Sometimes it's necessary to take a break from the stresses of real life and spend quality time with the person you love. And what better way to do that than to travel? To help you and your sweetheart plan the ideal romantic retreat, whether it's for an anniversary or just because, we’ve considered ambiance, privacy and access to couple-friendly activities with these choices. There are so many choices it was difficult to cull the list to these few. So whether you want to linger over upscale meals, stroll through charming cities, or simply hold hands as you hike in nature, one of these Canadian or US locals might be the ideal destination for you.
Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
Disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other on this remote island off Newfoundland. It's home to the Fogo Island Inn, world-renowned for its striking architecture, which marries the old with the new. The inn features guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and dramatic ocean views, a dining room that serves gourmet cuisine, a contemporary art gallery, and a rooftop deck with wood-fired saunas.
If you visit in May or June, you may spot icebergs in the waters around Fogo Island. During the summer, watch for puffins circling overhead and whales breaching just outside your window. The sub-arctic climate makes Fogo Island a special place.
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
Summers on this Gulf Island can almost feel Mediterranean. Feel the weight of the world dissolve as you explore its pebbled beaches and wander from wineries to artists' studios. Pick up some local treats, enjoy a picnic and soak up the sun.
Salt Spring is the perfect escape from city life, and you can get to the island by ferry or seaplane from Vancouver or Vancouver Island. There are a variety of quaint cottages, luxury bed-and-breakfasts and beautiful oceanfront properties on the island, so you'll find the perfect place to relax.
Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
Quebec is always a perfect choice for romantic getaways, but it's extra special in winter. At the Hotel Glace in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, you can sip champagne from ice flutes under glittering chandeliers, before retreating to fur-lined beds made of ice blocks.
Each winter, the hotel is created with a different frosty theme. Stay overnight or tour the rooms and gaze at the spectacular ice sculptures with a day ticket. Go ice skating in the park nearby, then relax in the Nordic-style spa for the perfect winter date day.
Kaua’i, Hawaii, USA
Kauai offers many distinct ways for both thrill-seeking and sun-worshipping couples to up the romance factor. You and your sweetheart can lounge on secluded beaches, relax in a private luxury villa or go on a hiking adventure along the picture-perfect Napali Coast. For even more opportunities to marvel at nature, check out the island's state parks like Kokee and Waimea Canyon. Once you've tackled the Hawaiian island's trails hand in hand, consider booking a private helicopter tour for a bird's-eye view you and your better half will never forget
Napa Valley, California, USA
Brimming with rolling vineyards, cozy wine caverns, chic restaurants and top-notch hotels, this wine lover's paradise 50 miles north of San Francisco is the ultimate romantic getaway. Wine connoisseurs can sip award-winning vinos at intimate venues like O'Brien Estate and Jarvis Estate or while savoring gourmet cuisine on the Napa Valley Wine Train. When couples need a break from being wined and dined, they can explore the scenic Napa River via kayak with an organized tour group. Or visit the town of Calistoga in northern Napa Valley for its spas and hot springs.
Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
This tiny Massachusetts island exudes New England charm. Stroll hand in hand with your sweetheart down cobblestone streets, unwind on white sand beaches and snap selfies in front of iconic lighthouses, such as Brant Point Lighthouse and Great Point Lighthouse. Then, grab a lobster roll to share from one of the island's premier seafood restaurants, and revel in the extraordinary Atlantic Ocean views from the Sconset Bluff Walk. When you're ready to retire for the night, you'll have your pick of quaint Nantucket inns.