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The 15 Most Romantic Small Towns Across the United States

Step into a Hallmark romance movie when you visit one of these small towns.

Venice. Paris. Rome. When it comes to seeking out romantic destinations, many instantly point to these destinations. But you don’t have to travel far to find love in the air. In fact, it can often be found in the smaller, overlooked towns in your own backyard.

Whether you’re the type of traveler to get starry-eyed at the sight of a pretty sunset, or the type who falls in love whenever mountains surround you, we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic small towns that’ll have you feeling like the star of a Hallmark rom-com.

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Have a Secluded Beach Getaway in Montauk

WHERE: Montauk, New York

The tiny fishing village of Montauk is a surprisingly charming place to spend a weekend with somebody you love. This surfing hotspot has chic and cozy accommodations for every budget, from charming cottages at Hither House to the luxurious oceanfront rooms at Gurney’s Montauk Resort. Go window shopping in town, visit the Montauk lighthouse, or take a long stroll on the beach before a romantic dinner for two at Scarpetta, an upscale waterfront restaurant known for its delectable handmade pasta. 

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Fall in Love as the Sun Sets in Key West

WHERE: Key West, Florida

The southernmost point in the U.S. frequently finds folks getting down on one knee, tying the knot, and honeymooning to their heart’s content. Perhaps that’s due to the spectacular sunsets, the abundance of great liquor (which can be consumed even while walking around town), or the generally pleasant climate. Whatever the case, book some time at a spot like Kimpton Key West’s Winslow’s Bungalows in Old Town or New Town’s Parrot Key Hotel and Villas for a weekend, and you’ll soon see how the sparks fly.

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Snuggle up in Ouray’s Snowy, Winter Romance

WHERE: Ouray, Colorado

Prefer a romantic getaway amid snow-capped mountains and handsome Victorian buildings? Look into Ouray, Colorado, for your next romantic adventure away. Spend a day hiking around Box Canyon, or take it easy at Ouray Hot Springs. Then make a dinner reservation at Brickhouse 737, and see where the rest of the night takes you (but preferably to the Romance of the Seas room at The Clipper Inn Bed & Breakfast).


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Wine and Dine in Sonoma’s Healdsburg

WHERE: Healdsburg, California

Sonoma County’s Healdsburg is another delightful destination for all things romance. Take a stroll through the town square, home to numerous art galleries, boutique shops, and fine dining options. Do it up right in a posh, relaxing suite at The Ruse, complete with hot tubs, a pool, and a golf course. And, of course, don’t forget to add a luxurious meal and wine tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery or any of the other fine wineries located in the area.

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Expect the Unexpected in Eureka Springs

WHERE: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The rural South might not be the first thing that pops into the minds of LGBTQ couples when the discussion of queer-friendly destinations comes up, but this tiny hamlet in Arkansas prides itself on being a safe haven. From a picturesque walk through the Blue Spring Heritage Center to a visit with exotic rescued animals at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, to art galleries and wine tasting, and more, there’s something for every couple in the Ozarks. 

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Bask Together in the Unmatched Beauty of Carmel-by-the-Sea

WHERE: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

It’s pretty much impossible not to become entranced by the majesty of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the adjacent Big Sur. Really, the entire area in either direction of the Pacific Coast Highway will leave you and your person breathless. Once you’ve taken in the seaside vistas, explore some of the artsy charms the town offers by catching a show at Sunset Center, touring the Tor House, or wandering the many pedestrian-friendly galleries.

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Flirt in the Southern Vibes of Fairhope

WHERE: Fairhope, Alabama

Charleston is a popular destination for couples looking for a good time, but if you’ve been there and done that, might we suggest a town with the same inherent Southern charm? Yes, Fairhope, Alabama, where you can stroll (or bike) beneath massive oak trees, sail on Mobile Bay, indulge in sweet treats at B&B Pecan Company, or ride horseback together at Oak Hollow Farm. And once you need a rest, get cozy together at the charming Emma’s Bay House Bed and Breakfast.

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Slow It All Down in Saugatuck

WHERE: Saugatuck, Michigan

Let Lake Michigan be the backdrop for this next romantic getaway. The teensy town of Saugatuck is truly a hidden gem waiting to be explored by couples looking to take it easy. This LGBT-friendly spot invites all lovers to explore the eateries and boutiques on Butler Street, ride along the Kalamazoo River on the Saugatuck Chain Ferry, or head up Mount Baldhead Park to dip your toes in the sands of Oval Beach. No matter what you do, just make sure to go nice and slow.

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Escape Hand-in-Hand To Remote Sitka

WHERE: Sitka, Alaska

This remote Alaskan destination has everything an outdoorsy couple could ever need: whale watching, fishing, kayaking, hiking, cruising; you name it. Book a few nights at the Talon Lodge and Spa so you have access to all these activities as well as a bit of pampering and gourmet dining to end each night. And once you make it to town, enjoy Sitka’s unique blend of Indigenous and Russian culture by booking a Sitka Tribal Tour or catching a live dance show by the New Archangel Dancers.

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Bliss Out in Bavarian-Style Leavenworth

WHERE: Leavenworth, Washington

This adorable village situated at the foot of the Cascade Mountains is like a European wonderland come alive in Washington. Couples getting away in the summertime will enjoy golfing, hiking, or maybe just hopping from brewery to brewery. Things get even more magical in the winter, with ice skating, skiing, and sleigh rides galore (try Leavenworth Sleigh Rides for some special romantic dinner rides).

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Sip in the Magic and Mystery of Moab

WHERE: Moab, Utah

Moab is one of those strikingly gorgeous places you can’t help but swoon over. With its impressive red rock formations and stunning natural views, couples who live for adventure will thoroughly enjoy a romantic getaway here. What’s more, after all their climbing, biking, whitewater rafting, and off-roading, they can always stop for a sip at Matrimony Spring—legend has it that the water can cause your sweetheart to pine for you eternally.

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Maui’s Lahaina Is for Lovers

WHERE: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii is known for being one of the most romantic destinations on earth. But rather than flock to Honolulu, why not explore a more low-key small town? Located in the County of Maui, Lahaina offers the same beauty and splendor as the Big Island but with fewer people. Book an oceanfront suite in a place like the Royal Lahaina Resort, then prepare to explore the island arm-in-arm with your beloved. Snorkel and surf the azure waters, do a little whale watching, hike the Pali Trail, enjoy a sunset luau, and do it all again the next day.

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Dip and Dance in Dripping Springs

WHERE: Dripping Springs, Texas

This small Texas town is just the place for a laid-back weekend away with brews, barbecues, and your beau. Spend a day in the refreshing Hamilton Pool (a swimming hole located within a 200+ acre preserve that’s delightful to relax in), then head over to the historic district to find some treasures in the small local shops. By afternoon, feel free to hit up the various wineries and breweries, and distilleries (we recommend Dripping Springs Distilling and Twisted X Brewing) before dancing the night away at Mercer Dancehall—a honky tonk that’s just slightly out of town but worth a visit. 

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Say 'I Do' on Cannon Beach

WHERE: Cannon Beach, Oregon

You can never go wrong with Cannon Beach for a scenic Pacific Northwest getaway. From Haystack Rock to Arcadia Beach, tufted puffins to bald eagles, the enchanted splendor of each natural attraction and its residents is enough to make you both never want to return home again. What’s more, Cannon Beach is home to numerous romantic lodges and inns that cater heavily to couples. Try the Ocean Lodge or the Stephanie Inn on for size—both offer romance packages that include roses, scented candles, champagne, and more to sweeten the deal.

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Get Swept Away in St. Augustine

WHERE: St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is the oldest city in Florida, full of Spanish influence, historic points of interest, galleries, museums, and plenty of views of the sparkling seas. Go back in time with your beloved and tour the Colonial Quarter, full of shops and dining. Or take a trip to Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, an archaeological park that attracts plenty of romantics (so much so that they even host weddings). And once you’re done with carriage rides and romantic meals around town, retire in style at the Agustin Inn, where numerous romance packages are offered to help you both get in the mood.