It’s easy to let outside commitments dictate how you live your life, but add up those commitments and suddenly you’ll see that life has a nasty habit of getting away from you.
Take breath, then take a break. In recognition of ‘Date Your Mate Month’ (May), Mary White, founder of BnBFinder.com, has highlighted five wonderful destinations known for romance – and B&Bs. A change of scenery and a revitalized spark with champagne toasts, decadent chocolate, couples spa treatments, hot air balloon rides, picnics on the countryside and more.
1. Sedona, Arizona
Magical red-rock formations, vast desert landscape, deep caverns and vortexes exude positive, uplifting energy to create an extraordinarily romantic getaway. Find an oasis of peace and serenity at A Sunset Chateau, where you can spend an afternoon strolling in the garden while admiring the stream and waterfall that empty into a heart-shaped pond. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the colorful, large-scale murals painted by owner and artist Janet Buillet. For the more adventurous couples, take a thrilling excursion through Red Rock Country aboard the acclaimed Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour during your stay at the Casa Sedona Bed & Breakfast Inn. Afterward, cozy up on your private balcony while stargazing or warm up in the outdoor Jacuzzi tub.
2. St. Augustine, Florida
Explore historical sights such as the massive Castillo de San Marcos, the sea wall and the Fountain of Youth or take a horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset down centuries-old streets of “America’s Oldest City.” At the Casablanca Inn Bed and Breakfast, you can spend an afternoon dolphin watching aboard the Victory III before heading back to your room for a relaxing dip in the Jacuzzi tub. Spend the morning in bed and have breakfast delivered to your room at the Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast. Hold each other tightly as you’re taken through some the city’s most haunted spots before getting gussied up for a candlelit dinner at a top-flight restaurant in the Historic District.
3. Cape May, New Jersey
Surround yourselves with one of the largest collections of 19th century buildings and gorgeous Victorian B&Bs in the country. You and your beloved can spend your days relaxing on the sandy beaches, taking in ocean views from the piers, biking through the streets or window shopping the local boutiques and shops. After arriving at The Mason Cottage Bed and Breakfast, rejuvenate with a 60-minuute Swedish couples massage before soaking in an aromatherapy bubble bath. Grab your binoculars, backpack and bike and head for Beach Plum Farm, the Cape May Hawkwatch or Higbee Beach on a self-guided bird watching tour at The Virginia Hotel.
4. Napa, California
Beside vineyards nestled amongst the rolling hills of Napa Valley, raise a glass of your favorite varietal to one another while watching the sunset or spread a blanket out next to a vineyard and enjoy an afternoon picnic. The Candlelight Inn is pulling out all the stops for your 3-night romantic getaway including a luxurious suite with Jacuzzi tub, three candlelit breakfasts and one gourmet lunch, an in-room couples massage, a scenic horseback ride and a customized wine-tasting itinerary. Oenophiles will get their fill at the Churchill Manor Bed and Breakfast. Set off on a 6-hour winery tour complete with a stretch limousine, private driver and an “outrageous” picnic lunch complete with linens, tableware and flowers.
5. Victoria, British Columbia
You can find love in bloom all year long thanks to the city’s world-renown gardens and sublime ocean and mountain scenery. At the elegant Abigail’s Hotel. you can up the romantic ante with add-ons to your stay such as breakfast in bed, champagne and roses or a “Do-Not-Disturb” tray of fruit, cheeses and wine. Get a taste of all Victoria has to offer with the Albion Manor Bed and Breakfast’s “Highlights of Victoria” package. Spend a few hours on a whale watching expedition, bask in the glory of Butchart Gardens, visit the Royal BC Museum and sample some of the city’s most delectable cuisine during your two-night stay.