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The Best U.S. Cities for a Romantic Weekend

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The Best U.S. Cities for a Romantic Weekend

Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and many of you may be sick of the chocolate, flowers, and bland dinner dates that have come to represent this holiday. It may be time to jazz things up with a trip that strays from the ordinary and expected. Whether you live in one of these locations or want to make a romantic weekend getaway, here are some of the most promising destinations for couples in the U.S.

1. San Juan

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    Halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, San Juan Island is a Washington hotspot for fun and romantic activities. Go whale-watching in the bay, stay at a charming bed & breakfast, or get rejuvenated at one of the local spas. San Juan Island Vineyards offer sophisticated wine tastings, and the town even has a special Valentine’s Day listing full of timely activities and discounts.

    2. San Diego

    With its glorious weather and scenic attractions, San Diego is a no-brainer choice for a romantic weekend. Couples can check out Little Italy, see a movie at one of San Diego’s drive-in theaters, take a paddle boat out to sea, or roam the luxurious Prado – full of beautiful architecture, restaurants, and hidden gardens. The perfect balance of beach and city life, it’s no wonder we call it “America’s Finest City.”

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    3. Chicago

    Chicago may not be the first city that pops into your mind for a romantic weekend, but it does feature several great locations you may not have heard of. Millennium Park is packed with fun couples activities, like winter ice skating. No romantic getaway is complete without a trip to the Signature Room, a five-star restaurant with a stunning view from the top of the John Hancock Observatory. If you visit in the summer, top off the evening with a trip to the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel overlooking the city.

    4. Boulder

    Everyone’s favorite ski town, Boulder offers more than juts cozy ski trips with your sweetheart. Chautauqua Park is the perfect destination for athletic couples, featuring hiking trails, rock climbing, and dazzling views of the Flatirons. Boulder Falls also offers a scenic adventure for couples. City folks may be more comfortable sauntering down Pearl Street to check out the bars, eateries, street performances, and fountains.

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    5. Miami

    Check in at the Fountainebleau or the Hyatt Centric in South Beach for an especially luxurious hotel stay. Miami offers a myriad of romantic activities that won’t break the bank – like a stroll down Lincoln Road, which hosts a movie theater at one end and the Fillmore at the other. Visit Coral Gables or Bal Harbour Shops to get your shopping fix, and stop by Sunset Lounge to grab a drink and watch the sun set over the bay.

    6. Bar Harbor

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      A lesser-known town in Maine, Bar Harbor is an adorable spot where couples can stay in cottages, eat the tastiest seafood, and enjoy relaxing views of the bay. Take a scenic drive around Park Loop Road and reach the lofty heights of Cadillac Mountain. Acadia National Park hosts trails for the more adventurous, while various cafes like Cafe This Way offers the perfect touch of small town charm. If you love to browse bookstores and boutiques, Bar Harbor is just the place.

      7. Omaha

      If you’re way out in the midwest and can’t make it to any of these coastal destinations, humble Omaha, Nesbraska features tons of off-the-beaten-path attractions for couples. Walk or cycle down the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge or take a tour of one of Omaha’s delicious breweries, like Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. You can even spend a weekend on the museums alone — Omaha is a hub for magnificent sites like the Durham Museum and the Joslyn Art Museum.

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      8. Louisville

      The list wouldn’t be complete without a fancy southern destination like Louisville, Kentucky. Couples can go antiquing at the quaint Crazy Daisy and browse beautiful old Victorian homes in town. Take a romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage downtown and stop in at one of Louisville’s restaurants, like Saffron’s Persian Restaurant. Couples can take a cruise on the Belle of Louisville for a calming view of the Ohio river and the city skyline.

      Featured photo credit: robert bejil photography via imcreator.com

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      10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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      10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

      We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

      A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

      So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

      • honest
      • reliable
      • competent
      • kind and compassionate
      • capable of taking the blame
      • able to persevere
      • modest and humble
      • pacific and can control anger.

      The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

      1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

      All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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      But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

      2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

      How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

      I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

      “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

      Abigail Van Buren

      3. How does this person take the blame?

      Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

      4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

      You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

      5. Read their emails.

      Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

      • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
      • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
      • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
      • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
      • Too many question marks can show anger
      • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

      6. Watch out for the show offs.

      Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

      7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

      A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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      Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

      8. Their empathy score is high.

      Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

      People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

      9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

      We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

      “One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

      Stendhal

       10. Avoid toxic people.

      These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

      • Envy or jealousy
      • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
      • Complaining about their own lack of success
      • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
      • Obsession with themselves and their problems

      Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

      Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

      Featured photo credit: Jacek Dylag via unsplash.com

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