10 Romantic vacations for some hot lovin'
Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend a weekend (or longer) with your sweetheart on a romantic getaway. These destinations offer plenty of unique touches to make your vacation something truly special.
Las Palomas (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
This romantic bed & breakfast is nestled in a secluded tree-covered compound. This unique locale seems like a world away from everyday life - but it's just three short blocks from Santa Fe's Historic Plaza. Las Palomas is built from adobe brick to maintain the authentic feel of Santa Fe from decades gone by. You can stay in your own private casita with custom furnishings, wood burning fireplaces, hand-woven rugs and other beautiful touches. Las Palomas incorporates the charm and ambiance that you are looking for in a romantic getaway without a big price tag. Room rates start at under $100.
Olde Harbour Inn (Savannah, Georgia)
Savannah's amazing architecture and moss-draped streets offer the perfect backdrop for a romantic vacation. You can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or a stroll along the waterway. A romantic getaway in Savannah doesn't have to cost a bundle. The Olde Harbour Inn "Romance on the River" package includes two nights in a riverview suite, chilled champagne and keepsake champagne flutes, a gift basket, walking or trolley tour, $50 restaurant dinner voucher, wine and cheese reception each evening, turndown service and an ice cream treat, and continental breakfast daily. Package price is $440 and up.
Beltane Ranch (Sonoma Valley, California)
This romantic getaway spot is located on 105 acres filled with spectacular flower and vegetable gardens, fruit trees, a vineyard and olive orchard. The five-room, two-story lodge offers a wrap-around porch with swings and hammocks that overlook the vineyard and mountains beyond. Breakfast is created from ingredients from the gardens and orchards. Enjoy fluffy pancakes and homemade syrup or an assortment of other luscious foods. There are more than 20 wineries to explore within a five-mile radius of Beltane Ranch. Rates start at $150 with breakfast included.
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort (Chittenden, Vermont)
Their "Moonlight in Vermont" Romantic Getaway special ($1,125 per couple) features three nights lodging, a three-course candlelit dinner, two 1-hour massages, champagne and truffles, an old fashioned picnic lunch, and a scenic pontoon boat cruise on the lake. This amazing resort is located on 350 acres with majestic views of the mountain lake and Green Mountain National Forest. The Mountain Top Inn & Resort also offers adventure packages, a horseback riding vacation and other specials.
Wawona Hotel (Yosemite, California)
The Victorian elegance and charm of Wawona Hotel make it a favorite spot for romance in Yosemite. Their two-night romance package includes lodging, dinner for two, sparkling wine and flutes, and a keepsake gift. Nestled among the meadows near rushing streams, this National Historic Landmark hotel is just four miles from the Yosemite Park south entrance. Enjoy strolling the property grounds, golf, horseback riding and much more.
Ocean Point Inn (East Boothbay, Maine)
This unspoiled seaside hideaway is located at the tip of a scenic peninsula. You can choose their "Oceans of Romance" package which includes three nights lodging, three full breakfasts, bottle of champagne, box of chocolates, picnic lunch in a quiet cove, sunset schooner tour, and use of the pool and hot tub. This romantic getaway is perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, or just because. At Ocean Point Inn, prices start at about $240 per night.
Sole on the Ocean (Sunny Isles Beach, Florida)
For an luxurious, elegant vacation, check out this brand new, multimillion-dollar resort just north of Miami Beach. This high-rise is located right on the shore on Collins Avenue. It features amazing architecture and design, including a glass staircase. This hotel is the perfect location from a pampering, high-end romantic vacation. Regular rates at Sole on the Ocean are $259+ but right now you can get rooms as low as $111 with no blackout dates. Book your reservations through BookIt.com before July 11, 2010.
The Sutton Place Hotel (Vancouver, BC Canada)
One of the most romantic hotels in Vancouver, The Sutton Place Hotel offers European charm and elegance. This beautiful boutique hotel is in the heart of downtown Vancouver with views of the water and the mountains. With the Olympics gone from Vancouver, you'll find many hotels with very affordable rates. The Sutton Place Hotel offers rooms starting at $169 with a $20 food credit per night. They offer a chocolate buffet, afternoon tea, Sunday jazz brunch, top-notch spa and much more.
Mountain Home Inn (Mt. Tamalpais, California)
This rustic Swiss-like mountain inn is surrounded by towering forests and picturesque scenery. Located on a ridge of Mt. Tamalpais, this inn overlooks the little village of Mill Valley 1000 feet below and is just a 25-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge. From its vantage point, you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. This romantic hotel is the only commercial establishment permitted on Mt. Tamalpais. Both Jack London and the Grateful Dead have stayed at the Mountain Home Inn. Some rooms have outdoor balconies, fireplaces and/or jacuzzi tubs. Rates start at $175.
If you are on a shoestring budget, you don't have to skimp on romance. Pack a tent, a sleeping bag for two, and all the fixins for s'mores. Head to the nearest campground and spend the night snuggled with your sweetie. You don't need a fancy hotel to enjoy a romantic getaway.