Following on from Part II of America’s Most Unusual Romantic Destinations…
Palm Springs, California
One hundred miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a desert playground with year-round sunshine, blue skies and stunning natural beauty. With the UK summer already proving to be a washout, Palm Springs boasts over 350 days of sunshine with only 5 inches of rain in a year, so where better to soak up the Hollywood glitz and glamour than this sun-drenched desert oasis.
Nestled beneath California’s San Jacinto Mountains, the city is famed for its Hollywood legacy, Native American heritage and huge collection of mid-century modern architecture. Whether couples are looking around the Uptown Design District, visiting the Walk of Stars, seeing the San Andreas Fault, going on a moonlight hike, or viewing it all from above on a romantic ride on the Palm Springs’ Arial Tramway, there’s no shortage of amazing activities and eye opening experiences to fill any holiday for two.
Where to Stay:
Little Paradise Hotel- This is an adult’s only hotel where privacy and peace are top priorities. Guests receive a complementary bottle of wine upon arrival to kick start their romantic getaway, where they can relax by the beautiful pool or explore the surrounding city on one of the hotel’s complementary bicycles. www.littleparadisehotel.com/overview/
Hotel California– The Hotel California is a 14 room boutique hotel offering a relaxed Spanish feel to add to the romance. The hotel provides the perfect base from which to enjoy a fun filled and romantic holiday, with complementary bikes, a library full of games, an outdoor grill and an outdoor cigar lounge. For a quiet romantic evening guests can enjoy a peaceful dinner for two and a late night dip in the spa! palmspringshotelcalifornia.com/about/
San Giuliano Hotel- Guests at this hotel can enjoy lavishly furnished haciendas, enjoying all of the amenities and luxuries of home with a romantic Mediterranean charm. All eight of the hotels haciendas have private patios, personal hot tubs and outdoor living spaces, which make them ideal for a secluded romantic escape. The haciendas also offer easy access to the hotel’s sunny pool deck, where you can admire the exceptional view of the San Jacinto Mountains. www.sangiulianohotel.com/
For more information about Palm Springs, please visit www.visitpalmsprings.com
We think that Sedona is as close to heaven on earth that you could possibly find. Romance is inherently ingrained into every beautiful red rock that makes up the basis of the landscape. The scenery is enough to make your heart skip and beat, so beautiful in fact that you almost don’t believe that what you are looking at is real. Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. If outdoor activities float your boat then you will be awestruck by the 1.8 million acres of national forest land, providing visitors with instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town. Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers of Sedona. Others want to prowl the 40-plus art galleries lining the streets, or to receive soothing treatments from the dozens of spa facilities.
Where to Stay:
Junipine Resort- Nestled in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, Junipine is a peaceful world away from the stresses of city life. The 40 unique Creek houses are designed for your relaxation, comfort and ultimate seclusion. These home away from homes are a welcome treat after a long day hiking. Enjoy creekside activities, wood burning fireplaces, and a full-service restaurant at the rustic Junipine Resort. www.junipine.com/
Enchantment Resort- Surrounded by Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort is designed to take advantage of Sedona’s scenery with private, one-story adobe accommodations, all with private viewing decks. Hiking, tennis, swimming, outdoor whirlpool spa, mountain biking, par-three golf course and golf at Seven Canyons, championship croquet, bocce ball and ping pong await each guest. Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment promotes healing through mind, body and spiritual treatments. www.enchantmentresort.com/
L’Auberge de Sedona- Nestled along the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona’s enchanting Red Rock region, this luxury creekside resort is a place where magical moments happen – offering the best in scenery, luxury accommodations, fine dining, romance and wellness. Consistently rated as one of the Top 50 Hotels in the US, L’Auberge really is a luxurious treat; not only that, the service is impeccable and has been awarded AAA Four Diamond. The 88 meticulously appointed luxury guest rooms & cottages fit into 6 distinctive settings: Creekside, Hillside, Spa and Garden Cottages, the Lodge and the Creek House. www.lauberge.com/
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
If relaxing whilst taking in a spectacular view, going on romantic walks, indulging in spa treatments and tasting delicious cuisine is your idea of a romantic break then look no further than Wisconsin. More specifically Lake Geneva. Falling in love with Lake Geneva is easy. This romantic destination offers unfathomable washes of colour, tastes and wonder for each and every season that will keep you coming back year after year. Maybe it’s the way the water glimmer on the lake or the way the sunset peeks through the trees. Or perhaps it’s the excitement of going up in a hot air balloon, way above a shimmering body of water. In the winter, what could be more romantic than horseback riding in the snow? Dan Patch Stables offers horseback rides, carriage rides and sleigh rides that are definitely worth booking. Whatever it is, romance is truly in the air.
Where to Stay:
Seven Oaks Boutique Country Inn- Plan a stay at Seven Oaks Boutique Country Inn, where you’ll find a touch of home. Nestled among mature trees, Seven Oaks offers nine luxury suites in seven one-floor buildings – no footsteps above, no footsteps below. Each suite has a porch with two rocking chairs where you can enjoy a relaxing drink after a long day of hiking, fishing on nearby Geneva Bay or just plain wandering around. If dinner is on your mind then it’s an easy walk downtown to enjoy the lakefront, shopping and restaurants. sevenoakslakegeneva.com/
Baker House 1885- Located on the lake in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva, Baker House 1885 is a fantastical folly set in a bygone era, a place where reality fades and decadence takes center stage. Designed with a hint of vintage glamour and a dash of old world aristocracy, you will be completely swept away to a world of Gilded Age living. Every room offers a distinct personality, individually decorated with period pieces, timeless elegance and exotic artifacts. Whether you choose a Premier Room or Luxury Suite, en-suite spa bath, original working fireplace and expansive lake views grace all rooms. From the costumed wait-staff and opulent decor of each individually decorated parlour to the museum quality original architecture of this Nationally Registered Historic Property, dining at Baker House 1885 is an experience not to be missed. historichotelsoflakegeneva.com/stay-with-us/
For more information on Lake Geneva, please visit www.greatlakesnorthamerica.co.uk/states/wisconsin/ or www.visitlakegeneva.com/
Port Townsend, Washington
Port Townsend is quintessentially romantic with its historic Victorian architecture, stories from a century ago and cosy B&B inns that cater to your every whim. Stunning scenery with long sandy beaches, trails that meander through forests which are perfect for cycling or hiking together, historic houses to rent at Fort Worden (a former 20th century military base) and delicious eateries where you can linger over locally grown/produced foods and wine, all add up to the ultimate getaway for two people in love.
Where to Stay:
Old Consulate Inn B&B- The Old Consulate Inn is a National Historic Landmark and features eight unique rooms. Voted Best B&B in Jefferson County two years running, the Old Consulate Inn overlooks Puget Sound and commands spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains. With homely hospitality, three course breakfasts and top quality service, the Old Consulate Inn is a fantastic base from which to explore the joys of Port Townsend. oldconsulate.com/