Whether you’re an outdoorsy couple who prefers relaxing in nature or a jet-setting duo always game for a far-flung vacation, there’s nothing like a romantic escape to reignite the flame. From a sultry rendezvous in Paris to a luxurious spa-filled ski destination or a cozy weekend upstate, these couples' vacations will help you kick up the romance. Here, 8 of the best places to stay, eat, cuddle, and drink champagne with bae.
New York: An Indulgent City Escape Where To Stay Spend the weekend in the heart of downtown New York at The Beekman, a historic landmark decorated with warm antique lamps and vintage rugs, plus an ornate nine-story atrium with Victorian wrought-iron railings that will transport you back to the golden age of travel. Head down to The Bar Room at Temple Court to sip on champagne or visit The Alley Cat Theatre lounge once a mechanical room, now a swanky cocktail club.
What To Do There’s no shortage of things to do in The Big Apple. Start the day with a romantic stroll through Central Park followed by a couple’s massage and wine bath experience at Aire Ancient Baths. As a fun alternative to a Broadway show, grab tickets to Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel. It's an immersive theatrical experience in which you can live out the story of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and sip on cocktails at the ‘20s era jazz club, The Manderley Bar, before and after the performance. Alternatively, snag seats at The Paradise Club at The Edition Hotel.
Where to Eat and Drink Chocolate lovers rejoice. The Baccarat Hotel has a Passion du Chocolate Tea that’s not to be missed. The menu has a little bit of everything, from rose macarons to cacao lobster salad studded with truffles, plus rose tea and champagne (we recommend you come hungry it's an...extravagant...afternoon tea). For a leisurely lunch on a weekday or a glitzy celeb-filled dinner, visit The Grill in the historic Seagram’s building. The two-story hotspot gives off 1950s throwback vibes, with glamorous mid-century décor and a classic steakhouse menu think caviar, crab cakes, prime rib carved tableside, and a martini to wash it all down. Are you and bae the ultimate foodies? Book a table at The James Beard House, where you'll be served a multi-course tasting menu prepared by top chefs. Enjoy cocktails and light bites in the ground floor garden before making your way upstairs for dinner. Each separate event features a theme or a regional cuisine from America’s most renowned chefs. Tennessee: A Rustic Weekend In The Country Where To Stay Set on 100 acres of peaceful woods, adjacent to serene walking trails, streams, and rolling meadows, RT Lodge has all of the comforts of a country home with the chic luxuries of a hotel. Explore the ground's secluded pathways, relax in rocking chairs on the porch, and roast marshmallows amongst ferry lights around the outdoor fire. What To Do Explore the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, just a 20-minute drive from the lodge, for picturesque waterfall hikes, fly fishing, or a scenic drive with your boo. You can also head into the town of Knoxville to peruse the shops and weekend farm stands at Market Square or grab tickets to a concert at the historic Tennessee Theatre.
Where To Eat and Drink For a low-key day date, head over to Blackberry Farm Brewery to check out what's on tap or get tickets for the Tennessee Winter Beer Fest if you're in town over Valentine's Day weekend. For dinner, celebrate with a special four-course meal at the lodge, using fresh seasonal ingredients from the surrounding farms. Philadelphia: A Hip Hideaway That Feels Like Home Where To Stay Intended to feel like home, ROOST's newest location in the hip East Market neighborhood is a cool alternative to the traditional hotel, equipped with individually furnished suites and common spaces from a community veggie garden to a rooftop heated pool. Snuggle up on the couch with Netflix and a great bottle of vino and bring along your pooch to make it a family affair. Homebodies will rejoice in fully equipped kitchens and fireplaces so you can prepare a romantic dinner for two.
What To Do There's no shortage of things to do for history buffs you can visit The Liberty Bell, take a picture with the Rocky Statue, or visit the Rodin Museum, with the second-largest collection of works outside of Paris. Sporty couples can catch a Flyer's game, while outdoors lovers can picnic in Fairmont Park.
Where to Eat and Drink Peruse the food stalls at Reading Terminal Market, offering everything from classic Philly cheesesteaks to fresh oysters. Foodies must also pay a visit to Di Bruno Brothers, an Italian market dating back to 1913 and a haven for meat and cheese lovers. For a casual date night spot, try out the pizza and other small plates at WM Mulherin's Sons or get fancy at HIROKI with a 20-course omakese menu that offers both delicious food and a memorable experience. Beaver Creek, Colorado: A Secluded Mountain Escape Where to Stay Want to ski with your honey all day and clink champagne glasses all night? The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is the perfect place to do just that. Tucked away on the side of a mountain, the 21,000-square-foot resort is the ultimate romantic ski-in, ski-out destination, complete with an outdoor heated pool and an over-the-top spa. Don’t you want to leave your dog home alone? Bring him along for some T.L.C. too. You can order your furry friend room service from the in-room pet menu: like the “puppy love” served with top sirloin, scrambled eggs, and jasmine rice, or book an in-room dog massage, because, hey, pets get stressed too. What To Do After a few runs or a morning spent snowshoeing on Beaver Creek’s perfect powder, head over to Fireside, a new champagne and raw oyster bar. Sip sparkling cocktails by the outdoor fire accompanied by crab legs and shrimp cocktail. For some relief from sore muscles, take a dip in the outdoor heated pool, lounge in the hot tub, and squeeze in a "close-to-you" couple's massage, enjoyed side-by-side in an intimate setting. In warmer months, head out to enjoy hiking on the Beaver Lake Trail or take a picturesque wine excursion through the mountains, where you’ll sample a selection of wines and local bites to pair them with. Where to Eat and Drink Sushi lovers must head to Sakaba, a new Omakase experience with fresh fish flown in from Japan daily. Cheers with an extensive sake collection and beautifully crafted cocktails. For a gourmet dining experience make a reservation at Beano’s Cabin, accessible exclusively by open-air sleigh. You’ll be led into a luxurious log cabin, where an open kitchen layout will allow you to keep your eyes on the chefs. Start with homemade soup and seasonal salad, and follow with delicacies like foie gras torchon prepared with port preserved cherries, toasted brioche, and pistachios, short rib pappardelle with house-made pasta, braised beef short rib, and fresh parmesan. An extensive wine list and a not-to-be-missed dessert menu (try the warm apple and ginger brown betty) will leave you warm and fuzzy before heading home. Chicago: A Cozy Midwest Getaway Where to Stay There’s no better place in the Second City to snuggle up by a roaring fire than at the charming Deer Path Inn, 20 miles north of downtown Chicago. Truly an escape from the hustle and bustle, this Tudor manor was originally built in 1860 as the home of a prominent Colonel. Today the inn is wholly inspired by the traditions of an English country estate (read: an English Garden, an onsite pub, and a room for when you fancy a spot of tea). The ambiance has a cozy cottage appeal (flowered wallpaper and stone walls) but with a modern twist, complete with deep soaking tubs and Netflix.
What To Do Want to get out for a bit? Hop on a pair of complementary bikes from the inn and take a spin around the town of Lake Forest or a 9-mile ride to Chicago’s Botanical Gardens. You can get the low down on special events here, but exploring the grounds any day is sure to be a romantic experience. Visit the rose or sensory garden, laced with fragrant crabapple trees in spring and chocolatey scented cosmos in summer and early fall. Return to the inn for high tea that's served every afternoon in the English Room. In addition to the Deer Path's house-blended teas, order a selection of sweet and savory bites, like cucumber sandwiches with ginger mascarpone and house-made jam and lemon curd scones. Maybe some champagne?
Where to Eat and Drink For a romantic dinner for two, make a reservation in the hotel's Garden Room or sit outside at the inn's secluded courtyard. For a starter, order the English pea soup accompanied by the butter lettuce salad served with avocado, blue cheese, and a champagne herb vinaigrette. For a main, go splits on a rack of lamb served with a goat cheese potato puree and a wild garlic honey au jus and the Scottish Salmon that comes with braised endive, corn, and saffron sauce. If instead you’re thinking sweatpants, dinner, and a movie we’ve got you. Order a famous Chicago deep-dish pizza from the Lake Forest outpost of Lou Malnati's and have it delivered straight to the room. Then stir yourself a gin and tonic from the in-room bar filled with top-notch wines, spirits, and English-inspired treats. Paris: A Dreamy Visit to the City of Love Where to Stay Dreaming of candlelit dinners and patisseries? For morning croissants and evening haute cuisine there truly is no better place than Pah-REE. Check into the Shangri-La Hotel Paris, once the palace of Prince Roland Bonaparte (Napolean’s nephew). It's an experience nothing short of grand. The historic property has views of both the Eiffel Tower and the Seine, not to mention exquisite French linens, private outdoor terraces, and knockout service. What to Do There’s something for everyone in Paris. Go the classic route and make stops at Notre-Dame, Chateau de Versailles, and the Jardin des Tulleries. A little shopping? Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy will do. An art fan? There's the Musée du Louvre, Picasso Museum, and Musée Rodin. See what we mean? Later, for a night on the town that will put you in the mood for L-O-V-E, catch a show at one of the legendary cabarets, like Le Crazy Horse or the iconic Moulin Rouge.
Where to Eat and Drink For classic French fare, stop by the ‘30s era La Fontaine de Mars. A cozy neighborhood bistro with deep leather booths, checkered tablecloths, and an in-house fishmonger. Order oysters to start, followed by steak-frites. For the ultimate date night, reach for the stars (two Michelin stars to be exact) and visit L’Abeille. Order from the a la carte menu or three dishes selected by the chef with a wine-pairing from the Sommelier to go with your cuisine. For something less–white tablecloth, more super-trendy, grab cocktails, and tartines from Buvette in the once-seedy/now-chichi SoPi neighborhood. After dinner? Head back to your room with a glass of champagne and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle. ✨ London: A Quick Jaunt Across the Pond Where to Stay Just a 2-and-a-half hour train ride from Paris via the Eurostar, you can easily do both dynamic cities in one trip, but a few days in London Town is never a bad idea. Check into The Portobello Hotel in the Notting Hill neighborhood, a favorite amongst celebrity guests (lest we forget the rumored champagne bath between Kate Moss and Johnny Depp). The romantic boutique hotel, nestled down a quiet street, is housed within two classical mansions. Each room is individually furnished, some with canopy style beds and antique clawfoot tubs. Grab a crystal cut antique glass and pour yourself a drink from the honesty bar, then cheers to love in the hotel’s drawing-room. What to Do Stop by Portobello Market for a few hours of antiquing followed by your own walking tour of the sites: Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Tower of London, and Buckingham and Kensington Palace (where if things go well with your honey, you could get married later). Then, reserve your own private capsule on the London Eye, you can even upgrade to have chilled champagne and canapés high in the sky. Or, for equally as enchanting views without the touristy taint, meet for cocktails at Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate, one of the tallest buildings in London. For a unique adventure, see the landscape by train as you relive the golden age of travel on the Belmond British Pullman train. Board one of the vintage carriages for a day trip and get whisked away to a historic bath, garden, or palace.
Where to Eat and Drink For breakfast, lunch, or whenever you’re feeling a bit peckish, head into Borough Market, like a massive indoor Farmer’s Market...but better. Vendors are lined up at every turn selling eclectic fare, from black pudding to custard tarts to European carved meats to English cheeses. You can easily spend your morning or afternoon eating your way through the market, but there are too many other delicious options. For a fabulous Sunday jazz brunch, visit Cinnamon Club, specializing in contemporary Indian cuisine. You can even take a cooking class with sister-restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen's Executive Chef, Vivek Singh. Head over to the Ritz in Piccadilly, for an indulgent tea served in the hotel’s Palm Court amongst crystal chandeliers and a heavenly harpist. For dinner, stop by Andre Balaz’s celeb hangout, Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone, or the newly opened Kettner’s Townhouse in Shoreditch—a cozy hotel, restaurant, and champagne bar owned by Soho House. The Hudson Valley: A Peaceful Retreat Steeped in History Where to Stay If you’ve always wished you could escape to your very own country estate now you can. Built on 45 private acres, the refurbished 18th century Troutbeck in Amenia, NY, was originally a destination for renowned artists and poets including Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Teddy Roosevelt. Each room has its own unique twist, from wood-burning fireplaces to vaulted ceilings to four-poster beds, decorated in sultry colors and rich tapestries and outfitted with custom amenities. Common areas have sweet little nooks for lounging, collectibles from the owner's travels scattered throughout, and feature artworks from artists old and new, including a series by Carroll Dunham (Lena Dunham’s dad).
What to Do Rise and shine with a cup of coffee while lounging in an Adirondack chair overlooking two streams that run adjacent to the main house. Then take a walk on the property's serene grounds and get lost in the picturesque wall garden. Depending on the season, you can compete in a quick game of tennis on the courts or take a dip in the pool, followed by a yoga class and guided meditation at nearby Amenia Yoga Center. Then head over to Mountain Valley Farm for a sunset horseback ride across their 4,000-acre valley with sweeping vistas. Where to Eat and Drink Fancy breakfast in bed? A picnic lunch for two?
Your wish is Troutbeck’s command. If you’d rather a lunch or dinner in the dining room or something more private in the library room, they can accommodate that, too. Must-orders from the seasonal menu include the tomato and mozzarella salad with chiffonade basil and a 10-year balsamic reduction, roast Amish chicken, and thyme crusted pork tenderloin with a white wine mustard sauce and garlic mashed potatoes. After dinner, set up shop by the fireplace in the main house and order a digestif and a piece of freshly baked cake. The Berkshires: An Escape Off the Beaten Path Where to Stay For nature lovers, a trip to Tourists the Berkshires' coolest new spot is a must. The riverside retreat stands along the banks of the Hoosic River and lies kitty-corner to the legendary Appalachian Trail. A haven for artists, musicians, and writers, the hotel has a peaceful bohemian vibe, with exceptionally chic architecture and incredibly warm interiors. Start your morning with an outdoor rain shower on your private deck and end your nights stargazing and roasting s’mores on the outdoor heated patio. What to Do While the Appalachian Trail is but a hop, skip, and jump away, The Berkshire town of North Adams is also home to the renowned Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Visit one of the long-term exhibitions, like Sol LeWitt’s multi-dimensional wall installations, or come for one of the museum's events, perhaps a contemporary dance show or an outdoor film. When the weather permits, take a hike up to Cascade Waterfall, break for a few pics and a snack, and head back to the outdoor pool at Tourist’s for some fun in the sun and a killer mezcal margarita. Where to Eat and Drink If you find yourself in town for lunch, grab a Berkshire brisket sandwich or order the 5-hour slow-smoked chicken at A-OK Berkshire Barbeque located in the guardhouse on the MASS MoCa campus. With BBQ in hand, head across the street to grab a beer or a flight at Bright Ideas Brewing Company (they're cool with you bringing in your own food). Hang out on the dog-friendly patio or head into the taproom for live music. For a relaxed dinner, post up in the living room at Tourists and order from their bar menu. The soon-to-open restaurant, set in an 1813 Farmhouse, will also offer innovative food and cocktails from Austin-based chef, Greg Thomas. For a dressier date night, make a reservation at Mezze Bistro + Bar, located in a historic 19th-century building. Mezze specializes in classic bistro-style fare with a farm-to-table commitment. Order the sriracha fried chickpeas from their snack menu, crispy Brussels with pickled chilis, puffed rice, and mint, and the grilled heritage pork loin with duck fat carrots and roasted garlic creamed greens. To drink? An upside-down Manhattan for which the bartender uses more vermouth than whiskey and a Mezze Gimlet with vodka, Lillet, and lime.
Charleston: A Bit of Southern Charm Where to Stay Sit on the wrap-around porch sipping sweet tea by day and feasting on a wine and cheese plate by night at Hotel Zero George, the historic residence-turned-boutique-hotel dating back to 1804. Candlelit lanterns and bougainvillea adorn the entrance of every guest room, with outdoor ceiling fans and rocking chairs, so you can catch a breeze while sitting amongst the palm trees. What to Do Let the experts be your guide, seeking out Charleston’s hidden gems with a Charleston Photography Tour. You’ll discover under-the-radar spots, from local beaches to Charleston’s iconic Antebellum houses to the city's historic ruins. Later, book a private sunset sail with Charleston's Sailing Adventures. Bring along a bottle of rosé (we love a BYOB) and keep your camera at the ready for sightings of dolphins and other marine life. To satiate your shopping gene, take a morning to browse one-of-a-kind home decor, clothing, and accessories, at the ultra-chic Celadon Home. Their trunk shows and pop-up shops highlight the works of local artists and entrepreneurs. Need a break from the heat? Take a day trip to Kiawah Island, located about 25 miles south of Charleston, where you’ll find pristine beaches and breathtaking sunsets.
Where to Eat and Drink For your daily dose of fruit and veggies, head to brunch at Basic Kitchen, featuring a rotating seasonal menu, in downtown Charleston. Order the avocado toast with black sesame sourdough and a sunny side up egg, plus a refreshing bright eyes juice made with carrots, orange, apple, and lemon. For a happy hour (or at any hour really) order a seafood tower at The Darling Oyster Bar or head over to The Ordinary for some orange wine and oysters on the half shell. For a romantic dinner with superb Lowcountry inspired food, make a reservation at Husk Restaurant, where Executive Chef Travis Grimes puts his spin on southern cuisine. To wet the palette, grab a drink at Husk Bar across the street. For dinner, order the chicken fried cauliflower with pickled dilly beans and brown butter, slow-smoked pork ribs, and the cornmeal-dusted catfish with rice, preserved tomato, shrimp bisque, and mustard greens. After dinner head over to the living room bar at The Dewberry and order two Between The Sheets, made with rum, cognac, Crème de Cacao, lemon, and cinnamon.