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Ten Romantic Travel Destinations

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL AND THE GUTSY TRAVELER BRING YOU: 10 Romantic GTRAVEL DESTINATIONS Ideas from Marybeth Bond, National Geographic Travel Writer and Founder of "All destinations not created equal. Picking the right location for natural beauty, relaxation, superb dining and stunning sunsets can make a difference when you're falling in love or recharging your relationship."- Marybeth Bond WHAT TO DO SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA THE FUNK ZONE Discover the neighborhood with nooks and crannies bursting with art venues on a two-seater bicycle. SANTA BARBARA HARBOR Enjoy casual and fine dining as well as billiards and brews or a leisure walk among thousands of boats. ADVENTURE ON THE SEA Kayak and paddle board rentals and lessons are available as well as whale watching and sailing excursions, which depart from the Harbor's SEA Landing. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION Miro Restaurant Watch the sun dip below the horizon on the sunny Pacific shores of Santa Barbara, a mere 90 minutes from Los Angeles. Eat your fill of oysters and fresh fish on the edge of California's most spectacular stretch of Pacific paradise. As the sun sets, you may even see whales surface and spout in the distance. WHAT TO DO ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA THE SPOOKY TOUR A one-hour ghost and graveyard tour that takes you back to 18th century Alexandria when your guide tells you stories about the good old "haunted days. DANIEL O'CONNELL'S ON KING STREET This dim, romantic Irish bar was constructed in County Wicklow in the 1800s and taken apart and shipped to the US, piece by piece, and reconstructed in Alexandria in 2004. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION Conveniently located outside of Washington, DC, charming Alexandria is home to historical federal and Georgian architecture, cobblestone streets and flickering glass lamps. Bastille Try the escargot, shrimp beignets and foie gras at this intimate bistro. WHAT TO DO CHICAGO ILLINOIS MUSEUMS Spend time wandering around any of Chicago's infamous museums, such as the Art Museum at the end of Millennium Park with Andy Warhol's The Kiss and romantic paintings by Monet. THE LOOP For architecture enthusiasts, don't miss the free walking tour of "the loop" around Hyde Park, featuring several of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION Whether you're taking in stunning skýscapes with a glass of champagne atop Chicago's tallest building-the Willis Tower, Geja's Cafe or enjoy a stroll around Millennium Park and taking a picture with the large silver statue, "the Bean," Chicago is a wonderful Enjoy live Flamenco and classical guitar as you dip into cheese and chocolate fondue in this intimate cafe. place for couples to explore. WHAT TO DO QUEBEC CITY QUEBEC CHOCO-MUSÉE ÉRICO The half-museum, half-chocolate shop pays homage to the art of chocolate with handmade truffles and gelato that will make your special someone swoon. ILE D'ORLEANS This island is reminiscent of days past for the Quebecois bourgeoisie, with vineyards, chocolateries, historical homes, and stunning views of the city skyline. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION In many ways, Historic Old Quebec is like Paris. Wander its narrow labyrinthine streets, come across squares with statues and old churches and never really get lost. Enjoy quaint Panache With a European sense of intimacy, exposed wood beams, antique furniture, and French Country ambiance, you'll be sure to enjoy a wonderful romantic meal. architecture and exceptional food in Quebec City. WHAT TO DO CARMEL CALIFORNIA CARMEL MISSION BASILICA AND MUSEUM A beautiful site perfect for history enthusiasts. STILLWATER COVE BEACH The perfect place for a romantic stroll along the shore. BIRD ROCK HIKE A more challenging hike off of the picturesque 17-Mile Drive. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION Sandy beaches and dramatic ocean surf attract romantics to Carmel. Carmel has an abundance of Casanoua Nestled in the palm of downtown, Casanova emphasizes French and Italian cooking. Try the fresh mussels, veal and crème brulee. beaches, parks, restaurants, and historic destinations for all. WHAT TO DO LAS VEGAS NEVADA CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S "O" For a unique Vegas experience, get tickets to a top-notch show like "O." THE VENETIAN Be sure to start your evening with a romantic ride in a gondola in the Venetian, or enjoy the faux-Venetian canals from your perch in a candle-lit Italian restaurant. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION Las Vegas is an adult playground with singing gondoliers, rooftop roller coasters and all-night entertainment. Tie the knot in one of the city's wedding chapels or just relax in a Top of the World While you eat, the entire restaurant slowly rotates, boasting a view overlooking all of glittering Las Vegas atop the Stratosphere. luxurious spa or resòrt. WHAT TO DO MAUI HAWAII OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Explore the volcanic zenith of Haleakala, drive the curvy Road to Hana or just cool off at the black-sand beaches of Wai'anapanapa State Park. BIKE TOURS Maui offers the longest downhill bike tour experience anywhere in the world! You can hop on a bike and head downhill from the 10,000 foot evaluation summit of Haleakala National Park for 26 miles of beautiful views all the way to the ocean. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION The second largest Hawaiian Island, Maui is a tropical paradise. Stunning sunsets will lure you into a romantic evening of beach strolls and candlelit dinners. Mama's Fish HHouse On a palm-lined beach near Pa'ia, it's the perfect setting for a romantic sunset, as well as the freshest fish around. WHAT TO DO CHARLESTON 8. SOUTH CAROLINA CHARLESTON COOKS Try something new together with a small cooking class at Charleston Cooks, taught by some of the finest chefs in the South. CARRIAGE TOUR Slow down and cuddle up in a horse-drawn carriage, going back to Colonial times with a licensed guide in a Confederate uniform that will inform and entertain you with historical facts, lore, and humor around more than 30 blocks. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION Romantic restaurants, elegant inns and a pervading ambiance of old glamour entice those with romance on their minds to visit charming, historic Charleston. Slightly North of Broad An impressive dining room, Southern charm, friendliness, open kitchen and superb cuisine await you here. Try the shrimp and grits and ribeye steak. WHAT TO DO NAPA CALIFORNIA HOT AIR BALLOONING Start your adventure with bottomless mimosas or strong coffee and soar to new romantic heights with a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley. TOURS You can experience the scenic beauty of the grape-growing region by car, train or bicycle; Be sure to tour a few vineyards; pamper yourself at one of the numerous spas and then top it off with a gourmet meal. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION Celadon Indulge your senses and your taste for romance in California's Napa Valley. A cozy, intimate place where you will be looked after with attentiveness while enjoying a phenomenal meal. WHAT TO DO SARASOTA 10 FLORIDA OUTDOORS Bike along the 10-mile Legacy Trail or take in the scenery from a cart driven across the links of any one of Sarasota's 100 golf courses. THEATRE Relish an evening at the Sarasota Opera House, or a riveting play from one of the professional theater companies. THE RINGLING CIRCUS MUSEUM View a miniature circus with over 1,000 pieces as well as moving acrobats and wild animals. Be sure to try your balance on a model tight rope course for a little adventure. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION If Florida is known for its beaches, Sarasota County tops the list in terms of beauty and the ingredients for sweet romance. Also, circus lovers have several opportunities to revisit their childhoods in "America's Circus City." Bijou Cafe This award-winning restaurant boasts a delicious shrimp and lobster bisque as well as wonderful service and superb outdoor tables. Marriot. Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories across 17 brands worldwide,

Ten Romantic Travel Destinations

shared by Lemonly on Feb 13
In a partnership with Marriott and travel blogger Marybeth Bond, The Gutsy Traveler, our latest project was an infographic illustrating the top ten romantic getaways in the US according to Marybeth. F...





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