Picture a romantic getaway in your head. Now think about where this vacation would happen. You might imagine lounging on a Hawaiian beach or eating crepes at the Paris Las Vegas hotel. Unfortunately, those vacations come with a hefty price tag, jet lag or the potential for huge crowds. If you’re craving an affordable yet appealing trip with your special someone, here are three unexpectedly perfect U.S. cities for a romantic getaway.
The ideal city for outdoorsy couples, Denver offers endless opportunity to commune with nature. Visitors can bike, hike or even kayak through the choppy waters at Confluence Park, or catch headline acts in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a 9,000-seat outdoor concert hall tucked into a natural rock formation (everyone from Blues Traveler and Bruce Springsteen to The Beatles have played here). Grab a microbrew or a swanky cocktail at Harry’s Bar, Magnolia Denver’s classy watering hole, or take a trip to family-owned Balistreri Vineyards and sip oaky cabernet made without added sulfites for a headache-free experience. Even if you don’t already have a partner, Denver has potential as a romantic getaway destination. The Mile City was recently rated one of the top spots in the country for singles, according to WalletHub. Visit and you just might find the romance you’ve been waiting for.
Start your romantic Dallas vacay under the city’s most iconic sign: the Mobil Pegasus. The red neon flying horse crowns the historic Magnolia Dallas, a charming boutique hotel in a vintage Beaux Arts building. Enjoy fresh-baked cookies nightly, and add the “Rest & Relax” amenities package to your room for a basket of Lather brand lotions and potions to help you and your sweetie sleep soundly. At night, head to St. Martin’s Wine Bistro for a quiet, candlelit, French-inspired meal, followed by sweets from local bakeries and dessert purveyors on the popular Dallas by Chocolate tour. For something extraordinary, simulate a ride along a Venetian canal on Lake Carolyn in nearby Irving, TX. The ultra-romantic private gondola cruise includes a singing gondolier dressed to the nines in black, white and red. As tradition dictates, couples are directed to kiss under every bridge.
Come on, you know you want to take a romantic picture cuddled underneath the iconic Gateway Arch. It’s the tallest monument in America, not to mention a stellar spot for social media selfies. Celebrate the origins of the “mint on a pillow” tradition at Magnolia St. Louis, where Old Hollywood heartthrob Cary Grant once brought his honey. Elegant tufted headboards and plush bedding come standard with every room. Spring for the Presidential Suite and you’ll also get extra space, royal treatment and a cozy sitting area for starlet style lounging. Up your culture quotient with a stop at St. Louis Museum of Art, then stop to smell the roses (and a zillion other flowers) at Missouri Botanical Garden. Need to satisfy your hunger? Aya Sofia is a blissful spot for dinner with its gauzy curtained booths and savory Middle Eastern fare, while Bailey’s Chocolate Bar in Lafayette Square is the place to go for decadent late-night desserts.
Whether you’re keen on exploring the great outdoors with your partner by your side, or prefer cozy romantic dinners, these three cities have an abundance of romantic activities to bring you closer. For more information on booking a getaway in Denver, Dallas or St. Louis, call 888-915-1110 or visit us online.