Whether you’ve been a couple for awhile and need time to recharge your relationship connection, or you’re looking to spend your first weekend away together, a romantic getaway is always a good idea—especially in the fall. With summer on its way out the door, the briskness and bright colours of autumn can be a refreshing change for both you and your lady.
Personally, I dig the fall weather. Fall reminds me of change, renewal, and the extraordinary beauty of nature—not surprisingly, those are all good things that a successful relationship requires, too. Arranging a trip not only allows you some quality R&R together, but it can also make your relationship stronger—that is, if you know what you’re doing and where you’re going. Here’s everything you need to know about planning your romantic fall getaway.
Set a Budget
I know you want to sweep her off her feet, but if your back account doesn’t align with your tropical paradise dreams then that’s no bueno. Remember, even a weekend at a cute B&B in the country can be both soothing and sexy. Be honest with yourself and with your loved one about your expenses so you can make the most of your time together. Something else to consider: time. Do you have remaining vacation days, or will you have to stick to a weekend vacay? Factor in the time that it will take to travel to your destination, too (because jet lag is a bitch).
Choose a Destination
Location, location, location! Where you travel will depend largely on your budget and your length of time off as well as both of your personal preferences. Are you more of an outdoorsy couple, or do you two appreciate the finer things in life, like wine and cheese and tiny sandwiches? Knowing this about each other will help narrow down all of the tempting choices. Another option? Just go where she wants to go.
The best thing about vacation is not having to adhere to a schedule. Sleep in late or wake up early to watch the sunrise—do whatever you want as long as it makes both of you happy. I know—sometimes logistics come into play. Museums and art galleries close at certain times and you can’t swim during a rainstorm, but you also don’t want to be a tight ass. That’s not romantic. Flexibility negates disappointment and stress, so be accommodating and flow-y. Who knows where the day will take you? (Hopefully to that comfy king-sized bed after, amirite?)
Go All Rom-Com
While on vacation, it’s okay to indulge that Chris Evans/Chris Pratt/Chris Pine side of yourself. You know, the side that enjoys taking bubble baths with your girlfriend or who likes giving massages with crazy smelling oils or who loves to yak over Scrabble with a glass of wine. You might think that’s cheesy, but lemme tell you something—your lady will love that side of you. The whole point of getting away is to reconnect and recharge your relationship and sometimes that means slapping on the Velveeta cheese (which can be taken literally or figuratively—whatever floats your boat). So don’t be shy and unleash your inner Chris!
Where to Go
So you’ve figured out your budget and time off, and you’ve committed to being flexible and romantic. Awesome. Now here are five spots that are perfect for your fall romantic getaway. (You’re welcome.)
New York City – The concrete jungle is just too damn hot during the summer. Skip the heat and take in the sights of the city in the fall instead. The beautiful foliage in Central Park is a must-see and there is a ton of autumn-only events to attend, like Oktoberfest and the famous Halloween parade.
Muskoka, Ontario – Escaping to northern Ontario for a weekend trip in the fall is basically heaven on earth. Not only are the landscapes simply stunning, but there’s also a slew of activities to enjoy, including guided canoe trips for two and a waterfalls picnic.
Vermont – Nothing says fall like a cozy weekend at a B & B in New England. With its gorgeous bursts of fall foliage, it’s a great spot for hiking and cycling. Don’t forget the enchanting Farmers’ Markets where you can score a bottle of delicious maple syrup or the state-wide event called Apples to iPods, in which if you find a wooden apple at one of the many pick-your-own orchards you’ll be the lucky winner of an Apple product.
Quebec City– What better place to get romantic than in Canada’s own City of Love? Delight in the city’s Great Colour of Adventure in Mont-Saint Anne that includes hiking, yoga and mountain biking and more. Or dine on French cuisine in candlelit 18th century inns in the alleyways of Place-Royale and along the Upper Town region.
Cuba – I know. There’s not any fall foliage around here, but now is the best time to visit the tiny island before the American tourists come storming in.
Brianne Hogan is a freelance writer based in Toronto, something of a humorist, and considers herself more Bridget Jones than Samantha Jones. Though she won’t reveal which parts, she will admit to liking emotionally unavailable men and drinking lots of wine. You can follow her on Twitter @briannehogan.