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{take me away № 16 | valentine’s inspiration for a romantic getaway}

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Love is in the air, as they say, particularly as we are approaching what is, arguably, the most romantic month of the entire year: February. But romance is certainly not limited to a single day, or month for that matter, as the very words, love and romance inspire hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of sonnets and ballads, songs, paintings, and notes and declarations at any given time.

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For love is entirely a matter of the heart, apart from all that is grounded and tangible, and perhaps that is why great minds, for decades, have tried to capture its very essence.

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And with the lifting of the winter‘s cold, afresh with the promise of Spring, we may welcome romance in all its forms, be it a quick expression of appreciation, written by hand, and left on the bedside table, or a dazzling bouquet of fragrant blossoms wrapped in tissue, or the simple joy of spending time walking, in the intimacy of fresh air, talking and dreaming together . . .

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And so, today we explore a number of possible getaways for two, with ideas for fun activities and romantic dining. For some, a romantic getaway may entail a remote little cabin, delightfully furnished with cozy comforts and a roaring fire, ideal for reading and relaxing, while for others, a fine hotel in the city with museums and the theatre to visit, and even still, for others, somewhere exotic calls. But no matter your preference, this guide aims to assist you in planning a tailored getaway to remember always . . .

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TIPS FOR SELECTING A DESTINATION

When choosing different destination options, there are three things to consider: scenery, activities and climate — with these in mind, select a location and plan a trip as elaborate as you wish, be it an hour or two from your city, or ten hours away by plane. Once you have both discussed and considered your options, and just how you wish to spend time together, selecting a destination for your trip will be simpler. Below are the three main sections, broken down with some main ideas to discuss:

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01 | scenery

A. Do you seek the vast mountains? Somewhere snowy and magical?
B. Do you prefer the design and rhythm of a city or a town destination, with plenty of places to see?
C. Do you like warmth, the beach and abundant sunshine?
D. Do you enjoy nature, untouched, and pristine waters, far away from it all?


02 | activities

A. Do you enjoy mountain retreats? [skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, skating]
B. Do you prefer taking in the arts/culture? [city tours, history, museums, shops, theaters]
C. Do you seek sandy beaches? [swimming, relaxing, sailing, snorkeling]
D. Do you desire nature, serenity and tranquility? [fishing, relaxing, horseback riding, spas]

03 | climate

A. Do you enjoy the icy cool mountains, brisk snow and warmth of an accommodation after a full day?
B. Do you look beyond climate, and focus on experiences, surroundings, culture, architecture?
C. Do you enjoy warmth, everlasting, and sunshine that only fades as the evening arrives?
D. Do you enjoy foggy mornings, crisp afternoons, clear, starry evenings?

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RESULTS

If you selected mostly A’s, perhaps you might look into a snow activity-based trip, such as: Cortina, Italy; Stow, Vermont; Banff, Alberta; Mont-Tremlant, Quebec; Aspen, Colorado; etc.

If you selected mostly B’s, perhaps you should head to a major city/town destination with plenty of activities, such as: Paris, France; Chicago, U.S.A; Bangkok, Thailand; Udaipur, India; Beijing, China; etc.

If you selected mostly C’s, you might seek somewhere warm, such as: Cape Town, South Africa; Miami Beach, Florida; Honolulu, Hawaii; Barcelona, Spain; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santa Monica, California; etc.

If you selected mostly D’s, a quaint escape to a lovely cabin or cottage far outside the city might be nice, such as: Prince Edward Island, Canada; Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; Tuscany, Italy; Clare, Ireland; etc.

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{an additional note} : As a couple, you may have to compromise on your wish list if you both do not enjoy the same scenery, activities or climate. Alternatively, perhaps a road trip or train excursion might be a nice way to take in a bit of what you both would enjoy.

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A FEW LOVELY ACTIVITIES :

* build a collection:
seek places [such as shops] to help build your collection [be it old clocks or books] or start one together

* take a class:
pottery, cooking, photography, horseback riding, dancing, a new language

* do things you have never done:
as Holly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” suggests, take turns doing things you’ve never done all day

* blend in:
take the day as it comes and be a local for the day — if you see something of interest, follow along

* capture:
capture each other, the scenery, details, moments happening around you [or build on a theme]

* see the sights:
planetarium, solariums, conservatories, museums, monuments, architecture, lighthouse

* take a tour:
helicopter, cycling, horseback, walking, historic, architecture, museum, wine and/or cheese, caves, waterfalls

* be active:
water sports, hiking, rock climbing, windsurfing, swimming, golfing, surfing, kayaking, sailing, archery

* be entertained:
sports games, the theater, a concert, a play, the ballet

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ROMANTIC DINING | a few lovely suggestions :

* plan a picnic for two:
be sure to include some favorite things you both enjoy. [it never hurts to include a little surprise or two as well]; it could be set on the beach, in a park, rooftop, etc.

* theater under the stars:
outdoor movies not only provide entertainment, but often a romantic backdrop for conversation and maybe even a little dancing

* a private dinner for two:if you are tucked away in a remote location, send your significant other off for a short time, and set up a lovely table and meal

* fine dining:
treat yourselves to a fine dining experience — look for something unusual and quite unique perhaps

* take a dinner cruise:
a romantic dinner cruise over the water is such a beautiful way to spend the evening

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{additional things to pack}

Be sure to consult your packing list to be certain that you have covered all of the essentials, but in addition, you might include:

* a little surprise gift or two [it needn't be elaborate, just thoughtful]
* note cards, loose paper, a notebook, and favorite pen
* poetry books and/or a few novels to share
* music that you both enjoy listening to

{images: all images compiled & edited  , with credits as follows, in order or appearance : original photography: flickr, via pinterest // a previous post // pretty photography // parq // original photography: flickr // haute design // original photography: the lucky files // original photography: emilyharriet // de vetpan via anna haro via the {this is glamorous tumblr} // irenes // a glamorous little side project}

Sarah Klassen
Contributor, Vancouver

Even as a girl, Sarah spent hours curling up with her mother in their home library, exploring fashion and décor magazines, reading Jane Austen novels, and looking through beautiful books. Educated in design and marketing, Sarah has a great deal of experience in the realm of design, decorating and retail. She enjoys writing, travel, bike riding, boutique shopping, and exploring her beautiful city with her soul mate. Considered approachable and warm, if you meet her on the street, she’s likely to engage you in lively conversation.
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19 Notes
  • Ahh, you are a true romance guru! Such a dreamy collection of images. Your “take me away” series are always such a lovely retreat from the chaos of my work week.

    xx Camille @ The Wild Fleur

  • Anonymous said...

    Beautiful photos and ideas! I must know where the photo of Natalie Portman is from… a photoshoot? It’s so gorgeous and romantic.

  • Sarah, you create & write the most beautiful posts ever, this is just gorgeous!! Lovely images of Paris too.

    I’m always dreaming of travel…..your posts are only making it worse!!!

    Well done Sarah! Xx

  • Lovely post. I hope my boyfriend thinks about something like that for valentine’s day.. or maybe I’ll have to do the planning. :) Aww all this sounds so nice..

    Satu

  • the wild fleur — thank you, camille! sarah and i make a wonderful team — her beautiful topics and thoroughly composed posts are a such a dream to lend imagery to :)

    shall pass along the message that you are enjoying the series x

  • anonymous — yes, backstage photos from a photoshoot for the miss dior campaign, more here

  • This is such a beautiful post. I know I say that on every post, but this one in particular was so personal. I loved it, thank you so much (as always) for sharing such beautiful things.

  • I just had a romantic lunch date with my husband yesterday, your post made me smile! I realize now that perhaps I should have included some items from your list….ah well, next time;) !

  • Lovely post. My life is full of compromise as my husband and I are total opposites. You know what they say, opposites attract. :)

    ♥ sécia
    http://www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

  • a new favorite post. I will be referencing this in a few weeks!

  • planning a romantic getaway adds a little extra to a marriage. For our 12th anniversary I planned a secret getaway. I just wrote in my husband’s daytimer (‘not available’ on the four days we’d be away) I secretly purchased the airline tickets to Santa Monica, booked the hotel and car and then secretly packed his suitcase and put it in the car the day before we were to leave. Only when we were almost at the airport and he said ‘are you going to tell me where we’re going?’ did I tell him we were going to his favorite hot spot – the joy it gave him that I had thought of him and planned it all in secret was the best…this post makes me want to do something like that again for our 20th Anniversary this year – maybe this time a nice log cabin somewhere like the one you linked, (I hadn’t thought of that) and add some of your special tips into our trip, like a picnic or romantic dinner out under the stars with a fire (our anniversary is in November brrrrr) I love this series…

  • Anonymous said...

    *sigh* The images really do take you away to somewhere magical

  • LOVE that you put a little quiz in the middle of the post! A romantic getaway sounds amazing right now!!

    From Brooklyn with love,

    Jen

  • nauticalwheeler — yes, wasn’t it such a fun idea sarah had? & couldn’t agree more — a romantic getaway really does sound perfect right now x

  • Such a lovely post!!! Sooo many wonderful and sweet ideas!

    xo

  • Gorgeous post and so many sweet and inspirational ideas, fabulous pics too, sometimes we get caught in the routine doesn’t take much to create a special moment…let it be Valentines Day everyday I say!!!
    Carla x

  • I loved the picture of the Dior shoes!

  • you guys are so brilliant, love this post! So pretty too. I pretty much want to stuff my face with sweets after I spend a few seconds on your blog…

  • Oh Sarah, another splendid post. So romantic. Great ideas.

    Enjoy the weekend.

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