Romantic getaways look different for every couple. For some, an ideal itinerary is packed with wineries on the coast of California or hot springs in Colorado. Others favor something a little crunchier, like kayaking through a state park in Arizona or camping on a mountainside. So if you’re planning a grand romantic gesture for February or in the months to come, why not say I love you with a surprise trip? Whether you identify as an all-inclusive pair or tend to lean more boutique hotel, we’ve curated a list of the best romantic getaways sure to feel like a fairytale—from domestic stays to international getaways.
Inside the US
This charming Big Sur getaway boasts oversized furniture galore that will inspire pillow talk around the fireplace and movie marathons. It comes stashed with everything you’ll need for your time away from home, including a bottle of wine, beer, coffee, tea, and two cruiser bicycles to explore all of the splendors that Santa Cruz has to offer. Plus, you’ll be able to sip your morning coffee or evening cocktail on the property’s back patio overlooking the coastal vista.
Make your couples’ trip an unplugged and offline getaway at the nature-forward Wildflower Farms resort in New York’s Hudson Valley. A river runs through the native plant-spotted property, and all of the cabins have gorgeous views of the landscape. Indulge in the onsite spa, enjoy meals made with ingredients harvested at the farm, and get your steps in on the many hiking trails. The cabins range in square footage, but each includes a large deck, plush furniture, a fireplace, and more.
If you two bond by geeking out over interiors and architecture (we certainly do), take the trip to Rhinebeck, New York, and stay at this design-forward wonder crafted by Steven Holl. Though there are no distinct bedrooms, there are beds around the home, and it’s geothermally heated, so the winter is an excellent time to visit. There’s also a wood stove, tasteful midcentury furnishings, and—because we can’t always escape communication—Wi-Fi.
Take your love down South to this charming, Victorian-style bed and breakfast in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, that has an outdoor pool, firepits, and made-to-order brunch. Choose from a variety of rooms, from a cute queen-size canopy bed with a balcony to a large suite fitted with a jacuzzi tub and French doors. You can also level up your Valentine’s Day with a romance package, which includes champagne, strawberries, chocolate, and breakfast in bed.
Outdoor activities abound at this paradise for naturalists in the southern edge of Colorado. Nestled into the Sleeping Ute Mountain in historic McElmo Canyon (40 minutes from Mesa Verde and 20 minutes from the town of Cortez), this romantic place was built for a couples getaway. With no TV to encourage time spent outdoors (important to note since the sentiment might not land for every couple), this Airbnb brings romance to a rural, desert climate.
When you think of a relaxing, connective romantic getaway, you might not think of spa treatments and boardwalks. If your calling is closer to small towns and country roads, try heading north to Minnesota. This stunning Airbnb rental is perfectly located on the North Shore with a spectacular view of Lake Superior. Minutes from both hiking trails and a boat launch, it’s a paradise made for weekend getaways.
Sometimes a day trip really is the ideal romantic getaway. If you’re local to New York, look no further than The Starling, an assortment of rentals in the picturesque Sullivan County. Nestled in your own stretch of woods, this gem of a rental property is ideal for couples looking for time together outdoors, with a communal firepit and nearby hiking trails.
Austin has everything going for it: Best-in-class brunch, art galleries in excess, crops of cafes—you get the picture. But if it’s wellness you and your romantic partner seek, there’s no place quite like Miraval. The Hill Country property feels distinctly separate from the bustle of the city itself. Splurge on a couples massage. Enjoy all-inclusive snacks, beverages, and meals. Access a daily schedule of wellness activities. One thing’s for certain, you’ll leave Miraval more relaxed than you entered.
If minimalism if your thing, Cara is for you. This hotel, located in the foothills of Griffith Park, is the kind of boutique hotel that feels instantly transporting. The glamour of the estate is quiet and subdued. Take advantage of the city of Los Angeles for all your activities, whether that be beachfront picnics, iconic hiking trails, or trekking out to wine country. Cara is the kind of homebase every romantic getaway needs.
If there was a one-size-fits-all romantic weekend getaway, it might just be this luxurious resort located along the natural paradise of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests are invited to explore nearby hiking trails in search of scenic waterfalls, try their hand at fly-fishing, or indulge in some indoor spa treatments. A variety of guest rooms means that you’ll find the perfect escape.
The best kind of romantic getaway involves a sand beach, ocean views, or maybe some R&R by the pool and hot tub. At Wequassett Resort, the magic is in the details. (Once the weather warms up, paddle boarding, anyone?) Guests are delighted by consistently fantastic service and roomy guest rooms. A special Valentine’s Day tasting menu, fireplace movies, bayside morning yoga classes, and clamming tours make this stay feel exceptionally curated. The historic hotel was founded in 1925 and continues to offer the best of New England.
Not looking for a domestic escape? Brush up on your French and rent this striking, minimalist studio in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. After all, romance and Paris go hand in hand. Aside from the historic sites that abound in the city, sample the wine and bread from around the area, and walk to the nearby Atelier des Lumières and the Père Lachaise. After a long day in the city of love, crash into the comfy queen bed and wake up when the light spills through the airy apartment.
It’s not quite the Caribbean, but this Brazilian bayside treehouse might be even better. Nestled within the Atlantic Rainforest, Casa Proa has expansive views you can enjoy from the comfort of the queen-size bed, the patio, or the beach that’s mere steps away. There’s air conditioning, but we suggest sleeping in the open air and allowing the birds (and, er, monkeys) to wake you up.
Allow us to blow your Airbnb rental expectations out of the water with this find. So much natural beauty surrounds this architecturally designed villa. Your couples getaway could be complete with an infinity pool, floor-to-ceiling windows, and breathtaking views in almost every room. Close proximity to Cap de Creus National Park means that swimming and hiking are always within reach. The small town that features this stunning rental is a working fishing village, making the property particularly alluring for the seafood-inclined.
Hoping to fulfill Victorian fantasies of thatched roofs and warm fires? An idyllic English cottage might just be your speed. It’s hard to think of a word more fitting than “charming” when describing this Airbnb rental in Kingham—a destination that’s been dubbed England’s Favourite Village. Tuck in for cozy meals at the attached patio or a nearby pub. Horseback riding, lovely hiking trails, and small towns paint a pastoral picture of an ideal weekend getaway.
It’s hard to think of a more romantic getaway than jet-setting off to Paris—it’s the City of Love, after all, and oriented toward all things romantic. Hôtel Dame Des Arts, a brand-new boutique hotel opening this year in the Latin Quarter, is packed full of delightful amenities. Think Eiffel Tower views, a secret garden courtyard, and a rooftop bar. Guest rooms feature bright lights and timeless aesthetics, which feel design-forward but not too buttoned up.
Visiting Lucca—known for its sixteenth-century walls—in the heart of Tuscany along the foot of the Apuan Alps, is a no-brainer for the couple looking for a romantic weekend getaway. After all, Tuscan wine tastings are a brilliant start to any vacation. The hotel even offers bike rentals for local exploration. Guest rooms blend timeless detailing with upscale comfort, some even including private balconies.
Laid out like a townhouse, this boutique hotel has an unassuming exterior. Step inside the inn, and you’ll be transported to a world of great design and award-winning service. Children are not allowed and breakfast is included—two key components when crafting a romantic getaway. Take in Mexico City’s rich culture through nearby art galleries and lively cafes. For couples into nightlife and unparalleled food, this elevated bed and breakfast is just the spot.
How does a trip to Milan sound? If the answer is buonissimo, this is the getaway for you. This stay in the center of the city is made up of 85 guest rooms, and the historic hotel features bright colors that feel especially chic. Day trips outside of the city offer access to tastings in the nearby wine country. Plus moped rentals are always an option, if you’re in the mood.