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Unconventional romantic getaway destinations for Valentine’s Day weekend: Scottsdale, Aspen, more

  • January 19, 2022

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, these cities attract love birds of all ages. Each spot offers a AAA five-diamond hotel, a top-ranked restaurant, and a prime spot for an epic engagement. You really can’t go wrong with any of the following picks.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale ticks all the boxes for a romantic getaway.  It is known for spa resorts, incredible golf courses, plenty of romantic trails to meander and breathtaking desertscape and hills.  Pack a picnic lunch, pop a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the natural beauty you are surrounded by.  Book a room and make a dinner reservation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, chosen by Trip Advisor for its Best Restaurant award. If you think that you are going to turn this romantic trip into a magical  engagement story, check out this resource that takes out all of the guesswork for an Instagram-worthy announcement.

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San Francisco

San Francisco is truly one of those places that has it all when it comes to romance.  You can drive to the beautiful vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, enjoy some amazing wine and views and make it back to the city for a stay at the uber-romantic Ritz Carlton.  While you’re there, book a Golden Gate Bay cruise (splurge on a private sunset cruise).  No trip to San Francisco is complete without an amazing dining experience. It’s hard to narrow it down, but critics say you can’t go wrong with the 3 Michelin star-rated Quince.

Aspen, Colorado

There is something ethereal about the charm of downtown Aspen.  From the upscale shopping in The Boutique at Little Nell to their luxurious rooms you will leave feeling pampered and counting the days until you can come back.  A stay at the five-star Little Nell  is like no other and every wish is at your command.  Dine in at Element 47 where hospitality is their passion and their goal is to nourish each moment of your stay.  The only thing you’ll be left to do is enjoy the experience with your partner.

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Park City, Utah

Park City aka “Winter’s Favorite Town” is a place to get cozy with your flame. Book your stay at the palatial Montage Deer Valley.  Spend a day either cuddling on the chair lifts while you ski. Or, unwind with a couples massage at Spa Montage’.  End the night with a walk down the beautiful Main street for a cozy dinner at Firewood on Main Restaurant. Need more ideas? Try this romantic itinerary from VisitParkCity.com.

Orlando, Florida

Who said Disney World couldn’t be romantic? Live out your very own Cinderella story.  Book a room at The Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World and be sure to have dinner or drinks at the Capa Bar located on the rooftop of the hotel, a spot where marriage proposals are known to happen.  Show your love that you really are her Prince Charming by working with the next best thing to a fairy godmother: Disney’s Fairy Tale Engagement Service (yes, Disney can help plan a dream engagement right on property).

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San Antonio, Texas

Visiting San Antonio is like being in another era.  The architecture is reminiscent of one of Europe’s most romantic cities and it’s right here in the U.S.  Book your stay at the historic and welcoming Hotel Emma.  Perched in the city’s historic district, it’s hard not to feel romance brewing in this former (and luxuriously transformed) 19th-century brewhouse.  Visit San Antonio’s Missions National Park and the Alamo for some more authentic flavor and history.  Then take a charming hand-in-hand walk through the lush Japanese Tea Gardens.  Have dinner at swoon-worthy Ocho and just try not to feel the romance.

Jackson Hole and Teton Village, Wyoming

The views from Teton Village are enough to make your heart flutter and hold your partner’s hand a little tighter as you take it all in together.  A small village within Jackson Hole it’s known for being one of the most scenic all season areas in the U.S.  The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole has every amenity you could ask for.  Spend a day exploring the wildlife at Grand Teton National Park and return to enjoy a dreamy soak in the year-round heated pool.  Head to Rustic Inn Bar Bistro and take a romantic walk around the Wetlands Walk and Preserve (a known engagement spot) either before or after your meal.

Las Vegas

It’s no coincidence that so many people get married in Las Vegas, it’s hard not to get swept up in all that this destination has to offer.  Check into a room or suite at the sumptuous Wynn Las Vegas and prepare to have your every desire fulfilled.  The excess in Las Vegas is so intoxicating it can make you lose control, in the best possible way. Feeling Lucky? Take your chances with some gambling you never know where the dice will take you.  Treat yourself to a French culinary experience at Restaurant Guy Savoy.  If you haven’t already decided to run off to the Little Chapel, take a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel and pop the question at the top.

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