5 Cheap Romantic Getaway Ideas

Posted Dec 24th 2010 11:05 AMUpdated Feb 14th 2011 07:11 AM

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Romantic getaways can be tricky business. Finding a location that suits both of your needs and doesn't break the bank seems almost impossible. However, if you're willing to be a little creative you can find that perfect secluded beach, amazing art city, or foodie haven that will make everyone happy - and for a terrific bargain. So pack those bags and get ready for serious reconnecting time at one of these cheap romantic getaway destinations.

Cheap Romantic Getaway #1: Walk the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.

What could be more romantic than walking hand-in-hand under the stars on the San Antonio River Walk? This infamous walkway connects miles of Texas attractions in a serene, romantic setting full of street lamps and flowers. Romantic vacationers can sip wine while spying canal views, sample authentic Mexican cuisine, or visit the farmer's market at the Main Plaza. Just outside the River Walk, hotels, resorts, and cultural landmarks charm with decades worth of history and Mexican flair.

Cheap Romantic Getaway #2: Hideaway in Lake Placid, New York.

There's something about the mountains that's just so calming and upstate New York's Lake Placid embodies much of that feeling. Enjoy the idyllic views of the Adirondacks while staying at one of the many bed and breakfasts that surround Mirror Lake, Lake Placid's beautiful centerpiece. Top-rated resorts, such as the Mirror Lake Inn, feature amenities that cater to couples like in-room Jacuzzis and a host of room service options.

Cheap Romantic Getaway #3: Get Some Sun in Sanibel Island, Florida.

This little Florida gem is about as secluded and warm as you'll get, without the Spring Break invasion. Take a walk on the sand together and collect some of the 200 varieties of shells that wash up on shore each day. Swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities abound along the 15-mile stretch of beach, but romantic vacation goers will particularly enjoy the luxurious peace and quiet that come with relaxing on one of Florida's lesser known islands.

Cheap Romantic Getaway #4: Dine Like a Saint in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Eat, eat, eat your vacation away in this food lovers haven. The great Creole culture of New Orleans has attracted creative cooking lovers for centuries. Chow down a box of colorful, homemade macaroons on Magazine Street or stop by one of Chef Emeril Lagasse's three top-rated restaurants for a gourmet meal and champagne. After an evening of dancing to jazz bands on Bourbon Street, take advantage of the city's infamous ghost tours and snuggle up to your honey.

Cheap Romantic Getaway #5: California Dream in Orange County, California.

Longing for that warm Pacific breeze but afraid you'll break the bank? Fly right past Los Angeles for a romantic vacation in beautiful Orange County. On this peaceful coastal area you'll find similar beaches and ocean views for just a fraction of the cost of the big city. Quiet resorts dot the streets of cozy inlet towns like Dana Point, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach and offer quaint luxuries like bluff-top restaurants and couples spa treatments. But watching the sunset from your beachside room is not the only romantic activity here. When you decide to leave the hotel, you'll find shopping galore with art galleries and boutiques that'll leave you both satisfied.

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Maureen M.

Enjoyed the List! Absolutely 100% agree with Sanibel Island being a peaceful and relaxing place, away from all the crowds of Orlando and Miami, etc.

Another destination: Resort areas in the Southwest (Phoenix, Tucson AZ as well as Palm Springs, CA and Las Vegas) offer incredibly cheap deals in their off-season of May to August. The heat can be intense, but all the more reason to stay close to the pool with a cocktail nearby! A few more ideas: http://www.excellent-romantic-vacations.com/cheap-romantic-weekend-getaways.html

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