Long weekend getaways
A routine day leads to a routine week, which leads to a routine month and so on.
When you're in a serious relationship, the same type of schedule day in and day out can add a little pressure to keep things interesting. Maybe you set goals to try out new restaurants, go see more movies and not spend so many late nights in the office. A predictable lifestyle can lead to a stagnant relationship and a lack of spontaneity can affect different core parts of the reasons you're together.
So... what can you do? How about take a quick trip together and remove yourselves from what you see as "real life?" You don't have to go far... there's definitely something for everyone. Here are some really awesome options, broken up by region!
Scottsdale Resort & Athletic Club is located 15 minutes from Phoenix SkyHarbor International airport. A family-owned property, the intimate club offers spacious suite and villa accommodations, two pools, two levels of fitness studios and classes including yoga, Pilates and indoor cycling. So if you and your boo are in the mood for relaxation mixed with some friendly fitness competition, this is the place to be.
W Scottsdale is perfect for young couples interested in staying in the heart of Downtown, adjacent to the entertainment district, walking distance to Old Town and the shopping and art districts. The hotel features 197 guest rooms and 27 lavish suites, Arizona's only Bliss Spa (fun fact!) and the famed Sushi Roku restaurant. Interested in libations and dancing the night away? W Scottsdale offers three chic bars: the indoor Living Room lounge, the outdoor, poolside Shade Bar and sunset beach, a WET pool 24/7 pool deck hotspot.
El Portal Sedona Hotel is a 12 suite bed and breakfast located in the heart of Sedona. The luxury property is a AAA Four Diamond rated hotel and was recently voted one of the top 50 small hotels in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler. Romance is abundant here, as each guest suite includes a private entrance, patio, fireplace, whirlpool and bath.
Stowe Mountain Lodgein Vermont is a three-hour drive from Boston. With a world class, award-winning spa, farm-to-table dining, a four-season swim out pool, endless outdoor fun and a private golf club, it's the ideal spot for couples looking to get away for a long weekend. Best part? They allow dogs for those couples who don't want to leave their four-legged family member at home!
Inn at Glimmerstone Mansionis a bed and breakfast in historic Cavendish, Vermont. It boasts a giant outdoor hot tub, a downstairs pub, a quiet living room, library, dining room and a huge stone veranda with a lush yard and gardens. Standing at over 100 years old, the Glimmerstone's namesake is thanks to the overwhelming feldspar, mica and quartz in the granite which gives the home its glimmering hue.
Red Crags Estatesis a hidden gem! A trio of Four Diamond bed and breakfasts is located in a lovely historic neighborhood of Manitou Springs. Rockledge Country Inn is private and secluded, set behind majestic gates of a by-gone era. Awe-inspiring views, inviting terraces, foundations and numerous sitting areas provide places for reflection and rest.
The Broadmoor, "European Elegance meets Western Hospitality", has been doing romance for 94 years. People call it the five-star romance headquarters in Colorado. It's the perfect setting for any season for an escape as a couple. Enjoy chocolate covered strawberries, Champagne, a couples' massage, dancing, moonlit strolls and more.
Grand Lake Lodgeis a stately rustic lodge located on the National Registry of Historic Places. With 56 cabins, it's surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park and overlooks the town of Grand Lake, along with Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake itself. Come here if you want extensive outdoor recreation options from fly fishing to boating to horseback riding -- this area has it all.
El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara is a unique, comfort-camping destination. Perched between California's hills on one side and the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean on the other side, this site is for lovers who want to enjoy the great outdoors but still experience the perks of a furnished safari tent or cedar cabin with all the necessary comforts of home.
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is a 100-acre waterfront resort featuring a state-of-the-art RV park, mobile cottages and tent-rentals for families interested in experiencing the great outdoors, but still wanting to enjoy the vibrant restaurants/nightlife, shopping and countless So-Cal attractions nearby.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows is a hotel in Santa Monica that was the former mansion residence of the city's founder, Senator John P. Jones. With 300 elegant guestrooms and suites, the 10-story Ocean Tower reveals spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Beach, while the six-story historic Palisades wing has traditional guest rooms.
La Maison Blanche is a hotel and restaurant that is about to enjoy its second summer season on Shelter Island, New York. In an exclusive part of The Hamptons, Shelter Island is a wonderful, laid-back and exclusive part of New York easily accessible by train, car or bus.
Sanctuary Hotelis an uber-chic new boutique hotel experience offering European-inspired hospitality in the heart of New York City's Times Square. The stylish and intimate refuge within NYC offers personalized service curated by native New Yorkers. Each of the Sanctuary's 111 guest rooms features a modern design aesthetic and lavish amenities. Guests of the hotel can indulge in their dedicated Bentley car service (bonus!).
Mirbeau Inn & Spa is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. A 34-room inn and spa, this charming year-round retreat offers gracious hospitality, award-winning cuisine and world-class spa treatments -- the perfect destination for a peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating getaway. Steeped in elegant French country style, the property is tucked into acres of Monet-inspired gardens near the shores of Skaneateles Lake, surrounded by spruce forests, rolling hills, crystal clear lakes and more than 100 wineries.
The Westin Verasa Napa is a destination in itself, featuring luxuriously rejuvenating accommodations, thoughtful amenities, impeccable service and easy access to Napa Valley's premiere attractions. Overlooking the Napa River, the hotel offers a wide array of on- and off-premises culinary experiences, relating and rejuvenating pastimes (pool and poolside cabanas, in-room spa services and bocce ball), wine tasting and outdoor activities.
Secrets Inn is located in South Lake Tahoe and is the 'Best Kept Secret in Lake Tahoe.' It's within walking distance to the beach, ski lifts, restaurants and casinos. The property, exclusive for couples only, boasts a romantic ambiance in each mountain chateau suite accompanied by Jacuzzi tubs, plush bedding, glass walk-in showers, fireplaces and more.
The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is only 30 miles from San Francisco but feels like a world away after the 40-minute scenic drive. For couples who love to golf, the resort features two world-class golf courses. Guests take in panoramic ocean views during a round and can then head to the resort's 16,000 square foot award-winning spa. End the day with a glass of wine and sit out together in the Adirondack chairs in your personal fire pit. They even have a Fire & Wine Butler, who delivers wine, cigars and s'mores kits straight to your terrace.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa offers a pretty great Couples' Romance package that includes a luxury ocean view or ocean facing one-bedroom condo with a full kitchen, living area, private balcony and more, in-room movie per night, $100 resort dining credit and unlimited use of spa facilities for two. This includes the steam room, heated marble beds, relaxation room with a hot tea bar, private whirlpool and waterfall showers.
The Ritz Carlton Naples is the perfect hotel to complement an amazing Naples getaway (one of my favorite places in Florida!). Their spa features rejuvenating and healing steam rooms, saunas, aqua lounges and an outdoor mineral pool. Enjoy the beach, some golf and Naples Trolley Rides -- all with their special vacation packages.
Hope you all enjoy your getaways!