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5 Romantic Small Town Getaways Perfect for Gay Couples on Valentine’s Day

Travel Tips | Jim Werner | January 28, 2024

Gentlemen, time is ticking away while you try to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Instead of getting the predictable overpriced staples — chocolate, cologne, roses — bring your loved one on a romantic getaway. It’ll impress them way much more than a Whitman’s Sampler box. Even if your budget doesn’t allow for a jet-setting Paris or Venice trip, there are plenty of romantic small town getaways that will impress your honey buns.

Beyond the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you’ll find cozy bed and breakfasts, charming local shops, and scenic natural beauty just waiting to provide the perfect backdrop for romance.

We’ve scouted out five queer-friendly small towns that are ideal for low-key yet loving Valentine’s retreats. Put your feet up, pour a glass of wine, and plan your next V-Day adventures with these romantic details.

Charming Destinations for an Intimate and Memorable Escape

New Hope, Pennsylvania

Get cuddly in the countryside. New Hope, about 90 minutes from New York City and an hour from Philadelphia, will offer you plenty of inspiration for handholding or more. Wink. Wink.

This small town is perfect for those who enjoy leisurely strolls and antique shopping. The historic district boasts a variety of quaint shops, art galleries, and restaurants with outdoor terraces that are perfect for savoring a romantic dinner while taking in the scenic views.

For the nature-loving couples, take a hike along the Delaware River Canal or rent a bike and explore the 60-mile long D&L Trail. And for a truly unique experience, book a romantic ride on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad’s Wine and Cheese Train through the picturesque countryside.

Asheville, North Carolina

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a nature lover’s paradise and a romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The city is home to numerous cozy bed and breakfasts, perfect for snuggling up with your significant other.

For those seeking adventure, take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or hike up to the top of Chimney Rock for breathtaking views. And don’t forget to treat yourself to some delicious local food at one of Asheville’s fabulous queer-owned restaurants! One spot that you absolutely can’t miss is the Good Hot Fish by Ashleigh Shanti. This talented chef’s fame skyrocketed after her appearance on Season 19 of Top Chef, and she’s been nominated for a James Beard award. Her unique “Afro-lachian” cuisine combines African, Southern, and Appalachian flavors and techniques. It’s a culinary experience like no other!

And no visit would be complete without a selfie in front of the mural honoring queer ally, Dolly Parton, and queer icon, RuPaul — a colorful and Instagram-worthy spot for couples to capture their love.

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Known as one of America’s most welcoming LGBTQ+ destinations, Provincetown is a popular spot for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In the off-season, this charming seaside town offers a scenic and peaceful setting, perfect for a romantic getaway.

The empty beaches provide a peaceful haven for reflective walks. Or, you could take a leisurely stroll down Commercial Street, hand in hand, and explore the vibrant art galleries that offer a dose of cultural nourishment. Meanwhile, the local shops and restaurants, devoid of the usual throngs, exude an inviting warmth. And for nature enthusiasts, winter bird watching can be an incredible experience.

Napa Valley, California

Indulge in a luxurious escape and explore the breathtaking landscapes of wine country. Napa Valley, about an hour’s drive from San Francisco, is the perfect destination for couples who enjoy fine dining, world-renowned wines, and stunning views.

Explore the valley with a private tour of prestigious vineyards. Take a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards and enjoy a champagne brunch. Indulge in a romantic dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant and stay in cozy bed and breakfasts amidst lush vineyards.

But Napa Valley isn’t just about wine and food — you can also enjoy the outdoors by biking or hiking through the scenic trails, or simply relax and rejuvenate at one of the many spa resorts.

Milford, Pennsylvania

Nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, Milford (about 90 miles from New York City) is a charming and picturesque town that offers peaceful romantic small town getaways for couples. A resort town since the Gilded Age, take a stroll down Historic Broad Street to admire the Victorian-style homes.

For history buffs, Columns Museum shows that even small towns can have impressive artifacts. One of the museum’s main displays is a blood-stained American flag reportedly used to cradle Lincoln’s head after that fateful night in the Ford Theater. For outdoorsy types, explore the nearby Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area by hiking or snowshoeing through its scenic trails.

After a day filled with exciting activities, snuggle up with your loved one at Bar Louis in the Hotel Fauchère. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and indulge in some quality time together. And guess what? This place used to be owned and operated by Sean Strub, the mastermind behind POZ magazine.

So there you have it, folks! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about roses and chocolates. There are plenty of unique and unforgettable ways to show your love and spend quality time with your significant other. But let’s not forget the true purpose of this post — to nudge you towards planning your next Valentine’s Day adventure!

Don’t wait until the last minute and end up scrambling for a reservation at a generic restaurant. Instead, take charge and plan something truly special. And who knows, maybe you’ll even discover new romantic small town getaways that you’ll revisit year after year.

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