Chocolate and roses may be Valentine’s Day staples, but travelers know there’s nothing more romantic than a trip with the one you love—whether you're on a gondola in Venice, a pink-sand beach in Bermuda, or the plains of the Serengeti. Our panel of travel, honeymoon and wedding experts will discuss the best destinations, hotels, and booking strategies for a romantic trip, whether it's on Valentine's Day or in the future. Let them help you figure out where Cupid's arrow will strike you!
The tweet-up will take place Wednesday, February 13th, from 2–3 p.m. EDT.
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If Barcelona were a boyfriend, he’d be the guy who whisks you away on his motorcycle for date night, buys you flowers from the man selling them on the street, wines and dines you at a dimly lit bar, then kisses you effortlessly as he drops you off at the end of the night.
That is to say, Barcelona is very easy to fall in love with.
Go for the architecture and gastronomy, but stay for the romance.
Earlier this year, I took a weeklong anniversary trip to San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma with my husband, Lee, an academic who gets hives at the thought of anything luxurious. Keeping him comfortable meant mixing extraordinary meals with unexpected finds and cheap local favorites. Here’s the best of our high-low itinerary that kept both of us satisfied.
Opportunities to sleep outside in NYC, safely removed from traffic and filth, are few: The Bronx Zoo offers summer overnight family safaris with a sea lion wake-up call. On select summer nights, families can sleep out in the city parks, watched over by rangers. But for the most part, unless you drag a mattress onto your fire escape like the Kramdens, you’ll probably be sleeping inside.
Except if you go five-star. AKA Central Park, a luxury residence/hotel combo, is offering a night out on the 1,000-square-foot wrap-around terrace of its 17th-floor penthouse suite. You’ll get cocktails, s’mores (ingredients from Jacques Torres) to toast in front of the fireplace, champagne, a Nook e-reader loaded with campfire stories, a telescope, a TV (really?), and a bed under the stars.
It's easy to get swept away by early 20th-century opulence. In our last installment in Valentine’s Day video series with GloboMaestro, Michael Bordenick, the in-the-know concierge at The Surrey hotel, takes us to one of New York City’s most intimate, and dazzling, museums in town—The Frick Collection. The former 18th-century French-style mansion home-turned-museum on the Upper East Side is home to countless European masterworks, sumptuous décor, and even a fun little secret in the basement. Watch and join Michael as he takes you behind the scenes of the former titan of industry’s residence. If nothing else, it will make you fall in love with Gotham’s Gilded Age.
Travel + Leisure's digital project editor Sarah Spagnolo highlights four romantic weekend getaways.
1. From the East: Cape Cod, Massachusetts – Chatham Bars Inn (from $250 a night). Many travelers consider Cape Cod to be a summertime escape, but the destination is serene and dramatic in the winter, without the crowds. At the Chatham Bars Inn, you’ll stay in one of 217 Cape-style cottages on a bluff overlooking the crashing waves. Many rooms have bay windows, gas fireplaces, and oversize soaking tubs. Stay through March for $250/night for two nights, and the hotel will throw in breakfast for two, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, and a $100 credit at the streamlined spa.
This is hands down the most electrifying book cover that’s come across my desk in my recent memory: the words Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women emblazoned over lacy lingerie tantalizingly dropped on an unkempt bed. If Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi, the editors of this intoxicating compilation of 25 personal narratives, are to be believed, Muslim women flirt, date, have sex, and fall in love, just like everyone else. Who knew?
The essays range from hilarious (a 14-year-old being given a crash course in the birds and the bees by her mom in a movie-theater parking lot) to heart-wrenching (a woman who realizes that her non-Muslim fiancé has an insurmountable disdain for her faith); from chaste (an endearing tale of a girl passing up a chance to make out with her model-hot trainer) to steamy (a bittersweet retelling of a passionate weeklong affair with a Muslim punk rocker). Premarital sex, arranged marriage, online dating, polygamous relationships, date rape, lesbian romances—everything is recounted with refreshing honesty and courage. My favorite section was, unsurprisingly, International Habibti: Love Overseas, full of enticing encounters in the Andes, Sri Lanka, and Cairo—who hasn’t fantasized about meeting a mysterious, accented, handsome stranger in an exotic, faraway land?
In today’s V-Day installment from GloboMaestro, Antonio Barrios, concierge at the St. Regis San Francisco takes us to Hayes Valley in San Franciso in search of exquisite chocolates, old-school cakes, and all manner of sugary treats for your sweetheart—or yourself!
For more ideas on where to find great candy, chocolates, and more, check out our new feature "Best New Sweet Shops."
It’s not your average aphrodisiac. Pulque—the frothy, vitamin-rich, rough-around-the-edges beverage made from fermented Maguey sap—has been the drink of gods and mortals in Mexico for over 1,000 years. This less sophisticated cousin to tequila is also a “must imbibe” concoction for those wanting to conceive.
We’re pleased to announce a special Valentine’s Day series with video content partner GloboMaestro! Watch for great ideas for classic and offbeat romance as we count down to February 14.
Founded in 2011, GloboMaestro is harnessing the vast local knowledge of some of the travel industry’s most knowledgeable insiders—hotel concierges. It’s enlisted some of the very best to act as tour guides. We think it’s a pretty smart idea.
Today, Raphael Pallais Chef Concierge at The Plaza Hotel, has some fun (and unexpected) suggestions about where to enjoy a night out in New York City—or even pop the question. Next up: Miami.