Maybe it's the cold weather or maybe it's all that holiday cheer, but there's something about winter that gives us the desire to escape with that someone special. Yet with so many traveling even during this time of the year, the challenge can be finding a place to get away from the crowds. Thankfully, there are still plenty options for secluded and romantic winter getaways
Couples can snowshoe through New England's quiet mountain trails before cozying up in front of a crackling fire at a luxurious country estate. Of course, romance doesn't require chilly weather to get the sparks flying. Biking along the shores of Amelia Island, FL might be more your speed, or wine tasting in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Whatever your ideal setting, read on to find the perfect romantic winter destination for you two. See Travel & Leisure report America's Most Romantic Winter Destinations
In Sedona AZ, a spiritual desert oasis looks especially attractive in winter, when the rusty-red mountaintops are painted white. With mild days and the crowds thinning out, solitude-seeking couples have Sedona's spectacular hiking trails practically for themselves. Winding drives through majestic canyons, sunrise hot-air balloon rides, and New Agey spa treatments all increase the romance factor.
In Kauai HI, Outdoorsy types seeking escape from icy-cold weather are attracted to Kauai's 80-degree days and dramatic landscapes. The fleeting mountain rain feeds abundant waterfalls and lush rainforests that are for your to explore and hike. Find a secluded spot on one of 60-plus beaches, or head to the calm South Shores for surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. At sunset, one can set sail and watch the migrating whales put on a show.
Although it's just west of Austin, Texas Hill Country feels like it's very distant, with its two-lane country roads, limestone canyons, and cypress-fringed rivers. Hit the road with stops at area wineries then make your way to Fredericksburg, which comes alive for the holidays. You will see an authentic 26-foot German Christmas Pyramid, an outdoor skating rink, festive shops, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
In Berkshires MA, classic red barns, small towns and open roads, the Berkshires deliver all the dreamlike wintry romance of New England, as immortalized by singer James Taylor. Couples can find their alone time as they cross-country and snowshoe through mountain trails, explore Norman Rockwell-esque Stockbridge, and enjoy candlelight dinners at lodges like The Old Inn on the Green.
Charleston SC knows how to charm visitors, and with talked-about restaurants like Husk and boundary-pushing art, there's more to love. Get acquainted by riding on a horse-drawn carriage ride past stately 19th-century mansions. Then stroll through the Battery before finding a hidden picnic spot at White Point Garden or a swinging bench overlooking the harbor at Waterfront Park.