How to make your Honeymoon most romantic and full of everlasting memories?
“Of all the reasons we could have been swept away at Post Ranch Inn–the setting among primordial redwoods, the house-cured salmon at breakfast, the morning yoga classes in a yurt–it was the privacy that made it an ideal romantic destination,” says Christiana Roussel, an Alabama-based food writer. She and her husband stayed in one of the secluded cottages, with a view of Big Sur, CA, from their outdoor hot tub built for two.
While the Post Ranch Inn stokes romance in any season, there’s something special about visiting in fall, when the fog has cleared away and the whales are migrating. Across the U.S., autumn sparks the desire to hit the road with that special someone. From the Eastern seaboard to the tip-top of the Pacific Northwest, the temperatures cool, the leaves turn fiery, and it’s time to enjoy road trips, pumpkin-infused spa treatments, and harvest season at vineyards and orchards.
For perhaps the most quintessential fall landscape, head to the rolling hills of Vermont, specifically, the Log Cabin at Twin Farms. It’s an idealized rustic experience that treats couples to a soaking tub, a river rock fireplace, and an enclosed porch with a hammock.
If, no matter the season, you associate vacation with sand and sun, consider Alys Beach, a Mediterranean-inspired town along the Florida Panhandle. The crowds dissipate in autumn, when the prices fall, the weather is more temperate, and locals put on a host of food and wine events including a Lowcountry boil and bonfire at sunset right on the Gulf.
Do we have your attention yet? One of these 20 romantic fall getaways is sure to win you over.
01. Middleburg, VA
With 18th-century buildings and just one traffic light, the town of Middleburg makes a charming introduction to Loudoun County, northern Virginia’s bucolic horse country. You can spend the morning browsing antique shops and local galleries then head over a few streets to reach horse farms and wineries—with a spectacular fall foliage backdrop. If you prefer that someone else take the reins, Salamander Resort & Spa employs an English coachman for carriage rides that include Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The resort’s spa features a two-person suite with a private wraparound stone patio and garden, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and a fireplace; book the Rasul, a unique and sensual Moroccan-inspired therapy. And for classic regional dishes—based largely on roasting, braising, and smoking—head to the Tavern at the Red Fox Inn, in a 1728 stone building with period furnishings.
Photo: Justin Kriel
02. Willamette Valley, OR
Just 45 minutes from Portland, the Willamette Valley promises exceptional restaurants, hiking trails, hot-air balloon rides, wine tours by helicopter or horse, and scenic countryside for picnics. Among the 200 area wineries, we’re partial to Anne Amie in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and Ardiri Winery, where you can sit fireside and take in views of the Chehalem foothills. After a day of tastings, retreat to The Allison Inn, where you can unwind with a couple’s treatment in the 15,000-square-foot spa complete with landscaped garden terraces and fire pits. You’ll be refreshed in time for dinner at Jory, perhaps a Pacific oyster tasting appetizer with pickled citrus–pink peppercorn mignonette or Chinook salmon and dishes sourced from the hotel’s 1.5-acre vegetable garden—and paired with a vintage from its 850-bottle list.
Photo: Andrea Johnson Photography/The Allison Inn & Spa
03. Acadia National Park, ME
Hike hand-in-hand through Maine’s only national park, keeping an eye out for broad-winged hawks and moose along the pine-fringed trails, to get to 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain. It’s worth rising early to see the sun come up from that spectacular vantage point. Spend the rest of the day exploring Acadia attractions like the scenic Schoodic Byway; sea cliffs formed from granite; and carriage roads around Eagle Lake that are perfect for biking. The park teems with crowds during the summer high season, so visiting in autumn means a little more privacy. Soak up more rugged New England scenery from the Bar Harbor Inn, a shingled lodge on Frenchman Bay, with eight acres of gardens, a spa, and proximity to Bar Harbor’s shops and restaurants.
Photo: Pat & Chuck Blackley / Alamy
04. Greenough, MT
Romance is in the air at Paws Up Ranch’s newest tented camp, Cliffside, set atop a majestic cliff overlooking Montana’s Blackfoot River. Its perks include a copper claw-foot tub at the foot of the king bed and a personal camping butler. Select tents also come with outdoor Japanese soaking tubs, handy for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. During Octoberfeast, resort guests can experience lessons in sauerkraut making and charcuterie and, of course, plenty of local artisanal beer and German-inspired food. If you’re feeling adventurous, hop a private helicopter ride to Glacier National Park for viewing golden colors (it’s a three-hour drive from the resort). Or spend the afternoon relaxing at Spa Town, the resort’s colony of white tents, for luxurious treatments.
Photo: The Resort at Paws Up
05. Bradford, PA
In northwest Pennsylvania, the small town of Bradford erupts in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red each fall. A chill rolls in at night, encouraging couples to snuggle up by a bonfire around Skipper Lake. Stay at the Lodge at Glendorn, where you have the option of the main lodge—with its impressive two-story sandstone fireplace, beamed cathedral ceilings, stained-glass windows, and sunporch—or an individual cabin by running streams. The lodge’s chef can prepare a picnic spread for you two or a hearty dinner if you’d rather stay in.
Photo: Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau
06. Big Sur, CA
Big Sur shines brightest in the fall, when the forecast calls for clear, warm days and cool, starry nights. Do your stargazing for two at the Post Ranch Inn, which has not only an enviable position overlooking the Pacific Coast but also one of the largest telescopes in the U.S. Epicureans will also appreciate the hotel’s romantic restaurant, which hosts a five-course wine-pairing experience 1,200 feet above the breaking waves. Back in your guest room, you can settle in by the fireplace and keep an eye out for migrating whales—with some help from the supplied binoculars. Head to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in time for a romantic coastal sunset, or time your visit to October’s Big Sur River Run, known as the most beautiful 10K in the world.
Photo: Mark Conlin / Alamy
07. Charleston, SC
Charleston’s cobblestoned neighborhoods and grand moss-draped avenues set the scene for romance. More southern charm awaits at historic plantations like Middleton Place. A dynamic food scene has been brewing here, and you can take a culinary tour that starts with sweet tea and grits and ends with authentic Carolina barbecue. Couples who stay in one of the five historic buildings (all circa 1805) at Zero George can also sign up for a Lowcountry cooking class with a guest chef. And for a meal to remember, book a table at a notable restaurant like Husk or Circa 1886, then toast your good fortune while gazing at the city from the rooftop of Market Pavilion.
Photo: Peter Frank Edwards
Source: huffingtonpost by Alison Lewis