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Love is always in the air at these romantic hotels from coast to coast.

Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

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This Victorian-style oceanfront hotel on a bluff overlooks a private, white-sand beach with glorious views of Montauk, Block Island, and the Atlantic. The wraparound patio is ideal for curling up together with a glass of wine, while croquet lawns and putting greens add to the eclectic, old-world charm. A $146 million renovation—itself a labor of love—resulted in 49 light-filled guest rooms and 22 private villas that have modern bathrooms with oversize soaking tubs. Equally satisfying is a meal at the farm-to-table restaurant Seasons, complete with a veranda.

Price Tag: From approximately $285 per night.

—Stephanie Orma

America's Most Romantic Hotels

Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

This Victorian-style oceanfront hotel on a bluff overlooks a private, white-sand beach with glorious views of Montauk, Block Island, and the Atlantic. The wraparound patio is ideal for curling up together with a glass of wine, while croquet lawns and putting greens add to the eclectic, old-world charm. A $146 million renovation—itself a labor of love—resulted in 49 light-filled guest rooms and 22 private villas that have modern bathrooms with oversize soaking tubs. Equally satisfying is a meal at the farm-to-table restaurant Seasons, complete with a veranda.

Price Tag: From approximately $285 per night.

—Stephanie Orma

Courtesy of The Ocean House

America's Most Romantic Hotels

Imagine you and your better half cuddling fireside as the sun dips behind the distant mountains. The only sounds are from the wild; the only sights are canyons and the stark desert. No, you’re not in the Sahara. You’re at Utah’s ultra-romantic Amangiri resort.

With Valentine’s Day looming and no end to winter in sight, who doesn’t dream of stealing away on vacation? But you don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth (or beloved spots like Paris or the Caribbean) to find that spark-kindling setting. From seaside New England to Washington State’s wine country, we’ve uncovered dreamy properties certain to get you in the mood—whatever your idea of romance and your price range.

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You can take your love to literal new heights at Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn, a cliff-top hotel whose treehouses and cottages perch a thousand feet above the Pacific. The policy of no clocks or televisions encourages couples to reconnect, while perks like a gratis convertible inspire drives along scenic Highway 1 with impromptu picnics on any of the breathtaking beaches.

Of course, romance doesn’t require endless water views; cozying up in a country bed-and-breakfast has its own appeal. Hillside Victorian cottages with a white picket fence and fairy-tale-like setting draw couples year round to Landrum, SC, where they check into the affordable Red Horse Inn. Blame its high occupancy rate on the waterfalls, rocking chairs, and in-room candlelit dinners.

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Great country inns know just how to take care of their guests, and indeed many of our favorite romantic hotels are a quick jaunt but worlds away from major cities. It’s about a two-hour drive from Phoenix to an enchanting resort of adobe suites with kiva fireplaces set among the red-rock canyons of Sedona, while 2 1/2 hours gets you from Atlanta to a Blue Ridge Mountains retreat.

And sometimes, romance is just a subway ride away. Lovebirds who want to fall in love with their hometown all over again—or flock to a hotel with urban sophistication—can look no further than actor Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel in New York City.

Read on to find the perfect romantic hotel for you two and make that daydreamed getaway a reality.

—Stephanie Orma

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