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The West's Best Romantic Adventures

Love is in the air at these 11 romantic spots in the West.

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Boats bask under a blue sky at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Wash.


Benbow Inn Garberville, Calif.
"This historic inn in redwood country is beautifully furnished in the style of a tudor manor," says Charles Kruger. "There's dining, golf, fishing, jazz, events—and kids stay free."

Big River Mendocino, Calif.
"We had the big river estuary to ourselves, except for the family of river otters we spotted lunching on crayfish," says Claire Loretz. "Shove off from dry land in an outrigger canoe built for two or more at catch a canoe."

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif.
"Is there anyone who hasn't fallen in love with the scenery--or their partner-—here?" Asks Carol Gilbert. "Wonderful views, great hikes. Stop in town to pick up a picnic."

Sacramento River Dinner Dance Cruise Sacramento
"A beautiful two-to-three-hour boat ride," says Krystyn Hummer. "You sail upriver while music plays and wine and snacks are served. After dinner you sit on the deck to enjoy the breeze."

Wedding Rock Patrick's Point State Park, Trinidad, Calif.
"Soak up the beauty of the Pacific and watch whales passing at this sheltered, secluded location, the site of many weddings," says Karen Peterson.


Gilbert Inn Seaside, Ore.
"You'll never want to leave," says Daphne Rice. "This Queen Anne Victorian ocated just a block off the town promenade is walking distance from dining, shops, and the Oregon coast. The Turret Room is the perfect lovers' hideaway."

Hotel Elliott Astoria, Ore.
"Besides having supercomfortable beds, the Elliott has classic hotel ambience with updated style," says Dan Haag. "The entire town is within walking distance—great restaurants, window- shopping, and natural beauty. On a clear day, you can sit on the hotel's rooftop and watch ships go by on the busy Columbia River."

Oregon Garden Resort Silverton, Ore.
"Stay in a posh room at this plush spot, stroll the adjacent flower gardens, then steal a kiss behind a waterfall at nearby Silver Falls StatePark,"saysMaryJoMonroe."You'llwant boots for that part of the adventure." AAA discount at the garden.

Owen Memorial Rose Garden Eugene, Ore.
"The nearly 4,500 roses and ornamental plants at this serene oasis minutes from downtown promise an aah for any occasion," says Magi Hart, "be it wedding pictures, moments alone, or a walk on the waterfront path."


Resort on Mount Charleston Mount Charleston, Nev.
"A perfect escape from summer heat or a place to hike or to play in the snow," says Faye Haas. "The rooms are cozy and comfy, and some have small fireplaces."


Max Zipline Provo Canyon, Utah
"This spot doesn't have candlelight or lace," says Melissa DeMordaunt. "But riding a zipline by the light of a full moon in a beautiful canyon was the perfect way to celebrate our decadelong romance."

Photography courtesy of Kgrr Konrad Roeder/Wikipedia

This article was first published in March 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.