This year say goodbye to the stress of the holidays and hello to romance at one of these romantic destinations. At these 10 places, the hardest decision you will have to make is what to have for dinner.
1. St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Loews Don Cesar is known as the Pink Palace — Photo courtesy of Loews Don Cesar
At the Loew's Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., all you have to do is put the little flag up on your poolside lounge chair and someone from the pool staff will appear and ask what they can do for you. When you tire of the pool, take a few steps down to the sugar soft sand of St. Pete Beach. The hotel’s Spa Oceana offers aromatherapy massages, tropical refreshment rituals with sugar cane body polish, or an ocean mist body treatment. Relax with a spa lunch in the rooftop garden overlooking the Atlantic.
2. Clearwater, Fla.
Pool or Clearwater Beach, both are gorgeous at the Sandpearl Resort. — Photo courtesy of Visit StPete/Clearwater
If you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous surroundings of the Sandpearl Resort, sign up for a boat ride to Caladesi Island to view the eco-system and wildlife. It’s an easy walk to downtown Clearwater with unique shops and restaurants.
3. Jackson, N.H.
A blanket of snow and glowing lights is a welcoming site at the Christmas Farm Inn — Photo courtesy of Christmas Farm Inn
If your idea of après skiing is sipping a hot toddy by a fire in a cozy cottage, then the Christmas Farm Inn is for you. Located within minutes of five mountains for skiing; Black, Attitash, Wildcat, Bretton Woods and Mt. Cranmore. Cross country ski trails bring you past covered bridges, waterfalls and villages.
4. Woodstock, Vt.
A sleigh ride through Woodstock is a charming way to start your romantic getaway — Photo courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Woodstock Inn & Resort is drop dead gorgeous. This is romance to the max; moonlit horse-drawn sleigh rides, cross country skiing under the stars to a log cabin in the woods with dinner set out for two before a crackling woodstove.
5. Rockland, Maine
There is nothing like a roaring fire to set the mood for romance. — Photo courtesy of Berry Manor Inn
Stay in classic luxury in a 19th century Victorian home, the Berry Manor Inn. You won’t have to lift a finger. Your innkeepers, Cheryl and Mike, are well versed in the many things to see and do in this coastal town. TIP: Forget about dieting. There is always homemade pie with breakfast.
6. Lenox, Mass.
Wheatleigh, a 19th century Italianate palazzo, glows with fresh snow. — Photo courtesy of Wheatleigh Hotel
Nestled on five acres, the Garden Gables Inn exudes privacy. Attention to detail is paramount here from the 540-count Egyptian sheets to the euro mattresses in every room to the inn's Lenox Petit Spa. Wheatleigh Hotel is the ultimate in romantic destinations, This 19th century Italianate palazzo has been painstakingly restored. Every room is a suite with double soaking tubs and atrium windows overlooking mountains or lakes.
7. Park City, Utah
A swim in the heated winter pool is a great way to relax after skiing at Deer Valley Resort — Photo courtesy of Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort is the epitome of ski resorts. The 2002 Winter Olympics were held here in Park City. The resort is a small city with everything at your fingertips. Choose from ski racing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. What could be more romantic than wrapping up in thick blankets for a moonlit dogsled ride?
8. Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Fairmont Pittsburgh is filled with art and is dog friendly. Edie, their gentle mascot, would love to play with your pup. — Photo courtesy of Fairmont Pittsburgh
In keeping with the season, you want to go someplace cold so you can snuggle. But, you're not crazy about outdoor activities. Have you thought about Pittsburgh? This one-time steel producing city was covered in soot but is now gleaming. Stay in the lap of luxury at the Fairmont Pittsburgh. Being surrounded by art is romantic; the Warhol Museum (Andy was born here), the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Frick Art Center and the Heinz History Center.
The Cleveland skyline shows what a clean city awaits — Photo courtesy of Cody York for ThisisCleveland.com
Cleveland is a blue collar city under gentrification. It has more live performance centers than New York City and its restaurant scene is growing now that native Iron Chef Michael Symons has three restaurants here: Lola Bistro, B Spot and Lolita. If you go to only one museum, make it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This stunning I.M. Pei building overlooking Lake Erie is worth the trip for the music history it holds.
The building the Langham Hotel is in dates to 1922. It was built in Renaissance Revival style for the Federal Reserve Bank. — Photo courtesy of The Langham Hotel
History lovers will adore Boston; the city dates back 400 years. There is an endless list of things to do: walk the 2.5 mile long Freedom Trail, stroll through the Boston Common that dates to 1634, shop Newbury Street and dine on Italian food in the North End. In the midst of all this is the Langham Hotel, an elegant oasis. After hours of sightseeing, head for the hotel's Chuan Body & Soul Spa for a warm oils couples massage. Top this off with a decadent British Tiffin Tea served in the stunning lobby.