A native Bostonian and former college rower, Lee Glandorf bases her travel decisions around international rowing regattas and friend’s birthdays. She handles Public Relations for Hopper.com, a travel search and discovery engine, where, in between blog posts and twitter updates, she’s planning a trip to China.
Valentine’s Day is just a couple days away. If you’re in the mood for a little romantic travel this weekend, consider basing your choice around your lodging. A truly romantic hotel can set the tone for the whole trip, and if you choose wisely, there may be no need to leave the room at all! Here are 5 romantic hotels in the US worth making your Valentine’s Day home base:
Sunset Marquis, West Hollywood, CA
The Sunset Marquis is a hidden gem of a hotel just off Sunset Boulevard in trendy West Hollywood. The hotel takes advantage of LA’s terrific weather: standard rooms are set up around the pool, while suites and villas open onto a lush garden. Celebrities love the hotel’s quiet and secluded ambiance along with its unparalleled service. Chances are you won’t need to leave hotel grounds, since there’s a popular restaurant in the garden and a luxurious spa for all your pampering needs.
The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds enjoyed a “mini-moon” at this picturesque and luxurious Virginia inn following their 2012 South Carolina nuptials. The Inn at Little Washington is known for its five-star accommodations and cuisine. Patrick O’Connell’s James Beard award-winning restaurant is acclaimed for its inspired American cuisine, so good, it has been said, “it makes you cry.” After you shed happy tears at dinner, you can relax in one of the Inn’s 18 lavish bedrooms, lovingly designed by British designer, Joyce Evans.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
The eco-luxury Post Ranch Inn has been named one of the best hotels in North America. This stunning retreat boasts both Pacific Ocean and mountain views. With two private houses (including a literal luxury tree house!) along with luxurious rooms built to maximize serenity and exposure to nature, the Post Ranch Inn is a lover’s paradise. Add the fact it is an adult’s only oasis, plus an award-winning spa and the cliff-top Sierra Mar restaurant and you have a recipe for an epic Valentine’s Day vacation.
Amangiri Resort, Canyon Point, Utah
In 2011 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt visited the Amangiri Resort for the 3 R’s: romance, rest & relaxation. This desert oasis is situated on 600 red sand acres in Canyon Point, Southern Utah. The Amangiri is as secluded and luxurious as you can get, with evenings spent watching the sunset over towering sandstone peaks. The complex is centered around its swimming pool and every space maximizes its spectacular views. The resort was built with maximum serenity in mind and its spa includes a floatation therapy pavilion, cold plunge and step pool, and yoga pavilion.
Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock, VT
Winter in New England can be incredibly romantic and a Valentine’s Day at the Woodstock Inn & Resort is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the opportunities cold February weather affords: lots of time to cozy up to a fireplace. The Woodstock Inn is located in the famous and incredibly picturesque Vermont town of Woodstock (think colorful colonials and white clapboard churches). With 142 rooms full of handcrafted New England touches, plus 19 rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, the Woodstock Inn is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. Add in two restaurants and one spa, and there’s little need to leave the Inn’s cozy confines. However, Woodstock’s boutique lined main street and Killington’s nearby slopes offer ideal opportunities for some couple-friendly winter activities.
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