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15 Romantic Fall Getaways (East Coast To West Coast)

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Town and Tourist, Updated October 8, 2022

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We all want to cuddle up a little bit closer to the person we love as the weather begins cooling off and the leaves transform their colors. However, this isn’t always feasible, especially if you live in the desert or in an area where it’s green all year round. So, where is the best place to do this if you want to watch the season turn?

The perfect romantic getaway during fall would be one where you can enjoy the fall foliage, a hot cup of local apple cider, and the nearby festivities of the community. Everything from shopping to plays to live music or cozying up by a fire is considered romantic as long as you do it with your partner.

Explore some or all of these charming U.S. locations this fall to strengthen your relationship with your significant other. We’ve got your romantic autumn getaway covered, whether you want to explore stunning countryside or shop in quaint communities. No matter what you’re into, there’s something for you in the list below.

1. Rancho Santa Fe, California

A famous refuge for 1930s celebrities like Bing Crosby, Rancho Santa Fe is located thirty miles to the north of San Diego. It is known for its luxurious homes, top-notch golf course, and a longstanding tradition of horseback riding.

Even yet, the atmosphere is relaxed. You can shop the few boutiques on Main Street and the Rancho Sante Fe Market, which is open every Sunday.

Take the beachside trail at Torrey Pines State Reserve, then return down the beach (you won’t have to climb any hills).

With cottages arranged along garden walks, the freshly restored Inn at Rancho Santa Fe evokes the feeling of a lovely country hideaway. Enjoy a few drinks on the manicured lawn in front and make use of the entire couple’s spa suite at the inn.

2. Greensboro, Georgia

Take a trip down Main Street past antique stores and antebellum mansions to get to know this beautiful southern town.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, is located along Lake Oconee’s shore and attracts lovers with its 251 rooms that include Frette linens and marble bathrooms.

Moreover, you can enjoy the 99 championship golf courses and upgraded spa, which just had a multi-million dollar restoration.

There are also opportunities for biking, kayaking, fishing, tennis, and Segway exploration. Or, choose to stay in and stay warm with the lodge bonfire on a fantastic night for sophisticated, grown-up s’mores.

3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole welcomes couples with a dose of cool fall air, beautiful trees, a plethora of right-out-your-door activities, and wildlife. It sits at the southern entrance to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park.

Visitors can relax in deep soaking baths or receive foot massages after strenuous hikes at the opulent Amangani. Additionally, the resort organizes excursions, such as private journeys to Jenny Lake, a favorite location for elks who mate in the fall.

As an alternative, the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa has a brand-new “Wyoming on the Fly” package. Included is the renowned fly fishing experience.

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4. Missouri Wine Country

There are a few boutique wineries in the area surrounding Hermann and Augusta, which are 40 minutes away by driving. Rich fall colors, which peak in mid-October, are an added bonus and make it part of Missouri’s leisurely wine route.

Plan a route that includes stops at the Chaumette Winery and the neighboring Cave Vineyard’s biscotti bar. They have many mouth-watering flavors ranging from classic anise and almond to contemporary snickerdoodle and bacon chocolate chip.

Visit the Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro for a meal with views of the Missouri River Valley and the Katy Trail State Park, the country’s longest rails-to-trails conversion. The vineyards are located in the little nearby towns with lots of charm.

5. Barnard, Vermont

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Couples are given an elegant cabin adventure at Twin Farms’ all-inclusive resort equipped with a roaring fire and a hot tub. On the 300-acre property’s meadows and apple orchards, you may have a picnic or dine in the wine cellar’s 20,000 bottles.

Play a game of tennis, go canoeing on Copper Pond, or go biking on the nearby trails to get your pulse pumping. The resort’s well-stocked pond offers fly-fishing opportunities as well as croquet.

If you want something a bit more lowkey, the Bridge House Spa offers luxuries, including glass-brick steam baths and furo. Furo is a Japanese hot soaking pool that you can enjoy, along with views of Vermont’s vibrant foliage.

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6. Charleston, South Carolina

The romantic atmosphere is created by Charleston’s cobblestoned districts and majestic avenues covered with moss. Old plantations like Middleton Place offer even more southern charm.

You may embark on a gastronomic journey that begins with iced tea and grits and concludes with traditional Carolina barbecue in this city, which has been developing a thriving food culture. In addition, couples stay in one of Zero George’s five historic structures.

The structures were all built about 1805, and if you’re staying here, then you can sign up for a Lowcountry cooking class taught by a guest chef in the community kitchen.

And for a dining experience to remember, reserve a table at a renowned eatery like Husk or Circa 1886. Then, celebrate your great fortune while taking in the city from Market Pavilion’s rooftop.

7. Middleburg, Virginia

The town of Middleburg serves as a delightful entrance to Loudoun County, northern Virginia’s bucolic horse country, with its 18th-century structures and solitary traffic signal.

You can spend the morning perusing local galleries and antique stores. After, travel a short distance to reach mountain biking trails and wineries—with a stunning fall foliage backdrop.

Salamander Resort & Spa provides carriage rides with Sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries if you’d like someone else to drive. Book the Fall Rebalancing therapy, a Seasonal Ritual created in collaboration with a nearby herbologist.

This comes with a two-person suite at the resort’s spa that has a private wraparound stone terrace and garden, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and a fireplace.

Lastly, don’t forget to visit the Tavern at the Red Fox Inn. This charming restaurant is housed in a 1728 stone structure with vintage furniture. They serve traditional regional meals that primarily rely on grilling, slow cooking, and smoking.

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8. New Orleans, Louisiana

Fall is a great time to visit New Orleans. There is no longer an oppressive summer heat. You shouldn’t have to fret about the humidity – let go and just dance when a street becomes the scene of an impromptu party. The musicians playing make it hard for you to remain still.

The Romance in New Orleans is incredible. The elegance of many different architectural styles, including Queen Anne, Edwardian, Creole, Greek Revival, Edwardian, Italianate, Spanish, and French, stimulates the senses.

The best food on earth, including Creole cuisine, adds to the positive atmosphere. When paired with traditional drinks like the Sazerac, or Ramos gin fizz, New Orleans jazz gets all in your soul and makes you feel in the mood for love.

Beignets at Café du Monde are a must-have, as is a stroll with your significant other through NOMA’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. It is situated next to the museum on 11 acres of City Park.

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9. Jekyll Island, Georgia

Talk about escaping the everyday grind. A coastal island off the southeast coast of Georgia, this location is secluded. History and Romance go hand in hand. The live oak trees covered with Spanish moss are what first makes people swoon.

You’ll adore the island’s lack of traffic lights. With more than 20 miles of bike trails, getting about is easiest. Choose from five beaches; Driftwood Beach is undoubtedly the most dramatic.

The masses of old driftwood are eerily lovely and will stay in your thoughts long after you’ve returned home, despite the fact that the sea is a stunning blue flanked by live oaks. Couples marry there because it is so unique.

When you stay at the opulent Jekyll Island Club Resort, you will feel like royalty as you live for a brief moment among the homes that date back to the 1800s. The island served as the preferred summer retreat for the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and other affluent families.

10. Yosemite National Park, California

When Yosemite is mentioned, you immediately envision grand outdoor excursions. But it’s also romantic because of the views and isolated woodlands. This is great for couples who appreciate nature, quiet, and a relaxing atmosphere to reconnect.

A day hike in the wilderness is ideal in the fall. Many couples consider Cathedral Peak to be the perfect location for a proposal. Another option is waterfalls, which, with any luck, might still be colorful in the fall. Like these two, Mariposa, Savourys, and CostaLivos La Cuchina Italia all provide romantic eating options.

11. Salish Lodge & Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington

You are aware that location, location, and location is vital. With its location atop a waterfall in the Cascade Mountains’ foothills and its snug, stunning fall foliage, Salish Lodge & Spa is a sure bet.

Your suite exudes a loving atmosphere with a fireplace, a large soaking tub or spa-like shower, and expansive views.

You don’t need to rush to leave the lodge if you want more Romance. A good spa can be found in Salish. Pick the well-liked couple’s suite with a fireplace and a customized Tranquility Massage. When it’s time to eat, head to the dining room.

The elaborate brunch meal, which has received significant attention, is among the raving reviews’ highlights. Consider purchasing Romance Atop the Falls, a unique package offered by the resort. They’ve put so much effort into making this experience perfect for couples that it would be a shame to miss out!

12. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe becomes an even more romantic location whenever the aspens change color in the fall. You can appreciate these sights by taking a scenic ride on the chair lift at Ski Santa Fe.

Couples who share a passion for food can get closer by taking culinary classes that emphasize green chili recipes or going out for margaritas. Walking hand in hand through the Santa Fe Historic District and going to the Harvest Festival are all excellent activities for couples who enjoy the culture.

13. Lake Tahoe, Nevada

As a large lake, Lake Tahoe is encircled by towns, ski resorts, and beaches. Depending on where you stay, you can enjoy romantic moments at Lake Tahoe. You may enjoy romantic activities like beautiful chair lifts and spa visits if you get a room at a ski resort that is open all year.

Other options include going on a hot air balloon trip over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, taking a lake cruise at dusk, collecting apples in Apple Hill, and relaxing at Walley’s Hot Springs. Before making a hotel reservation, schedule your activities.

14. Poconos, Pennsylvania

One of the best places in the country to see the fall foliage is in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. The mountains themselves are home to several waterfalls and outstanding hiking paths. If that’s something you’re not into, simply sitting outside and drinking a hot cup of coffee while viewing the mountains is a great time too.

Also, enjoy the quaint tiny towns and vineyards with apple and pumpkin picking. We advise taking a beautiful journey through the region so you can visit several places rather than staying in one place.

15. Montpelier, Vermont

When you see images of Montpelier, Vermont, at that time of year, it’s difficult to contest Vermont’s claim that it has the best fall foliage in the world. By booking a charming bed & breakfast close to the Historic District, you may partake in this romantic fall getaway.

Go visit a local shop, have lunch, watch an outstanding performance at The Lost Nation Theater, or have a picnic in Hubbard Park and take a short stroll to the Historic District. Don’t hesitate to devote the day to sample the regional wine from the nearby vineyards. Simple doesn’t need to be boring!

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