Romantic Getaways For Her
When it's time to treat that extra-special someone in your life to a wild weekend or to mark a meaningful moment with a big trip, contemplate these spectacular destinations -- Boston; Santa Fe; Bethlehem, N.H.; Vancouver, British Columbia and Tuscany, Italy.
From thrilling cities teeming with dreamy places to dine, dawdle, indulge and delight in each other, to a women-only weekend wonderland, if you've got love and lust coming up on your calendar, these are the directions to travel in.
Few other U.S. destinations can match Boston's mix of historical presence, old-fashioned charm and contemporary urbanism.
Lesbian-owned and operated Charles Street Inn boasts Victorian elegance, 21st-century luxury, rich fabrics, Frette linens, robes and slippers entice you to stay in your room until long after the deluxe continental breakfast arrives.
Thursday nights at Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain are home to Women's Dance Night and "Queeraoke."
From Cambridge's Harvard Square, wander off in the direction of the nearest bookstore, café, or discover the whereabouts of the most romantic stroll at Cambridge's Discovery Booth.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Arts, crafts, history, great food, a stunning desert setting and a very prominent -- if unorganized -- gay community make Santa Fe a perennial favorite for lesbian travelers.
Lesbian-owned Triangle Inn is a lesbian/gay enclave with adobe cottages, each outfitted in classic Southwestern style.
Geronimo's serves adventurous Southwestern fare with a full bar.
Spend time soaking with your loved one at Ten Thousand Waves, a mixed straight/lesbian/gay Japanese spa with clothing-optional tubs.
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
A lovely New England town, Bethlehem is a 2.5-hour drive from Boston, 4.5 hours from Provincetown, Mass., and 1.5 hours from the Manchester, N.H. airport.
The Highlands Inn is a lesbian paradise in a lovingly restored, 200-year-old farmhouse in the scenic New Hampshire mountains.
Littleton's Beal House Inn serves global cuisine and has a martini menu with a staggering 252 varieties.
Hike or take the authentic coal-fired Washington Cog Railway , the world's oldest cog railroad, and have a picnic on top of Mount Washington -- weather permitting.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is a seductive city to discover with that special someone. If it rains, as it tends to do, you'll just have to stay in.
The stylish Opus sits amid upscale lofts, galleries and delis. (At press time, $1 U.S. = C$1.16.)
Atmospheric Delilah's, a lesbian/gay restaurant and martini bar, has a tapas menu to encourage sharing.
Miraj Hamman Islamic baths entice you to get steamed, scrubbed, exfoliated with black Moroccan soap, then massaged alongside your lover.
Hillsides covered with grapevines, medieval towns, Renaissance churches, fields of sunflowers, gorgeous women and the best food on earth: What could be more romantic than Italy?
Find romantic Tuscan abodes through Rentvillas, a gay-friendly California-based company.
For a romantic setting, try the beloved local eatery Cibreo.
Go beyond the Leaning Tower to explore the charming, energetic university town of Pisa-- almost entirely overlooked by tourists. Or visit the famous Chianti wineries between Sienaand Florence. On a hot day, join the locals at the beach clubs in Viareggio.
By Aefa Mulholland
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