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Still looking for a winter escape for you and your special someone? Get a few ideas from this list of Five Romantic Winter Getaways.
It is now February which means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I can’t help but think of romantic destinations. Finding the perfect weekend getaway isn’t always easy this time of year, but I do have a few destinations in mind. Here are Five Romantic Winter Getaways for when you want to slip away with your special someone.
I have to start off with one of my favorite destinations, St Augustine, Florida. This destination offers so much to various travelers including couples looking for a romantic weekend. Although it can be quite chilly in the winter, St Augustine has more than its beautiful beaches to offer this time of year.
The historic center holds so many options for romantics. You can stroll along St George’s Street hand in hand, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and sample local wines at San Sebastian Winery. There is even a small handful of love trees in St Augustine.
A love tree is two trees that have been tightly intertwined together. They must embrace each other forever, otherwise, they will both die. If you kiss your beloved under a love tree then you are sealing your love for eternity. The most popular love tree is located on Cordova Street near Orange Street. It’s a sabal palm tree growing out of the heart of an oak tree.
Winter is a great time to visit Napa Valley for travelers who enjoy destinations in their off-seasons. It is far less crowded and more peaceful. There is plenty to do, too! Tasting rooms are still open allowing you to sample the local wines. The spas are an idyllic way to spend a romantic afternoon. In the evening you can dine at one of their top-notch restaurants.
Don’t forget the Napa Valley Wine Train which offers gourmet lunches and dinners aboard a collection of restored Pullman cars from the early 20th century. You can enjoy four-course meals while being transported on a round-trip journey to St Helena. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers special tours including murder mystery events and, of course, a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
Winter is Napa’s rainy season, but that’s okay! Just remember to book a room with a fireplace and bring a good book (or two) along with you!
Another one of my favorite destinations and in my home state, too! Asheville is known as a romantic destination and it is no different in the winter. It’s just extra cuddly, especially next to a roaring fireplace! It’s also a great time to take advantage of low season rates.
There is always something to do in Asheville. You can go hiking, antiquing, sample beer at the numerous local breweries, or visit local artists. Festivals and special events continue in the winter. There is a Mardi Gras parade, arts and crafts conference at the Grove Park Inn, and a Retro 80’s Ski Weekend at nearby Beech Mountain.
The Biltmore is currently hosting a special exhibit until the beginning of April. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is featuring costumes and set reproductions from the series six-year run. The Biltmore will also make Valentine’s Day special for their visiting guests with a corsage and boutonniere demonstration, special dinners at the inn and bistro, and a Wine and Roses Dinner and Dance.
New York City
There’s no denying that New York City is a romantic destination. Think of all the romantic movies that have been set in the iconic city. It’s kind of funny that Meg Ryan films come to mind, but three of my favorites are You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle! Of course, when I think of Sleepless in Seattle I automatically think of one of my all-time favorite classic movies, An Affair to Remember, but I’ll just stop there before I get carried away. This is about romantic destinations, not romantic movies! I’m saving that post for next week!
There are countless romantic accommodations and restaurants. You can spend your time in museums, ice skating, attending Broadway shows, touring famous landmarks, and so much more! Don’t forget special events, either! This month New York City will be hosting the Westminster Dog Show and countless concerts at numerous venues including Andrea Bocelli at the Metropolitan Opera and The Eagles at Madison Square Garden.
If you’re dying for a romantic getaway that is also tropical then may I suggest Key West? It is a passport-free destination and totally relaxing!
Let’s not forget their romantic Bed and Breakfasts, the charm of Duval Street, and outdoor experiences like bike riding, jet skiing, and snorkeling. You can dine on fresh seafood, listen to live music, and tour Hemingway’s home.
You can also enjoy annual events such as the Key West House and Garden Tour, Old Island Days Arts Festival, or the Annual Wesley House Valentine’s Day Gala. We’ll actually be spending a day in Key West the upcoming Valentine’s weekend!
I hope these Five Romantic Winter Getaways have given you some ideas on where you want to spend your next winter escape. Until next time, Happy Travels!