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Romantic Trips for Two: Your Guide to The Best Couples’ Destinations in North America

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My Essential Guide to Romantic Vacations for Two.

In This Romantic Travel Article You Will Discover:

  • How to Take a Romantic Vacation for Two
  • Where To Find The Most Romantic Destinations in North America
  • Package Rates & Information

Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, Whistler, British Columbia

Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

The Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa offers mountainside luxury for two. (Courtesy Hilton Whistler)

Just a two-hour drive north of Vancouver , British Columbia, sits Western Canada’s premier tourist destination, Whistler. From world-class skiing and snowboarding, to high-end shopping, to fine dining — Whistler has it all, and the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa may just epitomize that. For the couple this season, this Hilton Whistler is featuring a special Romance Package, what they dub, “the ultimate in do not disturb” getaways…” During your stay, you’ll enjoy early check-in and pre-registration upon request, in-room sparkling wine or cider upon arrival, full breakfast for two in-room or in the hotel restaurant. On additional nights, buy an entrée and get a second one of equal or lesser value free. Rooms start at about $250 per night. www.hiltonwhistler.com

 

Hotel Le Soleil

Hotel le Soleil, Vancouver,  British Columbia

Located right in downtown Vancouver’s upscale Coal Harbour area, Le Soleil bills itself as a luxury boutique hotel. One look and its hard to argue — each of the 122 rooms is appointed with custom designed maple furnishings; bedrooms feature silk brocade coverlets, feather pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets and down duvets; and bathrooms are tiled in fine marble and stocked with Aveda spa products. Downstairs, guests will find a 24-hour concierge and a unique two-story Italian and Asian fusion restaurant. Specifically for romantic types, the hotel is offering two couples packages: the Romance Package and the Chocolate Affair Package. The Romance Package includes a night’s stay, full breakfast, sparkling wine, rose petal turndown service, chocolate covered strawberries and an extended checkout time. The Chocolate Affair pairs a night’s stay with a chocolate fondue for two, ice wine and a variety of chocolate treats — and of course an extended checkout time for a lazy tomorrow. Package rates start at $269. www.hotellesoleil.com

The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia

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Relax in the spectacle of nature at the Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island. (Courtesy Wickaninnish Inn)

A hop, skip and a jump from the Vancouver International Airport, the Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island’s west coast is a breathtaking destination. Arrive in Tofino either by plane from Vancouver, or via car and ferry, and leave the world behind. The Wick is located in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy strolls on the wild, rugged beaches and through the coastal temperate rainforest, or stay in, and enjoy the Wick’s fine dining and luxurious accommodations. Couples can indulge in the West Coast Escape Package. You’ll get two night’s accommodation in the room of your choice, hot breakfast delivered to your door, Champagne, strawberries and truffles, a keepsake and valet parking. Special note: winter is the perfect time to enjoy storm watching, a majestic display of mother nature’s fury, viewable from right inside the warm and cozy inn. www.wickinn.com

Wedding Chapels, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas

Go wild – take your sweetheart to Las Vegas and get hitched!

Perhaps you’re looking for a little more commitment than a weekend getaway can offer? Your relationship is ready for that next important step? Simply put, there is nowhere more outrageous and fabulous to get married than Sin City herself, Las Vegas. On the strip alone, the are 19 registered wedding chapels. Some are inside Las Vegas’ legendary landmark hotels, some are standalones. Some offer drive-through service, some are strictly upscale. Whichever you choose, your wedding will offer up the story of a lifetime — hitched in Vegas. What could be wilder? After you head to the Marriage Licence Bureau, First Floor, 200 South Third Street, and pay $55 for your licence, here are a few chapels to look into:

Chapel in the Clouds

There is nothing like this one anywhere else in North America. Located in the Stratosphere Tower, the Chapel in the Clouds sits 240 metres above the strip. It is the highest chapel in America — not surprisingly — and perhaps the world. Get married against a backdrop unlike any other. $155 US and up. 2000 Las Vegas Blvd S.; 1.800.789.9436

Forever Grand Wedding Chapel

Inside the MGM Grand, one of the strip’s biggest hotels, you can expect magnificence. Specially designed floral arrangements, gourmet cakes, quality photographers and more await you and your lucky spouse-to-be. A personal wedding coordinator will ensure the two of your get your dream Las Vegas wedding. $1,599 and up. 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S.; 1.800.646.5530

A Hollywood Wedding Chapel

A true Les Vegas landmark, A Hollywood Wedding Chapel was once a popular hangout for the Rat Pack, Louis Armstrong and others — of course, back then it was known as The Red Fez, and upscale lounge. Today, it is Las Vegas Kitsch brought to life. Make a reservation, or do it impromptu as a crazy finish to a wild weekend, your call. Rates start as low as $99 US. 2207 Las Vegas Blvd. S; 1.800.704.0478

Little Church of the West

This funky, Western-themed church is a very popular spot for classic Vegas nuptials. Located right on the strip, it has been in business since 1942 — and has seen a lot of traffic. If you can believe it, celebrities such as Greg Alman, Richard Gere, Cindy Crawford, David Cassidy, Red Foxx, Judy Garland, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Robert Goulet, Betty Grable and Mickey Rooney have walked down the aisle here. Care to join them? Rates start at $199 US. 4617 Las Vegas Blvd S.; 1.800.821.2452

Sea Mountain Resort, Palm Springs, California

Sea Mountain Inn

For more daring couples, Palm Springs’ Sea Mountain Inn offers a touch of the risque. (Courtesy Sea Mountain Inn)

Perhaps a touch more risqué than most vacation destinations, the couples and women-only Sea Mountain Resort, near Palm Springs, is for the less-than-modest romantic. For starters, to ensure the utmost privacy (the resort is frequented by celebs), the actual location of the resort is kept secret until you book. Of course, that could also be to keep lookee-loos away from the clothing optional pools and tanning areas. If you dare to visit the resort, which is said to be a mere 10-minute drive from the Palm Springs International Airport, expect couples’ massages, heated mineral springs, wood saunas, chill misters to keep you cool under the hot sun, Asian art and sculpted gardens and an all-inclusive meal and drink plan. Then sneak away to your room or to the on-site 24-hour nightclub, Taboo Gardens. Rates start at $249 US. www.seamountaininn.com

Hotel Molokai

The Hotel Molokai is for couples who really want to get away from it all. (Courtesy Hotel Molokai)

Hotel Molokai, Hawaii

Styled after a Polynesian village from a time when outrigger canoes were the only cruise ships offshore of Hawai’i, Hotel Molokai is a wonderful hideaway on the sleepy isle of Molokai, near Maui. Complete with spacious bungalows and an oceanfront restaurant and lounge, Hotel Molokai — Molokai’s only hotel — offers you true island hospitality, genuine Aloha spirit. Wake to the sunrise peaking over the dormant volcanoes of Maui or walk the secluded beaches while the Pacific Ocean laps at your feet. Relax by our freshwater pool, just steps away from the bar and overlooking our neighbor isle, Lanai. Enjoy a cocktail, delicious meal and daily live island music at Hula Shores Restaurant and Bar, a lively and popular island spot. Couples will love the Honeymoon Suite — the hotel’s most prestigious suite, which offers breath-taking views over the island of Lanai from your private lanai. Enjoy the comfort of a home in the granite and marble-covered kitchen with a coffeemaker and refrigerator. Rates start at $249 US per night. www.hotelmolokai.com

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

4 comments… add one
  • Would love to visit Molokai sometime, have never had the pleasure. Another super romantic spot in Hawaii is Kauai, ANYWHERE in Kauai. It is so beautiful, a honeymooner’s paradise. ~ Aloha

  • David Webb Apr 22, 2010

    Yeah, kind of.

  • suze Apr 22, 2010

    Sea Island Inn??? Is that a swinger’s joint or something?

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