I’ve had the good luck to visit 45 or 46 (I think) of the states in the U.S. I haven’t been to North Dakota or Oklahoma or Kansas or Arkansas, so I can’t say this is complete. And there are a lot of incredible properties I haven’t seen in the states I HAVE been to. But I’ve seen a few pretty cool ones, so here’s a list of some MY favourite spots for romance in the U.S. of A., just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Travaasa Hana: One of my favourite hotels in the world (see sunrise photo above), with a real sense of place and the true spirit of Hawaii. Simple but beautiful rooms and a stunning location on the misty side of Maui.
Soniat House, New Orleans: A quiet little enclave steps from the madness of Bourbon St. Lovely, quirky old rooms and a quiet, lovely courtyard in an old, historic townhome.
Cavallo Point, San Francisco. Technically in Marin County, but with awesome views of the city and the imposing Golden Gate Bridge. Old Army barracks have been the twice-over treatment and it’s unique.
The Ace, New York City: One of the top bars in a town filled with them, plus a sense of fun and adventure. Some rooms have old-style record players, and there are cheeky signs on the walls and a youthful aesthetic. Pure fun.
The Four Seasons Chicago: A gorgeous hotel with lovely touches and a wonderful dark and romantic bar. The lobby goes on forever, with magnificent art work. And a great location, just off Michigan Ave.
Sea Island Lodge, Georgia: Old school to the max, and in a good way. Solid architecture that makes you feel like you’re in an English hunting lodge, plus exquisite food and remarkable service. Great golf course, too.
The Beverly Hills Hotel: The pink beauty of Southern California still amazes and delights. Wonderful food at the Polo Lounge, and you can still check out the bungalow where Marilyn Monroe used to sleep. Or, you know, whatever.
Omni Boston: Another old school charmer, with old-style elevators and a great old lobby dripping in style, from back in the day when hotels were built to make folks say “Wow.” Martinis are brought to your table at the bar in separate shakers and prepared as you watch.