Instead of chocolates and flowers, why don't you spend some time with your significant other on a romantic getaway? Valentine's Day is the perfect time for a trip that will allow you to reconnect with your love and show them you care with the gift of your time. You don't have to travel across the world for romance. Here are some ideas closer to home.
1. New York City, NY - New York City is often called the “Capital of the world”! Not only does it get that name from having every single country in the world invested in it, but it brings you the widest variety of food, drinks, and entertainment. Take a carriage ride through Central Park or take in a show on Broadway. There are all different romantic ideas for all budgets.
2. Napa Valley, CA - Escape to Napa for a wine tasting experience you won’t experience anywhere else. Unwind, unplug, and reconnect with the love of your life in one of the most beautiful settings in the U.S. With rocky coastal terrain, vast vineyards, and towering redwoods to look forward to, you’re in for quite the treat!
3. New Orleans, LA - The architecture in the French Quarter is perfect for a day of playing tourist and strolling through an area full of history and fun. The Garden District is another beautiful area for romantic walks under centuries-old live oak trees, passing by stately old Southern homes. One of the most uniquely New Orleans options for a romantic Valentine’s Day is an evening cruise and meal on one of the famous riverboats. Couples can enjoy a nice dinner and an evening floating past the city on the Mississippi River. February is usually cool, sometimes warm, but rarely cold. Make sure that Valentine's Day does not coincide with Mardi Gras since the crowds will make your trip more frustrating than romantic.
4. San Juan, Puerto Rico - San Juan is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in the US with its colonial buildings and houses. The weather is warm year-round and the vibrant old town has charming rum bars and historic landmarks. Strolling around the old town of San Juan makes you feel like you’re walking in a real-life movie scene. Most of the hotels and resorts have special events for Valentine's Day.
5. Niagara Falls, NY - Just because it is cliche doesn't mean it is a bad option. Niagara Falls has long been known as the world’s leading destination for lovers. It is easy to understand why: walking slowly along the boardwalk adjacent to the mighty rapids of the Niagara River, hand-in-hand is beyond enthralling. Nature’s power, impressive beauty, and scale are not only seen but felt. It is unforgettable to be next to a waterfall holding hands with your sweetheart. Arguably the most powerful reason to visit Niagara Falls in February is to see it frozen!
6. Sedona, AZ - Sedona's bewitching scenery invites you to explore. There is something for everyone. You can take a hot air balloon ride, have a romantic dinner for two, visit a vineyard or hike through the red rock country. Sedona has a famous chocolate festival that runs over Valentine’s Day. From chocolate fountains to chocolate pastries you will find everything a chocolate lover could dream of at the Verde Canyon Railroad Chocolate Lovers’ Festival.
7. Charleston, SC - One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Charleston feels like walking back in time. Cobblestone streets, historic churches, and harbor views coupled with gourmet dining, one-of-a-kind hotels, and Caribbean-themed architecture all lend to the unique charm of the town. Charleston is known for its amazing restaurants, as well as its boutique hotels, and has plenty of spaces where you can stroll and take in the sites.
8. Jackson Hole, WY - If outdoor adventure is your kind of romance, you’ll love some of the ski-in, ski-out resorts at Jackson Hole. Whether it’s swishing down the slopes or enjoying an après-ski hot chocolate in front of a fire, there are a plethora of ways to spend some quiet — or not-so-quiet — time together.
9. San Antonio, TX - San Antonio is often considered the most romantic destination in Texas–and that’s saying something! With its romantic Riverwalk, fabulous restaurants, and eclectic nightlife options, San Antonio is one of the more romantic places for Valentine’s Day getaways. Do the most quintessential San Antonio thing and go on a river cruise or go exploring the scenic backroads of the Texas Hill Country. Eat and drink your way through San Antonio with your beloved on a food tour or a brewery tour!
10. Key West, FL - A forever favorite for romantic weekend getaways in winter, this laid-back island paradise is a blend of southern charm and Caribbean flavor. From long walks on pristine beaches to exciting water adventures, Key West has plenty of things for couples to do on Valentine’s Day. Sail into the sunset with a bottle of champagne, get an up-close look at playful dolphins, or run the entire gamut of aquatic escapades with sailing, snorkeling, and kayaking!
11. Oahu, Hawaii - An exquisite natural paradise, and one of the most romantic locales on earth, Oahu, is a go-to for Valentine’s Day getaways. Immerse yourselves in some island spirit and say Aloha to romance on the sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii. Go on a sunset dinner cruise, or go diving with some adorable turtles! Try your hand at snorkeling, surfing, or even a submarine scooter tour. Treat yourselves to a traditional Hawaiian luau with traditional Hawaiian food accompanied by a dazzling display of songs, dances, and performances.
When you are ready to start planning your next romantic getaway, contact me.