14 surprisingly romantic destinations to spend Valentine’s Day

By Lindsay Cohn
January 16, 2019, 12:16:25 PM EST

Want to make Valentine’s Day extra special? A store-bought gift—whether flowers, candy, or jewelry—is par for the course. So, why not plan a trip?

This year, skip the old standbys (sorry, Paris) in lieu of something a bit less expected. From far-flung islands to amor-inducing domestic locales, these surprisingly romantic destinations are sure to win you tons of hugs and kisses.

1. Kennebunkport, Maine


(Photo: Photographer: Philippe Schaff)

While Kennebunkport is a summer hotspot, dialed-in duos venture to this winter wonderland in February when crowds are replaced by piles of fresh powder, pretty pink lights enhance the alluring ambiance, and local restaurants beckon with “red plate specials.” Equally compelling are cozy quarters at White Barn Inn and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

2. Hakone, Japan



The passage from Shinjuku to Hakone—where time stands still, onsens bubble up with mineral-rich water, and ryokans offer a taste of true Japanese hospitality—is just 85 minutes by train. If soothing soaks and spellbinding views of snow-capped Mt. Fuji are a turn on, this picturesque mountain town is the place for you.

3. Kochi, India


(Photo: DR Travel Photo and Video/Shutterstock)

Craving an exotic escape? Whisk your beloved away to Kochi in southwest India. The “Queen of the Arabian Sea” is a journey for the senses; replete with flavorful cuisine, intoxicating aromas, vibrant sites, and Keralan arts. What makes this port even more irresistible is the promise of boat tours during the blue hour.

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