10 Romantic Destinations 2005
yours is the kind of love that can weather all seasons,
is the perfect place to celebrate your union. Sleigh rides
in winter, wine touring in spring, weekend jazz concerts
in artsy New Haven in summer and the turning of leaves
in autumn. The intimate size of the state (less than 100
miles from east to west and about half that length from
north to south) lends itself to an equally intimate holiday.
Because it’s so small, you can meander the aforementioned
wine trail that winds throughout the state in just a few
days. Along the way you’ll encounter such charming
places as the colonial village of Litchfield and the seaport
town of Mystic.
do we love Laguna Beach? Let us count the ways. We love
this pretty enclave for its awe-inspiring Pacific sunsets,
eclectic art galleries, divine restaurants and ocean
view lodgings—dolphin sightings are not uncommon.
We also love it for the annual Pageant of the Masters,
a summer performance that must be included in any romantic
weekend here. The scale of this town (yes, despite being
surrounded by the sprawl of Orange
County, it is still a town) adds to its cozy ambience.
And because you can walk everywhere, there’s no
need to get stressed out driving around. Hide the car
keys and spend your time strolling around holding hands
it’s an obvious choice, but we just can’t
help ourselves. Those cheesy tourist T-shirts don’t
Francisco really is for lovers. Among our favorite
places for canoodling: the ferry to Sausalito, the
trattorias in Little Italy and the Top
of the Mark. But while we could go on and on about
the best spots to rendezvous, it’s the character
of the city itself that’s its most romantic aspect.
Every neighborhood has something to offer couples, from
historic Nob Hill, home to the tryst-worthy Huntington
Hotel, to the Haight-Ashbury District, which is not
only fun and funky, but gave the world the Summer of Love.
And for the record, what they say about leaving your heart
here is true, too.
artist community has held a romantic allure for wanderers
from all over the world at least since the 1920s, when
there were perhaps as many artists and intellectuals in
as there were in Paris or Berlin. For one, it’s
beautifully set in the “land
of enchantment” on the high-desert mesa at the
foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; it’s a landscape
that makes your soul soar. Art and galleries are everywhere;
but even if you’re not up for buying an O'Keefe,
there’s plenty for lovers to do: romancer D.H. Lawrence's
memorial chapel and shrine is located just ten miles outside
of Taos. Pay homage to the Rio Grande atop the Gorge Bridge
or to the ancestors of this country at Bandelier National
Monument. And when it comes to cozy lodgings, the fact
that Taos has a reputation as "Bed & Breakfast
Capital of the Southwest” says it all.
and nature have something in common: given the right circumstances,
both can be counted on to get the pulse pounding. In the
case of nature, there’s no place like Alberta
to make your heart race. The scenery here is awe-inspiring.
Icefields Parkway winds through the Rocky Mountains past
100 glaciers from Jasper to gorgeous Lake Louise. And
if you don’t feel like driving, you can snuggle
side by side on a train
ride through the province. Alberta is home to many
resorts, and not that you need an excuse to snuggle,
but luscious lodgings, snow outside and a crackling fire
inside certainly doesn’t hurt. In the summer months,
hike through an alpine meadow and pick a posy of wildflowers
for your sweetheart.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
your idea of romance is access to a Robinson Crusoe-worthy
deserted island without having to sacrifice unadulterated
luxury, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will make you very
happy. This Caribbean
cluster consists of thirty islands and cays, most of which
are uninhabited. A few, such as Palm Island (candlelight
dinners on the beach) and Petit
St. Vincent (just twenty cottages and no room keys),
are even privately owned resorts. Stay on one of these
exclusive islands and boat out each day in search of solitude.
Our pick for lovers of sand, surf and one another? The
white sand beaches and coral reefs of the unpopulated
Paris, but with less cliché and more discretion,
offers many a corner for sneaking a romantic interlude.
Pause to admire the graceful lines of Frank Gehry’s
“Fred and Ginger” building. Bond over beers
at U Fleku, a 500-year-old microbrewery. Row leisurely
along the Vltava River, or linger above this winding body
of water at sunset on the Charles Bridge. Prague may have
played a crucial role in the Cold War, but there’s
nothing chilly about it now. Home to Prague Castle, classical
music, a lively Bohemian spirit and a charming Old Town
webbed with cobbled streets, it’s sure to fan the
flames of love.
know that Morocco
and Saudi Arabia are on entirely different continents,
but when waxing poetic about Marrakech,
it’s hard not to call upon exotic images of Scheherazade
and her Arabian Nights. Begin composing your own never-ending
story as you venture out at sunset into Djema el Fna Square.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site inside the old walled city,
it is a feast for the senses, a carnival of snake charmers,
magicians, acrobats and fortune tellers—find out
what your future together holds. Outside the city, visit
the mysterious Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains
and the quaint harbor town of Essaouira on the Atlantic
Polynesia is home to Tahiti and Bora
Bora. Need we say more? This is inarguably one of
the most romantic destinations on earth. Not convinced?
Spend some time studying Gauguin’s erotic Tahitian
works. (And pick of a copy of his Noa Noa to
read to one another on a secluded beach.) Considering
how these islands with their dramatic sunsets, fragrant
flowers and thatch-roofed
resorts have enamored artists and travelers over the
years, they’re an obvious choice for couples enamored
with one another. French influences add to the ooh la
la factor. And FYI: these are volcanic islands and atolls,
so don’t be surprised if they ignite a little fiery
behavior on arrival.
the bullet train of modernization that raced through Hanoi
at the end of the 20th century, it remains a city of slow
gracious charms. A century of French influence—from
architecture to fine art—managed to survive decades
of cement block Communism. Don’t get us wrong, cement
blocks exist. But among them you’ll find elegant
colonial villas, the drift of incense and sunrise mist
over Hoan Kiem Lake. Cozy up together on a cyclo ride
through town. And while we know Communism isn’t
an aphrodisiac for most, we still suggest visiting the
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Sure it’s weird and not all
that romantic, but if you and your comrade are looking
for something unique to talk about over an intimate cocktail
at the Metropole, this will do the trick.
10 Romantic Destinations