Just because it's cold doesn't mean you don't deserve a vacation! In fact, winter is a great time for romantic getaways for couples with fantastic destinations, whether you feel like a tropical beach vacation or skiing. We explored some of the best and most romantic options out there for a special Couple's Edition!
- Warm Romantic Winter Destinations
- Winter Wonderlands For Couples
Warm Romantic Winter Destinations
If you're looking to escape the frigid winter weather and spend some romantic, quality time with your significant other, here are some warmer destinations that will help you and your boo relax, unwind, and enjoy some together time.
1. Del Ray Beach, Florida
Del Ray Beach is a quirky South Florida town. Located on the east coast, Del Ray Beach is a small city full of artists, eateries, and all kinds of activities. Try out a daytime date at the lakeside Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, where you and your partner could take a calligraphy workshop. Take a romantic stroll through the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, a park with a raised boardwalk, where you and your partner can view the natural wildlife, including turtles and alligators.
If you like art, Del Ray is perfect for you. The Pineapple Grove Arts District has a plethora of galleries and public art. And Cornell Art museum is full of contemporary art pieces. Consider grabbing a romantic dinner at Dada, a restaurant devoted to the Dada movement, with craft cocktails named for famous surrealist artists.
If you and your partner love dancing or nightlife, take a walk down Atlantic Avenue, a street that livens up at night, full of bars and dance clubs. It is easy to find live music in any genre! And if you keep walking down Atlantic Ave, you will end up at the ocean--the most romantic way to end any night!
2. Scottsdale, Arizona
Take a trip to Scottsdale with your other half. The desert weather is perfect between December and March. Go on a romantic hike at Pinnacle Peak Park, and take in all the incredible red rocks and looming green saguaros. The Sonoran desert is an incredible landscape with so much to offer. There are so many great date night opportunities in Scottsdale.
Try mini-golfing at Glow Putt mini golf. Chocolate lovers can take a chocolate tour of Scottsdale, or music lovers can visit incredibly unique Musical Instrument Museum. For some rest and relaxation, visit one of the many spas scattered around the Scottsdale area. And, if you overheat in the desert weather, there is an incredible OdySea Mirror Maze in the neighboring Phoenix, where you and your partner can have some romantic indoor fun.
3. Austin, Texas
If you like music, art, and food, Austin is a great destination for you! Austin is an eclectic city. It has the kind of independent spirit you'll find in the Pacific Northwest with the deep, soulful spirit of the South.
Consider coming during March to catch the spectacular South by Southwest festival. South by Southwest is an annual festival celebrating South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin. Past performers have included Chance the Rapper, Lizzo, and the Broken Social Scene. Every year brings in a new and fresh variety of artists.
4. Lahaina, Hawaii
Lahaina Hawaii is an incredible tropical getaway on the island of Maui. Located on the west side of the island, 45 minutes away from the Kahului Airport, Lahaina is an incredibly stunning area with cliffs and crystal blue ocean water. The area was once known as Lele, or "relentless sun" in Hawaiian.
On this part of the island, you can find the Ka'anapali and Kapalua Beach Resorts, where you and your partner can relax in a beachfront room. Take time to walk the beach, unwind by the pool, snorkel, swim with dolphins. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance. Consider visiting Lahaina with your loved one to get a real taste of paradise.
5. St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida is an incredible town in northern Florida, on the gulf side. Full of great food, art, bars, live music, St. Petersburg has something for everyone. You and your partner could spend an afternoon at the Salvador Dali museum and witness incredible art. Have a date night at Ceviche, where you can have some incredible tapas and some house-made Sangria, and then catch some live music at the lower level. Or take a sunset cruise to amp up the romance.
6. Sante Fe, New Mexico
The capital of New Mexico, Sante Fe is a cute artistic down located in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. Famed for its Pueblo-style architecture and an artistic haven, Sante Fe is a truly memorable destination. There is so much to do in this city: from outdoor adventures to art galleries, to museums.
If you are interested in Native American culture, Sante Fe is for you. New Mexico is home to twenty-three Native tribes! Arrange a visit to a tribal community. January and February are full of feast days, celebrations, and dances, so try and arrange a visit for one of these events that are open to the public!
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
If you and your partner are fun-loving people, New Orleans is definitely a destination you'll want to consider. Located on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is a lively city full of music, culture, and incredible cuisine. NOLA is known for its unique blend of cultures: French, African, and American vibes all mix to give New Orleans its unique flavor.
Consider visiting during Mardi Gras if you and your partner are a real party-loving duo. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a famed winter carnival, a chance to go all-out wild. But New Orleans is incredible at any time of the year! Take a romantic walk through the French Quarter, take a swamp and bayou boat tour together, or a jazz dinner cruise.
Get a beignet at the famed Cafe du Monde, or take a cooking class together at the New Orleans School of Cooking. There is an abundance of activities to do as a couple in this incredible city.
8. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a quaint and festive city on the Atlantic coast. Known for its brightly colored antebellum homes, cobbled streets, and horse-drawn carriages, Charleston is a city that will send you into the past. The perfect getaway for a couple looking to slip away for the weekend!
The Battery districts and French Quarter are particularly known for their antebellum aesthetic. Consider checking out the Waterfront Park that overlooks Charleston Harbor. Or, if you and your partner are into history, visit Forst Sumter, where the first shots from the Civil War were fired.
After a day of walking around the beautiful city, why not wind down with your partner at the Rooftop Bar at The Vendue. Get incredible cocktails with an incredible view, looking out over the water.
9. Sedona, Arizona
A breathtaking Arizona town, Sedona is famous for its red-rock mountains, steep canyons, and green forests. It is also known for its arts community. Check out Uptown Sedona, where you can find a large number of art galleries, new age shops, psychics, and spas. You and your partner could consider getting a compatibility reading by an astrologist!
Located near Flagstaff, Sedona also offers tons of outdoors activities. Hike at the Red Rock State Park, where you can also bird-watch and picnic. Opportunities are endless in this adorable town!
10. San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is a beautiful city that has great food, views, and rich historical significance. Walk with your partner along the San Antonio River, where you will move through a promenade full of cafes and shops. Or Visit the Alamo, a museum that marks the spot of the famous 1836 fight for Texas independence.
Check out the natural bridge caverns to get some underground fun and witness some breathtaking caves.
If you like Mexican food, San Antonio is for you. A huge variety of authentic and Tex-Mex restaurants fill the city. Try some puffy tacos at Henry's Puffy Taco, or have some Menudo (a delicious soup) at Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia.
Winter Wonderlands For Couples
If you're from a warmer climate, you might want to cool down. Snow can be so romantic. And what better excuse is there to cuddle up with your loved one than some cold weather? Consider visiting some of these colder climates with your sweetie.
11. Door County, Wisconsin
Door County is a wonderfully quaint area along the shore of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Full of restaurants, activities, and old fashioned log cabins for rent, Door County is a cute cozy place for you and your loved one to getaway.
If you can peel yourself away from the fireplace long enough, you and your partner could go snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, or dining at any of the amazing local restaurants. Get a romantic steak dinner at Donny's Glidden Lodge, a rustic restaurant right on the lake. In the morning, you could have some Swedish pancakes at the iconic Al Johnson's in Sister Bay. Afterward, enjoy a date at Sister Bay Bowl, or take a walk by the icy lake.
12. Vail, Colorado
If you a looking for a total winter wonderland, Vail is your destination. Located at the base of Vail Moutain, and tucked within the White River National Forest, Vail is a magically beautiful destination. The Colorado mountain town is adorably quaint, with stone streets and Tudor style buildings.
If you are into winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling, there are tons of opportunities here in Vail. Enjoy an après ski cocktail with your loved one in a hot tub. Have an unforgettable date night dinner at Sweet Basil, a wonderful restaurant with incredibly creative dishes (Foie gras snow, anyone?) and cocktails.
13. Salt Lake City, Utah
The capital of Utah, Salt Lake city is a beautiful destination, surrounded by breathtaking mountains. The Great Salt Lake, of course, is located to the northwest of the city, while the Wasatch Range and Oquirrh Mountains wrap around the other edges of the city. If you and your partner are into outdoor winter activities, there are endless opportunities, from downhill skiing and snowboarding to snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You could even try a romantic ice-skating date!
Salt Lake has a rich religious history, being founded by Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers. Consider touring the LDS church. Or take a tour of the Arches National Park, known for its incredible natural architecture. Have a fantastic date-night meal at the Red Iguana, a trendy Mexican spot. Or impress your partner at Takashi, a contemporary Japanese restaurant complete with a Sushi bar.
14. Portland, Maine
Portland is a quaint destination right on the Casco Bay. With homey, small-town vibes this town is a great getaway for a romantic weekend. Take a walk with your partner along the Western Promenade, a public park that sits atop a bluff, with great views of the water and surrounding mountains. Visit The Old Port, where fishing wharves and warehouses have been converted into cute restaurants and shops. Or walk around the West End district and look at all the beautifully designed Victorian-era homes.
15. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois is an incredible destination for any couple! The third-largest city in the United States, Chicago has something to offer for everyone. Visit the museum campus and check out all sorts of interesting sites: The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, or the Shedd Aquarium.
Take a date at the Art Institute of Chicago in Millennium Park. Afterward, get a hot chocolate and ice skate at the Maggie Daley Ribbon! If you get cold, duck into the Chicago Athletic Association, a hotel with three distinct bars. Cindy's offers a beautiful rooftop view of Lake Michigan and Millennium Park and serves delicious cocktails. The Game Room is also a classy bar with shuffleboard, bocce ball, and chess available to play.
16. Keystone, Colorado
Less than an hour from Denver is the cute town of Keystone, Colorado. 9,280 feet above sea level, this town offers incredible views and an impeccable winter landscape. Try visiting the Keystone resort in Keystone Colorado where you can downhill ski with your partner. There is also an enormous nearby lake that is perfect for ice-skating during the winter. Consider snowshoeing or snowmobiling with your partner to get an intimate look at nature.
17. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a rural getaway. Jackson Hole has those quaint, smaller town vibes. Visit The Town Square, where you can see the famed arches made from elk antlers. Take a stroll through The National Museum of Wildlife Art, where you can find works by Andy Warhol and Georgia O'Keefe.
The incredible Yellowstone National Park is nearby, as well as Grand Teton National Park. Tons of opportunities for skiing and outdoor snow activities abound in Jackson Hole. You and your loved one will not run out of things to do here in Wyoming!
18. Jay, Vermont
Jay, Vermont is a small town with breathtaking scenery, full of all kinds of winter activities. Bordering Quebec, Canada, Jay has a lot to offer. If you are into smaller, intimate town vibes, and outdoor activities, Jay is for you. Go skiing with your loved one, or snowshoeing through some of the vast hiking trails.
Get a romantic meal at the stylish Alice's table, or warm yourself up with some soup at the punny Miso Hungry.
19. Spokane, Washington
In the pacific northwest, you can find the cute and eclectic city of Spokane, Washington. Visit the Northwest Museum of Arts and culture, which also features the areas of rich Native American heritage. Or walk through the Riverfront Park, featuring artistic sculptures. You can also take a romantic cable car ride over the breathtaking Spokane Falls. Spokane is the perfect getaway for the artsy couple.
20. Sun Valley, Idaho
If you're looking for a winter wonderland, visit the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. The nearby Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain ranges offer great slopes for skiing, from beginner to advanced. If you or your partner are literature buffs, consider visiting the Hemingway Memorial. Or take a romantic date to the Sun Valley Opera House.
21. Delhi, New York
Located in the scenic Catskill mountains, Delhi is a cute small town that is perfect for the couple looking to getaway. Three hours away from the bustling New York City, Delhi is full of cute architecture and restaurants. Relax at the Hannah Mountain Resort, where you can swim together at the indoor pool, or head out for some bowling at The Ark Bowl & BBQ.
Grab a bite at the Blue Bee Cafe, or have a great conversation over tea at Tay Tea.
Whatever you and your loved one are into, I hope this list has given you some inspiration to finally take that romantic getaway!