Whether you’ve been dating a couple months or have been together for years, every couple can benefit from a romantic getaway. Exploring a new place is an amazing bonding experience: It strengthens your relationship, allows for quality one-on-one time, and helps you remember why you fell for each other in the first place. If you’re looking to book a trip for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or just because, here are nine romantic resorts across the United States that offer everything from adventurous excursions to specialized spa treatments to luxury digs.
Vero Beach is hidden gem on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, opened by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is right on the Atlantic Ocean, and its picturesque shoreline, filled with striped cabanas and loungers, looks like it’s straight out of a Gray Malin photograph. Beyond its beauty, the resort caters to couples through intimate experiences such as private beachside feasts, personalized wine dinners, spa therapies, and a sensual turndown service that includes roll-on ‘Passion Potion,’ body oil, warm wax candles, and champagne.
Beyond the stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there’s a lot to love about this historic Asheville resort. What really sets it apart is its forty-three thousand square foot spa. The interior feels like a cavernous oasis, thanks to rock-covered walls and waterfalls cascading into the various mineral pools, and the treatments are vast, with everything from massages to facials to meditation pods. There are also eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, fireside lounges, an outdoor whirlpool, and a spa café to enjoy post-treatment. Start with the Couple’s Retreat, with two 50-minute tandem massages, followed by an aromatic hydrotherapy bath in which you can sip champagne and enjoy chocolate covered strawberries.
A visit to the island of Martha’s Vineyard is a romantic gesture in itself, but if you really want to wow your partner, stay at The Charlotte Inn. Everything on the property, from the curated antiques in each room to the pristine flowering gardens, makes it feel like you’ve traveled back in time to an elegant English manor. Here, you’ll also enjoy one of the island’s most romantic restaurants.
Every room at Spring Creek Ranch is a room with a view. Surrounded by both the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the ranch offers wildlife safaris and countless other seasonal activities, such as sunset sleigh rides, hot air balloon tours, white-water rafting, and dog-sledding. After your outdoor excursions, stop by the Wilderness Adventure Spa where you can enjoy traditional treatments, like hot stone massages and detoxifying body wraps, as well as soul readings and an outdoor salted water hot tub.
Located off Georgia’s coastline, The Cloister exudes Southern charm. You’ll never get bored on its expansive property since there are three different golf courses, a beach club, multiple dining experiences, water sports, horseback riding, falconry, and beyond. Be sure to also check out the five-star services and serene setting at the Sea Island Spa.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stay in a ghost town, go to Dunton Hot Springs. The restored 1800’s mining village is now home to thirteen luxuriously outfitted cabins nestled in the San Juan Mountains. With on-site hot springs, a saloon and dance hall, and hiking trails, you won’t even care if cell service is a little spotty.
You don’t have to travel to Europe to stay in a castle. Head to Kentucky instead. The Kentucky Castle, located in the aptly named town of Versailles, is home to the state’s premiere farm-to-table restaurant with the majority of the menu coming from the hotel’s fifty-five-acre property that includes a vineyard, a truffle orchard, a gourmet mushroom garden and more. Also be sure to check out their calendar of events during your stay, which often includes murder mystery dinners, comedy nights, and workshops.
Mii Amo means “one’s path or journey,” so it’s fitting that wellness is the backbone of this desert sanctuary. Surrounded by Sedona’s Reds Rocks, reside in luxe Southwestern-style casitas, some of which have whirlpools, outside showers, and private massage tables. Known for their spa offerings, it’s also a place for couples to reconnect spiritually and emotionally. Mii Amo offers services such as the ‘Compassionate Communication’ session to improve open dialogue and the ‘Aura Soma Relationship Reading’ to better understand the dynamics of your relationship.
With a lake full of canoes, wooden cabins, and an idyllic forest backdrop, Canoe Bay looks like a summer camp at first glance. But don’t be fooled: There won’t be a child in sight at this Midwest adults-only property. It’s a cozy-chic spot where couples can relax and enjoy the fresh air through outdoor sports like kayaking, fishing, hiking, and snow-shoeing. Something else to consider: the Wine Cellar Dinner, with food and wine recommendations, complimentary champagne, and extraordinary privacy.