Best Towns for a Romantic Getaway

Get a room, you two.

By Jenn Rose Smith

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!

Quebec City, Montreal

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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

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

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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

Snoqualmie, Washington

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Snoqualmie, Washington

Stay at the Salish Lodge & Spa

Hike Twin Falls

Eat at the Woodman Lodge

Joshua Tree, California

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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

Salem, Massachusetts

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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

historic architecture is only one reason why i love charleston

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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

Carmel by the Sea

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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

el cosmico, marfa

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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!