In April, your dreams of a romantic vacation may be easily spoiled by hordes of rowdy students on spring break. But if you follow these suggestions, you'll be guaranteed some alone time. Here are our tips for romantic getaways in April.
As California's premier wine region, Napa Valley overflows with springtime blossoms, scents and colors. Take a tour at one of the hundreds of wineries dotted across the rolling hills. Some of the crowd favorites include Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Quintessa and Joseph Phelps, each with a unique style and flavor. When you're not clinking your glasses, make moves to get pampered with a mud bath in Calistoga or swing by Younteville's Napa Valley Museum for cultural exhibitions.
This South Carolina city is slow-moving and charming. With cobblestone streets, marvelous architecture and lush gardens, Charleston offers a destination to unwind amid Southern hospitality. Bring your lover shopping along King Street Fashion District, which has everything from home decor to lingerie. The Charleston Farmers Market opens in the beginning of April, running every Saturday with a square full of fresh produce and specialty items. Before you cook up the goods, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage with your sweetheart, stroll the Battery at sunset or explore Charleston Harbor for one of the best romantic getaways in April.
It's no surprise that long walks on the beach have long been a romantic cliché. In Miami, couples can embrace the best of soft breezes, picnics in Crandon Park and sunset views of the Atlantic. If you want to get active, Key Biscayne offers 12 miles of bike trails along the coast. Check out the trendy neighborhood on the architectural walking tour of MiMo, or get starry-eyed on the rooftop observatory of the Miami Science Museum. Seriously, does it get more romantic than a love boat? Book a chartered sunset cruise from a Miami marina and sip champagne as the sun goes down over the Miami skyline.
Ranked as America's "No. 1 Most Romantic City" in 2014 by OpenTable, San Antonio blends ambient fine dining with a refreshing Texas twist. Indulge in award-winning fare at Las Canarias - Omni La Mansion, Chart House and Silo Elevated Cuisine, to name a few. After dinner, take a stroll along the San Antonio Riverwalk which winds through town, and take in a romantic movie at the Majestic Theatre, featuring a ceiling painted with stars and clouds.
Honolulu's stunning beaches are well-worth a visit on their own. Dig your toes into the sand in Waikiki Beach, which boasts a range of water sports, including snorkeling, surfing and swimming. Afterward, stop by Duke's for knockout burgers and hula pie. For early (love) birds, wake up to yoga on the beach or beat the rush at the Royal Hawaiian Center, packing more entertainment, shopping and activities than you'll know what to do with.
Whidbey Island, WA
A 20-minute ferry ride from the Seattle suburb Mukilteo will bring you to Whidbey Island, a getaway that feels lost in time. With miles of beaches and plenty of wine to go around, this island on the Pacific Northwest overlooks the Puget Sound with a remarkably refreshing lens. Walk on the beach, gaze at gorgeous birds at the Earth Sanctuary or set out for a kiteboarding adventure. Deception Pass State Park is regarded as one of the top hiking destinations in the U.S., offering more than 30 miles of walking trails. After sunset, head to the Clyde Theatre, a 1937 movie house that screens classic and contemporary films.
With Southern grace, enticing restaurants and waterfront rooms, Savannah makes for a perfect place to rekindle the flames. There are 21 garden-filled public squares where lovers hang out; complemented by the Antebellum architecture that surrounds them. Savannah's Historic District brings the city's heritage to life with museums and historical sites. Otherwise, get off the beaten path at Skidaway Island, a beautiful nearby state park. For a night on the town, the Savannah Theatre is the only Broadway-style performance that runs year-long.
This Arizona desert locale easily ranks toward the top of our list of romantic getaways in April. In the spring, before the summer's heat settles in, you can enjoy the stunning scenery from the deck or porch of your vacation rental. Shoppers and cultural buffs head to Uptown Sedona for boutiques while millions make their way to the vortex tours. Dine in the excellent restaurants or browse the art galleries of Tlaquepaque. Don't miss sunset at Airport Mesa, Slide Rock State Park or any of the myriad hiking trails that bring you up into Sedona's famous red rocks.
In this Arkansas town, you and your significant other can treat each other to a dip in the hot springs, which are naturally 140 degrees (or hotter!). Relax in the springs and visit the various spas and mineral baths on Bathhouse Row in historic downtown. On the first Friday of every month a Gallery Walk will take visitors through the best of the artistic community, and gardeners will love the Tulip Extravaganza in the Garven Woodland Gardens running until mid-April. Consider a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown and a dinner cruise on the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat.
Escape to east Maine's private islands of Oar, Chanterelle and Clapboard. Soak in panoramic vistas from Cadillac Mountain or explore Acadia National Park, consisting of 49,000 acres of coastline with cobblestone beaches, coniferous-deciduous forest and glacier-carved rocks. Hikers rejoice with 120 miles of trails ranging from easy to strenuous. Whatever your adventure/relaxation ratio, you're sure to hit the spot here.
The Windy City comes alive in the spring, when flowers burst open in Millennium Park. Stroll along the lake, check out the city's world-famous architecture and enjoy meals in some of Chicago's Michelin-starred restaurants. The handful of art museums, aquariums and zoos never cease to amaze, and at night, love birds can grab some ice cream and dazzle in the moonlight on Navy Pier.