There’s nothing like a romantic getaway to fan the flames between you and someone you love — especially when that getaway involves fantastic food that you can experience even if you never leave your hotel room. The key is to find the right hotel. But don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Here are 17 of America’s most romantic food vacations.
If you and your loved one really want to immerse yourselves in a culinary experience, incorporate cooking classes into your schedule at Southbridge Napa Valley in St. Helena, California, which is conveniently located next to a branch of the Culinary Institute of America that offers weeklong boot camps in various cuisines. Those looking for a steamy vacation can purchase a Fifty Shades of Grey package at Portland, Oregon’s Heathman Hotel, and sustainability-obsessed couples can tour on-site farms or greenhouses at many hotels, such as Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey, or Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida.
To compile this list, we updated and expanded our previous list of America’s most romantic food vacations, making sure to include a mix of hotels located in cities, country resorts, and quaint bed-and-breakfasts. We focused on hotels that provide special packages, amenities, and activities for couples. On top of that, we looked into what the hotels offer in terms of food: the quality of food in their restaurants, in-room dining options, proximity to great food establishments, and more.
So while it is tempting to look abroad for romantic getaways, don’t forget that there are plenty of places you can go without your passport. You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day, either, as many luxurious resorts offer some of their best deals for couples in the summer season.
Money can’t buy you love, but it can certainly buy you stunning panoramic vistas, unforgettable food, and a vacation you will remember for the rest of your life.
Additional reporting by Nikkitha Bakshani
Auberge de Seattle, Woodinville, Wash.
At the Auberge de Seattle French Country Inn, nothing could be more romantic than hand-crafting beautiful macarons and French pastries to warm the heart and stomach. The hotel offers several packages that include hands-on cooking classes and culinary amenities ranging from complementary pastries and cookies to an on-site herb and vegetable garden. The entire inn only sleeps 10, so it’s the ultimate private getaway for couples looking to unwind. The cooking class is held in the inn’s "cuisine" kitchen, a spacious open-concept design, with gas stovetop burners, surround chopping block, and clean white Corian countertops.
Chateau Chantal, Traverse City, Mich.
The Chateau Chantal bed-and-breakfast is located 12 miles north of Traverse City, Michigan, on the Old Mission Peninsula. Couples don’t come to the picturesque hotel just for views of vineyards and fresh water, though. They also visit for the array of cooking classes offered January through April by chef Perry Harmon. Wine lovers can explore local wineries located on the two peninsulas extending north from Traverse City — the Leelanau Peninsula and the Old Mission Peninsula. The area, which is famous for its chardonnay, riesling, and pinot grigio, is particularly attractive for couples looking to find up-and-coming wine regions.