Ok, so we normally cover places to go just as guys. However, as any married man (or in a committed relationship) knows - if she isn't happy then you won't be either!
That's why we put together this list of some fantastic romantic retreats that your wife will love.
ME Cancun is isn't your typical caribbean resort and is designed to be hip, chic, and rocker friendly. In case you missed it, ME Cancun was featured on MTV's The Real World in 2009. For Valentine's Day, ME Cancun has really rolled out a package that pushes the boundaries of the "lovers package".
From in-room couple massages and slow sex workshops, to naughty novelties and even private access to an exclusive hotel entrance, Adults-Only guests will be able to unwind and hopefully delve a little deeper into romance and sexuality in this gorgeous atmosphere where indulgence and relaxation is encouraged.
ME by Melia has also partnered with OneTaste, the San Francisco based leader in the practice of sexuality to bring another exciting aspect to the Adults Only month of February. OneTaste is about connection. An activity for couples or singles, they provide tools and workshops for intimacy in everyday life. Going to the root of experience, OneTaste integrates the principles of mindfulness with the practice of sexuality: mindful sexuality. By nourishing and including this basic and essential part of life, they discover richer relationships, an embodied sense of self and the uncompromising feeling of wholeness.
While those over-the-top amenities are only for February, the hotel is a great place to go if you want some fun in the sun and the typical fare doesn't appeal to you. Plus, chances are that your woman watches the Real World and has at some point dreamed of visiting one of the Real World houses.
The Tidewater Inn, is perfect if you are looking for a romantic getaway in a historic hotel in a quaint town where buildings date back to the 1700's. Tidewater Inn itself traces its roots all the way back to 1712 when it was simply a colonial tavern. Today, the hotel features 84 guest rooms and suites, including a Honeymoon Suite and the Master Suite featuring a faux fireplace that adds to the romantic nature of the hotel.
While visiting the the Tidewater Inn, you will want to make sure you have dinner at the Hunter's Tavern. The restaurant features a variety of specialties from the Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Maryland. Hunter's Tavern also includes a variety of unique entrees, including a grilled pumpkin steak, featuring teriyaki maple marinated pumpkin (not beef) that is served with an apple jus, black lentils and basmati rice. (menu choices may vary from day to day).
The town of Easton, Maryland, the "8th Best Small Town in America", offers a variety of quaint shops featuring antiques, art, and restaurants. Plus, it is only minutes away from opportunities to walk on the beach, observe migratory birds, or go for a sunset sail on the bay.
Wine, chocolate, and a B&B in a gorgeous setting make Camellia Inn another great destination for a romantic getaway.
Guests at the Camellia Inn in Healdsburg, CA can request the “Chocolate Covered Valentines Day” special during Valentine’s Day weekend. The special includes chocolate treats every afternoon, chocolate port in the evening, gourmet chocolate every night, chocolate and wine tasting at a local winery, chocolate featured in the breakfast menu and a tour of Healdsburg’s chocolate shops in a chauffeured hot rod. The aphrodisiac supplement is also included for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Guests can finish a scrumptious chocolate dessert and head back to the King room and have fun with chocolate soap and chocolate body paint. The room is also equipped with fireplace and whirlpool for two. Inn will also provide guests with a Valentine’s Day gift every night of their stay, including a bottle of Camellia Cellars First Kiss Wine. Special is $950 including taxes
Guests can also add on spa treatments or request bath therapy sets (candles, lotions, fruit, CD).
Even beyond Valentine's Day, Camellia Inn is a great destination since it is located in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country where 150 wineries are nearby and 26 tasting rooms to walk to . Valentine sweethearts can enjoy a wine tour or take a quick stroll through town, which is also known for local art galleries. “Snoopy” fans can even visit Charles Schultz Museum.
The Abbey Resort
Less than two hours from Chicago, The Abbey Resort is the only resort located on Lake Geneva. This allows for great water views as well as all the great amenities of the hotel itself. Aside from the location, two things that make the Abbey Resort stand out are the fantastic new chef and its amazing AVANI Spa - where they are just as welcoming to men as they are to women and couples!
Tradewinds Sandpiper Resort
Romantic walks on the beach, in-room whirlpool, ocean view suites, and friendly bartenders. The Tradewinds Sandpiper Resort in St. Pete's Beach is a fantastic choice if you are looking for a romantic escape to Florida's gulf coast.
Looking to treat your princess to a romantic escape in one of America's castles? The Biltmore Estate, located in gorgeous Asheville, NC is just that and features a fantastic romantic setting in a historic hotel surrounded by vinyards and in one of the more romantic cities in the South East.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Is your idea of a romantic weekend one where you can take romantic walks through a lush garden, hold hands while overlooking a waterfall, take a romantic boat ride, and then have a fantastic steak dinner in an antebellum plantation house overlooking a river? What if I told you that all those things and more can be found all year round, INSIDE of the AMAZING atrium at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
Gaylord has several other hotels around the country that each feature different local themes, but this is the grand daddy of them all.
Alaska Sea and Land Cruise Tour
While cruising can be romantic pretty much whatever itinerary you chose, there is something extra special and romantic about a cruise to Alaska. Depending what experience you are looking for, there are several options. For the cliche romantic experience you have got to go with Princess as you celebrate your love for each other on-board The Love Boat. Or, for that extra touch of luxury and refinement, you might try Holland America Line.
However, to get the ULTIMATE romantic Alaska experience, Sea and Land cruisetour by should be on your agenda.
Both Princess and Holland America Lines offer this unique way to see Alaska. Sea and Land cruisetours feature a 7-day cruise, a 300 mile train ride to Denali National Park on-board a luxury train, and then at least two nights at one of the Princess's lodges.
While nature and history can be romantic, so is the cool, clean modern look found at the brand new and eco-friendly Hotel Felix in Chicago. If that isn't enough, you can even take a drive through Chicago in a 2010 Tesla Roadster while you stay at the hotel.
No discussion of romantic destinations is complete without including New Orleans! While there are numerous historic hotels in the Crescent City, Place D'Armes has a special place in my heart. The hotel is located in the French Quarter and only a few blocks from Jackson Square and Cafe Du Monde as well as some of the finest restaurants in the world.
While Place D'Armes isn't the fanciest hotel or the most modern, it is the history and romantic nature of this hotel that makes me dream of returning sometime soon. Essentially, the hotel is a collection of 18th and 19th century buildings that are all connected and surrounding a romantic courtyard with magnolias, fountains, and water plants.
No matter where you go, the ultimate romantic destination is about taking your wife somewhere different, trying new things, and learning about about a new place without the distractions of home. As such, I would have to say that the BEST romantic destination to take your wife could be as close as a neighboring city - as long as you both are excited to go there and have a great time.