Whether you’re interested in a local getaway or a quick jaunt to someplace you’ve never been, here is a list of some of the most romantic domestic getaway locations to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with your special someone.
Newport, Rhode Island – The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Winner of “The Most Romantic Hotel in America” by Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards, The Chanler at Cliff Walk offers elegance, romance, and history all wrapped up into one.
Built-in 1873 by then New York Congressman, John Winthrop Chanler, the summer “cottage” as it was known, was a retreat for him and his wife Margaret Astor Ward, great-granddaughter of John Jacob Astor. After leaving the hands of the Chanler family and going through many different forms, Detroit businessman John Shufelt returned the property to its original mansion glory in 2003, earning recognition as a Forbes Four-Star hotel and recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
With breathtaking views of the ocean, private gardens, and direct access to the famed Newport mansions and Cliff Walk, the enchanting Chanler brings to life Gilded Age opulence in its 20-custom designed, antique-laden, signature rooms, and villas. Accommodations reflect such eras as the Renaissance, Louis XVI, English Tudor, and more. And what better time to avoid the summer crowds of quintessential Newport, then during a Valentine’s Day getaway.
Napa Valley, California – Las Alcobas
For the connoisseur of wines, this adults-only retreat in the heart of Napa Valley, with breathtaking sunset views of the Beringer Vineyard Estate, only a stones-throw away, is the epitome of romance.
The recipient of more than 15 awards and recognitions, including from Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “21 Most Romantic Places to Stay in the World” and “Top 7 Most Romantic Resorts in California,” the resort is often coined the “gem” of Napa Valley.
Offering 68 luxurious, oversized guest rooms and suites, the Las Alcobas resort is centered around its signature restaurant – Acacia House – a restored 1907 Georgian-style farmhouse with stunning views from the wrap-around veranda. Here guests can dine on fresh, locally sourced ingredients artistically blended by celebrated chef Chris Cosentino.
Whether enjoying time together at its award-winning spa, the 3,500 square foot saltwater pool, on a hot-air balloon ride over the lush vineyards of Napa, or a wine-tasting to while the afternoon away, guests of the resort are guaranteed to experience rest, relaxation, and romance.
Savannah, Georgia – Hamilton-Turner Inn
If you are looking for some southern charm, look no further than the Hamilton-Turner Inn. Located in Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, and in one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States, the Inn was built in 1873 by Samuel Pugh Hamilton.
Often referred to as “The Lord of Lafayette Square,” Hamilton and his wife frequently hosted gatherings attended by many of Savannah’s elite. After many years of various owners and uses, the Historic Savannah Foundation saved the mansion from destruction in 1965. Today the current owners, in close collaboration with the Foundation, continues to maintain the property to reflect its original beauty.
Noted as a “Best Romantic Hotel” by USA Today and “Top 25 US Hotels for Romance” by Trip Advisor, the Inn is the essence of southern hospitality. Interior design is reflective of the late 19th century with details such as brocade wallpaper, a grand staircase, antique four-poster beds, and marble furnishings. From morning coffee and evening wine in the parlor to the rich, custom decor of the 17 rooms/suites, guests will undoubtedly feel the love and charm of the south.
New York City – The Peninsula Hotel
For those interested in the “City That Never Sleeps,” The Peninsula Hotel in New York, on the corner of 5th Avenue and 55th Street, is the place to be! The recipient of the Forbes Five Star rating and the AAA Five Diamond awards, the hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan near Central Park, museums, Rockefeller Center, great shopping, and dining.
Designed to offer tranquility after a day of fun, guest accommodations feature luxurious and elegant retreat-like apartment-style rooms and suites. Featuring a grand double staircase entryway, guests immediately feel enveloped in luxury from the minute they step inside.
Besides its convenient location to various Big Apple attractions, hotel amenities include an award-winning spa featuring a glass-enclosed swimming pool, Clement Restaurant, and three bars/lounges, including the Salon de Ning, the sexy rooftop bar (with indoor and heated outdoor seating), offering views of 5th Avenue as far as the eye can see.
Vail, Colorado – The Four Seasons Hotel
For the more active winter-sports couples, there’s skiing, sledding, snowboarding, and more at The Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado. Located at the base of Vail Mountain in the White River National Forest, Vail is home to 5,200 acres of ski and snowboarding terrain.
Couples can enjoy a multitude of amenities and attractions while staying at the Four Seasons, Vail. Guests can enjoy the sunken heated, year-round outdoor pool with pool bar featuring cocktails (or hot cocoa and s’mores), the award-winning spa with couples’ suites, Flame the onsite steakhouse, and Remedy Bar, which features floor to ceiling mountain views, outside fire pits and the best après ski cocktails around.
Rooms feature breathtaking, mountain, village, or stunning garden views with gas burning stone fireplaces. Hickory wood floors and limestone bathrooms draw the natural beauty of outside in, with a touch of warmth.
Offsite activities come in many forms from the Eagle Bahn Gondola to the top of Vail Mountain, Adventure Ridge snow park, or exploration of Vail Village, Lionshead, and Golden Peak. Each unique, featuring old-world, European charm, excellent dining, upscale shops, ice skating, and more. And with the assistance of the resort ski concierge, you can choose from ski or snowboard activities, snowshoe tours with views of Gore Range, snowmobiling adventures to historic Camp Hale, or the gorgeous terrain at Piney Valley Ranch, which is considered one of the last, and largest, working ranches in Colorado.
So, whether you want to ski from the mountain tops or cozy up alongside your significant other for fireside après ski cocktails, Vail will surely meet you’re your needs.