A GETAWAY FOR TWO OFFERS THE CHANCE FOR ROMANCE
Looking for the perfect spot for a romantic getaway with your sweetheart?
If you only have time for one night away, trade one island for another with a visit to Amelia Island in Florida, where you can ride horses and enjoy campfires right on the beach. If you’ve got time for a long weekend, set off for North Carolina and a cozy stay in a mountain town like Boone.
BEACH TIME AT AMELIA ISLAND
Roughly a three-hour drive from Hilton Head Island, Amelia Island is a charming barrier island known for its golf courses, beaches and luxury resorts. And there’s no better way to treat your special someone than a romantic stay at The Ritz-Carlton. Enjoy a gorgeous beach view from your private balcony, relax with a soothing spa treatment, and take a sunset walk along the beach hand-in-hand: it’s a little slice of heaven, just a few hours from home.
Amelia Island near Jacksonville, Florida, has a history of Spanish, French, British and American rule. It's a popular vacation destination know for its sandy beaches, great golf and luxury resorts.
Really want to go all out? Try the hotel’s romance package, which includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, a rose petal bed turndown, breakfast for two at Coast restaurant, valet parking and late checkout.
“The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is an ideal resort for a romantic getaway, especially in the winter when crowds are scarce,” said James McManemon, the hotel’s general manager. “It feels like you have the beach to yourself.”
Looking for something a little more like a home away from home? Rent a condo with a beach view and central to the best the island has to offer. Walk to Fort Clinch State Park, or take a bike ride to downtown Fernandina Beach. End a day spent exploring the historic district — full of art galleries, museums, stately homes and quirky shops — with a romantic stroll on the beach. Tee off at one of the island’s golf courses or have a drink at The Palace Saloon, Florida’s oldest bar and once a favorite haunt of the Carnegies and Rockefellers. The possibilities for your getaway are endless.
NO MATTER THE DESTINATION, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF OUR GETAWAY IS THE PERSON YOU’RE SHARING IT WITH.
BOONE, N.C.: A MOUNTAIN RETREAT
If you have a few days, hit the road for Boone, in the heart of the North Carolina mountains. The small college town — it’s home to Appalachian State University — offers a variety of amazing outdoor activities, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, and stunning views.
If you’re planning a winter trip, don’t miss the chance to hit the slopes; some of the area’s best skiing is in and around Boone. There’s also snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing and tubing — best followed with an après-ski cocktail you can share with your sweetheart in front of a roaring fire. Or visit the area during warmer months, when you can get your heart pumping with white-water rafting, canoeing and zip lining. Adventurous couples will find plenty to keep them busy all year long.
For a getaway that’s more romance than rock climbing, book a room at Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, a roughly 20-minute drive from Boone. The all-inclusive spa resort offers a variety of services, ranging from face and body treatments to health and well-being therapies.
“Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Blowing Rock is the quintessential small village, providing the perfect setting for couples seeking a romantic escape,” said Steven Price, Westglow Resort & Spa president.
Built in 1917, Westglow was once the summer home of famed artist and author Elliott Daingerfield. Built in the Greek Revival style, the historic manor house features many of Daingerfield’s original furnishings and works of art.
It’s also home to the award-winning Rowland’s Restaurant, where you and your special someone can linger over a glass of wine and world-class meal. Or relax at the spa, named the best in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. SpaFinder magazine also gave the resort top marks for romance — experience it for yourself with a couple’s massage by the fireplace in your room.
Of course, there are plenty of other accommodation options in the area, from luxury Airstream campers to rustic cabins and gorgeous mountain homes. A simple online search will yield a variety of lodgings that will be the perfect home base — fishing, horseback riding, tennis and idyllic naps in a mountainside hammock await.
No matter the destination, the most important part of your getaway is the person you’re sharing it with. Enjoy the time spent away from the fast pace of your everyday lives and cherish the opportunity to spend time together.