You don’t have to embark on a fast-paced trip around the world to spark a little romance—sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes. A place with alluring views, exquisite dining and sumptuous linens to snuggle into when the day ends. Add in a couples massage and time to explore your surroundings, and you have the makings of an unforgettable getaway with the one you love.
Whether celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a getaway, America’s most romantic hotels are waiting to welcome you to an oasis of luxury.
11 The TENNESSEAN Hotel
The TENNESSEAN Hotel makes romance easy by anticipating all of your wants and needs during your stay. The downtown Knoxville location is very walkable, but complimentary black car service is still available to take guests anywhere within a 3-mile radius of the property. Fine amenities such as turndown service, a top mattress pillow with soft, luxurious linens and fluffy bathrobes enhance your stay. The hotel is full of luxe accents that reflect its location, with rich carpets depicting the Tennessee River, murals, and stylish, comfortable seating in the lobby. The hotel is also affiliated with a gallery that features rotating artworks from local makers.
The location is just steps from the Tennessee River and the famous Sunsphere, as well as downtown shops, galleries and restaurants.
10 Windsor court
If romance were a city, it would be New Orleans, where the air is filled with jazz and delicious scents wafting from some of the world’s finest restaurants. It’s a town best explored on foot, so you can pop in and out of the bakeries, restaurants, and antique shops. Located just steps from the historic French Quarter, Windsor Court offers guests the benefit of a pedestrian-friendly location that remains quiet and peaceful at night.
Everything at Windsor Court is wrapped in old world Southern charm – from the artworks to the antiques to the exemplary service from the staff. Ideal for a romantic retreat, Club Level Suites offer access to a private lounge with sweeping river and skyline views, as well as exclusive all-day dining and beverage options.
9 The madrone
Nestled on a hilltop with expansive views of vineyards and valleys, The Madrona in Healdsburg, California is stylish, timeless, and oh, so romantic. Guests enter through the cozy bar, often delaying check-in so they can stroll through the living rooms to admire the lavish decor. No detail has been overlooked. Madrona Inn is owned by famed interior designer Jay Jeffers, who transformed this historic mansion into one of the country’s premier boutique hotels. Jeffers plays with different colors, patterns and textures throughout the building. Outside, guests wander through orange groves, sunbathe beside the pool, and stroll through the garden where fresh produce is grown for the Madrona’s famous restaurant.
As beautiful as The Madrona is, it’s worth exploring Healdsburg, which is packed with shops, restaurants, and vineyards. For an unforgettable dining experience, reserve a wine pairing lunch at the Michelin-starred Single Thread Restaurant in the Historic Healdsburg tasting room at Medlock Ames Winery.
8th Hotel Drover
There is no doubt that you are in Texas when you stroll through the doors of The Hotel Drover in Fort Worth. The hotel pays loving homage to cattle drives and the Lone Star State with upscale rustic ranch decor and artwork throughout the luxurious property. The backyard is no less impressive, offering a heated pool with private cabanas, fire pits, a porch bar, and garden games. Guest rooms are equally distinctive, with hardwood floors, rich wallpaper, leather accents, handcrafted bath products, and Marshall Bluetooth speakers.
The Hotel Drover is located at the Fort Worth Stockyards where you can spend the day exploring shops and restaurants and of course seeing the twice daily Longhorn cattle drive. A new addition, Tannahill’s Tavern and Music Hall offers a live music venue and restaurant with contemporary takes on pub fare designed by celebrity chef Tim Love. If you forgot your cowboy boots, don’t worry; Just visit the Custom Lucchese Shop in the Hotel Drover lobby.
7 The Hotel Born
Like all the best hotels, Denver’s Hotel Born has a strong sense of place. Warm Colorado knotty pines are found throughout, including the distinctive, custom-designed wooden canopies over the beds in the guest rooms. In the evenings, guests gather and enjoy free happy hour by the fireplace in the lobby. Hotel Born is right downtown by the train station, so getting there from the airport is a breeze. Once you arrive, Denver is one of the top cities in the country for a car-free vacation, and museums, shops, parks and restaurants are just steps away.
Be sure to make time for a romantic dinner during your stay. The hotel’s Citizen Rail and Tavernetta restaurants are among the best in town.
6 Morris Inn
While it may be unexpected to find a hotel as romantic as the Morris Inn on a college campus, Notre Dame is no ordinary university. The park-like grounds are open to the public, and it’s easy to spend a full day taking in iconic sights like the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the 14-story mural affectionately called “Touchdown Jesus,” The Golden Dome, and the Snite Museum to explore the art.
The Morris Inn manages to be elegant without being stuffy. The lobby’s inviting seating areas are perfect for sipping coffee, catching up on work, or just chatting by the fireplace. Rooms feature amenities like fluffy bathrobes, refrigerators, and personal coffee makers to make your stay even more comfortable. As amazing as the hotel is, guests shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore nearby attractions like the Studebaker National Museum, the Potawatomi Zoo, or downtown South Bend.
5 The Riding Hotel
The Equestrian Hotel in Ocala, Florida opened in 2021. Furnishings and decor are decadent, romantic and full of luxury. The property is located in the Old World Equestrian Center, and there are nods to equine culture throughout, including artwork, accent pillows with saddle prints, and horse-themed table lamps. It’s important to note that while the equestrian events at the property are exciting, this is still a luxury hotel at heart and a love of equine culture is not a must. The property is home to a top-notch spa, a gorgeous pool, upscale shops, and excellent dining.
In the evening, after an elegant meal at Stirrups Restaurant, couples enjoy live music at the Yellow Pony Pub & Garden. It’s the kind of hotel that makes it hard to leave, but luckily it’s waiting when you’re ready to start planning your next vacation.
4 The Perry Lane Hotel
Old-growth Spanish moss trees and stately historic mansions make Savannah one of the most romantic cities in the country. The setting couldn’t be more perfect for the Perry Lane Hotel, which is as beautiful as its surroundings. Perry Lane is about a 15-minute walk in either direction to the riverfront or Forsyth Park, making it the perfect base for exploring downtown Savannah on foot. For guests who prefer wheels, the hotel offers complimentary car service. That assumes you can drag yourself into an immaculately decorated property where the staff anticipate your every need.
From complimentary sparkling wine in the lobby to a rooftop bar with views galore and The Wayward cocktail lounge, the hotel has no shortage of places to enjoy a cocktail. Meanwhile, the hotel’s Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market is quickly being recognized as one of the city’s top restaurants.
3 Hotel Emma
Lucky travelers will find Hotel Emma in the Pearl District on San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk. Set in a former brewhouse that dates back to 1894, the vibe manages to be hip and sophisticated at the same time, combining an industrial aesthetic with stunning artwork and luxurious fittings. Upon check-in, guests are greeted with margaritas in hand-etched glasses, while in-room pantries and ice boxes are stocked with local foods and beverages. Cruiser bikes are available for guests to explore the Riverwalk (the hotel is a short ride from the excellent San Antonio Museum of Art), but many choose to spend the day by the rooftop pool or reading in the hotel library .
The Pearl District is home to some of the best dining experiences in San Antonio, putting guests within a minute or two on foot to unmissable restaurants like Best Quality Daughter, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou, and Cured.
2 Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe
With its spectacular hilltop location overlooking Lake Tahoe, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe offers something unique and wonderful year-round. In the summer, guests have access to the property’s private Lake Club, which includes beach access to Lake Tahoe, gourmet dining, complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, and more. In the winter, you can ski to the Northstar lifts. The swimming pool is heated all year round and is one of the rare places in the area where you can swim or soak in a jacuzzi when the sky is covered with snow. Spring and fall are no less desirable at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. The area’s beaches and hiking trails are less crowded this time of year, and guests spend peaceful nights lounging around the outdoor fireplaces as the evening sunlight fades.
The culinary offer of the resort should not be missed at any time of the year. The Living Room Bar serves elegant, casual fare, while Manzanita offers an upscale menu with generous portions made from locally sourced ingredients. The resort’s bar program is also outstanding, combining classic drinks with original cocktails inspired by the region. However, what really makes the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe stand out is the people who work there and provide the kind of exemplary service that has long made the Ritz-Carlton brand synonymous with the highest standards in the industry.
1 Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
As soon as you stop at Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North, you know you’ve arrived at an extraordinary place. The grounds are a veritable botanical garden with dramatic cacti, shrubs, flowers and trees rising against the backdrop of Pinnacle Peak. At night they appear to be sprinkled with fairy dust as they twinkle with twinkling lights. The 210 guest rooms, suites, and casitas are spread throughout the property, resulting in a sense of privacy and intimacy rarely found in a large resort.
Accommodations at the Four Seasons Troon North are as exquisite as their surroundings, with amenities like gas fireplaces, impeccably furnished rooms, and private balconies that seem to blend into the desert surroundings. Couples can spend the day hiking, relaxing by the pool, being pampered at the spa, or dining at one of the fantastic onsite restaurants. There are also two golf courses and a state-of-the-art fitness center.