From Sun to Snow
Yosemite National Park in Northern California is a beautiful, historical landmark that provides couples with a sense of peace and relaxation. The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley overlooks some of the park's finest sites, and just a short distance away is the awe-inspiring Bridal Veil Falls--a perfect spot for newly engaged couples to picnic on a nice, spring day. If you decide to spend the winter holidays in Yosemite, you can enjoy the Valley which is blanketed in snow, or drive just a short distance over the mountain for a refreshing hike on the green trails of Hetch Hetchy.
The Ahwahnee Hotel 9005 Ahwahnee Drive Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 866-913-1280 yosemitepark.com/Accommodations_TheAhwahnee.aspx
Flying High or Laying Low
Adventurous couples can snorkel the crystal clear waters in Florida's Tortugas and Biscayne, or swim with dolphins in the Florida Keys off the coast of St. George's Island. The hardworking couple looking for a relaxing weekend away can find serenity and fine dining at West Dover, Vermont's The Inn At Sawmill Farm. This intimate country inn also has an extensive wine selection with an assortment of vintage specialties reviewed by some of the country's top oenologists and wine publications. Romance is in the air over the San Juan Islands in Washington state, which can best be appreciated from a trip high in the sky. The islands have a number of private plane companies that can suit your specific needs and budgets while offering an unforgettable view of the green islands and blue waters.
The Inn At Sawmill Farm 7 Crosstown Trail West Dover, VT 05356 800-493-1133 theinnatsawmillfarm.com
Exotic Cuisine or Local Flavors
Catch some live cajun music paired with dance lessons from local experts at the French Quarter's Cajun Cabin restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana. Afterwards you can find a sweet taste of the city at Commander's Palace which features decadent desserts like creole bread pudding soufflé and banana's fosters for two, complete with a tableside flambé of bananas, banana liqueur, brown sugar, and Caribbean rum.
Couples can take a breather from an exciting night of gambling and exotic shows with a meal at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just a short cab ride down the strip there's also the Wynn hotel where you can find a mix of Cantonese, Shanghai, and Szechuan cooking styles at the award-winning Wing Lei restaurant. And of course don't forget to share a kiss in front of the famous Bellagio Fountains before scooting off to bed.
Commander's Palace 1403 Washington Ave. New Orleans, LA 70130 504-899-8221 commanderspalace.com
Wynn Las Vegas 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas, NV 89109 877-321-9966 wynnlasvegas.com
Some tried and true favorites include catching a sunset at San Francisco's Twin Peaks (not to mention the 360-degree panoramic view of the city and Bay). Or how about an impulsive trip to Tiffany's on New York's Fifth Avenue. And of course there's always Hawaii--a honeymoon favorite for couples looking for their very own tropical retreat without even using a passport.