For Couples Who Still Look Good in Their Bathing Suits
PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA
What to do: Between L.A. and ’Frisco, Pismo is California’s less crowded seaside paradise.
Where to sleep and eat: Sand- castle Inn (sandcastleinn.com) has rooms with patios. North of town, dolphins frolic below the cliff-top Ventana Grill .
FINGER LAKES REGION, NEW YORK
What to do: Sip through a winery tour (fingerlakeswine- country.com), or find a rocky nook at Watkins Glen State Park.
Where to sleep and eat: Canan- daigua—home to many bed and breakfasts and the New York Wine & Culinary Cen- ter—was named one of Amer- ica’s 10 most romantic towns (canandaiguachamber.com).
For Ex-Hippies Who Need to Recharge Their Crystals
What to do: “Spiritual vortices” aside, from up on Airport Mesa the very rocks seem to be ablaze at sunset.
Where to sleep and eat: Red-rock vis tas make the Amara Resort & Spa (amararesort.com) a top value. Lav ish Dahl and DiLuca is a lush dinner- time retreat (dahlanddiluca.com).
For Dixiephiles Who’d Be Worn Out by New Orleans
What to do: Take a carriage ride among sleepy, cypress-shaded Savannah’s many lush parks.
Where to sleep and eat: The affordable Mulberry Inn (savannahhotel.com) is near the waterfront, with one lovely water-view restaurant after another.
For Former Skiers Who Miss the Slopes
What to do: You can enjoy intimate apres-ski fun like curling up at the lodge or strolling after dark all year long in Aspen, a village of farmers’ markets, crafts shops—and high-end boutiques.
Where to sleep and eat: At the mountain’s foot, The Little Nell (thelittlenell.com) has a fireplace in every room. Upstairs at Explore Book Sellers (explorebooksellers.com) savor the fresh, natural food at Pyramid Bistro.
OXFORD, MARYLAND (Pictured Above)
What to do: With quiet streets, a serene riverfront, and about 650 residents, Oxford—one of America’s oldest towns (1694) —is a place to feel truly alone.
Where to sleep and eat: The lovingly appointed waterfront Sandaway Lodge (sandaway.com) is happily “not recommended for children.” Dine at the cute-and-creaky, Robert Morris Inn