(Photo Source: Primland Resort)
While couples often plan their vacation around a destination, some hotels are so experiential they're a destination themselves. For lovebirds wanting the ultimate US accommodation, the following properties feature sumptuous guest rooms, couples spa treatments, storybook settings, romantic onsite activities, and unsurpassed hospitality. Whether it's for a honeymoon or an idyllic getaway, here are some of the most romantic US hotels worth the trip.
Whether you want to snuggle up in a tree house overlooking the Dan River Valley or spend a weekend in Frette robes near the fireplace in a rustic cottage, Primland Resort offers an array of romantic experiences onsite. Along with the accommodations themselves, the property features S'Mores-making by the fire, stargazing from The Observatory, Blue Ridge Mountain hiking and cycling, Funyak (inflatable kayak) rides along the Talbott Reservoir, and horseback rides for two around the property's 12,000 acres. The onsite spa has a menu dedicated to couples, with the Cherokee-inspired 2-hour Kanati and Selu Duo being especially notable with a private Jacuzzi session, 90-minute massage, and healthy beverages and bites.
Located in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills, a rustic and romantic experience can be had on this 113-acre working farm and ten Diamond AAA resort. Showcasing 18 cottages and a one-bedroom suite, all accommodations offer two-person steam showers, oversized Jacuzzis, and an individual design, like a tree house or beaver lodge. Staff are happy to hand-draw a bath for you and your sweetheart, deliver S'Mores ingredients to make in the fireplace, or set up Champagne by their Charles Pond bonfire. In the onsite spa, the 40 Winks couples suite allows couples to sip complimentary Champagne by the fire after a relaxing massage for two. Go for a dip in the onsite swimming pool, take off from Winvian Farms' meadow in a hot air balloon, or use the bikes that come with the cottages to cycle or hike around the neighboring 4,000-acre nature conservancy, full of woodlands and trails. Onsite organic gardens, greenhouses, livestock, and an apiary mean fresh ingredients and farm-to-fork eats in their fire-lit dining rooms.
Residing just 60 miles north of Atlanta, the Barnsley Resort is like something from a fairytale, beginning with the property's back story of being built by a man for his dying wife, before being occupied by troops during the Civil War, and then restored and expanded by a Bavarian Prince for his princess. Today, couples can ask the onsite Fairy Godmother to plan romantic outings and cast Love Spells, such as adorning guestrooms with rose petals, Champagne and candles, or planning a private dinner for two in a beautiful bamboo garden. Among the 3,300 acres of landscaped grounds, guests can ride horses, hike, bike, kayak and play Frisbee golf, among other activities, while 36 cottages feature porches with swings and rockers, as well as indoor fireplaces for cooking up delicious S'Mores. The Barnsley Resort also offers an Ultimate Romance Package featuring:
The intimate Stone Hill Inn is a no children, no pets bed and breakfast focused on the comfort of couples. Run by husband and wife team George and Linda Fulton, there are nine rooms all with fireplaces, double Jacuzzi tubs, king beds, direct garden access, streams creating a waterfall flowing into a rock-wall pond. You and your sweetheart will wake up to a 3-course breakfast of fresh fruit, baked goods, homemade granola and Greek yogurt, and savory and sweet dishes like artichoke goat cheese frittata and lemon ricotta pancakes. Onsite, romantic activities abound, like woodland snow shoeing or hiking, hillside tobogganing, playing pool or checkers near the fire in their Great Room, or cuddling up in your guest room with a film from their 300 DVD library and complimentary popcorn and soft drinks.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the adults-only Post Ranch Inn is the perfect romantic hotel for those seeking sustainability, with much of the property crafted from recycled materials, a 990-solar panel farm, organic linens and bath products, and architecture built right into the environment. After being greeted with a glass of Champagne, take in the views through floor-to-ceiling windows - especially enjoyable when paired with a multi-course meal with wine pairing in their Sierra Mar restaurant or from the cliff-top infinity-edge pools - or enjoy complimentary romantic experiences like morning yoga, meditation, stargazing, and nature walks. Onsite, 39 individually designed rooms feature private decks with outdoor showers or hot tubs, cozy fireplaces, and vistas of either the ocean or mountains - although there are no TVs or alarm clocks, allowing you and your sweetheart to unwind and reconnect while you disconnect. Get to know the area in a chauffeured Lexus, or head to the spa for a couples treatment or shamanic ritual.
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Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia and doing orphanage work in Ghana. You can follow her adventures on her travel websites, Epicure & Culture and Jessie On A Journey. You can also connect with Jessica directly on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, or follow her epicurean adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
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