There are many reasons to plan a romantic getaway, whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, nurturing a new spark, or simply due for some time away as a couple. Fortunately, during this time of unpredictable travel and social distancing, there are many dreamy destinations stateside in our scouted cities that are perfectly suited to a weekend away with a significant other. Here, our editors share a few of their favorite spots for a special stay. Whether you’re looking for a nature retreat to unplug and reconnect or a metropolitan escape to experience together, this list of stellar properties has something for everyone, and you can find a scouted hotel, inn, or resort near you in The Scout Guide Directory.
Photography courtesy of The Grand Hotel.
The Grand Hotel and Golf Spa in Point Clear, Alabama // Following a multi-million dollar transformation, this iconic resort on Mobile Bay reclaims its title as the “Queen of Southern Resorts.” “The Grand Hotel is steeped in rich history and is the perfect place to get away with your significant other and enjoy quiet mornings walking along the mossy oak trees or a cocktail amidst the gorgeous cotton candy sunsets in the evening,” says Katie McNeil, co-editor of The Scout Guide Mobile Bay. State-of-the-art spa services with fabulous couples massages, plentiful activities, and eight dining options (plus room service) ensure you don’t need to leave the property, but if you’re looking for an excursion, the property is in close proximity to downtown Fairhope.
Photography courtesy of Windsor Court Hotel.
The Windsor Court in New Orleans, Louisiana // Enjoy an elegant, four-star escape in the heart of a legendary city with a stay at the Windsor Court hotel, where all guest rooms and suites include private balconies or bay windows with Mississippi River or city skyline views. Of course, there’s much to explore in New Orleans, but onsite, guests can enjoy a 65-foot saltwater pool with a cabana-style bar, luxury spa, fine dining that includes everything from afternoon tea to weekend brunch, and a classic cocktail lounge featuring live jazz that’s the perfect way to end your evening. “With its food, architecture, and culture, New Orleans is the closest thing to a European City in America,” says Taylor Morgan, editor of The Scout Guide New Orleans. “We recommend staying at the Windsor Court because with such amazing amenities, your every need will be taken care of. The cozy Polo Lounge, and a newly rolled out dining experience at the Grill Room, means you don’t have to travel far for an amazing meal.”
Photography by Krystal Kast Photography.
Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, North Carolina // Situated on a historic farm eight miles south of Chapel Hill, this family-run Relais & Chateaux inn is inspired by the founder’s visits to the Cotswolds 50 years ago. The destination boasts beautiful gardens and grounds to explore, as well as lovely guest rooms and public spaces. “There are so many fun things about Fearrington,” says Hopie Avery, editor of The Scout Guide Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. “My favorites include afternoon tea time (I try to get there right at 4 p.m. to snag a spot by the fireplace), and I also love to go to dinner early and have a cocktail at the petite but chic bar. After a fabulous multi-course meal at Fearrington House by Chef Bedford, we love to perch in the Garden House and enjoy some port by the fire. It all feels so quiet, relaxing, and luxe.” In addition to dining and drinking, there are plenty of things to do on site. “Fearrington Village also boasts a lovely spa, as well as an independent book shop and a beautiful boutique for clothing and home,” Avery adds.
Photography by Henry Photography.
The Welsh Hotel Inn in Granville, Ohio // Nestled on 15 wooded acres in the heart of Granville’s rolling Welsh Hills countryside lies this idyllic bed and breakfast. A perfect getaway from life’s stresses, the inn features a large wrap-around veranda to take in the lovely vistas, in addition to outdoor living spaces with English gardens that are ideal for quiet tete-a-tetes. “Located in a picturesque area, we love the intimate and private setting the Welsh Hills Inn provides,” says Abigail Fredelake, editor of The Scout Guide Columbus. “For the romantically inclined, the Inn offers special add-on packages, like couple’s massages, picnic lunches, and private, candlelit dinners.”
Photography courtesy of Hotel Domestique.
Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, South Carolina // Only 20 minutes from downtown Greenville, Hotel Domestique feels like a world away, offering sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the unforgettable hospitality, cuisine, rest, and adventure that you would experience on a European vacation. “Come escape to one of my favorite places in South Carolina,” says Amanda Arscott, editor of The Scout Guide Greenville. “The hotel’s service is second to none and the amenities are endless, including a saltwater pool, on-property masseuse, onsite bike mechanic for cycling enthusiasts, yoga classes, and more.”
Photography courtesy of RT Lodge.
RT Lodge in Maryville, Tennessee // Tucked away on the Maryville College campus just outside of Knoxville, RT Lodge provides a spectacular natural setting with elegant, comfortable spaces. During your stay, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll in the woods, relax in a rocker on the classic Southern porch, snuggle up around the outdoor firepit, enjoy a reflective moment by the koi pond, or savor a four-course seasonal dinner crafted by the lodge’s chef. “The RT Lodge is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” says Frances King, editor of The Scout Guide Knoxville. “A stay here invites you to slow down, unwind, and relax.”
Photography courtesy of Winchester Lodge.
Winchester Lodge in Fredericksburg, Texas // A block away from downtown Fredericksburg, The Winchester Lodge offers a secluded setting while the delights of this iconic Hill Country town remain at your fingertips. Comfortable suites provide privacy and relaxation while outdoor spaces create a lush Texan atmosphere. Plus, The Lodge caters to its guests’ whims with lovely breakfast baskets delivered to your door, in-room wines that define the concept of “happy hour,” and the on-site chef is available to curate offerings from birthday cakes and charcuterie boards to to-go picnic baskets. “This destination provides a getaway from the big city to explore wineries, shops, and restaurants in a quaint German town,” says Francie Mannix, editor of The Scout Guide Hill Country.
Photography courtesy of Hotel Emma.
Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas // This stylish boutique hotel set in a renovated brewery along the San Antonio River offers the ultimate San Antonio experience. The sumptuous rooms transport you to another time and place while surrounding you with modern luxuries, and with common spaces that are reminiscent of fine old hotels—and legendary margaritas—Hotel Emma is the perfect launching spot from which to explore the historic Texas city. “As the flagship of The Historic Pearl District, you don’t have to wander far to discover incredible dining and unique shopping experiences,” says Francie Mannix, editor of The Scout Guide San Antonio. “And with the San Antonio River Walk a few short steps away, romantic strolls along the shaded waterway are truly transporting.”
Photography by Jason Kindig.
Rough Creek Lodge in Fort Worth, Texas // This 11,000-acre, Texas-style paradise is the ideal getaway when you want to infuse a little adventure into your love life and enjoy some shared experiences. From taking a wild ride on a zip line to fishing, tomahawk throwing, and hitting a few balls in the batting cage, the options for activities abound. Afterward, unwind with a romantic canoe ride, an afternoon at the adults-only swimming pool, or while enjoying a fireside sing-along. “With so many activities to experience together as a couple, Rough Creek Lodge is a great place to reconnect and maybe even discover a new activity you can enjoy together after you depart,” says Leigh Brown, editor of The Scout Guide Fort Worth.
Photography courtesy of Keswick Hall.
Keswick Hall in Keswick, Virginia // After undergoing a complete restoration, this luxury resort is a world unto its own with state-of-the-art guest rooms, a showstopping horizon pool, a signature restaurant helmed by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges, and a Pete Dye-designed golf course. Located just outside of Charlottesville, Keswick Hall is surrounded by multiple vineyards in the Jefferson appellation, notable historic sites like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello mountaintop home, and The University of Virginia. “Design enthusiasts will adore their stay at impeccable Keswick Hall, where no detail has gone unnoticed,” says Susie Matheson, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville and co-founder of The Scout Guide. “Plus, the Blue Ridge Mountain views are simply stunning.”
Photography by Jeff W. Morgan.
Waterperry Farm in Free Union, Virginia // A stunning property set on 100 acres with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this estate offers multiple guest rooms situated amongst a lush landscape of gardens, fields, woods, and water. Guests can enjoy the tennis court and hiking trails, the heated pool, and, perhaps best of all, pure relaxation. “As soon as you enter the private, tree-lined drive you know you’re in for a treat,” says Christy Ford, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville and co-founder of The Scout Guide. “Special touches are everywhere, from spectacular art and antique rugs and furnishings to Savoir beds.”
Photography by Alston Thompson Photography.
Quirk Hotel in Richmond, Virginia // For a metropolitan escape, Quirk Hotel, a boutique art hotel in the heart of downtown Richmond, more than delivers. Discover the latest artists on display at Quirk Gallery and enjoy the clever fusion of classic and modern design in the guest rooms. Where the Quirk team excels is curating authentic Richmond experiences for the ultimate memorable date-day and night outings. “Quirk Hotel is the perfect getaway for the art and foodie lover,” says Cheney Edmunds, editor of The Scout Guide Richmond. “Quirk offers the art, and Richmond provides some of the best restaurants on the East Coast.” Also check out their sister hotel, Quirk Charlottesville, in the historic college town just down the road.
Photography courtesy of The Inn at Warner Hall.
Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester, Virginia // Located 30 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg on the waterfront plantation created in 1642 by George Washington’s great-great grandfather, this bed and breakfast in a restored mansion is an elegant and historic spot for a getaway. This locale, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features luxurious and spacious guest rooms, as well as porches and terraces with waterfront views—perfect spaces to relax and recharge. “Providing exceptional hospitality and meticulous attention to detail, the Inn at Warner Hall is a perfect setting to celebrate a special occasion,” says Sara Harris, editor of The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay. “The innkeepers, Theresa and Troy Stavens, are happy to have a professionally arranged bouquet of gorgeous seasonal flowers paired with a bottle of Chandon Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries awaiting your arrival upon request. These touches make the occasion not only special, but simply divine.”