Want to get cozy under a blanket with your beloved (or your new Tinder match) while the leaves turn? We’ve got just the spots.
Sweating-through-your-jorts season is almost over, making it a perfect time to start plotting ways to get the hell out of dodge with someone you love—or like, or maybe don’t even like that much. Maybe you’ve been on three Tinder dates and you feel like doing something reckless. Take a cue from your seasonal latte and spice things up this fall with a romantic vacation at one of these cozy, perfect-in-fall, highly Instagrammable American treasures.
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
There are a lot of dreamy little details about Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, that scream romance. First of all, you have to take a ferry to get there. There isn’t even a bridge! Very cute. No civilian cars are allowed there either, so once you arrive you’ll be driving through the Spanish moss-lined roads on a golf cart. More cute stuff! If you stay at Haig Point and book accordingly, you’re staying in a historic lighthouse, a two-story lighthouse all to yourselves complete with a fireplace, clawfoot bathtub, and rocking chair-lined porch overlooking the dolphin-filled Calibogue Sound. The real world melts away when the only noise pollution is the throbbing sound of cicadas singing. And really, who doesn’t want to bone in a lighthouse?
Bask in the glory of golden fall foliage in Telluride, Colorado, a town perhaps better known for its world-class skiing but perfectly suited for an autumnal escape. (Also, that really cute Tim McGraw song.) Dip out of town and shack up in a cabin at Dunton Hot Springs, a place that offers the best of both the rustic and modern worlds. Here, guests can cozy up to a wood burning stove but also access a gym cabin with amenities like boxing equipment and cardio machines. The resort will help you get the most out of the great outdoors with rom-com montage-worthy activities like horseback riding in the high Rockies, fly fishing on the Dolores River, and mountaineering through the San Juan peaks. If you’d rather chill all the way out, soak in the titular hot springs in one of six different ways, one of which involves a restored 19th century bathhouse.
The Oregon Coast is jaw-droppingly beautiful best enjoyed by a meandering drive along the U.S. Route 101. Take that enjoyment up a notch by staying a night or two at Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast. Yes, really, another lighthouse. At Heceta, guests stay in a postcard-worthy lightkeeper’s cottage that dates back to 1894 and serves one of the most luxurious breakfasts in America—not caviar and champagne luxury, but seven-courses of Pacific Northwest delicacies luxury. Start your romantic day off right with an hour and a half indulgence of ripe berries, fresh-caught seafood, and warm baked goods. Walk off the morning feast with a stroll down to the nearby beach.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With the summer crowds out of the picture, Jackson Hole settles into a relaxing calm during the fall. Impress your date by balling out over some buffalo meat at the Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse, a very Instagrammable spot (think neon signage and Western saddle bar stools). If you need an excuse to get, uh, intimate, consider checking into a tiny home at the Snake River Sporting Club. The minuscule abodes, complete with Restoration Hardware furnishings and vintage board games to play, are just one of a few different accommodation options to choose from at the club. Oregon Trail enthusiasts may prefer the covered wagon-inspired room on the property’s 800 acres of land in the Wyoming foothills overlooking the Snake River. But no forcing your date to cosplay with you. Meager rations and fording the river are decidedly not sexy
Published by: GQ/Article: https://www.gq.com/story/where-to-go-on-your-cute-ass-romantic-fall-vacation
Natalie B. Compton
September 6, 2017