Paris, Vienna, and Venice may be the most historically celebrated romantic cites, but for a truly modern romance, it’s time to set off for the new world. As much of America sits prettily under a gentle blanket of snow, there’s no more enchanting time to set off on surprise holiday, anniversary celebration or even just a spur-of-the-moment mini-break abroad. If you’re considering jetting over to the US this winter, take a look at these top five romantic destinations that are guaranteed to set the perfect mood.
New York City, New York
It would be impossible to write about America’s most romantic destinations without mentioning New York City. Central Park in the snow has to be one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see – and you can even organise your very own ride in a one-horse open sleigh to tour the grounds in style and comfort. Warm up with an evening performance at the Lincoln Centre – with a seasonal programme that includes jazz, classical music, art installations, opera and, of course, The Nutcracker, there’s certain to be something to suit both your tastes. Finally, imitate Miss Holly Golightly by stopping for breakfast outside Tiffany’s – or go one better and actually find a present inside to really make your partner’s day.
Palm Springs, California
It may not quite have that picturesque sprinkling of snow, but the sunny skies and palm trees of southern California provide the perfect backdrop for an active couple’s adventure, whether you prefer hiking in the nearby Indian Canyons or a lengthy round of golf in the sunshine. The town is also a famous spa resort, so remember to book in for an indulgent couple’s treatment before heading out to enjoy one of Palm Springs’ legendary cabaret shows.
Estes Park, Colorado
High up in the Rocky Mountains, you’ll be glad you’ve got someone to keep you warm in this stunning riverside town. The breathtaking panoramic views alone make it worth travelling up here, with skiing, sledging, ice-skating and hiking all on offer for those of a more active disposition. To really feel like the only two people in the world, book a private cabin up in the mountains complete with roaring log fire and cosy Alpine furnishings and prepare to hibernate for the winter.
Amelia Island, Florida
Gentle sea breezes, breathtaking sunsets, and golden sands give Amelia Island the ambience of a romance novel. You can ride horse-drawn carriages through the town centre, pick up love tokens in the independent boutiques, or simply stroll hand in hand along the beach.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires might be best known for the glorious colours that accompany autumn, but they’re equally picturesque in the bleak midwinter, too. From enjoying delicious dinners by flickering candlelight in some of the state’s best restaurants to hiking through the deserted trails, the simple pleasures of this old-world region have attracted romantic couples for centuries.
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