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Turn up the heat this winter on a romantic getaway—no passport necessary.

La Jolla, CA

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Sunny days and lighter crowds turn this buzzing summer destination into a serene, cold-weather escape on the Pacific. Days are spent lingering along the shores, kayaking in the clear blue waters, and strolling the upscale shops, coffeehouses, and eclectic boutiques of the quaint village streets. In the evening, spice things up in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter over dinner and drinks.

Where to Stay: With a prime location between La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines Golf Course, the 201-room Estancia La Jolla has candle-rimmed pathways winding through well-manicured grounds. Blissful spa bungalows have outdoor fireplaces and deep soaking tubs, and you can savor the sunset from the on-site wine bar.

America's Most Romantic Winter Destinations

La Jolla, CA

Sunny days and lighter crowds turn this buzzing summer destination into a serene, cold-weather escape on the Pacific. Days are spent lingering along the shores, kayaking in the clear blue waters, and strolling the upscale shops, coffeehouses, and eclectic boutiques of the quaint village streets. In the evening, spice things up in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter over dinner and drinks.

Where to Stay: With a prime location between La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines Golf Course, the 201-room Estancia La Jolla has candle-rimmed pathways winding through well-manicured grounds. Blissful spa bungalows have outdoor fireplaces and deep soaking tubs, and you can savor the sunset from the on-site wine bar.

Courtesy of Estancia La Jolla

America's Most Romantic Winter Destinations

“When we venture out to the wide, open plains and drive up the mountains, it feels like we’re the only ones there,” says Dan Warner, reflecting on the appeal of Jackson, WY. The L.A.-based COO of Atlas Digital production company and his wife vacationed there winters ago and will return this season for a romantic, kid-free getaway.

Blame it on the cold weather or all that holiday cheer, but there’s something about winter that gives us the itch to escape with that special someone. Yet with many traveling this time of year, the challenge can be finding a place to steal away from the crowds. Thankfully, we turned up plentiful options for secluded and romantic winter getaways like Jackson.

Couples can snowshoe through New England’s quiet mountain trails before cozying up in front of a crackling fire at a luxurious country estate. Or watch the winter storms whip up the crashing surf from a warm, inviting inn high above Oregon’s rocky coast.

Of course, romance doesn’t require chilly weather to get the sparks flying. Biking along the shores of Amelia Island, FL, might be more your speed, or wine tasting in picturesque Texas Hill Country. And you can indulge urban holiday fantasies by stealing a kiss on the Brooklyn Bridge and holing up at New York’s NoMad Hotel, where rooms come with claw-foot tubs. Chef Daniel Humm’s sexy downstairs restaurant serves decadent dishes to couples on mohair banquettes.

Whatever your ideal setting, read on to find the perfect romantic winter destination for you two.

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