The most important element for a romantic weekend getaway (next to having butterflies for the person you’re with) is decidedly the town you choose. It should be walkable, have a few really good restaurants, a charming place to stay, and preferably be a little bit sleepy. The idea is that while you’re there, the two of you have all the time in the world to wander together. Maybe you take a spontaneous hike, visit a kitschy museum, or just hang out at the hotel bar all night getting to know each other by the fire.

The right town should be walkable, have a few really good restaurants, a charming place to stay, and preferably be a little bit sleepy.

Sigh. Sounds pretty dreamy, right? I broke out the map to find eight of the best towns for a romantic getaway in North America (complete with boutique hotels, great eats, and some really fun things to do.) Why not forward this list to your crush and tell them to pick a spot for this weekend? Say what you will, but weekend trips do have a magical way of cementing relationships… Double dog dare you to. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Quebec City, Canada

Stay at the Auberge Saint-Antoine

Take a 70mph toboggan ride through the middle of town

Have a classic French meal at Restaurant Le Continental

Sip hot coffee at La Maison Smith

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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Stay at the Sierra Grande Lodge

Soak in the Riverbend Hot Springs

Eat at The Restaurant in Sierra Grande

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Snoqualmie, Washington

Stay at the Salish Lodge & Spa

Hike Twin Falls

Eat at the Woodman Lodge

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Joshua Tree, California

Stay at the Joshua Tree House

Have your own photoshoot with the hotel’s 1969 Harvester Scout 800A

Hike the Super Bloom Trail

Eat at The Natural Sisters Cafe

Drink and dance at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneer Town Palace

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Salem, Massachusetts

Stay at The Merchant

Visit the Salem Witch Museum

Eat at Sea Level Oyster Bar

End your night with a cookie from Goodnight Fatty

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Charleston, South Carolina

Stay at Zero George

Eat at La Farfalle

Catch a “barn jam” at Awendaw Green

Explore Cannon Street

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Carmel by the Sea

Stay at the Cypress Inn

Eat at La Bicyclette

Get THAT photo at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Load up a picnic basket at The Cheese Shop and hit the beach

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Marfa, Texas

Stay at El Cosmico

Go swimming at Balmorhea State Park

Eat at Food Shark

and check our full guide of things to do in Marfa!

8 comments
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    Tabitha | February 13, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Check out Guerneville, CA – sleepy, charming little town in Sonoma County that’s a little more rustic than one thinks of Sonoma and Napa. It’s also only about 20 minutes from the coast, which is a completely different experience.

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | February 13, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      Ooh! I haven’t heard of Guerneville yet, Tabitha… thanks for the rec. I will be adding that to my list of places to research!

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    Ali Enza | February 13, 2019 at 10:45 am

    OOooo Great suggestions! I would also suggest Providence, Rhode Island. It’s a little larger than many of your suggestions but it still has that sleepy town quality to it. My hubby and I were there for a few days in the fall and it was the perfect gorgeous getaway!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | February 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      Yes Ali I have nothing but GREAT things about Providence. Perfect addition to our list!!

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    Jamie | February 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Love these picks! Marfa and Joshua Tree are still on my top places to hit up ASAP! Also, I’ll add that Beacon, NY is QUITE a charming spot :))

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | February 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      Cool, Jamie! I haven’t heard of Beacon NY yet either. New York is full of so many little gems. Going to add that one to my list! xx

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    Caleigh | February 19, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I’m a little confused, did you mean Quebec City or Montreal? Both are cities in the province of Quebec and they are very different from each other.

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