Whether you’re looking to explore a new city together (ahem, Paris), scale mountains side-by-side, retreat to a secluded beach, or some combination of the three, these spots kind of do all the work. And while a honeymoon is a perfect excuse to check a far-flung destination off the bucket list, there are a bevy of romantic getaways stateside for more low-key affairs (or if you’ve burned up all those vacation days on the wedding itself). Needless to say, each of these spots are equally good options for re-igniting an old flame, or stoking one that’s been burning for many years.
The Beverly Hills Hotel9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills | 310.276.2251
We're always happy to check into the Beverly Hills Hotel. After all, it's also home to the Fountain Coffee Room and The Polo Lounge. At the latter, iconic forest green walls, latticed mirrors, and squishy banquettes are just the beginning of the appeal: It's drawn a great crowd for decades, and the food stands up as well. Meanwhile, digging into a milkshake and grilled cheese at the counter at the Fountain Coffee Room is one of L.A.'s most comforting thrills.
Calistoga Ranch580 Lommel Rd., Calistoga | 855.952.4220
This hotel has its own cabernet-producing vineyard, so you get the full Napa Valley experience without even leaving the property. There's plenty else to do on site, from walking the stunning grounds and hanging out at the pool, to gathering eggs from their deluxe new coop. Should you book a stay in the early fall, you can join the pruning, harvesting, and crushing of the grapes. Each of the fifty rooms has a fireplace and a private deck, and occupies its own, secluded lodge, which guarantees plenty of privacy. While Calistoga Ranch makes for a great romantic holiday, it’s kid-friendly too, with a new family pool and a lunchbox menu just for little ones. Should you want to go out (it is Napa, after all) you can borrow one of the ranch's cars.
Fogo Island Inn210 Main Rd., Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland, Canada | +1.709.658.3444
The relationship between the Fogo Island Inn and the beautiful community and physical landscape in which it exists is pretty incredible. Conceived as a social enterprise to support the tiny, yet sturdy outport community on the island, it provides jobs, celebrates local cuisine, and donates all of its proceeds to community programming. The inn itself is a gorgeous, simple, modern building that juts out in juxtaposition to, yet somehow at harmony with, the rocky outcroppings of the landscape. For visitors, the quaint quality of the place inspires plenty of hand holding: In the summer and fall, you can hike the idyllic trails in search of wild berries and local wildlife, like caribou, foxes, puffins, and migrating whales—in the winter, you'll find ice fishing, picturesque snowfall, and plenty of cozy fires. The décor (not surprisingly, all of the furniture was built by the locals) is modern but cozy, with Scandinavian-feeling wooden shapes and warm, hand-made quilts. As you might expect, the views out of the wide, modern windows are nothing less than jaw-dropping.
White Barn Inn37 Beach Ave., Kennebunk Beach, Maine | 207.967.2321
Kennebunkport is sort of the quintessential New England hamlet—and the beaches of Maine, while not the best for swimming, are stunning in their own way. The award-winning restaurant here is located in a historic barn that’s been on the property since colonial days, and is staffed by old-school, tuxedoed waiters. During the day, you can explore the town or check out the surrounding area by bike or canoe. Ask the concierge to arrange for a picnic basket, which you can bring along for a beachside lunch near one of the area’s idyllic lighthouses. While summer is peak season in Maine, it’s pretty great in the fall too.
The Point222 Beaverwood Rd., Saranac Lake, New York | 518.891.5674
Perfectly secluded and endlessly hospitable, The Point is a modernized, 5-star throwback to the on-the-low decadence of the 1930’s when William Avery Rockefeller set out to build the stunning 75-acre resort. All amenities (tennis court, unlimited libations), activities (ice skating, boating), and meals (served in the Great Hall in the company of other guests) are included in the rate. As far as accommodations go, the beautifully-appointed log cabins, roaring fires, and strict kids-free policy meet all the requirements for a luxe Adirondack retreat. New ownership brought a significant renovation last Spring, guests who arrived after the re-open were treated to fully refreshed bathrooms and guest rooms, plus spruced-up common spaces. Request The Boathouse—it's their most private room overlooking Upper Saranac Lake, and the renovation has made it available year-round.
Post Ranch Inn47900 California 1, Big Sur, California | 831.667.2200
360-degree coastal views and the wild mountain terrain of Big Sur provide a fitting backdrop for Post Ranch Inn (the property is powered by sun panels year-round and guests are chauffeured in Lexus hybrid vehicles). Though the area faced devastating flooding and mudslides earlier this year, as of October 2017, the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1, just north of the property, reopened to cars and the area is excitedly ushering in travelers once again. As picturesque as ever, Post Ranch is situated on jagged cliffs—it’s a 1,200-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean—and shrouded in semi-permanent fog. Also, of note: the dining experience at Sierra Mar, an ingredient-driven restaurant which is open to the public for a prix-fixe lunch and dinner. The beautifully plated dishes are matched only by the killer views. Fair warning: Securing one of the 39 rooms requires quite a bit of patience and planning ahead. (Kiddos aren’t allowed.)
Ventana Big Sur48123 Highway One, Big Sur, California | 831.667.2331
Nestled amongst the Redwoods on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, is kind of hard to beat. While the beaches and hikes of Big Sur are a bit of a siren song, it’s hard to budge from the property’s two on-site pools, Japanese soaking tubs, and nap-inducing hammocks. The restaurant, admittedly, is not Big Sur’s best: Fortunately, Post Ranch Inn, Deetjen’s, and Big Sur Bakery are all nearby. There are tons of trails to pick from—redwood forests, waterfalls, and paths along the coast—meaning that hiking boots are an essential. The hotel runs a one-hour walk each day around the property starting at 10 a.m., and you can also book more challenging hikes with local guides. While the recently-refreshed rooms are modern in look and feel, the wood-panelled interiors and redwood floors are a constant reminder that you’re in the woods. Most rooms and suites come with a private deck and fireplace, and some include a hot tub. The views of the Pacific and through the hills are spectacular. Take note: Ventana is adults-only.
San Ysidro Ranch900 San Ysidro Ln., Montecito | 805.565.1700
Inarguably, this is one of our favorite hotels in the world—we're not alone, either, as John and Jackie spent their honeymoon at SYR, and Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh tied the knot in the gardens. Set against the Santa Ynez Mountains, on an olive and lavender tree studded estate that was originally built as a citrus farm in the 19th century, you’ll find 41 secluded bungalows. Each cottage comes equipped with a fireplace, private patio (many have outdoor hot tubs and rain showers), and wonderful extras, like heated bathroom floors. Though it’s big with honeymooners, we never need a big reason to come, as it’s the type of place where the occasion is the stay. Among many other things, the ranch is famous for its $130 “Montecito Margarita” made with Don Julio Real Añejo Tequila and Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary—mixed with agave and lime. Situated in the farm’s former citrus packing house, the stone-walled restaurant offers either creek or ocean views. The menu focuses on fancy comfort food—and revolves around the offerings from the ranch’s gardens. Extra-Credit: The wineries of Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys are less than an hour north, while Santa Barbara is just minutes away.
The Little Nell675 E. Durant Ave., Aspen | 970.920.4600
The Little Nell is famously the most luxurious of Aspen's resorts, so it follows that it's also home base for the ritzy see-and-be-seen scene the town is known for. Still, it's perfectly possible to have a discreet stay, if only because the rooms themselves—designed by LA-based Holly Hunt and turned out with Fili d'Oro down, heated marble bathrooms, cozy fireplaces, and mountain views—are so exquisite. You'll also be grateful for the impeccable service, which makes every activity from skiing to making a dinner reservation blessedly simple. In the hotel's two restaurants, Element 47 and Ajax Tavern, take advantage of the over-the-top wine list from Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, a relative youngster for the wine world who's already earning top stars for his management of the hotel's deep wine collection. Art lovers, take note: The Nell is also home to a legendary collection of contemporary art, which occupies all of the hotel's hallways, restaurants, and guest rooms.
Twin Farms452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard | 802.234.9999
Originally a country home for journalist Dorothy Thompson and her novelist husband Sinclair Lewis, this adults-only, all-inclusive luxury hotel still has the feel of a bohemian writer’s retreat. Woodsy, outdoor activities including cycling, canoeing, and picnicking (skiing in the winter) are all on offer. Indoors, Twin Farms’ art collection, which includes pieces from David Hockney and Jasper Johns, is outstanding. You’ll find ten individually themed cottages dotted throughout the Vermont forest, which means that you might end up in a fisherman’s lodge, or a Moroccan respite with mosaics and a tented ceiling. Meanwhile, the chef prepares a fresh, set menu daily, and consults you on your preferences before you arrive. The customized meals and wine pairings are part of the all-inclusive package. You can eat at the Main House, or in your cottage. Take note: This is a special place for a romantic getaway, not for kids.
Mii Amo Spa525 Boynton Canyon Rd., Sedona | 928.203.8500
This spectacular retreat is one of our favorite destinations in the U.S. The rooms are basic but the treatments, thanks to incredible practitioners, are anything but. The menu offers everything from psychic massage to a Sedona clay wrap, to reiki and lymphatic drainage. Meanwhile, spiritual treatments include meditation, hypnosis, and past life regression. It’s like three years of therapy in three days.
Amangani1535 NE Butte Rd., Jackson Hole | 307.734.7333
Aman resorts are known for impeccable service and some of the most stunning (and remote) locations in the world—no big surprise, but this one fits the mold perfectly. Set into a butte overlooking Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, it’s a pretty ideal venue for skiing, though during warmer months, it offers great hiking, rafting, and horseback riding, where you might happen upon deer, bald eagles, and even black bears. It also has an excellent spa. If you come in the summer, pack jeans, a cowboy hat, and boots for horseback riding, along with hiking boots and river gear. Because the views of the Rocky mountains and the plains below are the focal point, all 40 suites are decorated in neutral tones that won’t distract you from the outdoors. Along with decks and outdoor seating, each suite features a daybed in the bedroom, and a soaking tub that’s positioned next to floor-to-ceiling windows. Don’t skip out on the heated outdoor infinity pool overlooking the surrounding plains. Keep in mind that Amangani is also within striking distance of Yellowstone National Park.
Many Glacier1 Many Glacier Rd., Babb, MT | 303.265.7010
Located on the other end of the Going to the Sun Road on the eastern edge of the park, this is inarguably one of our favorite hotels in the world. There are few amenities—the towels are more like washcloths and you won’t find fancy shampoo in the shower—but the Alpen-themed lodge, which dates back to 1915, sits on the edge of the surreally beautiful, glacial Swiftcurrent Lake. While rooms here tend to book up far in advance, it’s a sprawling place, and if you’re persistent, something usually opens up. The food is not going to blow your socks off, but it’s pretty much the only option, and after a long day of hiking, it’s totally sufficient. You can leave from here, on foot, for a handful of the park’s best hikes, including Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake, though the lodge lobby, complete with a gigantic fireplace, is a nice place to read away the better part of an afternoon, too. Like with all the Glacier lodges, there are no TVs in the rooms, and there’s no cell service throughout the park, making this one of the few places where you can truly check out.
Rancho Encantado198 State Rd. 592, Santa Fe | 505.946.5700
Sprawled across fifty-seven acres in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, this Four Seasons resort is both spacious and cozy at once. Pretty much any amenity you’d expect from a Four Seasons property is a given, plus the Santa Fe-specific perfection of an adobe fireplace in every room, which can be lit on demand with a phone call to the concierge. Plentiful sage and lavender plants contribute to its paradise-like vibe—although expansive, unimpeded views of the mountains and the mesas of the Rio Grande River Valley don’t hurt, either. Make sure to dine at Terra, their stylish restaurant, which is a destination in and of itself.
Scribner’s Lodge13 Scribner Hollow Rd., Hunter | 518.628.5130
Tucked into the heart of the Catskills in Hunter, New York, this former 1960's motor lodge has been reimagined by Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack. Each one of the 38 rooms in this mountain retreat is outfitted with dark maple flooring, layered Persian rugs, and mid-century furniture. Bonus: many of the rooms have private decks overlooking the Catskill range. It’s an easy trip from New York City, making Scribner’s a no-brainer for weekend getaway. (The in-room fireplace doesn't hurt, either.) There’s ample fishing, hiking, swimming in one of the two pools, and, come fall, pretty epic leaf-peeping. Prospect, the on-site restaurant and bar, calls upon much of Hudson Valley’s local farm and produce for a seasonally-driven menu that includes deeply satisfying dishes like Moroccan carrots with Marcona almonds and preserved lemon, salmon with manila clams, and beets with quinoa.
Amangiri1 Kayenta Rd., Canyon Point | 435.675.3999
Located in the remote canyonlands of Utah, Amangiri has some of the best sunsets we’ve seen anywhere—and for good reason: The sky constantly changes as the sun shifts across the desert, bathing the already-dramatic buttes and mesas in pink and purple light. The resort itself is built into the landscape, and though the architecture is sleek and modern (the corresponding interiors are classic examples of the Aman’s brand of neutral, pared-down luxury), it all essentially blends into the rock. The surrounding desert offers plenty of activities, from rafting to horseback riding to hiking—even private plane rides over Lake Powell. If the food were just a little bit better, it would be one of the more perfect stays in the United States (and there aren’t really any other options nearby).
Las Alcobas1915 Main S., St. Helena | 707.963.7000
This stunning new hotel merges modern, minimalist design within a historical landmark. Six of its sixty-eight rooms are housed in the Acacia House, a 1905 Victorian mansion that also hosts the Chris Cosentino-helmed restaurant (aptly named Acacia House), as well as a lounge that offers some of the most expansive views in the valley. Like its sister hotel in Mexico City, the rooms are elegant and considered, and the architecture is noteworthy. Book the Atrio Experience, a reflexology & aromatherapy experience topped with an Indian head massage, stat upon your arrival.
Beltane Ranch11775 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen | 707.833.4233
Inside a family-owned working ranch that dates back to 1892 and shaded by local oak trees, this five-room B&B is packed with charm. The rooms, both in the main plantation-style house and adjacent cottage, are nicely sized for a couple and tastefully appointed with a mix of antiques. (Opt for a room on the second floor for killer views of the vineyard and poppy-filled garden—particularly at sunset.) In the mornings, tuck into a spot on on the wrap-around porch for breakfast.
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto60 Yorkville Ave., Yorkville | 416.964.0411
In the heart of Toronto’s downtown district Yorkville, the fifty-five-story property has incredible city views from every floor. The rooms are fittingly luxe and modern, done up in a tonal grey palette. Chef Daniel Boulud’s on-site French brasserie-style restaurant is an added bonus for the weary traveler who doesn't want to venture out for a good meal.
Redwood Canyon Glampsites at Ventana48123 Highway 1, Big Sur | 800.628.6500
The latest from the beloved Ventana Big Sur resort, these new souped-up campsites offer up a decidedly different way to connect with the great outdoors. Set inside a 20-acre Redwood covered canyon, 15 safari-style tents, which sleep two, are outfitted with all the creature comforts you could want for a weekend stay in the wilderness. (Think: daily housekeeping, a wood-burning fire pit, s'mores ready for roasting, heated blankets, and ample plugs for charging up devices, should you want to.) Come the morning, there's coffee, tea, and light pastries in the welcome tent for campers. Meanwhile, a private bath house, accessed only by key card, features subway tile-lined showers, large vanities, and heated floors. For an additional fee, guests can access Ventana's resort grounds, including the hotel pools, spa, gym, and Social House. Although the resort is adults only, the campsites are kid-friendly.