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Where Are The Most Romantic Destinations?

Jan 18, 2008
Is it time for a romantic getaway? If you had to think a moment, chances are it is. The truth is, anytime's the right time for a romantic getaway. The hard part is coming up with the best destination to let the sparks fly. Here, then, are some of the best romantic destinations in the world.

Paris

Paris is known as the "Romance Capital of the World," and for good reason. For lovers there are so many romantic places to visit: The quays of the Seine, its leafy squares and elegant parks, the many small and romantic restaurants. Or better still, you could book a cruise on the River Seine.

Barbados

Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island sometimes referred to as the "lover's paradise." If walking with your loved one along miles of unbroken sandy beaches appeals to you, then Barbados is your romantic destination. While there try one of the local sunset cruises on a yacht or tall ship.

Gretna Green

Never heard of Gretna Green? You should. It's often referred to as the "Wedding Capital of the World." Gretna Green is a small, historic village on the west coast in the south of Scotland, on the Scottish/English border, where everything, it seems, is geared to romance. While there you might want to stay at Comlongon Castle, which is located 15 minutes from Gretna, and also serves as a very popular castle wedding venue. A restored 14th Century Medieval Scottish castle, Comlongon offers 14 individually themed 4-poster bedrooms perfect for romance.

Poconos

The Poconos in Pennsylvania is another destination which has been called the "Romance Capital of the World," popular as a destination for couples getting married or on their honeymoon. If you want the ultimate in romance, check out the Roman Tower Suite at Pocono Palace, which is designed with a Grand Roman theme. Of course, what's grand to some is gaudy to others, but the Roman Tower Suite comes with floor-to-ceiling columns, vaulted ceilings, and a 7-foot tall Champagne Glass Whirlpool Bath built for two.

Niagara Falls

What the world needs is another "Romance Capital of the World." That's why there's Niagara Falls, located on the Niagara River on the border between New York and Ontario. It's not the tallest waterfall in the world, but it's certainly the most famous - for its beauty, its power, and its weddings. Niagara Falls is actually a collection of three waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls (called by some the Canadian Falls), the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Virginia

Yes, Virginia, Virginia is for Lovers, as the tourism and travel slogan goes. And, romantic it is. With over 5,000 miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, how can you possibly not find romance in Virginia? And, for those wine lovers among you, Virginia is also home to over 60 wineries. While there you might want to stay at one of Virginia's most romantic B&B's, Cedars of Williamsburg Bed & Breakfast, located just a 7-minute-walk to Colonial Williamsburg.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island is so romantic, they had to write a song about it. The "Island of Romance," located approximately 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, has been host to romantics and newly-wedded couples for decades. Try timing your visit with a special event held at the Casino Ballroom, one of the most wonderful art deco treasures in Southern California. If you have an opportunity to dance at the Casino, you have to take it.

Tips to Consider When Planning Your Romantic Getaway

Consider booking the honeymoon suite, if your hotel has one. Honeymoon suites are not just for just-married couples. For a bit more money, you may be able to get a Jacuzzi in the suite, rose petals scattered around or even a heart-shaped bed.

Consider room service. Your romantic getaway can be even more romantic when you include a candlelight dinner in the hotel room itself.

Consider what's around your hotel or lodging. Think about a romantic walk to a nearby park, or an excursion to a beautiful museum, or a romantic dinner out. There are many things that you can do to increase the romance. Find out what there is to do around the hotel that will be romantic. Remember, planning a romantic getaway is more than just picking a romantic location.
About the Author
Shari Hearn is a writer and website creator. Go to her sites to learn more about destination weddings, top vacation spots and tropical island vacations .
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