The Most Romantic Getaways in the UK

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The Most Romantic Getaways in the UK

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The UK has some of the most beautiful destinations for a romantic breakaway with your loved one, from quaint cities and towns and coastal hideaways, the UK has it all. Picking the ideal destination for your romantic break can be tricky so to make it a little easier for you, we’ve picked some of the best UK destinations for you and your partner.

Cornwall

Cornwall offers both secluded locations and stunning coastal getaways for a romantic weekend with your partner. Cornwall is a beautiful county and with the exception of the surf and party town Newquay, it is visited by far less people than it should be. The best places to spend a romantic getaway  in Cornwall are places such as the beautiful fishing village Padstow, the quaint and hidden-away Port Isaac and the coastal town of Falmouth. In Cornwall you and your lover can take beautiful walks along the coast, relax in local pubs with some of the countries’ best seafood and watch the hours pass from the comfort of wonderful accommodation, the perfect recipe for a romantic break.

York

In the North West of England lies the the walled city of a York, a perfect location for a romantic weekend away. This charming city maintains it’s old style appearance throughout and walking around the centre of York you will find dozens of cute little shops and delightful cafes and restaurants to watch the World go by. The River Ouse flows directly through the city and a riverside walk will be the perfect way to spend an afternoon with your loved one. There are some large hotels in York but there are also lots of boutique hotels and city centre apartments available giving you the choice to rent somewhere private for your break. If you’re looking for a city that is relaxed and filled with romantic things to do then York is th

Edinburgh

A trip to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh will be the perfect getaway destination for you and your partner. The city achieves the unlikely feat of being a capital city and providing you with a feeling of being in the countryside at the same time. The city is centred around it’s ancient castle and the looming Carlton Hill, surrounding the area around the hill and the area of HolyRood you will find several places to take a romantic stroll in green surroundings. The city’s two main streets, Prince’s Street and the Royal Mile is filled with some fantastic restaurants and bars and many of them in old buildings with hidden away areas, perfect for a secluded meal with your partner. The range of accommodation in the city is, as you may expect, very broad, bed and breakfasts, large hotels, private apartments and boutique hotels are on offer to give you the perfect romantic weekend.

Dorset

If it’s a quiet coastal break that you’re looking for then Dorset is the place for you and your partner for a perfect escape. The South West of England in blessed with far nicer weather than the rest of the country for most of the year and a sunny walk across the famous white cliffs is the ideal way to experience this beautiful part of the World with your partner. Over half of this county has been classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty which provides a glorious backdrop to your romantic break. Dorset has plenty of quaint cottages for you to stay in, many of which in secluded areas of the county, a great opportunity for some vital alone time with the one you love.

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Around the coast: Lisbon

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Lisbon is one of those few cities in the world that is blessed with everything from architecture, art, culture, great food and a beautiful coast, that although now is one of the most populated sub-urban zones in Portugal it most definitely still retains the best chilled and relaxed beach holiday atmosphere.

Here are a few suggestions on what to look out for and what to do whether you’re planning a road trip along the ‘linha’ as it is referred to by the locals, or looking for the best beach to chill on your next holiday in Lisbon.

Estoril Casino

The Estoril Casino is one of the better gambling palaces in the Lisbon area

 

The heart of the entertainment in Estoril, the casino, also the biggest in Europe offers more than just gaming tables and slot machines. The restaurants are of exceptional quality whilst the complex boasts of an art-gallery with regular exhibitions, a theatre with a full-on calendar and also a club in case you want to kick back on a few cocktails and a dance.

Cabo de Roca

This is one for your ‘been there, done that’ bucket list as it is the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Cabo de Roca is a spectacular cliff top location marked by a lighthouse. Make sure you dress appropriately as temperatures and winds are rather unpredictable here and it can get really cold really quickly in comparison to the city.

Cascais

Cascais is a remarkable place with quite a few idyllic spots to indulge in. Make your way towards the Citadela de Cascais, a fortified city that now houses several upmarket boutiques, a hotel and a few restaurants too.

Golf

Golf I hear you say? Yes golf. The Lisbon coast is chock-full of golf courses, in fact there are 8 in total, so if you’re planning your next golf trip with your friends, well then the Lisbon coast should be on your priority list. Check out the courses of Penha Longa or Oitavos in the Quinta da Marinha.

Sintra

 

To visit Lisbon and not go to Sintra would be a big mistake. Portuguese Kings chose this place as their preferred summer retreat location and for good reason. No spoilers, you’ll see why when you get to this lovely hill town set on the northern slopes of the Serra.

Monserrate

 

Make sure you don’t overlook the Monserrate gardens. A mix of exotic, natural and artificial elements are the order of the day here, and you can easily grasp the Moorish, Indian and Gothic influences in both the architecture of the palace within and also in the pastiche of diverse elements the garden itself is made of.

The Best Cities in California

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Almost everyone in the world has heard of California before. Its iconic surfer culture, cosmopolitan Las Angeles, hip and “techy” San Francisco – Cali really has a bit of it all. With a population of almost 40 million people, its got more residents than most countries! Here are 3 cities in California you shouldn’t miss on your next trip there.

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1. Los Angeles

“The City of Angels” is the largest city in California with a population of 3.8 million people. It’s also the second largest city in the US after New York City. It makes a great place to visit with a myriad of activities to do like going to shop on Rodeo Drive, cruise the Hollywood Hills and keep and eye out for stars, hike in Runyon Canyon or hit the beach in Ventura. If you want to stay in style, then opt for private villa rentals in Los Angeles over a hotel, you won’t regret it!

2. San Francisco

Located in the mid to northern part of California, San Francisco is the largest city in the region. It was almost completely destroyed in the early 1900s due to an epic earthquake and ensuing fire, but it was rebuilt and now boasts beautiful Victorian architecture as well as a melange of other styles. San Francisco is a culture vulture’s heaven with its countless museums, historic Fisherman’s Wharf, the famous island-jail, Alcatraz, and one the oldest China Town in the USA. Here’s a travel tip, walk around China Town and when you find a restaurant that’s busy, it’s going to be worth the wait.

What’s also great about San Francisco is that you can be in pristine nature in about 20 minutes, and you get to cross over the famous Golden Gate Bridge to get there! Muir Woods is a truly magical place. It’s home to countless Redwood trees, the tallest trees in the world. There are currently trees living in Muir Woods that are over 350 feet tall!

3. San Diego

Just a few miles north of the Mexican border rests stunning San Diego. This cosmopolitan city has some of the best weather in the country with almost perpetual sunny skies and a pleasant temperature year round. Explore the historic Gas Lamp Quarter, climb aboard a massive Air Craft Carrier or enjoy the waves at Pacific Beach, a famous surfing beach.

San Diego is a great beer city and there are many independent brewers that you can take tours of. Ballast Point is a great brewer and they have daily tours and tastings.

Explore Flights, Hotels, and Seasonal Things to do in Vail, Colorado

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There are many things to do in Vail, Colorado ... photo by CC user Nick Csakany on wikimedia

Of course, everyone knows about winter activities like skiing and snowboarding in Vail, Colorado. Although it’s one of the top trendy vacation spots and home to world-class athletes, it retains a friendly small town feel at the same time. Vail, known as a world-renowned vacation destination, isn’t only popular when the weather drops; it’s common during all seasons, boasting the ultimate experience for all ages.

Founded by Siebert and Eaton in 1962, the ski resort is named after Charles Vail, the legendary highway engineer who built the first road through the area. Their dream when viewing the mountain terrain from the top was to create a ski resort, never imagining that it would become so much more.

Spring Fling

Actually, March is the end of the ski season and noted as the biggest end-of-season bash of the Rocky Mountains. With free live concerts, after-dark parties, and base area giveaways, you’ll have the time of your life. Whether you’re ending the cold weather or beginning the warmer season, there is something for everyone.

Summer Vacation in Vail

On Wheels

Most people don’t think of traveling to Vail, Colorado during the summer months and others wonder why they would. Well, from experience I can testify there are a multitude of adventurous and exciting things to do in the warmer months.

There are gorgeous trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, the usual stuff. For something different, try mountain biking on the cross-country trails where you’ll see miles of scenic vistas. Getting to the top is fun, but if you want a ride down the mountain, the trails are accessed by Gondola One for the first timer, families, or experts. Purchase a bike haul ticket at the base gondola. And if you forgot to bring your bike or helmet, rentals are available from Vail Sports in the Village.

On Water or by Foot

 

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Vail Village via Flickr.com by mattmangum

Tickets for other activities like kayaking and rafting are found in Vails White Water Park in the center of the village. Guided class 1-4 river trips on the Eagle or Colorado River are exhilarating and exciting. The Betty Ford Garden is the highest botanical garden in the United States. There, you’ll see waterfalls, as well as perennial and rock gardens, or you can have fun with a photography or kids educational class.

On the Mountain Top

Adventure Ridge is full of fun activities for all ages. Take the Eagle Bahn Gondola 10,000 feet up and play disc golf, or go tubing. If you’re not that adventurous, enjoy the spectacular views while eating BBQ food. Buy tickets in bundles of three or more goings-on. Try the Rebound Trampoline and catch air or step up the Climbing Wall. Play Lawn Sports like the bag toss, horseshoes, or Dino Dig. You can even fly through the air on the Zipline or go ice skating. Yes, summer ice-skating at Dobson Ice Arena. To heal those sore muscles, swim in a hot mineral bath at Glenwood Hot Springs.

Fall Extremes and Winter Variations

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Everyone takes to the road during fall foliage, but have you ever thought about seeing the impressive end of summer colors from a hot air balloon? What about watching the X-Game athletes? Another exciting thing to do is to go jeeping with a professional Jeep driver climbing and turning for the experience of your life.

If you’re not a skier, try a Dog Sled Tour, a one-of-a-kind experience whizzing by wildlife like elk, deer, and the elusive snow fox. Try Ice Climbing with Apex Climbing School with a private guide. Give snowshoeing or snowmobiling a try or go on a sleigh ride. At the end of the day, visit Vail Valley where restaurants, shops, and attractions are plentiful.

Now that you know the time of year that appeals to you most, the below information will get you there and find lodging.

Fly Into Denver International Airport or Eagle Country Regional Airport

Finding an inexpensive flight to Vail, Colorado is tricky. Denver International Airport had its busiest year ever in 2014 with 53.4 million passengers. In fact, the busiest months were January, February, April, May, September, and October. Also noted as the 15th busiest airport in the world, DIA is just 121 miles from Vail Mountain, or a two-hour drive while Eagle/Vail Airport, is 30 minutes from the mountain and one of the fastest growing airports in the nation. I suggest you make your reservations on the fringe seasons if possible.

There are ample transportation services from the airport to the hotels, beyond car rentals. I use Vail Transport Services or All Mountain Transportation, both competitive with pricing.

Stay in a Hotel, Condominium or a Private Room

Prices are higher in the winter months. When looking for cheap places to stay, keep in mind, Vail is expensive. The least expensive is a private room in one’s home. But you’ll find lower cost lodging in Vail by staying a bit further from the mountain.

Places like the Holiday Inn Vail and the Eagle Point Resort are affordable, both with a pool. The Eagle Resort is a condominium with an airport shuttle, and the Holiday Inn has a fitness center, restaurant, and business center. If you travel with your pet, they’re welcome too. Finally, the Vail Marriott Resort and Spa is the least expensive in August, and the Simba Run Vail Condominium is cheapest in October. In 2014 World Travel Awards nominated Hipmunk as a lead comparison travel site, so investigate different places to stay using the best website.

I’m trying to build an ultimate resource for things to do in Vail. If you’ve been there, please add your thoughts or other tips and things to do below.

Bio:

Linda Manning lives in trendy Newport, Rhode Island, with her husband, Paul, and young English springer spaniel Brooklynn. She is a licensed boat captain and certified diver who loves to travel. She is a freelance writer for travel sites such as Hipmunk.com. At home, Linda loves gardening, cooking, entertaining, art, museums, and all Newport has to offer.