Hearts beating in time: A couple savors a sunset in romantic Carmel.
Prepare to be smitten: You just might fall for some of VIA readers’ most beloved spots for romance—on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year.
CANNON BEACH, ORE. "Rooms at the Stephanie Inn have beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, Haystack Rock, and the Coast Range," says Kay Lyn Chase of Tigard, Ore. (503) 436-2221, www.stephanie-inn.com.
CAPITOLA, CALIF. "A downhill maze of waterfalls and herb gardens leads you to the Shadowbrook restaurant's four floors of themed rooms," says Michelle Johnson of Mountain View, Calif. "And if you're not in the mood for walking, a red funicular cable car can carry you down the steep hill." (831) 475-1511 www.shadowbrook-capitola.com.
CARMEL, CALIF. "Just walking down the streets gives you that honeymoon feeling of the movie Somewhere in Time,” writes Irwyn A. Rammer of Pinole, Calif. "Add to that the ocean, restaurants, inns, and beaches—what more could your valentine ask?” (831) 624-2522, www.carmelcalifornia.org.
DEPOE BAY, ORE. "Most of the Channel House’s rooms have a private deck with a whirlpool tub," reports Jan Sands of Government Camp, Ore. "You can soak in the tub and watch the sunset or migrating whales." (541) 765-2140, www.channelhouse.com.
EUGENE, ORE. "In Owen Rose Garden stands the 158-year-old heritage Black Tartarian cherry tree with its spreading canopy," writes Ann Herrick of Eugene. "Many couples marry here, and on the 30th anniversary of our wedding, my husband and I once again said our vows beneath this magnificent tree." (541) 682-4800, www.eugene-or.gov.
HOOD RIVER, ORE. "My husband and I love visiting the waterfalls along the way, taking in the splendid scenery of the Columbia River Gorge, and then stopping for drinks and a light lunch at the Columbia Gorge Hotel," writes Barbara Stanbro of Hillsboro, Ore. (541) 386-5566, www.columbiagorgehotel.com.
LAS VEGAS "What could be more romantic than admiring the sunset from the Stratosphere Tower?" asks Mary Ann Urbanski of Henderson, Nev. "View snowcapped Mount Charleston rising above the breathtaking neon lights on the Strip." (702) 380-7711, www.stratospherehotel.com/stratosphere_tower.
NICE, CALIF. "At the Featherbed Railroad Company near Clear Lake, each caboose is decorated in a different romantic theme,” report Lois and Gabe Quinones of Ukiah, Calif. "And most cars have hot tubs." (707) 274-8378, www.featherbedrailroad.com.
STEAMBOAT, ORE. "You will be soothed by the sound and awesome view of the rapids while soaking in a tub at the Steamboat Inn and warming up by a real wood fireplace," says Debbie Fahey of Bend, Ore. (541) 498-2230, www.thesteamboatinn.com.
SUN VALLEY, IDAHO "It doesn’t get much better than a sleigh ride for two, snuggling together under a warm blanket in the crisp, cold air while surrounded by Idaho’s most gorgeous snow-covered mountains," says Judy Myers of Visalia, Calif. (866) 305-0408, www.visitsunvalley.com.
TOMALES BAY, CALIF "Enjoy a picnic at sheltered and sandy Heart's Desire Beach," suggests Brigitte Grimshaw of Petaluma, Calif. "Or trek to secluded Shell Beach." (415) 669-1140, www.parks.ca.gov.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK "Tenaya Lodge has the perfect location two miles from the park entrance," says Stephanie Berger of Roseville, Calif. "Rent snowshoes from the front desk and later dine next to the fireplace in the elegant restaurant." (888) 514-2167, www.tenayalodge.com.
Photography by Galen Rowell
This article was first published in January 2006. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.