bay. Soak in the peace and quiet while lounging on Sand Beach. Get the blood pumping with a hike and sweeping harbor views on Cadillac Mountain. Continue enjoying the views and savor dinner at the La Bella Vita.
After breakfast in bed stroll hand in hand down Shore Path. Amp up the romance on a boat cruise – spot some whales with the Bar Harbor Whale Watching Cruise Co. or puffins and lighthouses aboard the Acadian Boat Tours. Regal in stories of the area on a narrated tour of Mount Desert Island via Oli’s Trolley. The Havana for dinner is a sure thing, it was good enough for a date night for the Obamas. End the day with a toast your romantic staycation at in the quaint Village Green area.