Romance By Lindsey Anderson

Refined City Escapes

At this point, it's probably been a while since you and your partner have been able to get away. Away to a truly different place, where your only priorities are to relax and do what sounds fun - nothing more. And sure, while this concept may seem straightforward, we all know that making it a reality is a different story altogether.

The good news? With American cities being as diverse as they are, you don't need an entire week to find romance in a place that feels new. Here are four such destinations, each singular in character and home to some of the finest (and most swoon-worthy) hotels in the country. Let us plan the romantic escape you not only desire, but greatly deserve.

Dallas cityscape at night
Exceptional decor at Thompson Dallas


Texas is a place to live big, and a stay at the Thompson Dallas is to experience one of the most luxurious and design-focused hotels in the city. Located in the heart of downtown, its rooms and suites offer sweeping views and bespoke mid-century modern furnishings, and three of the city's hottest culinary destinations - Catbird, Monark and Kensaku - also reside here. Out in the city, stroll hand-in-hand through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, or see what's happening in lively Klyde Warren Park. And if the tie that binds is a mutual love of Texas-style BBQ, Pecan Lodge or Lockhart Smokehouse are where sparks can fly over exceptionally good smoked brisket.

Private picnic romance courtesy of The Peninsula Chicago
Champagne toast


For a week, weekend or even just a day, Chicago is always a dream to visit. Its lakeside setting, outrageously good food and diverse neighborhoods make for a friendly and dynamic destination, one that's ideal (especially in the spring or fall) for a romantic getaway.

When visiting the Windy City, there are few better places to call home than The Peninsula Chicago. From its enviable location on the Magnificent Mile, this Far-East-meets-Midwest luxury hotel is perfectly situated amongst Chicago's most desirable sights and restaurants.

Take in the city's unparalleled architectural landscape with a boat tour, or spend your afternoon cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field. If it's peace and quiet you're after, settle in at The Peninsula's twentieth story spa, then enjoy a classic Chicago dinner for two at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.

Rowing through Central Park
Grand entrance at The Peninsula New York


You only have to see When Harry Met Sally once to know that New York is a place to be in love. Start all your Big Apple adventures at The Peninsula New York, situated in a 1905 Beaux-Arts building that's ideally located in Midtown. Begin with gorgeous breakfasts at Clement in the hotel, then take your pick of activities like Fifth Avenue shopping, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the MoMa and endless others right at your doorstep. One ideal morning could be spent walking The Highline and visiting The Whitney, then stopping in at Buvette; this date-worthy French brasserie serves the city's best Croque Monsieur.

En route for a night in Charleston
Luxurious rooms at Hotel Bennet Charleston


With its flower-adorned classical architecture, gracious southern hospitality and sweeping natural canopies of oak and willow, Charleston is a city that's romantic to its core. A sunny afternoon spent walking its cobblestone streets is a pleasure all its own, and an ever-growing number of cultural and culinary delights are there for you to explore.

While in Charleston, rest your heads at the impressively luxurious Hotel Bennett. Although only a recent addition to downtown's Marion Square, its elegantly appointed suites, restaurant and pale pink-clad Champagne bar - Camellias - exude an established old-world style.

Take it slow while in Charleston, starting with a refined southern breakfast at Gabrielle, then check out the nearby Charleston Museum, said to be the oldest of its kind in America. Shop boutiques on King Street for local treasures and stroll past Waterfront Park's iconic pineapple fountain, then dig into the unique pleasures of Lowcountry cuisine; renowned restaurants such as Husk are known for their strict allegiance to southern ingredients.

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Hotel Bennet Charleston