With more and more people dusting off their suitcases and resuming travel again, we can’t help but daydream about a romantic getaway (or two!). Just imagine you and your love exploring new places, sleeping in or staying out, dressing up (or not at all…), fine dining, sipping cocktails, and creating shared memories and experiences. Sign us up, please!
But first things first: Where to go?
Luckily, there are tons of excellent options for a romantic getaway right here in the United States. Here are some of our favorites.
Charleston, South Carolina
There’s just nothing like experiencing some classic Southern charm with your love, and Charleston, South Carolina certainly has no shortage of that. In the summertime, after a long, lazy Southern breakfast, you can enjoy the nearby beaches, or you can take in the sites if it’s a bit too chilly. Daytime historical walking tours evolve into romantic sunset strolls amongst pastel-colored homes. You can complete your day with an incredible, elevated dining experience at Circa 1886 Restaurant. For a more casual dining experience, don’t miss Nigel’s Good Food, a northern Charleston staple for comfort food. While in town, stay at the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel in the heart of the historic district. Luxury and Southern charm combine in the spacious rooms, local art displays, and the relaxing outdoor saltwater pool.
For wine lovers and romantics alike, heading to Sonoma, California is a no-brainer. Indulge in incredible vineyard tours and wine tastings, luxurious dining experiences, and indulgent spa services in wine country, just 30 miles north of San Francisco. While in Sonoma, stay at the iconic MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, which provides couples with an intimate escape, nestled on six gorgeous acres and boasting the original charm of its 19th-century Victorian home roots. Offering farm-fresh dining experiences and even a Garden Spa Suite that includes a romantic outdoor tub and shower, its great location and idyllic charm make it a perfect option for a getaway.
There’s so much to love about charming Cape Cod, and the Chatham Inn is certainly one of them. It is the only Relais & Chateaux property in the area and is nestled in the heart of Cape Cod, serving as a quiet and romantic sanctuary for a couples escape. When you’re not enjoying coastal walks, eating local seafood, and soaking in the sun along the Cape, retreat back to the Chatham Inn to sip wine by the fireplace, relax in luxuriously appointed rooms, and end your day with an incredible meal at Cuvée, an ultra-fine dining restaurant helmed by 3 Michelin-Star trained chef Isaac Olivo.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana is the perfect blend of history, charm, romance, cuisine, and cocktails. Couples who love to party will revel in the never-ending nightlife on Bourbon Street, while music and blues aficionados can spend slow afternoons or evenings listening to the best local musicians on Frenchman Street. Indulge in the best Cajun and Creole food in the country and take incredibly engaging history tours—even haunted ones, if that’s your thing! While in NOLA, indulge in the luxury of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans located at the center of it all. The hotel has a gorgeous courtyard, the city’s largest indulgent spa, and gorgeous views overlooking the French Quarter.
Hawaii’s fourth largest island, also known as The Garden Island, Kauai is an ultimate getaway for couples looking to reconnect amongst some of the most gorgeous scenery in the country (and world!). Tropical waterfalls, mountains, cliffs, and rainforests will almost make you forget you’re still in the US. For a truly unforgettable experience, you can call an Airbnb home, like this private, oceanfront penthouse. for the duration of your stay. It’s the ultimate private getaway.
Amelia Island, Florida
Sprawling beaches, gorgeous sunsets, and island vibes await you in Amelia Island, one of Florida’s barrier coast islands. Home to some of the country’s most beautiful, luxurious resorts like the Omni Amelia Island, the city offers a coastal escape from your day-to-day experiences as a couple including boating, kayaking, water sports, award-winning golf courses, and incredible dining options. It’s a beautiful place to visit year-round (temps are still in the mid-60s in the winter) and only a 30-minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport.
Asheville, North Carolina
For the outdoorsy couple, Asheville, North Carolina is a gorgeous mountainside destination nestled amongst the famed Blue Ridge Mountains. You can hike amongst picturesque scenery, stroll through the decadent gardens at the Biltmore Estate, and enjoy romantic dinners in the bustling downtown area. While in Asheville, stay at The Omni Grove Park Inn, a breathtaking golf resort that is straight out of a storybook. Cozy up by the fireside with your love, play a round or two of golf, book a spa reservation, and enjoy panoramic views of the mountains that surround you.