When it comes to vacationing with your S.O., the most romantic getaways are often spur-of-the-moment, snatching up time whenever a long weekend presents itself. The other great thing about little getaways is that they can serve as a budget-friendly escape to tide you over until the next big trip. There aren't many rules when it comes to picking the perfect romantic weekend getaway, but the most important is choosing a destination that gives you and your partner access to activities you both enjoy—meaning a little initial research may be necessary. Whether your idea of a romantic weekend getaway includes hiking, lounging by the beach, or even enjoying a spot of wine tasting, we've rounded up some of the most picturesque places to take in some much-needed alone time with your sweetheart. Keep reading for nine cities from coast to coast that make for the most romantic weekend getaways across the country. Let's start on the West Coast…
Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs is a literal oasis in the Mojave Desert, situated about two hours east of Los Angeles. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to this breezy resort town. Palm Springs is big enough to keep you and your sweetheart entertained, but small enough to conquer over the short span of a weekend. Take the time to unwind at the award-winning Spa La Quinta for a couples massage, and for the perfect accommodations, the Ace Hotel has just the right bohemian vibe that feels equal parts decadent and intimate. Palm Springs is also bursting with amazing dining options. We suggest Trio for an intimate dinner for two.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley may just be one of the most romantic destinations in the country. Its lush backdrop and clear skies serve as the perfect place to enjoy wine tasting, so if you're a wine-loving couple, look no further. Visit Castello di Amorosa for an exquisite backdrop—inspired by a 13th-century Tuscan castle—to enjoy during your visit. A picnic in wine country, like the kind offered by Alpha Omega Winery, is another great way to snag some alone time while taking in the sites.
San Juan Island, Washington
Seattle couples looking for a romantic getaway can find their paradise in any or all three of the small San Juan Islands: San Juan, Orca Island, and Lopez Island. San Juan Island is the more bustling center, where you can enjoy kayaking, hiking, and biking. For the animal-loving couple, you can (as you may have guessed) experience whale watching at Orca Island. Situated close to each other, all three are easy to access by ferry, so if you and your partner are keen on adventure, you'll feel right at home among the San Juan Islands.
San Antonio, Texas
Dallas couples will find a romantic weekend escape in San Antonio's limits. San Antonio is like no other city, a gorgeous metropolis that feels both Old World and new. Start your trip by taking a boat ride along Rio San Antonio. For the foodie couple, there's no shortage of fine dining establishments: Try Boudro's for some of the freshest seafood you can find. Order the shrimp and grits—you can thank us later. Finish up your weekend rendezvous by visiting the Mission San Jose, where you can book a guided tour.
Charming doesn't even begin to describe Galena, Illinois, a treasure of a town that Chicago residents can count on for a scenic trip with their sweetheart. Every inch of this town looks like a photograph. We suggest visiting here in winter, when skiing is in session. Chestnut Mountain Resort is one of the best places to enjoy the snow, though another can't-miss is Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., a must-visit distillery to tour in a town famous for its history in the trade. Wrap up your trip by taking in a couples massage at Galena Day Spa, including a candlelit massage complete with champagne and chocolates.
Historical and picturesque, Savannah is a coastal city that Atlanta residents can turn to for a change of scenery. To begin, no visit to Savannah is complete without a picnic at Forsyth Park, lined with lush greenery and numerous fountains. For foodie couples, you'll be pleased to know you've come to the perfect destination; Savannah is a mecca for Southern food. Find some of the best at The Olde Pink House, whose menu includes Southern favorites like crab hush puppies, along with a selection of fresh seafood. To round off your weekend, take a trolley tour through the cobblestone streets of Savannah's Historical District.
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
A trip to Asheville, North Carolina, will give you access to one of the most beautiful ranges in the country: the Blue Ridge Mountains. This location is another must-see for the nature-loving couple. Start by hiking the Catawba Falls trail, complete with two cascading waterfalls. Be sure to make a day out of driving out to Max Patch, an hour from Asheville, in Pisgah National Forest. The spot gives you a 360-degree view of the mountains that is ideal for picnicking. On your way over, you'll pass through the city of Hot Springs—be sure to stop by Hot Springs Resort and Spa and unwind with its spa services.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Boston natives, look no further than Cape Cod the next time you're searching for a change of pace with your S.O. Start your trip with a visit to Herring Cove Beach—an amazing spot to enjoy a sunset. When you're in Cape Cod, don't forget to visit the Nauset Lighthouse, one of the area's landmarks, and at night, grab a bite to eat at Topper's, a gorgeous American eatery that specializes in seafood and overlooks Nantucket Bay.
Montauk, New York
Located three hours east of New York City, Montauk is a scenic departure from Manhattan. Montauk Point Lighthouse is a must-see during your trip—be sure to climb to the top for an amazing panorama of the beach. In the afternoon, take a cruise around the harbor and enjoy the sights—sunset and stargazer cruises are also available. When it comes to a romantic dinner to top off a picture-perfect trip, Harvest on Fort Pond tops the list with its Italian cuisine. Here you can enjoy alfresco dining while taking in a sunset view.
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