Romance By Jessica Colley

Let Love Be Your Guide

East. West. North. South. Whichever direction you choose, the U.S. is full of romantic surprises. Dancing under the bright lights of the biggest city. Picnicking in the rolling hills of a breathtaking vineyard. Sipping bubbles in bubbling hot springs. And of course, long strolls on the most gorgeous beaches.

It's all here. So, pack your bags, take your partner by the hand and embark on a romantic getaway you will always remember.



When New Yorkers want romance, they venture into the quiet corners, the cobbled neighborhoods, the latenight watering holes. Cocktails over candlelight, cuisine that is new to your palate, a celebrity sighting over a luxurious brunch-these are the intimate pleasures of New York, the things to experience together and later reminisce over once you're back home. One way to approach this city is over shared pleasures. Both adore authentic New York pizza? Set up a tasting itinerary of the city's best pies. Addicted to your exercise routine? Take advantage of the new bike share program, Citi Bike, and pedal through Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. Love bargain hunting? Explore the weekend flea markets from Williamsburg to Chelsea. After hitting the pavement hard, return to that room with a view, and start dreaming about tomorrow's breakfast in bed.



Long days on the slopes lead to lazy nights under the stars. In Telluride, Vail and Beaver Creek, the views aren't only for skiers and snowboarders-even those with two clumsy feet can admire the mountains from a hot tub made for two or watch the snow fall from a cozy fireside chair, mulled wine or hot cocoa firmly in hand. And where there are mountains, there are hot springs. Seriously, what could be more romantic than soaking in hot springs while a gentle snow falls around you? Rustic, private, all-inclusive, adults-only, clothing-optional...pick your romantic poison and there's a bubbling bath for you. Some even exist in the wild, which are ideal to soak in after a long hike.


Big days, full flavors, live music...what more could you ask for? The best of Europe, Africa and the Caribbean culturally combined to craft this unique playground, providing all the stimuli a couple needs to break free of routine and have a ball. Go wherever your whims take you: slurp oysters, wander through art galleries, get lost in the charming historic streets. Plan ahead and your trip can coincide with the famous festivals of New Orleans, including the Jazz & Heritage Festival in late April or early May, New Orleans FilmFest in October and the Food & Wine Experience in January. Others simply walk out on Bourbon Street and embrace whatever celebration is underway when they arrive, because you're always welcomed in New Orleans.



Some classics never go out of style. During a Hawaiian getaway, romance is heightened from the moment you touch down in Maui. Food tastes better. Drinks are more refreshing. Your work worries fade away during the late afternoon on the beach when most people have retreated to their rooms and the coolness in the sand, the peaceful lapping of the ocean, is all yours. These are the moments when conversation opens up, when dreams are articulated and plans are made. That's what Hawaii does best: it provides all the beauty and pleasure for couples to decompress and connect. Honeymoon, babymoon, retirement celebration or any occasion (or non-occasion) in between, the shores of Maui will work their romantic magic.

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