Romance can be found almost anywhere: in the mountains, by the ocean and on the road. With a little planning and on-the-scene spontaneity, you and your valentine can escape for a romantic and unforgettable weekend getaway. Whether you prefer warm weather or soaking in the beauty of snow-topped mountains, each of these four destinations offers couples something special to celebrate.
Hill Country, Texas
- 90 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
- 65 minutes from San Antonio International Airport
Located west of Austin and north of San Antonio is the Texas Hill Country. In February and March, temperatures in this part of Texas average in the upper 50s to mid 60s, making the area’s limestone hills a romantic and warm winter retreat. Book the flowers and chocolates package at the Magnolia House in Fredericksburg, a town known for its German traditions and Southern hospitality. Buy a sweet Danish pastry for your sweetheart at Old German Bakery and Restaurant and then browse some of the more than 150 art galleries and boutiques.
On day two, drive to one of the Hill Country’s many award-winning vineyards like Grape Creek Vineyards, which is only a 15-minute drive from Fredericksburg. If you both love wine, sign up for the Wine Lovers Trail from Feb. 5 to 21. Couples can sample wines and chocolates from 48 Hill Country wineries while enjoying the picturesque backdrop of the Old West.
Pack in Extra Romance: Pack a blanket, a bottle of wine and two glasses and drive about 20 minutes north of Fredericksburg to Enchanted Rock, the second largest granite dome in the U.S. Climb to the top of the pink rock just before sunset, pour your vino and get ready for an enchanting experience as the sun goes down.