You don't need to be a Hallmark holiday enthusiast to want to celebrate Valentine's Day by booking a romantic weekend getaway. In fact, even if dramatic gestures and cliches make you blush (or cringe), there's something about traveling that brings out everyone's inner romantic. Who wouldn't want to unwind against a beautiful backdrop or explore a new locale with someone they adore? So to spread the love and wanderlust inspiration, we found all the most majestic, exciting, and beautiful destinations around the country for any type of relationship.
If you're looking for a warm-weather escape in a secluded region, an urban staycation, or a winter retreat, the 11 Valentine's weekend getaways below will woo you.
For people… who want to bask in the sun and shop in a tropical locale without leaving the excitement of a city.
The Romantic Draw: Miami is rich in art and architecture, but it's also a beautiful place to find a spot on the beach with a good book. For anyone who loves the great outdoors and trying new things, book a day trip to the Everglades. While admiring the alligators (from a safe distance), you can sit back and enjoy the slower, romantic pace as you drift through the magical backwaters. And for an unforgettable meal in a gorgeous setting, you can't miss Mandolin Aegean Bistro.
Where to Stay: The Faena Hotel looks as if it was designed to ignite some passion. It'll give you the full experience of the city in all its opulence and glory. Forbes describes it not only as "the coolest new hotel in Miami," but also as a "sensory pleasure palace." There's even an incredible on-site Damien Hirst masterpiece, so we agree that it's one of the coolest spots around—and not just in the Miami area. It's right on Collins Avenue in South Beach, though it offers more privacy since it's a little further north of the other popular hotels.
For people… who want to stay inside all weekend long to stir up some cabin fever (the good kind).
The Romantic Draw: If you live in or near New York City, head upstate to a peaceful retreat in the snowy Mid-Hudson Valley. Though it feels completely rural and peaceful, it takes less than two hours by car.
Where to Stay: Hasbrouck House is a quirky boutique hotel in Stone Ridge that feels like a revamped inn with metropolitan flair but without all the stress city living. Enjoy some time at the spa, open a bottle of wine, and reignite your passion by the fireplace in your room. Or cozy up in a robe and sit out on your private veranda. There's also a delicious restaurant on-site called Butterfield that serves fresh, seasonal produce. They have a couples-oriented offer right now for a weekend stay that includes a bottle of champagne and a discounted couples massage.
For people… looking for a postcard-worthy bedside view. And cheese. Lots of cheese, with an oyster on the side.
The Romantic Draw: Just an hour and a half outside of San Francisco, this beautiful seaside town is a one-of-a-kind gem. With winding roads, rolling hills, and bay views (it also happens to be a national park) it's a lot more quaint and less commercial than some other Northern California destinations. You'll get the same foodie-friendly perks you'd find in San Francisco, though the picturesque town is quaint and feels untouched by time.
Where to Stay: Nick's Cove is unbelievably charming. The property is a restored historic seaside retreat nestled in Tomales Bay Cove, and each cottage is unique. When you aren't cozied up in bed with your lover (or pet, since they're allowed too), go kayaking, hiking, or oyster shucking. Or better yet, cozy up inside with an in-room couples massage as the fog rolls in.
The Romantic Draw: Surrounded by Spanish moss–cloaked islands fixed between two rivers on the Atlantic coastline and lined with a symphony of bustling pastel-painted shops and restaurants, Charleston is an idyllic backdrop for a day about love.
What to Do: Take a stroll South of Broad. This exclusive residential neighborhood is home to the most breathtaking harbor-front houses and English-style gardens in the city. Then take a day trip to the Cypress Gardens to re-create that swan/raining scene in The Notebook.
Where to Stay: For a luxurious hotel in the heart of Charleston that boasts a stylish, fresh take on midcentury modernism, stay at The Dewberry. It offers a unique design that veers away from the predominant colonial-style buildings in the city while still blending in nicely with the feel of this romantic place. There's also an equally chic spa oasis in the carriage house if you want to unwind after a day of walking.
Book the romantic rendezvous offer, a package that includes a 90-minute signature couples massage, two glasses of prosecco, truffles, breakfast in bed or in the retro-inspired bistro-style restaurant, and one dozen red roses delivered to the room.
For people… who love road trips, desert landscapes, and art installations in natural settings.
The Romantic Draw: If you appreciate style, architecture, and design as well as taking spontaneous road trips with your partner, nothing will beat the artist hub of Marfa, Texas. If you can, make a stop at the ethereally beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
Where to Stay: Home to unparalleled art, architecture and a unique gastronomic experience intimately tied to the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem, The Capri restaurant and event space is a refuge in the high desert for anyone with a curious spirit and epicurean disposition. Then lodge at the adjacent hotel, Thunderbird, that has a relaxed and revamped retro motel vibe. The interiors and design have been overseen by Hollywood set designer Sean Daly and the proprietor is also the co-founder of Ballroom Marfa, an arts and culture nonprofit that's just down the street.
For people… longing for a charming New England retreat.
The Romantic Draw: New England seaside charm. You'll get to enjoy the walkable small city and all it has to offer while strolling along the seaside and looking out at picturesque lighthouses.
Where to Stay: Celebrate Valentine's Day surrounded by vintage glam at Grace Vanderbilt, a vintage mansion that has been restored to its former glory and is one of the few private homes of the era to operate for guests. Couples can book the property's Romance Dinner package to be wined and dined with a specially curated culinary experience, a special turndown treat, and a 20% discount on overnight accommodations. Couples who book a suite will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne to make the night even more special.
For people… looking for total seclusion on a tropical beach.
The Romantic Draw: Nestled between Tulum and Playa del Carmen in the Mayan Riviera, this place is paradise and it's only a plane ride away.
Where to Stay: Hotel Esencia is a one-of-a-kind resort. The surrounding environment is majestic and everywhere you go on this spacious property is impeccably designed with a sense of chic, effortless elegance. Though there are a few private villas, most of the guest rooms are in what used to be the mansion of an Italian duchess. The spa menu is also unique, so get ready to luxuriate and treat yourselves.
For people… in need of leisure, luxury, and renewal in a remote mountain range.
The Romantic Draw: Granted, these mountains may look a little different considering that we're in the middle of winter, but the expansive treetop views from the private terrace are arguably even more magical when covered in snow.
Where to Stay and What to Do: Not only are the grounds and panoramic lookouts breathtaking, but Primland's interiors reflect a sense of modern style without compromising its sense of place. The Primland is a destination in and of itself. Think of it like a grown-up treehouse. Book the winter bliss package for 30% off regular lodge rates.
For people… who like their romance with a side of culture and style.
The Romantic Draw: Between the bubbling art scene, the incredible Art Deco architecture, and the bustling food, there is a lot going on Downton L.A. that make it worth a visit. If you want to get off the beaten path and enjoy one of the staple Valentine's Day treats (chocolate, of course), take a factory tour at Mast Brothers Chocolate and then go see the stars at Griffith Observatory.
Where to Stay: Brand-new to Downtown L.A., the NoMad Los Angeles is nothing short of striking. "Originally built in the 1920s as the headquarters for the Bank of Italy, the building's gold-and-blue Italianate lobby ceiling has been fully restored and serves as inspiration throughout." It has a casually elegant restaurant and bar, a library, an all-day Italian-inspired café, a formal dining room, and a rooftop pool that offers sweeping views of the city. If you're a design aficionado, you'll be excited to hear that Jacques Garcia designed each of the 241 rooms.
For people… in need of premium luxury in a breathtaking national park.
The Romantic Draw: The extraordinary abstract patterns of the Antelope Canyon in Arizona seem too gorgeous to be real. Outdoor adventures and dazzling rocks await you. It's one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
Where to Stay: Impeccably designed to embody the natural beauty of the surrounding boulders and planes, the Amangiri resort is the definition of luxe done right. Located in a cliff curve in Canyon Point, Utah, you'll look out at the expansive, geometric desert landscape awash in a rainbow of ochre, yellow, and pink.
When you're not relaxing with your partner in the spa, take advantage of the unique adventures of the area, like hot air balloon rides, paleontology expeditions, kayaking, and painting outside of the broken arrow cave with an artist in residence.
For people… craving a slower pace and Midwestern hospitality in a dreamy winter lodge.
The Romantic Draw: Nestled in the middle of a forest, this family-owned spot is so homey and beautiful that you'll never want to leave.
Where to Stay and What to Do: Canoe Bay is the prime place to stay if you're looking for romantic winter lodge vibes in the Midwest. It's specially designed for adult couples, so if you're a parent, this will serve as a nice break too. Book a private cottage if you want to have even more privacy or plan a private dinner in the wine cellar room. Spend the day snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or stay inside with some wine and an in-room couples massage.