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8 Ideas for Inexpensive Romantic Getaways in the U.S.

Getting away with your partner is one of the best ways to reconnect. Here are our favorite romantic vacation ideas on a budget!

Nothing makes visiting a new place better than experiencing it with someone you love. But planning a romantic vacation shouldn’t have to break the bank. A successful couple’s trip isn’t about spending the most money, it’s about creating moments that bring the two of you together in the present and memories to last a lifetime. Whether it’s the mouthwatering chocolate mousse you share one night at dinner, the best massage of your life, or simply a sunset so beautiful it’s seared in your memory forever, it’s those small, special experiences that make the trip.

Our eight great inexpensive romantic getaways throughout the country were chosen to offer a backdrop to create your perfect couples vacation. They all feature resorts and destinations that provide a lot of bang for your buck, but are all under $250 per night for a double room.*

*Prices were checked on January 2021 and can vary according to days of the search and stay.

A Masterpiece of a Vacation for Art Lovers in Santa Fe, New Mexico

As the only hotel on Santa Fe’s historic plaza, La Fonda puts you right in the heart of town. The four-diamond property merges Old World traditions with modern amenities and comforts. There are hand painted headboards and hand painted tiles in the bathroom. Cookie cutter is a phrase not heard here.

Santa Fe is a town renowned for its art on Canyon Road, but art lovers don’t even need to leave the hotel to see a collection of New Mexican art that rivals any museum. Guests can book a tour with the hotel’s art curator to learn the story behind the works.

Choose a room with a fireplace and order a breakfast of blue corn pancakes to enjoy in bed. For couples looking to plan a cozy wedding, La Fonda has a new wedding coordinator specializing in micro-weddings.

La Fonda on the Plaza

Top rated
Santa Fe
9.1 Excellent (1730 reviews)

Wine Not Try a New Wine Country in Temecula, California

When you can get a romantic private bungalow for the price of a standard room, you’ve found an ideal spot for an inexpensive vacation for couples. Carter Estates Winery & Resort in the wine country of Temecula boasts 60 bungalow retreats, all with terraces just steps from the award-winning vineyards.

The family owned winery and resort is known for its sparkling wines–a bottle of bubbles enjoyed drinking in the view or in front of the in-room fireplace is a must to set the stage for a romantic getaway.

Take a hot air balloon ride over wine country, enjoy wine tasting at the resort’s tasting room, or take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the vineyard. With year-round good weather, it’s an ideal spot for romance in any season.

Carter Estate Winery And Resort

Temecula
9.3 Excellent (1414 reviews)

Spa-Ahh Time in Kohler, Wisconsin

Romance doesn’t hibernate, so if you can handle the cold, you can snuggle up with your sweetie this winter at the American Club, a five-star resort for the price of a three-star hotel.

Located an hour north of Milwaukee, the historic property boasts the Kohler Waters Spa, one of the best spas in the state. Book the H2O Inspiration for Two, featuring a full-body exfoliation and unique WaterTile Bodyspray shower.

Enjoy a romantic dinner in the resort’s signature restaurant, The Immigrant. Request one of the alcove booths in the Dutch Room. The table is illuminated by light from oil lanterns.

Hotel The American Club

Top rated
Kohler
9.2 Excellent (286 reviews)

All of Wine Country on One Property in Napa, California

With its famous wineries, bucolic scenery, and great food scene, Napa is a destination made for couples. While the price tag of many resorts is sky high, the four diamond Vista Collina is ideal for romantic vacations on a budget.

With nine tasting rooms on property, couples don’t even need to leave the resort to spend a day wine tasting. Try the resort’s own Trinitas Cellars, which made a wine for the Pope. Or buy a bottle, stop at the hotel’s FiveTown Grocery for picnic supplies, and enjoy on the hotel’s expansive lawn.

Relax with a couple’s massage at Spa Terra, housed in a wine cave and enjoy a glass of bubbles post treatment.

Vista Collina Resort

Napa
8.4 Very good (363 reviews)

Enjoy a Rustic Retreat in Lake Travis, Texas

Featured on HGTV, this is the tallest Straw Bale Home in Texas. This rustic, cozy one-bedroom home boasts hand-painted tiles and gemstones in the flooring.

The master suite features a master bath with a dual-sided fireplace perfect for a romantic bath by the fire. A third floor loft offers a meditation room and viewing tower to enjoy the stunning lake views.

Take a stroll around the grounds, which feature a koi pond, enjoy private access to the lake, or take a dip in the private hot tub.

Funky Loft Blue Eco-Cabin

Spicewood
9.1 Excellent (61 reviews)

Outdoor Adventuring in Key West, Florida

Built in the 1800s as a cigar factory, the Southernmost House is now a charming inn tucked into a quieter section of Old Town Key West in sunny Florida.

Relax poolside or unleash your wilder side parasailing, diving, jet skiing, or snorkeling. A Champagne sunset sail is the perfect way to wind down the day with your sweetie.

Book lovers can choose the Hemingway Package, which includes two tickets to the Hemingway House Museum and continental breakfast.

The Southernmost House

Top rated
Key West
9.0 Excellent (526 reviews)

Spice it up in Burlington, Vermont

What’s more romantic than hunkering down together in a cozy quintessential New England resort? At the Essex Resort in Burlington you’re close to great outdoor adventure, as well as a great culinary adventure indoors.

The Essex is the top culinary resort in the area. If the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then there’s nothing more romantic than cooking together at the Cook Academy. Learn to make pasta or cook with Vermont beer. Best of all you’ll enjoy a multi-course meal of whatever you whip up.

Love might equal zero in tennis, but for couples wanting some good-natured fun, the six Har-Tru clay courts at the resort beckon. For serious players, the tennis camp has been rated in the top 10 in the world.

After a hard-fought game relax at the spa, the only full-service, freestanding spa in the area.

The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

Top rated
Essex
8.5 Excellent (1689 reviews)

Spring Time in Bedford, Pennsylvania

For over 200 years the Omni Bedford Springs has welcomed lovebirds. Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, the resort is an idyllic getaway for couples in Pennsylvania.

The hotel is centered around eight mineral springs originally discovered in 1796. The Native Americans believed the waters had healing powers and today the resort’s 33,000 sq. ft. Springs Eternal Spa harnesses that power in hydrotherapy treatments inspired by the springs. The Eternal Spring actually sits under the spa’s front desk.

Golfers can tee off on the appropriately named Old Course. The 18-hole course dates to 1895 making it one of the oldest in the country. It’s irrigated from water from the Black Spring. The beautiful Cumberland Valley is also fun to explore on horseback or a private carriage ride.

Omni Bedford Springs Resort

Top rated
Bedford
9.1 Excellent (1364 reviews)