During February, romance is a powerful tourist draw. Does your city have a reputation as a “love”-ly destination? Check out five places that invite cozy rendezvous.
1. Charlotte Harbor, Fla., and the Gulf Islands
Visit Florida’s Southwest Gulf coast. The area has artsy towns; serene fishing communities; barrier islands; fine and casual dining, including by candlelight; great seashell hunting; sailing; and parks accessible only by boat.
2. Harrisonburg, Va.
In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, visitors will find beautiful views of the valley and accommodations featuring private cottages with fireplaces. City has a quaint yet bustling downtown with farm-to-table dining, live music and nightlife, locally owned shops, historic architecture and unique attractions.
3. Rosemary Beach, Fla.
Nestled along the Emerald Coast, this charming, idyllic waterfront town offers a serene escape with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Love birds will enjoy watching the sunset from a secluded spot on the beach or from the privacy of a guest room balcony.
4. Charlottesville, Va.
After a good winter snowfall the beauty of the area really comes out. Snowshoe the Blue Ridge Parkway or enjoy some of the local spirits in restaurants along Charlottesville’s pedestrian-friendly downtown mall.
The wine industry is taking off in the artsy college town, and it’s now the fifth-largest wine producing region in the country.
5. Eureka Springs, Ark.
Romantic inns and comfortable hotels aren’t the only great places to stay in Eureka Springs. Among the town’s many large, old homes that are open to the public is a haunted hotel/spa just waiting to add an element of suspense to any couple’s visit.