There’s no better time to jet off for a romantic rendezvous than fall — the kids are back in school, the weather is generally lovely, the scenery is beautiful and there’s a sense of excitement in the air as seasons change. We’ve rounded up seven such stellar spots to soak up all that autumn has to offer while you enjoy the company of your favorite person.
Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
If your romantic rendezvous involves doing something no one else has, then you might want to consider the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Casa Marina’s Unforgettable Experience package, an epic $25,000 special that features a private dinner inside the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West’s Old Town. You can eat where the great writer lived, toiled and played.
The dinner itself, the first of its kind, is a throwback, too — you’ll dine on 1930s-inspired dishes and cocktails with Casa Marina’s executive chef as your host. The package also includes private helicopter and seaplane tours of the surrounding area and three nights at the iconic beachside hotel.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Usually, tailgating is reserved for sports fans, but opera aficionados can canoodle before and during a show with the help of Santa Fe Four-Star Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi’s Tailgating for Two experience.
In honor of the inn’s 25th anniversary and the Santa Fe Opera’s 60th anniversary, you are furnished with a pre-packed gourmet picnic (think house-smoked salmon on brioche, seasonal macaroons and wine) to savor on the opera’s grounds during a performance. Once you return to your rustic-chic room, snuggle near the fireplace or book an in-room massage for two.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Say goodbye to the real world and hole up with your significant other at this gorgeous Five-Star rainforest retreat. Its Bed and Breakfast package makes for the ideal start to every day — the deal includes a Costa Rican buffet breakfast daily, which means you can leisurely dine while you plan your activities for the afternoon, which could range from stand-up paddle boarding and golf to spa treatments and cooking classes.
Sunset kayak tours and nature hikes will enhance things even more as you explore the beautiful tropic landscape with your sweetie.
Who says you have to travel to a far-flung locale for love? Quad Cities’ Hotel Blackhawk has an Escape! For Two spa package that sets the scene for a romantic trip. It features pedicures for two, a couples massage plus dinner at the hotel’s sophisticated Bix Bistro & Lounge. Challenge your partner to a friendly round of bowling at the onsite alley or explore the waterfront views with a walk along the nearby river.
There’s also a bonus bottle of champagne that can be enjoyed in your room (did someone say, “Jacuzzi”?) or in the spa.
If outdoor adventure and taking in the majesty of the Rockies speaks to your heart, book a stay at this boutique beauty in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Its rustic-meets-modern vibe creates a stylish sense of warmth and comfort. Amenities include fireplaces in every room, complimentary transportation to local dining establishments and a rooftop hot tub.
Of course, you’ll want to head out and experience the great outdoors in all of its fall splendor, so consult the top-notch concierge team to plan excursions like mountainside horseback rides and hiking through nearby Grand Teton National Park.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Even though it’s just an hour from Atlanta, this Four-Star waterfront resort is about as idyllic a romantic retreat as it gets. The Lakeside Romance package includes daily breakfast for two, a $100 resort credit for each night, a bottle of chilled sparkling wine and rose petal turndown service.
Use the resort credit at the recently revamped spa (hello, couples massage and mineral bath for two!) or a private Chiminea bonfire dinner by the lake.
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
There are few cities as blissfully charming as San Francisco. Take advantage of the picturesque streetscapes with a vehicle from Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car as part of a road-hugging deal from Four-Star Hotel Nikko that will score plenty of real embraces from your loved one.
A representative will meet you at the airport and hand over keys to either a Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Boxster convertible, Range Rover Sport or Lincoln Navigator. Use it to zip around the city before returning to the modern Union Square hotel for a weekend of cuddling, cardio (an onsite 10,000-square-foot health club) and cuisine (Anzu).