10 Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways Slideshow
The onetime carriage house of Aaron Burr, One If by Land, Two If by Sea, lives up to its name and reputation. Its brick walls, painted-wood portraits, "rustic French cuisine," and cozy, candle-lit ambiance make for a pitch-perfect version of modern romance. After dinner, take a stroll through the West Village arm-in-arm before returning to your '70s-inspired nautical room at The Maritime Hotel (pictured).
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For lovers of eccentric pizza, picnics, and Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon, the booming, canal-side pizzeria, Pink Flamingo, combines all three. Not only can you order a pie with figs, pistachios, goat cheese, and honey on top, but instead of table numbers, you're given colored helium balloons. This is so that the waiters can locate and serve you and your lover picnic style alongside the Canal St. Martin. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more romantic room than those at L'Hotel (pictured), once the noted Parisian retreat of Oscar Wilde.
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The Library is a secluded Roman rendezvous spot that's small room, the "Romantic," has only six tables, all set for couples. The menu is traditional, with mouthwatering specialties like pumpkin ravioli; the interior is a rustic, slightly baroque paradise of old wine bottles, thick candlesticks, and antique oil paintings, to say nothing of the picturesque, cobblestone terrace. Sleep in with your beloved in one of the four sumptuously outfitted rooms at the intimate Il Palazzetto hotel (pictured).
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Any romantic meal, in a perfect world, should begin on a Venitian vaporetto. To get to Venissa, a vineyard/restaurant/hotel, one must take a vaporetto to the island of Mazzorbo, attached via bridge to Burano. Once there, dine on local and freshly prepared seafood with exquisite wines, garden-picked vegetables, and a highly regarded veal T-bone steak. Opt for the grand romance of Palazzo Barbarigo, a converted 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal (pictured).
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You are unlikely to find a more beautiful location for a restaurant than atop a rock off the shore of Michanwi Pingwe beach in Zanzibar. Depending on the tide, you can get to the straw-thatched Rock Restaurant (pictured) either by boat, walking, or wading. Fourteen tables in all, fresh seafood, and a view that can otherwise only be imagined, the Rock Restaurant is true proof of nature's romantic side. Laze away the morning in a canopied four-poster bed at the Emerson Spice hotel.
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If you can make it to Cuba, it's legal-ish now, then the long-loved Paladar La Guarida (pictured) atop an old Havana tenement exudes romance in its dilapidated pores. Enter the stone gateway, climb the old ruins of a stairwell, sit on the charmed balcony, and eat some delicious gazpacho or chicken with honey and lemon. There are few accommodations nicer than the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana, which has a grand and crumbling charm.
"On the edge of the world" comes up a lot when describing the world's most romantic destinations. And this landmark fresh seafood and crab destination claims its post in the actual southernmost city in the world. Views from the warm, wooden interior of Kaupé look out onto the stunning Bay of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Stay in nearby Punta Arenas at the bright, airy, and informal Hotel Ilaia.
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Set up to look like a traditional Mongalorean house — wooden ceilings and furniture with antique lamps and maps of the French and English occupation, Karavali, a south Indian seafood experience, is a perfect antidote to the busy streets of Bangalore (the "Silicon Valley of India"). You must try the signature Coorg fried chicken in the open-air courtyard under candlelight. Escape the busy streets each night of your stay at the beautiful Taj West End (pictured).
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Built by steel baron L.F. Rains in 1920 as an anniversary gift to his wife, Log Haven is a mountainside/lakeside/woodside log cabin that practically breathes romance. The food is a mix of American and Asian, but it is known best for serving traditional game. Owner Margo Provost has put her soul into the upkeep of this treasured retreat, and her reward continues to be its romantic renown. Splurge on a room at Stein Eriksen Lodge (pictured) in Park City, Utah, for the weekend.
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Los Angeles may not seem like the most romantic city (the traffic!), but just where you least expect it there are lush, beautiful enclaves of nature and greenery. One of those places is Laurel Canyon, which is where Pace in the Canyon sits as one of L.A.'s most romantic settings. It's a hideaway in the hills serving rustic Italian fare with fresh Californian ingredients. To keep the romantic seclusion going, book a room at the beyond charming Petit Hermitage boutique hotel (pictured).
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