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​Alabama – Point Clear

Grand Hotel

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Walks along the beach, gorgeous sunsets, incredible fresh seafood. There’s plenty of romance to be found in this small unincorporated beach community located on Mobile Bay in Baldwin County. It is known for the historic Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, which began with 40 guest rooms in 1847. Nearby is the village of Fairhope, an artsy town with boutiques, galleries and cafés. Seafood lovers won’t be disappointed by the options here.

​Arkansas – Hot Springs

Downtown Hot Springs

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Hot Springs is a picturesque, historic city nestled in the Ouachita Mountains with plenty for young lovebirds to do. As its name implies, Hot Springs is known for its natural spring waters. At various points around the city, the warm waters bubble up through fountains for residents and visitors to collect in bottles or jugs. It is actually a federal preserve, with land set aside in 1832, years before the National Park system was created, for potential use as recreational lands. It remains a National Park today.

The city was, in its heyday, known for its luxurious bath houses that made use of the hot springs for healing baths. The eight bathhouses – Buckstaff, Fordyce, Hale, Lamar, Maurice, Ozark, Quapaw, and Superior – were constructed in the late 1800s and early 1900s and drew visitors from around the world. Today, some of the bathhouses are still in use as spas, while another is open as a museum and another a gift shop. Superior Bathhouse has become a brewery, with beer made using the abundant spring water. The downtown area also offers plenty of shops and restaurants.

​Florida – Amelia Island

Amelia Island

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Amelia Island is popular but not as touristy as some areas of Florida, making it perfect for lovers who want to avoid crowds. The island, located on the northeast coast of Florida, has 13 miles of beaches and gorgeous water.

The area is known for an abundance of wildlife, which makes it a great stop for nature lovers. Visitors can visit Fernandina Beach, which has a colorful downtown filled with boutiques, ice cream shops, cafés and more. Stop for a selfie with the picturesque lighthouse or take a stroll to see the gorgeous Victorian homes, featuring “opulent turrets, gables and gingerbread rick-rack trim,” ExploreAmelia.com says.

Georgia – Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge

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This quaint village in the Blue Ridge Mountains is perfect for people who like a small-town atmosphere but still enjoy some nightlife. The small downtown area has a plethora of taverns and restaurants from which to choose.

There are lots of outdoor activities, such as fishing and hiking. ExploreGeorgia.com says the Blue Ridge area has 300 miles of hiking trails and 100 miles of trout streams in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Lovebirds can also take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. In addition, the downtown streets are lined with boutiques, art galleries, candy shops with everything from old-fashioned hard candies to homemade fudge, and gift stores.

​Kentucky – Lexington

Lexington, KY

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Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World but you don’t have to be a horse lover to find plenty to do here. The city, with 322,000 residents, is the second largest in Kentucky.

If you want to see horses, you’ll find plenty of places to do so but you can also tour historic homes, such as one Mary Todd Lincoln lived in, and buildings such as the 1886 Opera House. The city has no shortage of shops, restaurants, and theaters. In addition, you’ll find all kinds of breweries and distilleries open to the public.

Among the many museums are the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, International Museum of the Horse, Bluegrass Heritage Museum, and Blue Licks State Park, a Revolutionary War site.

​Louisiana – Natchitoches

Steel Magnolias B&B

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For starters, this town in northern Louisiana, pronounced Nack-a-tish, has its own culinary masterpiece, the Natchitoches Meat Pie.

But it is best known as the filming site for the 1989 hit “Steel Magnolias.” Visitors can stay in the house used as the setting for Shelby’s wedding, now called Steel Magnolia Bed and Breakfast. The Natchitoches website says: “Established in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase and it’s a favorite destination for visitors from around the world.”

Be sure to walk off your meat pie with a stroll through the city’s historic districts.

Read more: The Steel Magnolias house is a charming B&B

​Mississippi – Laurel

Ben and Erin Napier, Laurel, Miss.

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These days, most everyone has heard of the small town of Laurel, Mississippi. It is the setting of a hit HGTV show called “Home Town,” hosted by Ben and Erin Napier.

Since the show has gained popularity, the historic downtown area is on an upswing, with quaint places to eat and stay and shop, including the Laurel Mercantile and Scotsman Co. General Store, owned by the Napiers.

Read more: 5 Southern questions with Erin and Ben

North Carolina – Blowing Rock

Downtown Blowing Rock

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Blowing Rock is an interesting place – er, places. It is a quaint mountain town as well as a mountain feature that draws tourists from around the world. “The Blowing Rock” is a rocky outcrop near the city that was dubbed by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as “The only place in the world where snow falls upside down” because of a wind vortex.

If climbing isn’t your thing, the town of Blowing Rock offers shopping and cute cafés. The flower-filled garden in the center of town makes the perfect spot for romantic strolls. Visitors can stay in one of several historic inns, including the 1891 Green Park Inn and the 1846 Chetola Resort.

​Oklahoma – Tulsa

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa

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While Tulsa may seem an unusual choice for a romantic getaway, consider that it is chock full of romantic inns, as well as the renowned Philbrook Museum of Art, which has fairytale gardens perfect for strolling.

For those who want a homey getaway, try the Cedar Rock Inn, an adults-only inn which is named on numerous lists of romantic places. The website says: “The charm of the 115-year-old main house has been partnered with modern amenities to create an atmosphere that leaves guests without want. Join us for a daily 3-course gourmet breakfast, relax in the privacy of your suite, enjoy our hiking trails, sit by the pond or any of the other property amenities guests at Cedar Rock Inn can enjoy during their stay.”

Here are a few more urban options: The Campbell, built in 1927, this luxury hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places; the Mayo, built in 1925; and the Ambassador, a Mediterranean-style luxury hotel built in the 1920s. In addition, Tulsa is located on historic Route 66. If you are lovers of kitsch and old-fashioned diners, you’ll find plenty to do here. Those who like more cultured activities have dozens of museums, parks and restaurants from which to choose.

​South Carolina – Beaufort

Beaufort Inn

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Spanish moss hanging from the trees … check. A block’s walk to waterfront park … check. Historic lighthouse? Picturesque ruins? Check and check.

The Lowcountry city of Beaufort isn’t as well known as nearby Charleston but it has plenty to offer. Choose from historic lodging such as the Beaufort Inn, visit the ruins of Old Sheldon Church and Fort Frederick, or climb to the top of Hunting Island Lighthouse, then collect shells on the beach below. Take a stroll through the downtown area where you’ll find lots of cute shops and places to eat.

​Tennessee – Lynchburg

Downtown Lynchburg

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Sure, Lynchburg is home to the famed Jack Daniel’s Distillery but the tiny town has more to offer couples seeking romance. The historic downtown area is filled with quaint shops. You’ll find a choice of places to eat but most everyone wants to try Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House, an institution in the area. The eatery offers Southern comfort foods served in a preserved boarding house built in 1908.

A tour to the distillery tells you about Jack Daniel’s life and shows visitors how the famous whiskey is made using water from a spring on the property. TNvacation.com says: “A walk around the Historic Lynchburg Square is like stepping back in time. The unique shops and restaurants in restored buildings, the historic Courthouse built in 1885, and the Old Jail museum are just a few of the things that will remind you of an easier time.”

​Texas – Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

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What is there to do in Fredericksburg, Texas? Visit wineries tour farms and orchards, go to museums visit galleries. If you’re a foodie, hang on to your stomach – this small town is known for its eateries.

VisitFredericksburgTX.com says: “Farm-to-table dining is the norm in Fredericksburg, as the Fredericksburg area has deep roots in agriculture and is home to some of the best farms, orchards and wineries around. “ The quaint downtown district has shops with all kinds of locally made goods and antiques.

​Virginia – Middleburg

Middleburg, Va.

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The small town of Middleburg, Va., offers small-town romance at its best. The city was founded in 1787 and has 160 homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, there are more than 20 wineries a half hour’s drive in any direction.

VisitMiddleburgVa.com says: “Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Middleburg offers the best of small-town America: local art, historic landmarks, fine cuisine and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Middleburg is a place where you can enjoy world-class equestrian competitions, award-winning local wines and nationally recognized community events.”

​West Virginia – Charles Town

Downtown Charles Town

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This quaint town is a destination for history lovers – it was founded by George Washington’s brother, Charles, in 1787. It s home to about 5,200 people. The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is located nearby.

VacationIdea.com says: “Built by the Washington family within a mountain pass where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet, Charles Town offers beautiful outdoor landscapes and several historic sites … [including] original homes and farms belonging to George Washington and his family.”


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