10 Romantic Wine Getaways Perfect For A Weekend Away
Surely sipping a glass of wine while relaxing on a vineyard will melt away any of your stresses and allow you to get closer with your partner. Escape from your busy workweeks with a romantic trip to one of the wonderful wine destinations in the US. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to whisk yourselves away on an escape for a special anniversary or birthday?
1. Napa Valley, CA
Napa Valley is one of the premier wine destinations in the US due to its high concentration of vineyards and beautiful scenery. See what all the fuss is about at Crosby Roman winery, Napa Cellars, Blackbird Vineyards, and Hendry Winery.
2. Sonoma, CA
The historic Sonoma is another well-known wine destination in the US, and for good reason — it boasts over 400 wineries and is easy to reach from San Francisco. Try Buena Vista, which is the oldest winery in Sonoma County, Lasseter Family Winery, Rutherford Ranch Winery, and Banshee.
3. Mystic, CT
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For those on the East Coast, Mystic, Connecticut is a wonderful option that also offers quaint New England town life, historic whaling villages, and great food. Three vineyards are very easily accessible from Mystic: Saltwater Marsh, Stonington Vineyard, and Maugle Sierra Vineyards. Wine tastings at these three vineyards are affordable and they also offer beautiful views and frequent events.
4. Portland, OR
Portland is located at the edge of the well-known wine region of the Willamette Valley, but not every traveler wants to spend their romantic weekend in the car. You certainly won’t be disappointed with the wine if you opt to visit Portland’s wineries on foot or via public transportation. Try the wonderful ENSO Winery, and Portland Wine Bar and Tasting Room to sample local wines.
5. Snake River Valley, ID
Vinters in the US have quickly realized that Snake River has a perfect microclimate for growing excellent wine grapes, particularly white wine grapes. Riesling is especially high quality in Snake River Valley, and excellent varieties can be sipped and swirled at Bitner Vineyards, Williamson Vineyards, Ste. Chapelle Winery, Indian Creek Winery, and more.
6. Walla Walla, WA
Take in the scenic views outside of Walla Walla with a visit to the wineries in the outskirts of the city, or simply enjoy the 30 tasting rooms in downtown Walla Walla. Sip a glass of merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay, and more at Sleight of Hand Cellars, Long Shadows, Mansion Creek Cellars, and don’t miss Woodward Canyon Winery.
7. Charlottesville, VA
Located near the picturesque city of Charlottesville is the Monticello Wine Trail, which is the birthplace of wine production in the United States. This historic wine region has some delicious vineyards that provide great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy tastings at Flying Fox Vineyard, Grace Estate Winery, Wisdom Oak Winery, and Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards.
8. Willamette Valley, OR
Located just an hour from Portland, the Willamette Valley has over 500 wineries and the region is well-known in the US for its pinot noir. The Cascade Mountains provide a romantic backdrop to wine tastings. Savor the pinot noir in the Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton areas for notes of raspberry, black tea, black cherries, and vanilla.
9. Finger Lakes, NY
Immerse yourselves into life’s simpler pleasures with the beautiful natural scenery and flavorful wine in the Finger Lakes region. The Finger Lakes offers visitors three wine trails to take advantage of including the Cayuga Lake, Keuka Lake, and Seneca Lake Wine Trails. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is the largest of the three, with 35 wineries.
10. Litchfield Hills, CT
Taste-test more of the Connecticut wine trail, which is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the US, in the beautiful Litchfield Hills. Try the romantic Land of Nod, Miranda Vineyard, Sunset Meadow Vineyard, and Hopkins Vineyard. You will need a car to get around this region, as the vineyards are not well connected with public transportation.