5 Surprise Romantic Getaways In The US « CBS New York
With just a few weeks before one of the most romantic days of the year, it also might be a good idea to consider a completely new and exciting place to rekindle or reaffirm a couple’s love for one another. While some of these suggestions may be better known than others and others might be completely unfamiliar, here are five top destinations to consider this year for a surprise romantic getaway. Further south lies another historic city that in many ways, can be just as romantic yet with a remarkably slower pace than its larger and far more famous destination. In addition to romantic dining at such places as Saltus River Grill and Breakwater Restaurant and Bar, couples can enjoy activities like boat tours from the Downtown Marina and entertaining carriage ride across many important points of interest, including the John Mark Verdier House, Beaufort Arsenal, First African Baptist Church of Beaufort and the Milton Maxcy House. Acclaimed for its many wineries and pastoral landscapes, as well as extraordinary dining and lodging at places like Bernardus Lodge and Spa and Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley has a little of everything for a secluded getaway.
The collective winners of numerous travel awards, Bernardus Lodge and Carmel Valley Ranch both feature a wealth of impressive amenities, like gourmet dining at Lucia Restaurant and Valley Kitchen respectively, sophisticated accommodations, world-class spa treatments and of course, impeccable service and hospitality. In addition to indulgent spa treatments at Bernardus Spa or Spa Aiyana, and superb wine tastings onsite or at places like Holman Ranch and Bernardus Winery, couples can also enjoy a number of other activities, such as a scenic ride in a Mercedes-Benz convertible or SUV, horseback riding through the Santa Lucia Mountains, a fascinating Bee Experience or even a magical day trip or longer down to Big Sur, to enjoy its incomparable ocean vistas and scenic pit stops at iconic places like Bixby Bridge and Pfeiffer Beach, as well as recommended stops to newly reopened restaurants like Nepenthe Restaurant and the Sur House at Ventana Big Sur. Bolstered by a multi-million dollar resort re-imagination, the ultra-romantic Ventana Big Sur features a stunning new look, with a revitalized Social House and aforementioned restaurant, 59 glamorous guestrooms and suites, the luxury Spa Alila and the gorgeous new Redwood Canyon Glampsites. Family owned and operated since its opening in 1919, the 8,500-acre ranch features 40 single occupancy cabins, a private 4-bedroom luxury home and an impressive collection of seasonal or year-round outdoor activities, including horseback riding, Orvis fly fishing, tennis, swimming, sleigh rides, ice skating and award-winning spa treatments at Lazy You Spa. This picturesque city located in the southeast edge of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York is more alluring than ever as a romantic destination, particularly with a growing array of spa and lodging options, most notably the recent grand reopening of the landmark Adelphi Hotel and the highly anticipated new Spa Renewal Wellness Retreats at the Gideon Putnam this spring.
Set in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown area, the Adelphi is within walking distance of many popular spa facilities, such as Sanctuary Spa of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Day Spa and Zen Again Spa, along with a few more romantic dining recommendations, like Boca Bistro, Chianti Il Ristorante, 15 Church and a bit further but worth the time, the Mouzon House. While a visit to the legendary Saratoga Race Course might not be practical on a romantic getaway, other suggested activities may also include the Saratoga Winery, a stroll through Congress Park to sample the naturally carbonated waters from Congress Spring or even a couple’s round of golf at the Saratoga National Golf Club.
The Bazaar guide to the ultimate South of France road trip
With rolling fields of lavender, romantic hilltop villages and an endless supply of rosé, Provence is the perfect place for a summer road trip. Head to the village of Valensole in north-eastern Provence for the most picture-perfect lavender fields. The boutique hotel occupies a refurbished 17th-century mansion, with six elegant suites decorated with art and antique furniture sourced from all over the world, including a colonial-style bed from Zanzibar, a vintage tuk tuk from Thailand and paintings exhibiting female empowerment in Myanmar. Well-placed for exploring the famed antique shops of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, as well as nearby Avignon, La Maison sur la Sorgue is the region’s ultimate boutique hotel. Tucked away in the sun-drenched valley of Les-Baux-de-Provence lies the five-star sanctuary of the Baumanière Hotel & Spa.
Baumanière even has the royal seal of approval – the Queen Mother stayed there during a visit to Provence in 1972. Sumptuous suites are spread across five historic buildings, including the stunning Manoir, amid enchanting roses gardens, a bountiful vegetable garden and the hotel’s very own goats. Just a stone’s throw from some of the Côte d’Azur’s most popular haunts, Baumanière is a haven of peace and elegance – no wonder the famed artist and Bazaar contributor Jean Cocteau moved in for three months in 1958.Baumanière, Les Baux-de-Provence, from about £290 a room a night. Drink wine from vineyards planted on a volcanoVilla Baulieu’s wine estate is situated on the slopes of a dormant volcano just 15 minutes from Aix-en-Provence, providing fertile soil that is perfect for growing the chateau’s famous wine. Head off on a private ‘wine safari’ to explore the estate’s 300 hectares from the comfort of a Range Rover while the chateau’s wine expert explains the estate’s history and wine-making process.
Later, return to the chateau for wine tasting to sample the excellent selection of wines – don’t miss its bestselling Cuvée Bérengère White, named after the owner’s daughter. A five-star hotel in the Provençal village of Celle, l’Hostellerie is a charming residence adjacent to the Benedictine Celle Abbey.