Winter Blahs? Heat It Up with a Romantic Weekend!

Winter Blahs? Heat It Up with a Romantic Weekend!

Who says winter can't be hot? Some of the most romantic weekend getaways exist in the most populated destinations in the United States.  And this time of year, great deals exist for couples' getaways! Here are a few recommendations to consider:

I'll Take Manhattan. While there are lots of choices for lodging in the "Big Apple", there are some notable hotels to put on your getaway list.  A fabulous weekend in New York City is always in store when you stay at the Marriott Hotel on Broadway, which is right near the Theatre District.  Or, reserve a room at the Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park for a historic and luxurious weekend. If pampering for two is in mind, the Mandarin Hotel and Spa is a better choice. No matter what your budget, Manhattan is more than accommodating.

Needless to say, Manhattan is considered one of the most romantic spots in the U.S. Whether you enjoy dinner in your hotel suite or dine at any one of the five-star restaurants, the night is always young for lovers who seek solitude in a city that hosts millions of tourists each year. Whether you take a carriage ride through Central Park, enjoy an opera or symphonic performance at Lincoln Center, or walk along Fifth Avenue during the evening hours, the city offers something for everyone.

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Leave your heart in San Francisco. With its rolling hills, fantastic cuisine, and friendly people, San Francisco offers hotel stays sure to enhance your romantic side. Among the most notable are the Fairmont Hotel, in the Nob Hill area; or, the downtown W San Francisco hotel that is close to cable cars, shopping, restaurants, and theaters.

Stroll along Fisherman's Wharf and stop by Ghirardelli Square where you can pick up some of their famous chocolate.  Then, you're ready for fine dining at one of the many seafood restaurants, such as McCormick and Kuleto's, where the panoramic view of the Bay (as well as Alcatraz island) are a stunning backdrop.  Stop by O'Neill's Irish Pub for an after-dinner drink to "top the night off" right.  After a few days, you may leave your heart here after departing this great city by the Bay.

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Viva Las Vegas. Time always stands still at this resort destination. With a myriad of hotels, you can enjoy your time here without having to worry about time, because there are no clocks in the casinos!  With great weather year round (hot, but always dry), wile away the early morning hours at the hotel's pool and enjoy the evening attending a fabulous show.  You can always visit lady luck at the casino, which never closes.

At the Venetian Hotel, enjoy a romantic ride on a gondola.  Fabulous massages are "to die for" at the Spa and Salon at the Hotel Bellagio. For quiet times, you can marvel at the lush indoor gardens, aquarium, and the Secret Garden at the Mirage Hotel.  Regardless of your choice, Las Vegas is both affordable for any budget and the perfect weekend romantic getaway.

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For even more destinations for couples, please check Travel and Leisure Magazine's 50 Best Romantic Getaways for 2016.

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