When life gets busy, it’s often easy to forget to make time for spending time with your partner and as Nick and I have traveled around the world, there are definitely spots that feel more romantic than others. Generally the places that make you slow down and just spend quality time with the person you love are my favorites, but gorgeous scenery, beautiful hotels and romantic building-scapes also add to the equation of places that could be great romantic escapes. And while Paris and Rome are well known for being romantic cities, I’ve had the chance to spend time in some other spots around the world that have a romantic charm all their own as well. So here in no particular order are some of my favorite spots for a romantic escape with that person you love.
While Rome was a mixed bag for me on how I felt about the city, there is no denying the romantic charms at work in the Italian capital. From ancient buildings to fountains literally everywhere, from cobblestone streets to small winding alleys that end in romantic squares with music playing, Rome is a fantastic city to escape to for a romantic vacation. Italy is perhaps one of the romantic capitals in the world, so you’ll be sure to soak up all the charms in this ancient city.
This quaint ocean-side town in Rhode Island is the perfect coastal romantic escape. With cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, lighthouses all over and a lovely coastline, Newport mixes charm with rugged landscapes and a quaint city atmosphere. I’d love to schedule a week just to stay on the coast here, waking and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean outside and spending time wandering the beaches and the small charming town center.
You can’t really talk about romantic escapes and ignore the French Riviera. Along with Italy, this stretch of coast exudes romance, from the lovely little town square in Nice, to the rocky crescent coast for sunset walks, to the hillside views of the surrounding areas with the one you love. Nice is charming and sophisticated. Stay at Le Meridien here and enjoy sweeping scenic views from your balcony, morning till night.
Paris, ah Paris. There is no where more romantic in my opinion. Romance just seems to pour from the seams here from the innately romantic buildings to the French strolling with their lovers, to macarons and crepes and sweets all around. Paris is possibly the most romantic city in the world and it’s even better to be there with the person you love, strolling the streets hand in hand.
Little St. Andrews often gets overlooked when people talk about Scotland. And if you’re not a golfer, this little gem of a town could easily go unnoticed on a map of the country, but it shouldn’t. The little streets lined with colored stone buildings, small bakeries and coffee shops scattered along and ancient ruins with sweeping views of the coastline, St. Andrews is a quaint and charming town in its own right. It’s hard to imagine not feeling romantic as you stroll the tiny streets here with your love, bundled up against the chill of the wind and taking in the scenic Scottish coastline.
Nicknamed the “Venice of the East,” Udaipur is high in my book for romantic escapes. Stay at the Oberoi Udaivilas here and you’ll not only find extreme peace but you’ll fall more in love as you take in the gorgeous grounds of the hotel and the scenic landscape of the area. From lakes to mountains to hillside palaces, Udaipur is the romantic capital of India.
One of the most romantic spots I’ve found in the States is little Yountville, California in the Napa Valley. From vineyards abounding, to small streets lined with cafes and restaurants, Yountville is everything you expect from the Napa area but with more charm. Any time of year would be lovely here, but my favorite is in the Fall as the leaves are beginning to change on the vines and there is a chill in the air. It’s the perfect place to take long walks and admire the vineyards or enjoy an al fresco dinner with local wine.