Deciding where to spend valuable time on vacation as a couple can be tricky. The perfect romantic getaway looks different to each couple, so the following list has both domestic and international destinations that focus on a variety of landscapes and experiences that are budget conscious, appeal to all, and will facilitate furthering your connection with your significant other.
Table of Contents
- Domestic Destinations
- International Destinations
- Wrapping It Up
1. Sedona, Arizona
Settle into a wine tasting along the sunlit Verde Valley Wine Trail, indulging in world class wine in the middle of classic Sedona red rocks lining the valley.
Have a candlelit dinner then take a stroll under dark night skies in search of shooting stars. Check out affordable hotels like Arroyo Pinion Hotel or Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa to get the most out of your stay.
2. Portland, Maine
Not often thought of as romantic, Portland will offer you all the activities and comforts of a city at a fraction of the cost while conveniently located to endless nature-based adventures. If a romantic day to you sounds like a mixture of beaches, islands, lighthouses, and parks followed by a nice beer (or two) in a brewery, Maine will capture your heart. Check prices on the Best Western Merry Manor Inn or the Inn at St. John for budget accommodation options in Portland.
3. Savannah, Georgia
Among the iconic drooping branches of Southern live oak trees of Savannah, picnic in Forsyth Park, walk through the historic downtown, and take in the sunset on the beach. Savannah’s charm makes it easy to embrace a romantic getaway. Consider staying at the Marshall House, a part of the Historic Inns of Savannah Collection, the Forsyth Park Inn, or the Savannah Bed & Breakfast.
4. Cannon Beach, Oregon
One of the most scenic areas of the Oregon coastline is Cannon Beach. By day, walk and swim along the beach, take in the famous Haystack Rock, and surrounding state parks. By night, enjoy a candlelit dinner at the Waves Cannon Beach or Ecola Creek Lodge to fully embrace your romantic getaway.
5. Niagara Falls, New York
Formerly known as the “honeymoon capital of the world,” Niagara Falls holds plenty of potential for a couples weekend. Board the Maid of the Mist for an up-close view, take a walk through the tunnels to observe the falls, check out the Skylon Observation Deck, and don’t miss a romantic spin around the Niagara SkyWheel. Check out deals on the Niagara Falls Marriott or the Niagara Grandview Manor for budget hotels.
1. Negril, Jamaica
Popular for all sorts of travelers, Jamaica is home to sparkling white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, cliff jumping, and snorkeling. Enjoy a smoothie or cocktail while exploring the famous Seven Mile Beach and fully embrace relaxation on your getaway. The Westender Inn is recommended for those who would like to stay away from the crowds for an affordable price.
2. Iveragh Peninsula, Ireland
Immerse yourself in the charming beauty and serene isolation of the Lost Cottage on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. The beautiful peninsula offers a variety of adventures, from hiking in hills dotted with local farmer’s sheep and cattle to embracing Irish culture by walking through small towns and sampling pubs and local fare. Sláinte!
3. Mykonos, Greece
A classic Mediterranean destination, Greece continues to to offer amazing vacation potential without hordes of crowds and increased prices. Access to the Adriatic offers therapeutic escape into gorgeous blue water, beaches, delicious food, and friendly locals. A little gem tourists have found to be a worthwhile stay for a fair price is the Little Venice Hotel.
4. Cuenca, Ecuador
Known for its variety of landscapes and experiences, Ecuador has rainforests, tributes of the Amazon river, ecolodges, coastlines, mountains, and islands to explore. Coined as a “fairytale” setting by other tourists, try staying at the Hotel Los Balcones for a smaller city feel outside the bustle of the main cities.
5. Douro Valley, Portugal
For a romantic vacation with sun, wine, beaches, and mountains, look no further than the Douro Valley in Portugal. A stunning wine region with interesting wine varietals, enthusiastic locals, and affordable prices, enjoy luxurious accommodations in Douro41 Hotel & Spa as your travel base. Staying in the Douro Valley will offer a fantastic jumping-off location to wine country, mountains, thermal baths, and beaches.
6. Loch Ness, Scotland
For a more adventurous, outdoor focused getaway, explore Scotland and its mysterious, intriguing landscape. Take a hike through the Highlands, island hop around the coast, investigate historic castles, and stargaze by night in unpolluted night skies. Consider Loch Ness Lodge for your accommodation while staying in the area.
Wrapping It Up
These destinations are proof that a romantic getaway doesn’t have to be expensive to be everything you’d wish for in quality time as a couple. Whatever your dream vacation looks like, these options should guarantee a wonderful time for you and your significant other.