Five Amazing Trips to Take with Your Significant Other
Whether you're celebrating an anniversary or you simply want to get away from it all, every couple needs a great romantic getaway. Book a babysitter or ask a family member to watch your kids, and then head to one of these amazing destinations with your sweetheart. Recharge with some alone time as a couple, whether you head to wine country or embark on a desert excursion.
1. Napa Valley, CA
There's nothing more romantic than sipping wine together in a vineyard, especially when the sun is shining and you don't have to worry about the kids. Consider a trip to the Napa Valley region of California, located an hour's drive north of San Francisco. There you can indulge in winery tours, great California cuisine and a lot of relaxation. If you're ready for a splurge, book into the Auberge du Soleil (180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford, CA), a luxury resort with an onsite Michelin-starred eatery. If you can't get a dinner reservation at the iconic French Laundry (6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA), stop by chef Thomas Keller's other restaurant Ad Hoc (6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA) for an amazing plate of high-end fried chicken. You'll return home refreshed and happy.
2. Barnard, VT
Twin Farms (452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT) is one of America's top bucket list hotel experiences. The all-inclusive luxury resort, less than a two-hour drive from Burlington, VT, has endless amenities and a beautiful, bucolic setting. You and your partner will love the feeling of escapism that comes with your stay, especially as you indulge in the spa, outdoor activities and inclusive dining options. The resort is known for being perfect in any season, and the amenities shift with the weather, giving you the opportunity to experience Vermont all year round. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary packing and unpacking services so you can remember what it's like to have someone else do the chores. It's one of those experiences you might need to save up for, but every penny will feel well spent.
3. Maui, HI
Any couple can get on board with a romantic getaway in Hawaii. The weather is great all year, so you don't have to worry about packing heavy clothes. The Four Seasons Resort Maui (3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, HI) is a favorite among honeymooners, so you know it will be perfect for your romantic trip away. If that resort is above your price range, try the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort (475 Front St., Lahaina, Maui, HI), an affordable beachfront property in the town of Lahaina. Relax on the beach, explore the island and try to bring some of the laid-back Hawaiian style with you back home.
4. Sedona, AZ
If your idea of a romantic getaway involves breathtaking natural scenery, pay a visit to the Enchantment Resort (525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, AZ), a lovely hotel with incredible views of Sedona's red rock formations. If you want to linger on-site, there is plenty to do, from golf to swimming to tennis, but there's also a wide array of places to explore in the area. The hotel is located approximately 8 miles from the town of Sedona, which is filled with great restaurants and art galleries, and 16 miles from Slide Rock State Park (6871 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ), where you can hike and mountain bike. This is a trip best taken in the warmer months, especially since you'll want to take full advantage of the views while lounging in the outdoor swimming pool.
5. Amelia Island, FL
Amelia Island is located just north of Jacksonville, FL, and is known for its beautiful beachfront hotels. For an intimate, romantic stay, make a reservation at the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge (98 S. Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island, FL), a charming bed-and-breakfast with a water view. It's perfect for couples who like a quieter vacation, particularly since several rooms feature private balconies and sundecks where you can read and take in the ocean scenery. Amelia Island has 13 miles of beach, great for a long sunset stroll, and lots of dining and shopping options. The hotel is one of the more affordable options in the area, and the temperature in Amelia Island rarely drops below 65 degrees F, even in the winter.