Bar Harbor, Maine
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Bar Harbor enjoys a picturesque location on Mount Desert Island along Frenchman Bay. Home to Acadia National Park — Maine’s sole national park — Bar Harbor serves as the gateway to 45,000 acres of granite sea cliffs, forested trails, and rocky beaches, making this an ideal getaway for active couples. Following an afternoon of adventure, roam Bar Harbor’s quaint downtown, stopping in its souvenir shops and chic cafes, then soothe your body with a relaxing massage or rejuvenating body wrap at the Bar Harbor Inn Spa. Come evening, retreat to your charming cottage rental where you’ll gorge on fresh fish as you dine al fresco on the patio, relishing the salty sea air.
Amelia Island, Florida
A sun-drenched Florida destination without the glitz and glamor of Miami, Amelia Island is a quaint barrier island town some 30 miles northeast of Jacksonville. Its charming downtown features Victorian-era mansions and historic homes-turned -B&Bs, which you can check into for a bit of an escape. And Amelia Island’s 13 miles of pristine beaches lapped by the Atlantic Ocean make for dreamy walks or horseback rides along the shore. Stay at the Fairbanks House, an elegant villa dating back to 1885, where its rooms are outfitted with four-poster beds, claw-foot tubs, and crackling fireplaces.
St. Simons, Georgia
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Spend some quality time with your person on St. Simons, the largest and most developed barrier island of Georgia’s Golden Isles. With its stretches of pretty beaches and marshes, it’s easy to feel at ease in this secluded coastal town. Take a stroll on East Beach, or rent bicycles and cruise along the St. Simons Island Trail System, a network of 30-plus miles of bike paths that hug the island’s coastline, lined by majestic live oaks. Head to the southern tip of St. Simons to witness the St. Simons Island Light, a lighthouse rebuilt in 1872 following its destruction in the American Civil War. For an unobstructed view of this historic landmark, stay in one of the 34 rooms at the charming St. Simon’s Inn.
Beaufort, North Carolina
Dating back to 1709, Beaufort is North Carolina’s third oldest town, which is apparent in its historic collection of stately Victorian mansions, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Gothic Revival structures, which now house B&Bs, cafes, and a number of outdoor restaurants. Explore the town by bicycle, or get to know Beaufort’s intracoastal waterways on a private boat tour, but don’t miss a visit to Shackleford Banks — an undeveloped island along the 56-mile long Cape Lookout National Seashore — for a look at the island’s wild horses.