1. The Thrill of New York City
When you hear a knock on the door: divide and conquer. Open the door for room service to roll in your decadent breakfast, while your partner throws back the curtains to expose your smashing New York City view. Uptown, downtown, or anywhere in between—one of the top romantic pleasures in the Big Apple is climbing back into bed with freshly baked pastries and a steaming cup of coffee.
Visitors are often eager to see New York City’s many faces, from the golden light of morning to the flicker of electricity as skyscrapers light up in the evening. Instead of abandoning your hotel room and seeking these sights on the street, linger. Order in. Soak up that million-dollar view from your big bed with the crisp sheets and experience one thing many New Yorkers rarely do: spend a blissfully quiet morning tucked away from the chaos of the streets, admiring the city that never sleeps.
When New Yorkers want romance, they venture into the quiet corners, the cobbled neighborhoods, the late-night watering holes. Cocktails over candlelight, cuisine that is truly new to your palate, a celebrity sighting over a luxurious brunch—these are the intimate pleasures of New York, the things to experience together and later reminisce over once you’re back home.
One way to approach this city is over shared pleasures. You both adore authentic New York pizza? Set up a tasting itinerary of the city’s best pies. Addicted to your exercise routine? Take advantage of the new bike share program, CitiBike, and explore riverside bike lanes. Get a high from bargain hunting? Explore the weekend flea markets, from Williamsburg to Chelsea. After hitting the pavement hard, return to that room with a view, and start dreaming about tomorrow’s breakfast in bed.
2. The Sweet Solitude of Napa
If your travel style is more open spaces and fresh air than crowded city streets, head for Napa, one of the best wine regions in the country. Plan ahead for privacy—instead of joining regular winery tours and tastings full of other couples, call ahead and make special requests. How about a private picnic overlooking the vines? An afternoon spent helping the winemaker with daily tasks? Visitors that connect more (instead of jumping between wineries) often take more from the experience.
After your picnic, there’s only one thing left to do in Napa: hit the spa. Many spas specialize in treatments for two, including side-by-side massages or facials. There’s no shame in arriving for your appointment slightly tipsy and taking a long nap afterward. Just remember to set an alarm—you won’t want to miss a late dinner at one of Napa’s renowned restaurants.
3. The Calm of Colorado
Colorado isn’t only for skiers and snowboarders. While adventurous couples might enjoy hitting the slopes, it’s time for those of us who get cold easily and adore a cozy fireside chair to enjoy Colorado, too. In Telluride, Vail and Beaver Creek, the views aren’t only for the athletic—even those with two clumsy feet can admire the mountains from a hot tub or watch the snow fall from a warm kitchen while something hearty bubbles on the stove.
A spacious cabin is the best representation of mountain life. Many are connected to hotels and resorts, offering all the space of a rental with the convenience of a hotel concierge a phone call away. Instead of hiding from winter, celebrate the season by lighting a big fire, stocking the kitchen with your partner’s favorite foods, and running a bath in the jetted tub. Candlelight and wine optional, but encouraged.
4. The Vibrant Culture of New Orleans
The Big Easy is for the vibrant couple, the pair who wants to pack days full of big flavors and lively music. A whirlwind of influences from Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean combine in this culture-packed city, providing all the stimuli a couple needs to break free of routine and have some fun. Go wherever your latest whim takes you: slurp oysters, wander through art galleries, get lost in the charming historic streets.
Some couples may want their trip to coincide with the famous festivals of New Orleans. There’s the Jazz Festival (late April/early May), the Film Festival (October), and the Louisiana Seafood Festival (October). From blues to BBQ, don’t be surprised if a celebration is underway when you arrive.
5. The Classic Hideaway of Hawaii
Some classics never go out of style. During a Hawaiian getaway, romance is heightened from the moment you touch down in Maui. Food tastes better. Drinks are more refreshing. You will forget about all the distance traveled during the late afternoon on the beach when most people have retreated to their rooms and the peaceful lapping of the ocean is all yours. These are the moments when conversation opens up, when dreams are articulated and plans made.
That’s what Hawaii does best: it provides the foundation for couples to decompress and connect. Honeymoon, baby-moon, retirement celebration or any occasion (or non-occasion) in between, let the shores of Maui work their romantic magic.