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7 Weekend Getaways for Couples

Keeping the romance alive with a weekend getaway

Romance is wherever you are with your significant other, but it doesn’t hurt to take yourselves out of everyday life to somewhere new and exciting for a weekend getaway. Our favorite getaways include places where you can really take in nature and spend time outdoors with your loved one. Here are 7 weekend getaways for couples.

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1. Desert Hot Springs, California

This city is sometimes referred to as the Desert Empire or California’s Spa City, which makes it easily a top getaway destination for couples. DHS overlooks the Palm Springs area, and is a resort hot spot known for its natural, healing, hot mineral water. If you’re looking for an authentic and natural spa, look no further―DHS caters to all visitors looking for a unique experience. If you’re looking for more than just time to wind down and relax, you can also enjoy a wide range of entertainment options, like Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, Joshua Tree National Monument and local dining and shopping.

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2. Sedona, Arizona

This Arizona desert town is the perfect spot to rekindle the flame, surrounded by steep canyon walls, pine forests and red-rock buttes. Its mild climate makes it the perfect weekend getaway year-round. Uptown Sedona is populated with shops, spas and art galleries. On the outskirts of Sedona, you’ll find many trails that lead to Red Rock State Park, where you can enjoy outdoor activities like bird-watching, picnicking and hiking. Sedona can be considered “equal parts rugged, equal parts resort.” Bonus points: Sedona has recently become a destination for wine enthusiasts with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms.

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3. Big Bend National Park, Texas

As the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States, Big Bend National Park holds national significance―making it the destination spot for everyone. Its name stems from the vast curve of the Rio Grande in remote Southwest Texas, and has over one million acres of public land. What can you do here? Pretty much anything, like camping, hiking, horseback riding, river running, jeep touring, mountain bicycling, sightseeing and stargazing. From convenient and comfortable to resort luxury, enjoy these accommodations for adventure, discovery and romance.

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4. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Your mountain getaway starts and ends right here―in Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America, and Gatlinburg is nestled at the entrance of it. This town may be small with its 3,944 residents, but they are so welcoming that their population can grow to 40,000+ any given night. You and your significant other can feel secluded while also being a part of a community at the same time. Things to do: walking around downtown, the River Walk, arts and crafts, shopping, restaurants, cabins, B&Bs and more.

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5. Hocking Hills, Ohio

This Midwest getaway is for the couples out there who want to explore and cozy up next to a fire. Hocking Hills is perfect for canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, ATV riding and more. There’s so much to do that it can be a little overwhelming―but the more options, the better! This state park is home of Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave, with cliffs, gorges, rock shelters and waterfalls. Hocking Hills is an ideal weekend getaway for those who want to enjoy some quiet and peaceful time together.

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6. Lake Placid, New York

Home away from home―that’s what Lake Placid feels like to many visitors. With its quaint villages, small community and scenic mountains roads, it’s hard not to fall in love with such a dreamlike destination. The Adirondacks offers variety, from skiing to skating or spa time to wine and beer tastings. You also have an array of options when it comes to lodging, like an upscale green hotel, a cozy B&B, camping cabin or private rental house. Essentially, you can make this weekend getaway as romantic as you want it to be.

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7. Litchfield Hills of Connecticut

For those who live in and around the East Coast, Litchfield Hills is the destination for weekend getaways. Not only is it closeby, but it gives the illusion of being somewhere new and exciting, while also becoming a sanctuary for relaxing for the weekend. Litchfield hills are known for its distinct rural scenery; this is the opposite of Central and Southern Connecticut, which is largely urbanized or suburbanized. With vineyards, farm markets, factory outlets and tours, shopping, waterfalls, spas, health clubs, skiing/snowboarding trails, golf courses, amusement parks, cooking classes, museums, art galleries and so much more, you won’t ever find yourself bored or with nothing to do.

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Pick 5 | Olympic Destinations You Should Visit

The XXII Olympic Winter Games are underway in Sochi, Russia! In honor of the festivities, we look back at five U.S. cities that have hosted the Games. A visit to each of these destinations is steeped in tradition. Follow the steps of the Olympians who made history here. If you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

1. Lake Placid, New York
The legendary U.S. men’s hockey team defeated the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 games in Lake Placid. Today, the Olympic Center hosts public ice skating. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum tells the story of how the sleepy mountain town came to host the Games in both 1932 and 1980. Whiteface Mountain offers 360-degree views of the Adirondacks and, beyond, the Montreal skyline when the skies are clear. Skiers flock here in the winter; in the summer, Whiteface Mountain offers gondola rides, hiking and biking.

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Beautiful year-round, Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. {image courtesy Peter C in Toronto Canada via Flickr}

2. Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Coliseum plays host to the USC football team every fall. It hosted the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984, and is a National Historic Landmark. The Olympic Cauldron is still lit during the fourth quarter of USC games and for special occasions, such as during the Olympics. The Rose Bowl, used for cycling in 1932 and soccer in 1984, and also a landmark, is the home of the New Year’s Day game of the same name and the UCLA Bruins.

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The Los Angeles Coliseum {image courtesy jondoeforty1 via Flickr}

3. Atlanta, Georgia
Opened for the 1996 Games, Centennial Olympic Stadium hosted a variety of events, including the opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium was renamed Turner Field after the festivities and is now the home of the Atlanta Braves (at least through 2016 when the Braves will move out of downtown Atlanta). The 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park also opened in 1996 and welcomes millions of visitors a year because of its close proximity to the World of Coca-Cola museum, Georgia Aquarium, a children’s museum, CNN’s world headquarters, and SkyView Atlanta, a 200 foot Ferris Wheel. The park features an interactive fountain and children’s splash pad in the shape of the Olympic rings that move to synchronized jets and lights.

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Centennial Olympic Park in Midtown Atlanta {image courtesy Roberty Neff via Flickr}

4. Olympic Valley, California
Located on the west side of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley was home to just two families when local residents bid on the 1960 Olympics. Today it welcomes more than 600,000 visitors each year who come to take on the KT-22, which has been called the best lift in America. It climbs 1800 vertical feet in the first six minutes and is not for the faint at heart.

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Sunset at Squaw Valley {image courtesy Steve Jurvetson via Flickr}

5. St. Louis, Missouri
The first U.S. city to host the Olympic Games was St. Louis back in 1904, in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Francis Field opened just in time for the Games and is currently home to the Washington University in St. Louis track and field, soccer and football teams. Glen Echo County Club is the oldest 18-hole private golf course west of the Mississippi River. It was the second and final appearance of the sport at the Olympics (until they debut again at the 2016 Summer Games).

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Historic Glen Echo Country Club {image courtesy Bridgian via Wikimedia Commons}