Best Romantic Getaways for January

The holidays have just ended, and couples often prefer to wait until Valentine's Day for their getaways – at first glance January isn't the ideal time of year for a romantic vacation. But consider this; you won't find crowds of tourists swamping your destination, and there are plenty of opportunities to save money since this is the “off-season” for many destinations. Consider treating your significant other to an excursion this January with a trip to one of these charming locales:

1. New Orleans, La.

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A wintertime vacation in New Orleans is truly pleasant thanks to temperate conditions (highs generally sit around 60 degrees Fahrenheit). Start off your trip by settling into a cozy New Orleans bed and breakfast, then head to Woldenberg Park to watch the sun set over the Mississippi River. After that, you and your special someone can enjoy a relaxing stroll across the Moonwalk, located at Jackson Square, and make your way to one of the charming restaurants, like the renowned Napoleon House.

While you're in the area, be sure explore the rich history of Jackson Square, situated in the French Quarter. It's home to several museums, old cafes, cathedrals, and an open-air artist colony. You can even go on a horse-drawn carriage ride and take in the gorgeous architecture—blankets are provided to keep you warm on the brisk January night.

2. Orlando, Fla.

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There's a reason why Orlando is one of the top destinations for honeymooners. The location offers an array of opportunities for romance, but it also lets you get in touch with your inner child at its three major theme parks: Universal Studios , Walt Disney World , and SeaWorld . Along with exciting rides and family-friendly activities, these sites offer activities like parasailing, hot air balloon rides, and golfing.

But there's more to Orlando than theme parks. You and your guest can dine at five-star restaurants along International Drive, which locals have dubbed "restaurant row." Some of the most romantic eateries include Luna on the Park, Christini's, and Bull & Bear. For some upscale dining, reserve a table at The Venetian Room, which has a dreamy atmosphere and offers modern European cuisine focused on fresh seafood offerings. House favorites include the Kurobuta pork chop and sauteed dover sole. At the end of the evening, retire to the comforts of your Orlando inn to enjoy a nightcap with your lover.

3. Napa, Calif.

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January is the time of year that vineyards begin pruning their grapes, so it's the perfect time to get a first-hand look at the winemaking process. Explore the lush hillsides that are the foundation for the unique terroirs of pinots, chardonnays and merlots. Start at Andretti Winery , then make your way to the V. Sattui and Franciscan Estate wineries, and be sure to stop at the renowned Whitehall Lane.

While you can enjoy your morning meals at a Napa bed and breakfast, be sure to take the afternoons and evenings to discover the local flavors at the huge selection of culinary hotspots in the region. In fact, the city is home to some of the best restaurants in the country—master chefs show off their unique creations at restaurants such as Addendum, Kitchen Door, and Morimoto. If you're looking for more romantic things to do in Napa, there are plenty of opportunities for spa days, pleasant hikes through the valley, enchanting picnics in the expansive fields, and lazy evenings watching the sun set over the horizon

4. Cancun, Mexico

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Another warm-weather retreat ideal for a January vacation is Cancun. Find some tranquility on the pristine beaches lining the sparkling waters, explore the stunning nightlife, or simply kick back and relax in a delightful Cancun inn. Go on an eco tour that exposes you to the dense greenery and exotic wildlife of the jungle, or take a guided tour of the nature reserve. Another highlight of the destination is the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.

During your visit, be sure to explore the rich history of the area: It was originally inhabited by the Maya more than 3,000 years ago and is home to some of the most intriguing historical attractions in the world. Tour the Mayan ruins of nearby Yucatan Peninsula locations, including El Rey and Coba. A must-see spot is the Maya city of Chichen Itza, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.