Let’s face it, every couple can benefit from a short couples vacation. While a weeks-long escape to a foreign island sounds ideal, a short romantic weekend getaway can be equally as special if you do it right. Whether you’re looking to test out the waters (oceans, lakes, or pools) with your new honey, or simply spice things up for a few days, a weekend getaway is short, sweet, and even crucial to many relationships.
According to , a relationship counselor based in New York City, "The vacation is ironically a microcosm of life, because it's a journey that you plan together but don't have complete control over. It involves decisions about money, feelings and interests, so it can really show how your relationship functions and if it has long-term potential."
Whether you’ve been dating for three months or three years, consider marking your next free weekend as busy and plan a little escape. To help you with your itinerary, we’ve taken on the role as travel agent and broken down the best places to vacation for a weekend of pure love.
Here, the Siweb editors share their favorite romantic getaways perfect for all relationships.
"I recommend the Four Seasons Surf Club, which is a romantic re-imagination of the iconic 1950s cabana club, with architecture by Richard Meier, interior design by Joseph Dirand, and some of the most incredible interior and exterior landscaping of any hotel in the world courtesy of Fernando Wong.
When it comes to dining, there are few more romantic gestures than treating your significant other to an alfresco meal of homemade spaghetti cacio e pepe served out of a parmesan wheel on Casa Tua’s candlelit terrace (if you can snag a table at the members-only club upstairs, it’s a great place to begin or end the night and you may have a Leo or Bono sighting). Then stroll through the art-laden murals that are Wynnwood Walls, featuring revolving installations by the likes of Sheperd Fairey and el Seed—a must-visit for design and architecture aficionados." — Whitney Robinson, Editor-in-Chief
Four Seasons Surf Club
“My wife Kate and I love hopping on the Acela to Washington D.C. when we need a little romantic sojourn away from New York. The Dupont Circle Hotel just had a refresh from London designer Martin Brudnizki, who's known for his joyfully outré use of color and pattern, as well as Clodagh, the Madonna of biophilic design. It’s already one of the city’s best hotels, so I’m eager to experience the updates.
For food, D.C. is a tapas mecca, with seemingly more Spanish restaurants than congressmen. Our favorite is a little rustic gem in Cathedral Heights called Barcelona Wine Bar. I’m all about the Pulpo with pickled shallots and roasted potatoes. When it comes to the best places to visit, there’s nothing more romantic than a late-night stroll down the National Mall. Start at the Lincoln Memorial, then continue on to the Washington Monument. You’ll certainly be getting your steps in.”
— Charles Curkin, Articles Editor
The Dupont Circle Hotel
Barcelona Wine Bar
National Mall and Memorial Parks
“There’s nothing more romantic than a weekend getaway to this spot in Rhode Island. The Ocean House has scenic views overlooking the Atlantic and a five-star level of luxury to make the trip even more special. The hotel has a 3,000 square-foot Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, where guests can take advantage of the wine and cooking class options, as well as a luxury spa for a rejuvenating retreat.
If you’re in the mood for a short drive, head to Matunuck Oyster Bar in Wakefield for a one-of-a-kind oyster experience. Or, if you’re staying local, try Coast at the Ocean House, which offers a delicious seasonable menu focused on local fare. It’s the perfect combination for a romantic weekend away.”
— Maggie Maloney, Associate Digital Editor
The Ocean House
Matnuck Oyster Bar
Center for Wine and Culinary Arts
"That light! Those grand boulevards and endless coupes of champagne! When it comes to romantic destinations, Paris is queen. Since there is no bigger mood kill than fighting off the tourist hordes, my advice is to stay off the beaten path and make like a Parisian in one of the city’s charming neighborhoods (some of my favorites include Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the Haut Marais). And leave the Louvre to Beyoncé and Jay-Z (who, with Blue Ivy, got a private tour for their video Apes**t); I prefer to enjoy one of the city’s less crowded small museums, like two gems in the Marais: the Musée National Picasso and the Musée de la Chasse et de la nature.
Built in 1910, the , which is on the Left Bank and is a new member of the Leading Hotels of the World, recently reopened after a lengthy renovation by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. It’s spectacular! The striking Josephine Bar, which overlooks the Boulevard Raspail, has live jazz in the evenings and is perfect for date night. When it comes to dining, Ellsworth is an obvious choice. Lindsey Tramuta, the author of The New Paris and blogger behind Lost in Cheeseland, recently took me and Siweb Editor-in-Chief Whitney Robinson to lunch there, and it is now my favorite Parisian restaurant. With its rough wood floors, white marble tables, and modern banquettes, the atmosphere is casually stylish, and the delicious small plates—from a bavette steak with chayote and mustard to buttermilk fried chicken (the owners are an American couple)—are served on handmade ceramics."
— Ingrid Abramovitch, Executive Editor
Musée national Picasso
"Whether you’re vacationing in the winter, spring, summer, or fall, Maine is a quaint coastal getaway that every couple should experience. Just a few hours from New York, Ogunquit (which translates to “beautiful place by the sea”) is surrounded by gorgeous beaches and has a bustling downtown, making it a fun and relaxing area to get away for a few days. If your idea of a romantic weekend involves heavenly seafood, boutique shopping, and ocean views (I know mine does!), you should definitely add Ogunquit to your travels. Make sure to visit Perkins Cove to walk around, shop, and indulge in a 1& 1/2 lb. lobster roll from the Lobster Shack."
—Lucia Tonelli, Digital Editorial Assistant
The Cliff House
The Lobster Shack
“I vote for Montreal. It’s a little over an hour from New York City, it has the feel of a European vacation because it is French-speaking, and there’s plenty to do. I love Maison Boulud for a fancy dinner. We stayed at a small apartment-like hotel in the center called L’Appartement and we could walk everywhere. And there are a couple of good museums and a hike up to view at Mount Royal.”
— Lillian Dondero, Assistant Managing Editor
Mount Royal Park
"If Santorini has been on your bucket list, do yourself a favor and plan a trip right away. I highly recommend staying at Katikies, a part of the Leading Hotels of the World collection. While it’s situated on a busy street in Oia and does require navigating a good amount of stairs, it still feels like absolute paradise. At Katikies, you can start your day with a delicious breakfast by the infinity pool (there are three on site) or enjoy breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea from your room’s outdoor jacuzzi. It will certainly be a challenge to leave this beautiful hotel, but once you’re ready to explore, I suggest shopping at the boutiques in Oia, which are within walking distance from the hotel. You can buy everything from handmade scarves to fine art. End the day with a romantic dinner by the water at Dimitris in Ammoudi Bay, a fishing village."
—Monique Valeris, Home Decor Editor
Dimitris Ammoudi Restaurant
"The Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection in Connecticut is a luxury country retreat perfect for your next romantic escape. It’s only two hours from New York, but this charming spot in the idyllic New England countryside feels like it’s a world away.
Have dinner in the Mayflower Dining Room, which features an unforgettable menu of New England-inspired dishes overlooking the gorgeous Shakespeare Gardens. You can also take advantage of the countless activities in the local area—from skiing at Mohawk Mountain to a nine-hole gold course, there’s something for every type of traveler available. From the award-winning spa and top-notch dining options to the 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the destination has all the amenities you need for a romantic getaway."
— Maggie Maloney, Associate Digital Editor
The Mayflower Inn & Spa
The Mayflower Dining Room
"With its combination of fantastic museums, charming 18th century row houses and a great restaurant scene, Philadelphia has entertainment options for every kind of traveler—and couple. Start with a visit to the stunning Barnes Foundation (heavy on Impressionism, post-Impressionism and Modernism), followed by brunch at the sprawling, Parisian-style brasserie Parc. Then walk off your French omelette and Chimay with a stroll down Spruce or Walnut Street towards the Old City. Share the tayim or tasting menu at the contemporary Israeli restaurant Zahav and finish the night at Ranstead Room, Stephen Starr’s glamorous speakeasy, whose cozy booths (and strong cocktails) are perfect for intimate conversations."
—Vanessa Lawrence, Senior Editor
"After four years of attending college in Boston, I fell in love with the city and still go back to visit for a quick and easy getaway. From Back Bay to the North End, there are so many charming little neighborhoods that make a simple stroll around town a beautiful (and romantic) experience. I recommend starting on Newbury Street, where you can shop around at hundreds of boutiques or grab a coffee at an outdoor cafe. From there, make your way down to Boston’s public garden, where you can sit by the pond or take a romantic swan boat around the park. I tell anyone who visits to grab a bite to eat at Saltie Girl—a small but mighty seafood restaurant just off of Newbury street with inventive craft cocktails and an all-star raw bar."
—Lucia Tonelli, Digital Editorial Assistant
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum
"I went to art school in Chicago and have never really gotten over my love for the place. The beautiful historic architecture, Lakeshore Drive, late-night excursions to the bars of Wicker Park. For a New Yorker, it’s so easy to get there. There seems to be a flight leaving LaGuardia every 10 minutes and you are there in no time. The city keeps changing so rapidly, with the new Riverwalk, which makes navigating the Chicago’s center much more beautiful and pedestrian-friendly.
There’s nothing more romantic than following in Ferris Bueller’s footsteps to see Seurat’s La Grande Jatte at the Art Institute, whose modern wing by architect Renzo Piano was beautifully executed. To stay, I’m partial to the Viceroy Chicago with its gorgeous lake views. Plus, it's just steps away from the best shopping in the city. But most of all, I love ending the day with drinks at Paul McGee’s eight-seat bar, Milk Room. Between the ambience and the perfectly crafted vintage cocktails, there’s no way you can miss the romance of the city and the incredible people who live there."
—Jennifer Donnelly, Design Director
Art Institute Chicago
"Hudson is a charming weekend getaway—especially in the fall when the air is crisp and the leaves are glorious shades of burnt orange and maroon. I love to wander up and down Warren Street, popping in all of the antique stores and stopping for afternoon coffee at Moto. Hudson is just big enough to keep you busy for a weekend, but small enough to tick all the must-see boxes."
—Samantha Swenson, Editorial Assistant
WM Farmer and Sons
Foley and Cox