10 Romantic Places to Take Your Wife

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10 Romantic Places to Take Your Wife
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Your wife is your adviser, co-parent, personal comedian, friend and partner in crime. Treat her for all that she does with a romantic getaway. You could take a trip down memory lane, visiting locales significant to your relationship, or whisk her away for a brand new adventure. You don't have to spend a bundle, either; consider alternatives to hotels such as the homes listed on Airbnb.com, or take advantage of local group deals in the cities you visit.

Wine and Dine
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Wine and Dine

Northern California offers some of the most romantic locations with quaint family vineyards and stunning views of the Pacific coastline. Tour and sample bottles at famed Napa and Sonoma wineries and then dine on some of the world's best cuisine. Take a cooking class, go horseback riding, visit great museums, dance the night away or just snuggle with your love.

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Mountain High
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Mountain High

The White Mountains of New Hampshire provide the perfect majestic backdrop for relaxation and romance, says Mark Evan Chimsky, editor of "65 Things to Do When You Retire." Stay at a bed and breakfast and enjoy the great outdoors. There's also the Lafayette Dinner Train, which offers a two-hour roundtrip ride on a restored historic train that winds through the countryside with views of the mountains and the Pemigewasset River, Chimsky says.

Tropical Paradise
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Tropical Paradise

The islands of the expansive Pacific Ocean are made for romance. Impress your love with a very special trip to great locales for any budget or personality. Consider the Aloha spirit in Hawaii, the international lifestyle on the islands of Thailand, the lush green jewel of Bali or for the the truly luxurious, the clear pristine waters of Bora Bora. You'll be glad you researched the ideal location as you relax with tiny umbrellas in your drinks.

Love Soak
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Love Soak

Hot tubs are great, but for a truly romantic adventure consider traveling to a natural hot spring that is geothermally heated from the earth's crust. Resorts range from naturally-formed outdoor pools to indoor tubs with spring water piped in. Try a hot soak in the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. You can also travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas, a city that made its name on the sore muscles of vacationers for hundreds of years. Research on Swimmingholes.org, which tracks natural hot springs in North America.

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Fly Away
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Fly Away

Say I love you with the most unique views on earth aboard a hot air balloon. Nearly every major city has companies that offer rides, but for a truly festive occasion, travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico for its annual International Balloon Fiesta in early October when the desert sky is filled with colorful adventure seekers.

International Balloon Fiesta

Light Up Your Love
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Light Up Your Love

Paris may be the City of Light, but it's best known for its romance. From intimate candlelight dinners, to strolls past the Eiffel Tower, or a ride on the river Seine, love is ever present in Paris. Take your wife to fine art museums and neighborhood cafes, or visit the open-air markets to shop for delicacies for a gourmet cooking class.

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Portland Poetry
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Portland Poetry

The cozy city of Portland, Maine, is a fabulous romantic getaway, says Mark Evan Chimsky. Stay at a bed and breakfast and explore this lovely city. Chimsky recommends a romantic ferry ride from the harbor to scenic Peaks Island. "Bring along a picnic lunch and a book of poems to read aloud and love will definitely be in the air," he says.

Southern Comfort
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Southern Comfort

The tree-lined streets of the Old South are ideal for lovers. From the cobblestone lanes in Charleston, South Carolina, to the intimate town squares of Savannah, Georgia, and the wrought ironwork of New Orleans, there are endless spots to share a kiss, or two. Visit the tourism board websites of these cities to plan the perfect getaway.

Floridian Fun
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Floridian Fun

From the panhandle to the Everglades, the Sunshine State seems designed for long walks on the beach with a loved one. Avoid tourist traps and head to lesser-known spots such as the islands near Fort Meyers on the Gulf of Mexico, which include Sanibel Island, Pine Island and La Costa Island, home of the pristine beaches of Cayo Costa State Park.

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Central California Coast
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Central California Coast

Sinatra may have left his heart in San Francisco and Sheryl Crow just wants to have some fun in Los Angeles, but visitors to the Golden State often forget that there's a whole swath in the middle that's ideal for couples. Stop at the great wineries near Paso Robles, stroll past Morro Bay with views of the famed rock or for the more adventurous, drive the steep inclines and catch the majestic views of Big Sur.

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