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The Most Romantic Destinations Across the Globe (and Where to Dine!)

The Most Romantic Destinations Across the Globe (and Where to Dine!)

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It’s impossible to think “Venice” without using “romance”.
It’s impossible to think “Venice” without using “romance”.

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The Most Romantic
Destinations Across the Globe (andWhere to Dine!)
Ah yes, we’ve givenall of the gifts
put away thedecorations and rung inthe new year.
holidays are through, we’re launched intoValentine’s Day mode! What to do, where togo, who to spend it with.
 
Well, while I can’thelp you in the dating department, I can helpyou in choosing some of the most romanticValentine’s month destinations. Whether youhave a valentine this year or not, you maywant to check these places out just becausethey are so dang pretty!Aspen, ColoradoA notable haven for the rich and fabulous,Aspen offers more than just good celebrityspotting. Yes, this is a skier’s paradise, but it’salso a great outdoor romantic destinationwinter or summer with its stunning scenery,great hiking, superb accommodations and abusy nightlife. Travel 15 miles southwest ofAspen to Maroon Bells with its lake and alpinemeadows, and where there are no carsallowed. Hike the trails, enjoy the mountain airand take in the stunning scenery. GlenwoodHot Springs, just 40 miles northwest of Aspen,is a perfect romantic indulgence. You can alsoget your romantic Western adventure fix witha visit to T Lazy 7 Ranch with its horsebackrides and camping trips. Whether you chooseto curl up in your lodge in front of a roaring fireor live it up at the myriad of pubs, clubs,discos and country and Western bars. Veggie& special diet locale of note:
 
ExploreBooksellersParis, FranceWith its beautiful public parks, ubiquitoussidewalk cafés, famous art museums, historicchurches and palaces, Paris is a city that youcome back to again and again. There is somuch to see and do, especially out of doors.Whether it be strolling hand in hand along thequais, riding a bateau mouches around the Ilede la Cite, browsing the wares of thebouquinistes, or crossing the Pont Neuf, theSeine is the lifeblood of this ancient city andits chief point of reference. But if you reallywant to know why Paris is the city of lovers,visit the tomb of Abelard and Heloise at PereLachaise Cemetary. Veggie & special dietlocalesof note:
 
 
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Saveurs Végét’HallesNew York, New YorkRomance is always in the air in the Big Apple.The city that never sleeps is always ready tohost lovers not only around the clock, butyear-round. What’s more romantic than acarriage ride in Central Park in the spring orskating at the Rockefeller Center in the
And once theDecember 
It’s impossible to think “Venice” without using “romance” 
 
winter? Shopping, museums, theater, river cruises, fantastic dining, it’s all available inNYC. Take in the neon lights of Times Square along with a spectacular Broadway show,or make your way to the alternative SoHo and funky Greenwich Village. Cuddle up onthe Staten Island Ferry, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and take your time lingeringover a romantic candlelit dinner at any one of New York’s fabulous restaurants. Veggie& special diet locales of note: Check out my New York posts
 
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3!Hayman Island, Whitsundays Queensland, AustraliaAh, the Great Barrier Reef. If you didn’t see it for yourself you’d be forgiven for thinkingthis sailing and watersports hub at the tip of the country was the figment of someone’simagination. Crystal clear waters, pristine sandy beaches and a world-renowned reefmake this the quintessential sun, sand and sea romantic paradise island holiday.Seventy-four islandsmake up the great Whitsundays, and while there are ten resorts oneight of the islands to choose from,
 
Hayman is the place to be. Renowned for itsluxurious surroundings as well as outstanding chefs and cuisine, it’s the epitome ofromantic indulgence. Wouldn’t you want to be surrounded by a huge lagoon pooloverlooking tropical vistas and sandy white beaches? Quaint island boutiques,sumptuous dining and killer sunsets with a cocktail in hand are the stuff romanticvacations are made of. Veggie & special diet locale of note:
 
Azure at The HaymanIsland ResortGuangxi Province, ChinaLocated in the south of China on the Gulf of Tonkin and sharing a border with Vietnam,Guangxi Province enjoys a subtropical climate, lush landscapes and rugged mountains.If you saw the film
 
The Painted Veil, then you are already familiar with this picturesqueregion. After visiting the colorfulcaves, pagodas and former royal complex in the capitalGuilin, drift lazily down the river amid otherworldly karst peaks towards Yangshuo. Thenvisit the dramatic Longsheng rice terraces and sample the region’s famous rice noodleswith its chili sauce made of fresh chili, garlic and fermented soybeans. Veggie & specialdiet locale of note:
 
Pure LotusNassau, BahamasAll Caribbean islands know how to pour on the romance, but for our money, NassauParadise Island in the Bahamas not only has the requisite pink sand and turquoisewaters, but also offers the greatest variety of places to eat, nightlife, and resorts. Strollthe cobblestone streets, indulge in watersports, shop for traditional Bahamianhandicrafts, or sip cocktails overlooking the ocean. Whether you want to take a romantichorseback ride or carriage tour, the choice is yours. Check out the Changing of theGuard every other Saturday at the Government House, make a trip to the Straw Marketto purchase some handmade souvenirs, or spend a day sailing the island on one ofNew Zealand’s former America’s Cup yachts. Then head back to your luxury room anddrift off into sweet slumber and perfect Caribbean dreams. Veggie & special diet localeof note:
 
Carmine’s NYCCosta RicaStunning natural rainforests and exotic landscapes make Costa Rica not only a superbromantic getaway, but also an eco-friendly one. There are so many romantic things tosee and do in Costa Rica that it’s hard to know where to start, but be sure to include atleast a few of the following: a trip to the Irazu and Poas volcanoes, the romantic La PazWaterfall and Butterfly Gardens or a tour through the Braulio Carillo NationalPark.Bond

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