When it comes to romantic escapes, there is a wealth of destinations to choose from throughout the United States. Whether you’re looking to be surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery, enjoy a lakeside retreat, or a wine getaway, the hotel you choose can make the difference between an average and an unforgettable trip. In fact, you might even want to plan your vacation around one of the most romantic properties in the country.
From the exotic shores of Maui to the serene Vermont countryside, these hotels are sure to inspire you to book an idyllic stay to fan the flames of romance.
Post Ranch Inn – Big Sur, California
Post Ranch Inn is often ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the U.S., providing the ultimate retreat for romance-seeking couples, including honeymooners. This adults-only oasis is nestled along the Big Sur cliffs on the Central Coast of California overlooking the Pacific. There are no TVs or alarm clocks in the rooms, providing the perfect haven for disconnecting from the busy modern world and reconnecting with your partner. All rooms include two-person indoor spa tubs and private decks with ocean or mountain views. You might book one of the Tree Houses which are freestanding units elevated in the trees with forest views and wood-burning fireplaces, or perhaps The Cliff House which features a glass-walled bedroom and a panoramic ocean view.
Complimentary outdoor activities include everything from guided walks to yoga, forest meditation and swimming in one of the heated infinity pools overlooking the Pacific. A variety of massages and indulgent treatments at the spa are available, while the on-site Sierra Mar restaurant offers highly acclaimed farm-to-table dining atop the cliffs with unparalleled ocean views.
Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
Wine enthusiast couples might want to consider Auberge du Soleil, which was designed to provide a “couple’s experience of a lifetime” in the heart of Napa Valley. Inspired by the South of France, the adults-only boutique resort sits among 33 acres of olive and oak trees with accommodation in Mediterranean-style villas. Every room features luxury bedding, wood-burning fireplaces, soaking tubs, and terraces overlooking the lush surroundings.
After touring the area’s world-renowned wineries, enjoy complimentary use of the soothing soaking pools and hammam steam rooms at the spa followed by fine dining at The Restaurant. The menu features Mediterranean-inspired dishes focused on the highest quality local ingredients that can be paired with thoughtfully procured wines. Special experiences like sparkling wine with dessert under the stars and outdoor candlelit baths for two can be enjoyed as well.
Stephanie Inn – Cannon Beach, Oregon
Located on one of the most breathtaking stretches of coastline in the world, Stephanie Inn is an adults-only property just steps from the sand and iconic Haystack Rock, a 235-foot-high sea stack inhabited by diverse birdlife, including puffins. The artsy town of Cannon Beach with its many galleries, unique shops and eateries is an easy stroll or a free shuttle ride away, while the hotel itself offers an impressive fine-dining restaurant with a menu inspired by seasonal Pacific Northwest ingredients. Complimentary perks also include generous buffet breakfasts, afternoon wine receptions, and evening drinks. The luxurious rooms feature private balconies or patios with ocean or mountain views, fireplaces, and Jacuzzi tubs for two.
Lake Placid Lodge – Lake Placid, New York
Built for reconnection, at Lake Placid Lodge you’re encouraged to leave your laptop, phone, and other electronics at the front desk upon arrival. The hotel is aimed at romance-seeking couples who want to forget about the “real world” and enjoy each other’s company while immersed in natural beauty and tranquility along the shores of Lake Placid. An alpine-style lodge, accommodation is in private rooms and cabins with stone fireplaces and hand-built four-poster beds made from tree branches. A wide range of activities can be enjoyed depending on the season, from hiking and boating to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Or you can always just relax in the Adirondack chairs along the lake with a glass of wine.
Gourmet dishes based on local Adirondacks ingredients can be enjoyed with magnificent lake views in the onsite Artisans Restaurant and there’s also a casual pub along with an intimate wine cellar.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa – Little Torch Key, Florida
If you’re dreaming of a tropical escape without the need for a passport, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is located in the Florida Keys, providing a Caribbean-like vacation right in the continental U.S. It can only be accessed by boat or seaplane, providing a tranquil setting with no TVs or alarm clocks while the only traffic you’ll encounter are the iguanas that saunter down a crushed-shell path. Look forward to strolls on the pristine white sands, napping in hammocks, decadent spa treatments, and snorkeling steps from your door among a magnificent underwater world with colorful fish. Accommodation is in bungalows with thatched roofs, furnished private decks, ocean views, and outdoor showers.
Hana-Maui, Hyatt – Hana, Maui Hawaii
Hana-Maui is a top pick among honeymooners along the southeast coast of Maui. Located near the tiny town of Hana at the end of the famous Road to Hana, one of the world’s most scenic drives, the hotel overlooks Kaihalulu Bay. It offers a myriad of ways to relax and de-stress, including a spa with indoor and outdoor services, including lomi lomi massage, a lava rock whirlpool, two swimming pools and a yoga pavilion. Hana Ranch Restaurant offers fine dining on dishes made with local ingredients while accommodation includes cottages with private lanais and stunning ocean views.
Twin Farms – Barnard, Vermont
Traveling the winding country roads of bucolic Southern Vermont through lush forest with the foothills of the Green Mountains in the distance, you’ll come upon Twin Farms, a 300-acre resort. This is classic New England with luxurious accommodation in freestanding cottages with screened porches, wood-burning fireplaces and king-size feather beds. It offers an all-inclusive stay with a wealth of activities available from kayaking, hiking, swimming and fly fishing in the summer to sledding, snowshoeing and downhill skiing in the winter.
The property includes a spa, a Japanese-style soaking tub and a fitness center, while dining features made-to-order Vermont-style breakfasts and farm-to-table dinners paired with fine wines. Bonfires, S’mores and barbecues can all be enjoyed too.