While jewelry and flowers are classic Valentine's Day gifts, they aren’t the only way to treat your significant other on this historic day of romance. This year, consider jetting off (not too far from home) to one of the most romantic destinations in the U.S. Contrary to popular belief when it comes to romance, the buck doesn’t stop with Paris (although, the City of Lights is undeniably alluring). Below, we’ve got our sights set on some seriously desirable domestic destinations, whether it's a sun-soaked state like Arizona (perfect for a mid-February pick-me-up) or a dreamy winter wonderland like Vermont.
From Kennebunkport, Maine, to Napa Valley, California—and several destinations between the coasts—these locales prove you can plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day getaway without leaving the country.
What’s great about Sedona is that it can be as relaxing or as rugged as you want, thanks to a mix of scenic hiking routes, breathtaking surroundings, and luxury hotels and resorts. And in February, the summer and fall crowds will be long gone. The spa scene in Sedona is worth a trip alone—properties like L'Auberge de Sedona and Amara offer immersive wellness experiences, often tailored to couples. In February, temperatures are cold and crisp (sometimes you'll catch an elegant dusting of snow) but the sun still shines often, making it an ideal time for couples to explore this red rock paradise before getting pampered by some of the country's best spa treatments.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Calling all skiers! This little western ski town in Colorado has one of the best mountains in the state and boasts enough romantic experiences to fill a week. Cozy up in mountain-side ski accommodations (we recommend booking a cozy cabin or condo through Airbnb) and spend the day exploring the slopes with your partner. Enjoy après-ski cocktails at Café Diva, and then hit the town (which is as charming as can be) for window shopping and a terrific Italian dinner at Mazzola's. Couples can also arrange a Four Points Snowcat Dinner through the resort, which takes diners up to the very top of the mountain via snowcat for a romantic dinner at the lodge overlooking the entire region below. Don't miss soaking in the snowy winter weather at nearby Strawberry Park Hot Springs—some of the most magical in the country—which comes alive with glowing lights at night.
New York, New York
We don't need to convince you that the Big Apple is one of the most romantic places in the U.S.—arguably even the world. And whether you hole up in Brooklyn for an intimate staycation (may we suggest a city-view room in the William Vale hotel?) or you book a park-facing room (perhaps a sumptuous suite at the Pierre, a Taj Hotel), you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to romantic activities, day and night, in New York. From horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park to romantic Michelin-star dinners, world-renowned theater, and ice skating in Bryant Park, you cannot go wrong with spending Valentine's Day in NYC.
Antebellum architecture, Spanish moss–draped trees, and picturesque parks set the stage for romance in Savannah. Southern hospitality and scrumptious fare make it even more irresistible as do mild temperatures in the winter. There’s a spate of amour-inducing pursuits, ranging from carriage rides to strolls under the stars. And, for those who like to experience a thrill, did you know Savannah is considered one of the most haunted cities in the U.S.? An evening ghost tour is an experience you won’t soon forget—we promise. Top it off with a romantic dinner at the elegant Garibaldi Cafe (the ambiance here is unparalleled) and a stay in some of the city's most luxurious accommodations: Perry Lane Hotel.
Napa Valley, California
Romance reigns supreme in Napa Valley. Locally sourced cuisine, world-class wine, and charming accommodations make it one of the most seductive destinations in the United States, maybe even the world. Spend Valentine’s Day sipping California vino at several tasting rooms (Alpha Omega Winery, Charles Krug, and Trinchero are a few of our favorites) and enjoy a gourmet picnic. When evening rolls around, spoil your sweetie with a three-course dinner and wine pairing at Auberge Du Soleil’s Michelin-star restaurant (of course, an overnight stay here is a must, too).
Kennebunkport goes all out for Valentine’s Day with Paint the Town Red, a month-long celebration of love that includes themed events, restaurant specials, and hotel packages. Chocolate-covered strawberries and bubbly? Yes, please! Neon signs beautifully contrast the quintessential New England architecture and the deep-blue glow of the ocean. Empty beaches and snow-dusted forests are yet another draw. And if all else fails, you can rest easy knowing that deep-soaking tubs and wood-burning fireplaces await at White Barn Inn.
If you're in search of an idyllic New England winter getaway, look no further than Stowe, Vermont—which could easily be nicknamed "Switzer-Stowe" given that this little village below Mount Mansfield looks like a postcard-perfect Swiss town. In the wintertime, skiers and snowboarders will delight at Stowe Resort's impressive trails, consistent snowfall, and ample opportunity for cozying up around a fire with après-ski cocktails. Couples should look to the Lodge at Spruce Peak for the ultimate romantic vacation—be sure to book a mountain-facing room and check out the property's top-tier spa for a luxurious couple's massage after frolicking in the fresh snow.
Palm Springs, California
An oasis in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, Palm Springs delivers 350 days of sunshine a year plus a smokin’ hot design scene and Tinseltown legacy. High-style hotels (bed & breakfast Casa Cody is particularly stylish and intimate) and mid-century modern homes that once hosted the biggest names in Hollywood now welcome pairs seeking a romantic escape. Take advantage of the many golf courses, walk on the wild side at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, or lounge by the hotel pool with a refreshing cocktail.
If seeing the northern lights is on your bucket list, consider a trip to Fairbanks. This attractive Alaskan city is one of the top spots to witness the iconic aurora borealis. And did you know that February is actually a peak time to go? Of course, chasing this wondrous natural phenomenon is far from the only adventurous pursuit. Duos can try snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, and after a full day of winter activities, heat things up at the thermal springs.