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The Best Cities to Visit With That Special Someone

These are the places to go to with your better half.

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“You go to Montreal with your friends. You go to Quebec City with someone special.”

Some advice from a helpful Quebecker we talked Canadian cities with a few months back.

Got us thinking: Which cities, towns and islands would top the list for a weekend away with your better half?

Our criteria: spots rich in activities, relaxation or both, where couples can make a quick, easy escape without doing a ton of legwork. Why now? Because once the holidays are over — or hell, during them — you two should set aside some time to appreciate one another.

So below, destinations ideal for some old-school canoodling, all just a quick flight away.

For Less Clothing and More Views
Kauai, Hawaii

The Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai Hawaii.

The Digs: Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort sways over Poipu Beach on Hawaii’s oldest and wildest island. It’s a boutique as Hawaiian hotels go, but that’s the point. Perfect for launching daily adventures and tucking in to some seared Hokkaido scallops each night.
The Eats: Eating House 1849 touts local fare by Roy Yamaguchi. Try the honey mustard grilled beef short ribs.
The Play: If you’ve never surfed, book a lesson with Kauai Surf Experience. Luan’s been surfing since he was five and’ll have you guys up on a board in two hours. Also — book the Waterfall Tour with Safari Helicopters for a ridiculous view of IRL screensaver Na Pali State Park.

For an Old West Mountain Town and Hot Tubs
Crested Butte, Colorado

The Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte, Colorado.

The Digs: Vail shmail. Crested Butte is one mountain town that hasn’t yet traded in its swinging saloon doors. Make Scarp Ridge Lodge your base camp for a weekend of skiing and soaking. There’s a heated hot tub on the roof and a saltwater pool inside.
The Eats: It’s important, nay, it’s imperative, that you and your partner can eat casual on vacation. A) To save some coin for other points of interest, and B) because local “fast” food is often where the flavor is. Head to Teocalli Tamale for immaculate burritos from a roadside burrow.
The Play: Cat skiing in Irwin, which gets three times the amount of snows as Crested Butte. Coming out of season? Hop on a horse with Fantasy Ranch Outfitters.

For a New York Getaway, Minus the Crowds
Catskills, New York

The Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in Catskills, New York.

The Digs: Pancakes in the morning, tartare at night? Sure. Massive pool open in the summer, roaring chiminea come winter? Check, and check. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge gets it. This is the all-season couples mid-week go-to. Set your status to WFH and set up shop in the library.
The Eats: Brushland Eating House. Eat the pork chops. Please eat the pork chops.
The Play: Skiing, of course, if Hunter Mountain (seen from Scribner’s) suits your fancy. We recommend a bit of a drinking tour, though, assuming you’ve got phones and can call an Uber. Try Wayside CiderTuthilltown (for Baby Bourbon Whisky) and Union Grove Distillery for apple-wheat distilled vodka.

Check out all 10 destinations on InsideHook.