Following on from Part I of America’s Most Unusual Romantic Destinations…
Newport Beach, California
Only a 45 min drive from LA and the perfect hub to explore Southern California from, the epic scenery , numerous waterfront fine dining locations, endless beaches, luxury shopping and water sports make for the perfect indulgence weekend trip. Great activities to complement this are whale watching, dock & dine (almost every restaurant has a dock where you can park your boat while you dine), gondola rides at night time and fantastic events year round. Newport Beach has beautiful resorts and spas for optimal relaxation during the trip. Newport Beach is the ideal location for Paddle boarding lessons as the water in the bay and canals is very calm. If it is your first time trying out the numerous water sports don’t panic, you will not be alone; you’ll be surrounded by dolphins and sea lions who all frequent the bay, as well as watchful locals only too happy to help.
For the first time in 50 years they are building a new hotel on the Balboa Peninsula: Lido House Hotel will open next year. Besides the hotel the Lido will welcome a host of new shops and restaurants such as a new establishment from celebrated Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who has more than 30 restaurants around the globe, he is bringing his highly acclaimed sushi bar to Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. Nobu, which is expected to open summer 2016, is taking over the 16,000-square-foot Warehouse space that faces Newport Harbor.
Where to Stay:
Lido House Hotel- Lido House will be a 130-room upscale boutique hotel which will serve as a true gateway to the Newport Peninsula. Rising in the very heart of the city, Lido House is the quintessential embodiment and celebration of the best of Newport Beach. With easy access to waterfront experiences on both sides of the property, the hotel connects its guests to everything visitors and locals love about this city. Keep an eye out on this new opening! www.lidohousehotel.com/
Pelican Hill Resort- If true Californian luxury is your idea of romance then The Resort at Pelican Hill is surely a contender. Situated above the coastline between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in Southern California, the resort boasts panoramic views from its bungalow guest rooms and villas tucked thoughtfully into a terraced hillside. Make sure to allocate enough time to take it all in, from relaxing treatments at The Spa at Pelican Hill Resort, championship ocean-view golf and exquisite cuisine to beaches, shopping and seasonal activities nearby. The friendly staff at Pelican Hill Resort will make your stay unforgettable.www.pelicanhill.com/
Balboa Bay Resort- There really are endless hotel choices in Newport Beach but there’s no better way to experience the down to earth Cali lifestyle than at Balboa Bay Resort – the only AAA Four-Diamond, waterfront resort in Newport Beach. For those seeking the quintessential Southern California lifestyle experience, Balboa Bay Resort offers a romantic waterfront experience including the deluxe spa and salon facilities, plush accommodations with balconies in every room, 24 hour fitness studio, and contemporary chef-driven waterfront dining. meritagecollection.com/balboabayresort/
For more information about Newport Beach, please visit www.visitnewportbeach.com
Prince William & Manassas, Virginia
From quaint downtown main streets, wineries, breweries and relaxing outdoor recreation, Prince William & Manassas, VA is an ideal destination for couples to reconnect and reignite their spark. “Virginia is for lovers” after all! Check into one of our charming Bed & Breakfasts, snuggle up for a night cap at one of our craft breweries or distilleries after your candle lit dinner at Malone’s or Carmello’s in Historic Downtown Manassas. Spend the afternoon picnicking at Winery at La Grange after a leisurely hike at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Explore the town of Historic Occoquan where you can find a selection of over 60 vibrant shops and restaurants. This small town is considered a hidden gem, tucked next to the Occoquan River. Explore the train depot and climb aboard an old caboose or take a picture in front of the famous LOVE sign. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the everyday in Prince William & Manassas, VA where the country roads begin.
Where to Stay:
Bennett House Bed & Breakfast- Step across the threshold of this gorgeous all American B&B and feel the stress of everyday life melt away. Built at the turn of the last century, and located in the heart of the quaint historic district, Bennett House Bed & Breakfast offers guests a warm welcome as well as a tranquil retreat in which to escape. Conveniently located within walking distance to the shops and restaurants in Old Town Manassas, you and your partner can leisurely enjoy your holiday experience before returning to a home away from home. virginia-bennetthouse.com/
For more information about Prince William & Manassas please visit discoverpwm.com/
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe sits within the land of enchantment, otherwise known as the state of New Mexico- and enchanting it certainly is. Santa Fe is always ranked among the most romantic destinations in the world and after visiting it is clear to see why; three surrounding mountain ranges and 1.6 million acres of Santa Fe National Forest, the west’s most majestic sunsets, adobe architecture, endless starry nights at 7,200 feet elevation, over 400 years of Native American and Spanish Colonial history and the most sensual food, art and wellness offerings on the continent. Lovers of art and cultural heritage will burst with excitement at the prospect of visiting the many galleries within Santa Fe. Attracting artists for many years, Santa Fe is known for possibly having the best light in the USA. Stroll up the historic Canyon Road and leisurely browse over 80 galleries within the old adobe homes. Do not miss out on visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe museum which is an extraordinary dedication to the life, art and legacy that this sensational artist left behind. For performing arts you can’t beat the Flamenco dance groups. No matter what season you visit, romance pervades everything in Santa Fe.
Where to Stay:
Eldorado Hotel & Spa- As part of the Heritage Hotels group, the Eldorado Hotel & Spa is one of the premier hotels in Santa Fe. Award winning luxury and unexpected delights, this top class hotel is located near the Historic Santa Fe Plaza, offering the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the city. The hotel can help you to plan a honeymoon, anniversary or just a weekend getaway with your sweetheart, providing some enticing benefits to make your stay most enchanting and unforgettable. Whisk your special someone away to Santa Fe and celebrate your love in a city filled with fiery passion and romance. As part of the romance package you will be greeted with chilled champagne and fresh chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival.www.eldoradohotel.com/
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi- Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, a Santa Fe luxury hotel celebrating the spirit of the Southwest, offers guests an elegant modern take on pueblo life. Located in the heart of the city, this boutique hotel fuses Southwestern style with five-star elegance and service. With the city’s historic plaza just steps from the hotel doors, and popular destinations like Canyon Road, Taos and Bandelier National Park within driving distance, this sterling example of Santa Fe luxury hotels offers guests an experience that is uniquely New Mexican.www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/inn-of-the-anasazi-santa-fe
The Inn of the Five Graces- Part of the Relais & Chateaux group, The Inn of the Five Graces is a spectacular and rather unique hotel. The hotel exudes craftsmanship from every crevice with vibrant colour, sensual textures and the romance of far-off lands. Almost Bedouin in style, the artisanal elements make The Inn of the Five Graces one of the must stay places in the whole of the state. The inn showcases their design skills and houses countless precious pieces from their vast collection of ethnic antiques. fivegraces.com/
For more information about Santa Fe please visit santafe.org/
St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida
Far from the theme parks and retirement homes associated with Florida, St. Pete boasts 35 miles of award winning white-sandy beaches, new luxurious hotels and boutique restaurants. Couples can tie the knot on the beach or take a day trip to Honeymoon Island State Park. From dinners on the beach and beautiful daily sunsets to world-class art museums followed by live concerts, St. Pete is bursting with romance and offers something for every couple! Voted America’s number one beach by TripAdvisor in 2015, Clearwater Beach boasts white sand, shallow waters and private cabanas and is a great place to visit at sunset as Pier 60 hosts street performers, live music, craft stalls and food every evening.
Where to Stay:
Opal Sands Resort- Opal Sands Resort offers guests the newest Gulf front accommodations on the Gulf of Mexico, right on Clearwater Beach’s lively promenade. Guests revel in a grand sense of arrival to a panoramic blue vista which carries throughout the luxurious resort with a fresh, contemporary design, and lively beach-chic atmosphere. www.opalsands.com/
Loew’s Don CeSar- Opened at the height of the Gatsby Era in 1928, Loews Don CeSar Hotel has been welcoming guests for nearly a century. If a glamorous deco hotel that looks like it belongs within a Hollywood movie is your thing then this couldn’t be any more perfect. This Pink Palace is the place on Florida’s Gulf Coast to do it all—or perhaps nothing at all. The world-famous Loew’s Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach offers romantic packages complete with Gulf-side accommodation, including fine dining at the Maritana Grille. www.loewshotels.com/don-cesar
For more information about St.Pete /Clearwater please visit /www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/communities/clearwater-beach
With its pedestrian-friendly layout and innovative urban design, the oldest city in the State of Georgia, Savannah is a picture perfect Southern delight. The city of Savannah inspires visitors with its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets lined with beautiful colonial architecture. Take the time to wander off the beaten path and experience the history, beauty and charm of this beloved coastal city. With blooming azaleas and a fun line-up of festivals, Savannah is a city that is awash with colour and millions of Americans flock to every year. Music and food festivals, art exhibits and Civil War re-enactments, the list of things to do could go on and on. In fact the city has over 20 city squares pack with museums, churches and mansions, monuments and forts illustrating the history of the Civil & Revolutionary war eras. It is a must see place that characterises America.
Where to Stay:
River Street Inn- The River Street Inn is an intimate historic inn at the beginning of Savannah’s Landmark district, preserving the charm of the past in harmony with the amenities and conveniences of the present. Situated between historic Factor’s Walk and River Street, the Inn overlooks the Savannah River and is an easy stroll to all Historic District tours, attractions, museums, antiques shops, souvenir shops, river cruises and restaurants.
For more information about Savannah please visit www.savannah.com/