10 Romantic Destinations 2004
Palm Island, a secluded treasure only accessible
by boat or seaplane, has one of the few natural sand
beaches in the Florida Keys. Hide away à deux
behind palm trees in a thatched-roof
bungalow suite at the ocean's edge.
Kauai is perfect for lovebirds, whether you're about to tie
the knot, want to renew your vows or simply are in the
mood for romance. Kauai makes sense: It's less visited
than the other islands and offers idyllic surroundings
second to none...
Victorian times Mackinac
Island was a summer vacation mecca. Not much has
changed since. This historic island admits no cars;
instead, you'll be greeted by horse and buggy, friendly
pedestrians and stunning natural beauty. Install yourself
at The Grand Hotel, which has been able to keep up its
19th century charm.
Easy is a bit raunchy and that's not the only reason
it's perfect for lovers. Stay in an intimate B&B,
explore the French Quarter, feed each other beignets
and fall in love all over again.
some time on the Olympic
Peninsula. A carpet of dark green conifers covers
the mighty mountains like a velvety blanket, crowned
by sparkling, snow-capped peaks. You will never get
fresher seafood than what they serve in local restaurants
in Quilcene or Brinnon. And, Port Townsend, the City
of Dreams, has kept the look and even the ambience of
the late 19th century.
may be the ninth largest city in the U.S., but size
doesn't impede charm in this case. Stay at the romantic
Spanish Colonial-style La Mansión del Rio, bargain-hunt
on the lively "El Mercado" Market Square (the
largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico) and enjoy
a scenic cruise of the San
Antonio River Walk, past towering ancient cypress
trees, shady banks and nice architecture. And, there's
always the Alamo
"American Riviera" has it all: sun, surf,
fine dining, great wineries and a rich dose of Spanish
heritage history. Besides, it boasts a perfect climate
year-round! Downtown Santa
Barbara is perfect for lazy strolls with a loved
one. Nearby, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang beckon.
You'll enjoy marvelous beaches, first-rate golf, top
restaurants, spa visits and, this may sound a little
New Agey, Santa Barbara is said to be a vortex of beautiful
energy. You'll feel it buzzing everywhere!
is said to be the soul of New Mexico. It prompted romancer
D. H. Lawrence to pen: "You cannot come to Taos without feeling that here is one of the chosen spots
on Earth." Besides writers, Taos has drawn artists
from all over the world with the beauty of the high
desert, the majesty of the Sangre de Cristo mountains,
the interplay of earth, light and turquoise sky that
make you never want to leave again.
this fast food world, there are still a few tried and
true, gourmet recipes for an unhurried, romantic retreat.
Take one leisurely drive on a rural back road between
Dorset and Manchester, add a dash of cycling along the
waterfront pathway in Burlington, stir in a day of snow
shoeing through pristine woods and top with a cruise
on Lake Champlain. With its quiet, historic villages,
forested river valleys and majestic Green Mountains, Vermont satisfies the appetite for romance.
best outdoor drama, Yosemite National Park should take the Oscar. Sheer rock walls
soaring more than 3,000 feet, thundering waterfalls,
meadows carpeted in colorful wildflowers, giant sequoia
trees. And silence-the quiet of a vast wilderness.
10 Romantic Destinations