Something about the autumn makes you want to pack a weekend bag and go on an adventure with you Bae. As soon as the leaves start to change colors and fall of the tree its time to put on those cute knee-high boots and infinity scarves and escape somewhere cozy, where you can sip a good hot beverage in a corner window on a cozy bench with bae. You might want to listen to a fireplace crackling or some jazz or whatever. The change of seasons is a time of reflection for many. Like COVID-19 cooler temperatures send us indoors and away from large social gatherings. But as we enter the final quarter of the year, it’s just the right time to getaway and travel safely. Cabins, nature hikes, crisp walks and hot chocolate with heart-shaped foam were made for lovers. If you’d like to take a moment and decompress from the summer with your honey, below are some of the greatest cities for a romantic getaway.
The West Coast is home to huge Hollywood studios but also small charm. Just about a half hour drive off of the Ventura Highway in Southern California, this adorable town is a bit of a hidden gem that mostly only locals know about. It’s a one-street town with the charming downtown area featuring some incredible restaurants, perfectly kitschy antique stores, art galleries featuring work from local creators, an adorable wine and piano bar and cute coffee shops. All of this is set against a walking/horse trail that runs behind the main street so you might just see a gorgeous member of the equine family while picking out your handmade earrings or locally made olive oil. There are tons of charming inns and Bed and Breakfast spots downtown, but there is also the luxurious Ojai Valley Inn, a high-end resort sitting on a hilly golf course which is the site of many weddings.
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Endearingly nicknamed “The Black Hamptons,” Martha’s Vineyard has long been a popular getaway among wealthy and affluent Black families, including the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce and Jay-Z. While Martha’s Vineyard is also a popular summer destination, those in-the-know appreciate that the island quiets down when the temperatures cool down. Of course, it’s always relatively quiet, with a population of a little over 20,000. One of the most romantic things about Martha’s Vineyard is that it is, in fact, an island. There is no bridge connecting it to a mainland so in order to get to this getaway, you’ll need to catch a ferry from one of the nearby ports like Cape Cod, Nantucket, or Rhode Island. There’s plenty to do on the island, but many go to dine and drink, with the famous food and wine festival happening at the end of October.
While the residents of Seattle might not appreciate that it rains for nearly half the year there, visitors can appreciate a little romantic gloomy weather during the fall. And the red and orange foliage is something everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. Seattle is filled with gorgeous botanical gardens and well-kept parks for a romantic picnic, along with incredible restaurants and wine cellars. Seattle Restaurant Week occurs at the end of October, where you can find special priced pre-fix menus at over 165 participating restaurants. Seattle is also the home of several historic underground tours, as well as iconic pumpkin patches and corn mazes that come out in the fall. Of course, when you’re tired from all of that, enjoy a cup of coffee in a quaint café in one of the most famous java cities in the country.
While Chicago might not be anybody’s idea of a quiet getaway, it’s breathtaking enough in the fall to make up for the crowds. Take one of the city’s iconic architecture cruises – these tend to be less crowded in the fall. Head out to the Chicago suburbs to go apple picking. During the fall, the Navy Pier is decorated with over 1,000 pumpkins and ready for your autumn photo shoot. The Chicago Botanic Garden has a fall color-tree walk where you can witness some beautiful and vibrant fall leaves. If you’re traveling with kids – or even if you aren’t – visit the Lincoln Zoo Park for the fall festival where you’ll find pumpkin carving, pop-up bars, and live music.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Not everyone thinks of visiting New Orleans in the fall, but when the summer crowds leave and the relentless humidity calms down, it’s a beautiful place to experience the change of seasons. Whether you want to be outdoors or in, there’s something for everyone. This town is rich with interesting museums, and museums are perfect for fall. Visit the National World War II Museum for a bit of history and when you want something lighter, try the New Orleans Museum of Art. The town hosts several show-stopping Halloween parades in the month of October, as well as a classic Oktoberfest. As always, New Orleans is one of the best cities in the country (if not the world) to enjoy live music from some of the country’s top undiscovered talent. So grab a cocktail with your honey and stroll down the streets with it (since you can do that in NOLA), taking in the tunes.
Memphis City, TN
Memphis might be another surprise city on this list. Not many tourists know what a great place this is to visit in the fall. In October, you can visit the Memphis Zoo for Zootoberfest where you’ll enjoy a big stein of beer while taking in the animals. It’s like Oktoberfest, at a zoo. Or catch, a bike tour through Elmwood cemetery on Saturdays. Hit up Historical Haunts for haunted tours of downtown Memphis or for something a bit less spooky, visit the Museum of Science and History on the weekends for their Crafts Fair Pop Up Shop. Memphis is full of romantic accommodations, like the quaint River Inn at Harbor Town or the gorgeous landmark hotel The Peabody.
New York City, New York
How could we make a list of cities for a romantic fall getaway without including New York City? Some would argue that autumn was made for New York and vice versa. Its many famous parks light up with colorful fall leaves and lovers of all ages enjoying picnics. There’s endless historic architecture and street art to take in. Catch a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park. Visit the many art museums. Catch a sunset cruise. Grab dinner in one of the many rooftop restaurants that offer a view of the city skyline. Stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge. Share a pair of air pods, put on “New York State of Mind” and take in this energetic city with your lover.