Regardless of what you celebrate, you can't argue that romance has seeped into the very fabric of the holiday season. Consider Mariah Carey’s instant classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” or all two hours and sixteen minutes of Love Actually. Washington Irving, of “Sleepy Hollow” fame, wrote in 1820 that young men endeavored to kiss their sweethearts once for every berry on a hung-up bough of mistletoe. Christmas, it seems, is competing with Valentine's Day for the most romantic holiday.
With all its trappings, who wouldn’t want to take a romantic Christmas getaway? Snug sleigh rides, crackling fires, warm drinks, gift giving, mistletoe, matching Christmas sweaters—the list is seemingly endless.
Whether you are humming along to “Mele Kalikimaka” or “Feliz Navidad,” there’s romance to be had all over the world; and right in your backyard. And it's not all pine trees and snowflakes, either (though that's certainly an option). From the dazzling Gilded Age decorations of Biltmore in Asheville’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the modern department store windows on New York’s Fifth Avenue, the jubilant crowds of St. Peter’s Square in Rome and the sunny beaches of South Africa, there’s a perfect getaway here for every couple. Cozy up—it is, after all, cold outside.