When you're in the mood for love but only have a few days to spare, a weekend getaway -- in a destination that won't take all weekend to get to -- is just what you need. And if you choose a hotel with features like private fireplaces, Italian linens, enormous soaking tubs, and spectacular views, your few days can add up to a perfectly romantic escape. Here are seven romantic hotels in hometowns across the United States that are great for a quick getaway with your better half.
There's something inherently romantic about New England's historic inns, charming hospitality, and breezy beaches. Cape Cod's Captain's House Inn revels in this trifecta, adding cozy ambiance with English country decor, in-room fireplaces, and soaking tubs. An adults-only policy (no children under 10) and a delicious gourmet breakfast (as well as afternoon tea) add to the romantic vibe.
Aspen is not just for winter, lovebirds! The LEED-certified Viceroy Snowmass certainly offers a luxe winter retreat for couples, but it's also an excellent summer escape for those seeking romance and seclusion. The ski lodge decor (complete with split log tables and wood-burning fireplaces), 7,000 square-foot spa, outdoor pool and cabanas, and gorgeous views make for a great weekend getaway in the mountains.
Experience storybook romance at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans' famed French Quarter. The Monteleone is registered as a literary landmark thanks to its history of writers in residence, which includes Truman Capote, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams. Couples can kickstart a romantic evening at the hotel's famed Carousel Bar (be sure to sample the signature Monteleone Cocktail!) before heading out for a night on the town.
There are few places in the world more beautiful than the grounds of L'Auberge de Sedona. Set against a backdrop of soaring red rocks, shady trees, and the gurgling Oak Creek, the resort spans over 11 acres of romantic scenery. Most rooms have private balconies, fireplaces and -- wait for it -- cedar outdoor showers. The luxurious Italian linens, fine-dining restaurant, and nightly stargazing sessions with the hotel's astronomer are additional perks.
The Jasmine House Inn is one of those hotels that offer the best of both worlds with the amenities of an upscale hotel and the charm of a B&B. A spectacularly restored mansion (built in 1843) houses the delightful inn, which features 15-foot ceilings, period architecture, historic decor, and plenty of southern charm. A downtown Charleston location makes this an excellent choice for couples who enjoy a night out on the town.
If you're looking for a getaway where you can reconnect with your significant other by disconnecting from the outside world, the lakefront Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is an ideal choice. The "unplugged" hotel is a woodsy lodge on picturesque Friday Harbor island, where kayaking, swimming and fishing make up the bulk of the extracurricular activities. Depending on your level of adventure -- and your desire for creature comforts -- you and your honey can choose to stay in a canvas cabin, an airstream trailer, a lodge room, or a cozy log cabin.
Napa's cup overfloweth -- with excellent food, even better wine, and a generous serving of romance. While there are many lovely hotels in Napa Valley, the 12-room Milliken Creek Inn and Spa does what many others do not; that is, it successfully blends a convenient location with upscale amenities and absolute tranquility in a creekside setting. Here, romance reigns supreme with four-poster canopy beds, working fireplaces, free breakfasts in bed, and turndown service that includes lit tea candles and soft music.