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As we’ll be social distancing for a while, planning a getaway for this coming Valentine’s Day comes with a few more things to consider other than the romantic factor. You’ll want to enjoy a romantic setting, but rather than taking part in indoor activities where crowds are likely to form, a spot with plenty of outdoor activities for maintaining social distancing while enjoying each other’s company is more ideal. These resorts and lodges are all sure to make for the perfect couple’s escape for Valentine’s Day.
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Lake Quinault Lodge offers one of the most peaceful winter retreats you’ll find, in a remote area of Olympic National Park, surrounded by 500-year old fir and hemlock trees at the edge of Lake Quinault. It’s the only accommodation in the Quinault Rainforest, providing an escape from the modern world that feels like a trip back in time. Book one of the luxurious Fireplace Rooms and you’ll get a spectacular view of the lake and the forest along with a cozy fireplace. During the day enjoy hikes to waterfalls and some of the world’s tallest trees.
Yosemite in the winter is magical with snow dusting El Capitan, Half Dome and towering sequoias. It’s rarely too cold for spending time outdoors, however, and this season is especially ideal with few visitors arriving. Enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or ice skating, along with an unforgettable stay at the historic Ahwahnee which sits right inside the park near the base of Half Dome and Glacier Point. A National Historic Landmark, you’ll be transported back to an era of elegance – book the Presidential Suite to spend the night where President John F. Kennedy once slept back in 1962. It includes a parlor with a fireplace and stunning views of Glacier Point among many other luxuries.
If you’re looking for desert warmth in a tranquil oasis with plenty of luxuries, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is what you’ve been envisioning. All of its bungalow-style rooms feature private terraces and patios, ideal for social distancing while providing a magnificent Camelback Mountain backdrop. You’ll get a free GoPro rental to document your adventures which can include anything from hiking to golf. Take advantage of the property’s free Tesla house car drop-off service to bring you to and from art galleries, spa appointments, and fitness classes too.
The ultimate coastal getaway in California for romance-seeking couples, Post Ranch Inn sits along the cliffs in Big Sur overlooking the Pacific. An adults-only retreat, every room comes with a two-person indoor spa tub and private deck with breathtaking ocean and mountain views. There are lots of luxuries included, although there are no TVs or alarm clocks, providing the perfect spot to disconnect from the chaos of the modern world and reconnect together. Outdoor activities can be enjoyed while social distancing, with everything from scenic hikes to yoga and meditation.
Wine loving couples can indulge in their passion and plenty of romance with a stay at the Allison Inn, located in the heart of Willamette Valley just a 45-minute drive from Portland. Guests checking in have mandatory temperature checks, masks are mandatory and winery visits are by appointment only to ensure safety. All of its rooms and suites come with picturesque views of the Oregon countryside or the vineyards, and you’ll be able to indulge in spa treatments along with an incredible wine list.
If your idea of the perfect Valentine’s getaway is a real-life Gilligan’s Island, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a great pick. You’ll arrive by seaplane or boat and can spend your days enjoying strolls on the white sandy beach, napping in a hammock and dining on mouthwatering seafood. There are no TVs, alarm clocks, or phones, and the only traffic is the iguanas that walk the crushed-shell path. One of the most luxurious resorts in Florida, you’ll have chilled Champagne waiting upon your arrival and 7,000-year-old coral reefs at your door for snorkeling among the colorful fish.
Little St. Simons Island is a private barrier island accessed via a 15-minute ferry ride on the Hampton River, home to 10,000 tranquil acres filled with natural beauty, including maritime forests and the secluded all-inclusive Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. It boasts seven miles of beaches strewn with shells, fabulous bird watching for bald eagles and some 280 various species, with complimentary birding expeditions included. There are one- to four-bedroom cottages available, providing plenty of privacy, like the Tom House, complete with a gas fireplace, outdoor shower and large screened porch.
One of the most luxurious resorts in the country, The Resort at Paws Up is spread out over 37,000-acres of Montana wilderness along the Blackfoot River, making it easy to social distance here. It recently opened up The Green O to take privacy to a whole new level with a separate adults-only, year-round camp that has just 12 modern, nature-inspired accommodations scattered among the forest. It includes access to wintertime trail adventures and horseback riding, along with a host of other exciting outdoor experiences.
Amangiri is one of the world’s most luxurious resorts, located in a remote section of the southern Utah desert, feeling as if it’s on the other side of the planet. Guests, who often include celebrities and VIPs, can enjoy desert hikes, horseback rides through the red rock canyons, pampering spa treatments and organic gourmet meals. The modern suites provide lots of privacy and their own plunge pools, with terraces that open to a star-filled night’s sky.
One of the best all-inclusive resorts, Twin Farms has long been a great place for physical distancing, set on more than 300 acres, but it recently added 100 more to ensure plenty of space to enjoy the pristine land. It boasts tranquil beauty year-round with freestanding cottages that each come with their own fireplace, as well as a four-suite farmhouse that has a soaking tub and hot tub. Enjoy sumptuous Vermont breakfasts, farm-to-table dinners, spa services, and more, but the best way to spend a stay may be to simply get snowed in and enjoy each other’s company.
For a unique couple’s stay with plenty of room for distancing, this luxury all-inclusive guest ranch provides the romance of the Wild West and a just about guaranteed snowy winter wonderland for Valentine’s Day. A wealth of winter activities are at your doorstep, including skiing and boarding with just 12 skiers or snowboarders on the mountain at any time. Snowmobiling and snowshoeing are available too, along with relaxing spa treatments and unforgettable dining.
Located on the site of an abandoned gold-rush site in the Colorado mountains, Dunton Hot Springs offers a secluded stay in exquisitely furnished original hand-hewn log cabins, with a historic saloon serving top-notch cuisine and hot springs providing the perfect place to soak with San Juan Mountain views while the snow falls across the 1,500 private acres. In the winter, enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing too.
With a negative COVID test, you can jet off to Belize for total seclusion at Cayo Espanto, a private island resort with luxurious villas on the beach that include private pools. There are a host of activities available, including some of the best diving on the planet. Relax in the rejuvenating spa and dine on world-class cuisine before returning to your own incredible retreat at one of the world’s best hotels with overwater bungalows.
Wintertime is the best time to enjoy Death Valley National Park, a surprisingly romantic destination spread across 3.4 million acres with lots to explore. Look forward to sunny, pleasantly warm days for hitting the trails and then come back to your casita at the Inn at Death Valley, which has a year-round 85-degree spring-fed pool and beautiful gardens. At night enjoy incredible stargazing with the clear, typically cloudless skies and distance from any light pollution earning this area the designation as the largest International Dark Sky National Park in the U.S.
Lake Placid Lodge hosts 30 cabins set in secluded areas of the North Woods, making it easy to enjoy the snowy outdoors at a distance. Even for dining, there are numerous options that ensure everyone is spaced far apart while providing plenty of romantic ambiance. This lakeside retreat provides everything for the ultimate romantic getaway, including skiing and ice skating during the day and candlelit dinners at night. Romance packages are available too.