Low Cost Romantic Vacations

No passport is needed to see the full-size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville.No passport is needed to see the full-size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville.

A romantic vacation can be inexpensive if you plan ahead and think creatively. Choose a lovely destination, but book a reasonably priced accommodation. Dinner is the most expensive meal in a restaurant so shop for cheese, crackers, fruit, raw vegetables, salad and wine for alfresco dining on your balcony, nearby park or hotel courtyard. Dine in restaurants for breakfast (if your hotel does not provide it) and lunch. Look for free attractions the two of you will enjoy.

Daisy Hill Bed & Breakfast, Nashville, Tennessee

Located in a quaint neighborhood near Vanderbilt University, Daisy Hill is a renovated 19th-century carriage house featuring gardens and patios. Full breakfast is served daily in this cozy setting. Nashville, "Music City," has loads of attractions,. Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame's Historic RCA Studio B where Elvis, Chet and Dolly recorded many of their hits. Bring some of their music with you to listen to in the car or room. Visit Centennial Park to tour the only full -size reproduction of the Parthenon. It's like going to Athens. Stroll through the gardens or bring a picnic lunch.

Daisy Hill Bed & Breakfast 2816 Blair Blvd. Nashville, Tennessee 37212 615-297-9795 daisyhillbedandbreakfast.com

Country Music Hall of Fame 222 Fifth Ave. South Nashville, Tennessee 37203 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Centennial Park 2600 West End Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37203 615-862-8431 parthenon.org

Hotel La Jolla, La Jolla, California

La Jolla is a beautiful place to share with the one you love. Book a room at the Hotel La Jolla and you can enjoy the ocean breeze and view from your balcony. Walk to local restaurants, shops and the beach. Be sure to schedule a sunset stroll on the beach. La Jolla is an exclusive suburb of San Diego, so ask to see menus before deciding where to eat. Watch the surfers on the beaches south of town or watch hang gliders leap off the cliffs above the Pacific at Torrey Pines Glider Port north of town. Window shop at the boutiques and gift shops. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this seaside gem.

Hotel La Jolla 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, California 92037 800-666-0261 hotellajolla.com

Torrey Pines Gliderport 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr La Jolla, CA 92037 858-452-9858 http://flytorrey.com

Bellagio Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

For European flair, book your Las Vegas vacation at the Bellagio. It's centrally located on the Strip. You will have your pick of dining options. Be sure to include time for after-dinner drinks in the hotel's Fontana Bar, where you can view the dancing waters of the Bellagio's famed orchestrated fountains. They are breathtaking. Visit a casino to play the slots or your favorite game. Wander down the Strip at night to see the Mirage Hotel's volcano erupt as you absorb the glitz and glamor of the vibrant lights. Look for dinner specials at restaurants near casinos. If you want to see one of the big shows, research your options before leaving home so you don't pay more than you can afford. Order tickets ahead of time.

Bellagio Las Vegas 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 888-987-6667 bellagio.com/amenities/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx

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Nancy Kerstetter’s first professional writing experience began at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram while pursuing her journalism degree at Texas Christian University in the 1970s. She’s worked in public relations and as an editor of a youth camp trade magazine. Currently she writes for small businesses in and around Dallas. Kerstetter travels extensively on business and pleasure in the United States and internationally.

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