Romantic fall getaways
SHERYL NANCE-NASH | 9/13/2018, 2:08 p.m.
There’s something about the changing of the seasons that can make you sentimental. The brilliant colors of the leaves, the chill in the air, it’s all inspiration for cuddling. Fall is perfect for a getaway to spend special time with your boo. Here’s where to go for a long weekend.
Romance reigns at the Barnsley Resort. Horseback ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains, toast s’mores at the outdoor fire pits, hike or walk hand in hand. Treat yourselves to a couple’s massage at the newly renovated spa. Feast on southern comfort food. You’ll make new memories sitting on the front porch of your cottage watching the sun set. When it gets chilly, no worries, there’s a fireplace in your room.
Beaufort, South Carolina
The historic antebellum homes and Spanish moss are dreamy. It might seem corny, but you will likely enjoy a horse-drawn carriage history tour through The Point and historic sites you’ve seen in movies such as “Forest Gump.” You know the beach is for lovers. Hunting Island’s beach is great for strolling and there’s a lighthouse, too. The eating is good and so is the scenery. Beaufort River is the backdrop for restaurants such as Saltus River Grill and The Ribaut Social Club. As for where to stay, you can’t go wrong with Anchorage 1770, with its rooftop bar facing the inner coastal waters, or the Beaufort Inn.
Anguilla, British West Indies
Beautiful doesn’t even describe Anguilla. The fall is prime time for this island. It comes to life and so will you. Talk about sparks! If the white sand beaches and sunsets don’t set you and your significant other afire, maybe it’s time to break up. With just 65 rooms at the Zemi Beach House, you won’t feel overwhelmed by crowds. Relax at the award-winning Thai House Spa and spend time at the adult-only Tranquility pool. Snorkel, kite surf or finish your day with a sunset cruise.
Cle Elum, Washington
For lovers who love the outdoors, consider Cle Elum, 80 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains. Rumor has it, the breathtaking backdrop makes it easy to fall deeper in love at the Suncadia Resort. Get closer to your honey in the 6,400 acres of lush mountain landscape, 40-plus miles of hiking trails and rushing rivers. Make sure you take the romantic, scenic 10-mile raft trip down the Cle Elum river. Take a dip in the hot mineral baths at resort’s Glade Springs Spa. To sweeten a stay this season, the resort is offering a Falling for Suncadia package that includes a nightly resort credit of $50 per night.
If you don’t want to go too far from home, consider Greenwich, with its small-town, yet sophisticated charm. The Parisian-style cafes and trendy farm-to-table eateries help set the mood. Greenwich isn’t just about tony shops and McMansions, its unspoiled nature is the real star. Check out the birdlife at Great Captain’s Island (off the coast, reachable by boat), and beautiful beaches edge the uninhabited peninsula of Todd’s Point. The Babcock Preserve is 300 acres of woodlands with plenty of trails. Foodies will be sated at restaurants such as the Elm Street Oyster Houser, with its marble bar and much talked about seafood and wine list. Then there’s The Ginger Man and Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant. Delamar Greenwich Harbor on the waterfront is a popular place to stay, with private in-room yoga and Pilates lessons, free kayaking and bike rentals, and you’ll love the French cuisine.