There’s a good reason why Napa often pops up on lists of most romantic destinations. This destination is tucked within California wine country and is full of romantic bed and breakfasts. Wine country is designed for couples, with its relaxed pace, winery tours, and excellent restaurants. Couples can choose activities to match their interests, from cycling tours to lazy picnics in vineyards to antique shopping. A combination of fresh air along with peace and quiet sets the stage for a relaxed romantic getaway. Pictured: Wine Country Inn
Top Five Romantic Getaways for Couples
Nothing sets the stage for romance quite like a change of scenery. Plan a getaway for you and your sweetheart to give yourselves the time to relax, catch up, and enjoy each other’s company. It’s not hard to find romantic destinations across the world that offer a range of activities just for adults, including wine tastings, nightlife, art, and music. Here are our picks for the top five vacation ideas for couples both in North America and in Europe.
The city of Asheville is full of activities to match a range of interests, from live music to art to the great outdoors. The western Carolina Mountains are a perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts to hit the hiking trail with a decadent picnic, while the city of Asheville is home to acclaimed restaurants and spas. Look for spas that have special treatments just for couples, such as massages or his and hers facials. Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Highway or visit the romantic Biltmore Estate. Local bed and breakfasts are often historic, full of character, and provide delicious home-cooked meals.
No city is deemed more romantic according to literature and film than Paris. Something about the city’s wide boulevards, manicured parks, and sidewalk cafés all encourage a romantic atmosphere. While couples will want to see the sights, you should also take it slowly in Paris. Find an outdoor table for some people watching. Order wine with your lunch. Take a nap in the afternoon and then head out for a late dinner. From the rich hot chocolate to the flaky pastries, Paris is full of delicious treats to share with a loved one. Pictured: Au Sourire de Montmartre
A city with sea views has an element of romance no matter what time of year you visit. This is the case in Victoria, British Columbia, off the western coast of Canada. Couples can stir up the romance by embarking on memorable excursions, such as a whale watching tour. In the summer season, there are several local beaches and lakes for lazy sunbathing and picnics. Throughout the year, Victoria is home to great live music and cocktail bars. From exploring the depths of Chinatown to relaxing in the city’s parks, Victoria is full of quiet corners for a romantic trip. Pictured: Dashwood Manor
All of Italy has a romantic slant, but Venice is definitely the country’s most romantic. Whether it is the narrow lanes, the charming bridges, or the canals filled with gondolas, every inch of Venice encourages couples to hold hands or sneak a kiss. The city of Venice is actually quite compact and can easily be explored on foot. Take the time to wander away from the main squares and find smaller restaurants and cafés. Venice is also home to many bed and breakfasts full of historic charm and typical Venetian architecture. Pictured: View from Locanda Sturion B&B