16 Summer Destinations to Cure the Wedding Season Blues

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You can only do the Chicken Dance so many times in one summer. And it’s no secret that attending weddings and engagement parties weekend after weekend can put seasoned couples down in the dumps. So instead of spending all of your summer weekends fanning each other in church pews, take some time to get out an explore these 16 romantic getaways throughout North America.

Marco Island, Florida

The largest and northernmost of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island combines white sand beaches with fine dining, luxurious hotels, picturesque views and a slow-paced lifestyle.

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Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island

Indulge in the undeniable romance of the outdoors at Cavendish Beach or just about anywhere in Canada’s smallest (and arguably most romantic) province — Prince Edward Island.

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Napa, California

Leave the kids with grandma and grandpa and escape to the romantic Napa Valley, where you can choose to tour the area’s world-famous vineyards by bike, train or even hot air balloon.

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Montreal, Quebec

Montreal’s cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and cozy cafes give travelers that romantic European feel, but without the budget-breaking plane ticket. Skip the skyscrapers and head to Vieux-Montréal (the “Old Montreal” historic city center) for some of the city’s best accommodations, historic sightseeing and fine dining in a quaint atmosphere.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Long walks on the beach are an understatement on Cape Cod’s 40-mile-long seashore. But what you and your loved one might enjoy most about “The Cape” is it’s slow-paced atmosphere, which attests that doing nothing is actually doing something.

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Victoria, British Columbia

While Victoria has long been known for its strong British heritage, the city is now a romantic yet hip combination of coffee shops, tea rooms, unique shops and restaurants that are simply perfect for two. If you’re up for some exercise, spend a day cycling, picnicking and taking in the city’s scenic views.

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Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is radiating so much southern charm, you can’t help but fall in love when you’re there. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour in the morning, explore the area’s expansive beaches in the day and cuddle up in a rickshaw that will take you from your romantic bed and breakfast to one of the city’s many world-renowned restaurants.

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Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

A place doesn’t have to be teeming with restaurants and attractions to make it romantic. In fact, the simplicity of Cape Breton Island’s beauty is what is makes it such an ideal destination for couples seeking a little time away from it all. The island’s scenic hiking trails, historic villages, undeveloped beaches and quaint restaurants give it an entirely different kind of island charm.

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Todos Santos, Baja California Sur

This romantic beach town just a short drive from Cabo San Lucas offers a quieter Baja atmosphere with adorable inns, restaurants, boutiques and bookstores lining narrow streets that still hold that old Mexican charm. The area’s massive beaches are ideal for long walks in the sand and refreshing dips in the Pacific without another person in sight.

Photo credit: Ana Rodríguez Carrington
Photo credit: Ana Rodríguez Carrington

Key Largo, Florida

Leave your worries at home and indulge in the tropical surroundings of Key Largo — Florida’s northernmost Key. Dolphin encounters, sunset sails, canoe trips and scuba lessons are just a few of the many couples’ activities available in this nearby tropical paradise.

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Niagara Falls, New York

Romantic getaways don’t always need to involve beach chairs and poolside drinks, and Niagara Falls is a destination that proves it. Experience the wondrous beauty of Niagara Falls State Park and venture into the mist together on one of the park’s many unique tours.

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Carmel by the Sea, California

Igniting your romance is easy in Carmel by the Sea, where gourmet dining, wine tastings and couples’ spa treatments are the norm and movie star sightings aren’t uncommon. But not every aspect of your vacation has to be high-end, Carmel Beach is the perfect place to enjoy an affordable evening picnicking by the sea and building a fire in the sand.

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St. John’s, Newfoundland

St. John’s is a city that feels more like a town. The vibrantly colored houses, historic architecture, quaint boutiques, thriving music scene, charming eateries and waterfront views combine to make a city that’s full of life and romance around every curve (and there are a lot of them).

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Burlington, Vermont

Burlington’s whimsical inns may make you want to stay inside all day, but you’ll want to make it out to watch a postcard-worthy sunset on Lake Champlain. Plan ahead and reserve a spot on the “Spirit of Ethan Allen” tour boat, where you can enjoy dinner, dancing and an unforgettable evening on the lake.

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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is one of those southern cities that feels like a small town — even when you’re in the heart of downtown. From the hearty southern cooking to the sweeping oak trees and that easy-going southern drawl, it seems like every little part of Savannah is telling you to slow down and enjoy a little romance.

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Tofino, British Columbia

Tofino’s pristine shorelines, green rainforests and crystal clear ocean waters may make you think you’re in the tropics, but this district in British Columbia is arguably even better. Soak in the sun, salty air and west coast vibes as you make memories that will last forever in Tofino.

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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