Rustic, Romantic Retreats!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner! And with all of the hustle and bustle of modern day life, a romantic getaway with your sweetie is just what the doctor ordered. But where to go? Someplace affordable, far enough out of the city to feel relaxed, but close enough for a long weekend. Below are some helpful suggestions for those seeking a rustic retreat on a budget.
Escape from New York
The Poconos have long been a great getaway from New York City. With driving times between 2-3 hours from New York City (depending on traffic), the Poconos Mountains are located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A favorite and long-celebrated spot for honeymooners, the Poconos offers plenty of different types of accommodations from Bed and Breakfasts, to ski resorts with renowned spas, to adult only resorts featuring the famous heart-shaped hot tubs. Many places offer a rustic throwback with tiny honeymoon cabins complete with wood burning fireplaces. The perfect spot to cuddle up, indulge in a glass of champagne, and watch the snow fall. Find more information here.
Escape from LA
While LA offers many options when it comes to a rustic getaway with spectacular scenery, the little town of Idyllwild really stands out. Within the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild offers plenty of rustic rest and relaxation. Great views along with mountain air can make a visitor forget the traffic congestion of the 405 only two short hours away. Enjoy checking out the small shops and artists' offerings while strolling down the main drag. For those feeling a bit more adventures, Idyllwild has long been a favorite destination for hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers. With accommodations ranging from upscale lodges to cozy cabins, any visitor can find exactly what they are looking for. Idyllwild is a special place that has a way of making a person feel nostalgic for a simpler time.
Escape from Chicago
Those who reside in Chicago know a secret. Northern Wisconsin is awash in fantastic rustic destinations! For those looking for some waterpark thrills the Wisconsin Dells are for you. Known as, "The Waterpark Capital of the World," the Wisconsin Dells offers a wide range of exciting slides. And yes, it is winter but many of the parks located at the Dells are inside, complete with lazy rivers and swim up to bars. It's like a mini-tropical vacation within a stone's throw of Chicago. Many of the parks have accommodations attached; however, for those looking for a more romantic setting in the evening, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts as well as cabins and cottages nearby. So cuddle up by the fire in the evenings and enjoy the lure of the Wisconsin tropics all day long at one of the many waterparks.
Escape from Atlanta
Charming cottages and quaint bed and breakfasts await couple seeking romance in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Located just 95 miles north of Atlanta, Lookout Mountain provides a wonderful escape for any city dwelling nature lovers. Hiking the gorgeous trails around Lookout Mountain offers sweeping panoramas as well as interesting sites, such as Lovers Leap, the old bridge, and waterfalls. This is a great getaway for the couple who wants to focus on the beauty of the outdoors as well as each other. A truly magnificent place to reconnect. Be sure to check the private held homes for accommodations, many offer great prices with more amenities than typically found at a bed and breakfast.
Just because you live in a large city doesn't mean you can't find a rustic retreat and get back to nature. Some of the most romantic trips are those can be located close to home and on a budget.