15 secluded, indulgent homes you can rent across the US to set the scene for a romantic getaway

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  • A vacation rental is a great option for a private, romantic getaway.
  • Additionally, experts and the CDC note that private home rentals are likely safer than hotels.
  • We found stunning US vacation rentals to help set the mood, ranging from $83 to $800 per night. 

A romantic retreat doesn’t have to mean a stay at an expensive luxury hotel. A private vacation rental is also a great option and may even be cheaper while still offering utter privacy, seclusion, and social distancing.

Planning a weekend away can make for a memorable gift to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary, birthday, or holiday. Caroline Burns, travel expert and head of public relations at HomeToGo, told Insider, “After spending so much time at home, couples booking getaways this year are looking to detach from the everyday and reconnect by escaping to remote hideaways.”

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She also noted that “nearly 90% of HomeToGo’s overall searches in 2020 were for rural destinations,” with that trend continuing as couples opt for relaxing, secluded areas that offer a quiet escape.  

With that in mind, we rounded up blissful rentals where the only thing missing will be room service. In which case, all you need to do is pack picnic provisions or romantic additions such as champagne, chocolates, candles, flowers, to make your trip feel extra special. But, if you’re set on a hotel, here are our picks for the best romantic hotels in the US.

We selected our top romantic vacation rentals based on the following criteria:

  1. All listings are private residences, in line with current expert recommendations. 
  2. The selected properties offer easy access to nature to hike amid gorgeous scenery or watch the stars around a glowing fire.
  3. Homes also offer spa-like amenities to up the romance factors, from soaking tubs to rainfall showers, hot tubs or private pools, and cozy fireplaces and fire pits. If the spa-like finishes are what really excites you, read our roundup of the best spa-like Airbnbs with saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, and more.
  4. All are top-rated properties with a review score of 4.9 or higher.
  5. Romantic homes range from $83 to $800 per night, with an average price of $294 per night.
  6. All homes participate in enhanced cleaning processes to ensure the utmost health and safety of guests.

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These are the best romantic vacation rentals on Airbnb, Vrbo, and TurnKey, sorted by price from low to high.

Book this glamping yurt on Airbnb

Typical starting price: $83

City: Geneva, Florida

Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.96

The Yurt at Danville, northeast of Orlando, provides a unique getaway that’s plenty private. Although it looks like it’s been plucked from a medieval movie set, you and your sweetie won’t have to rough it. The space is filled with creature comforts including air conditioning, a kitchen, Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a 14-foot vaulted ceiling with a five-foot skylight for indoor star gazing. This luxurious yurt also has a fire pit and grill on the deck.

Surrounded by live oaks and Spanish moss and all of the natural beauty of Florida, there’s one more element of the outdoors to enjoy at this peaceful getaway: your next-door neighbors are a sweet family of alpacas that you can feed with grapes supplied by your host. 

Bucolic orchard cottage in Virginia

Book this orchard cottage on Airbnb

Typical starting price: $100

City: Timberville, Virginia

Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.93

Nestled in a scenic apple orchard, the peaceful and private Orchard House is an idyllic spot to relax and unwind. The cottage is light and airy with clerestory windows that reveal  vistas of apple trees as far as you can see to the west, and of the Shenandoah Valley to the east. 

A brick patio under the canopy of enormous oak trees makes for a sweet spot to enjoy the outdoors in any season, including the colder months when you can warm up at your private fire pit. 

Of course, you’ll want to sip some hard cider while you take in the bucolic countryside. The production facility and tasting room for Old Hill Cider is right on the premises. Stock up to sip while you watch the stars come out over the quiet orchard. During the summer and fall, you can even pick your own fruits and veggies from the garden or orchard to enjoy back in your shabby chic getaway. 

Charming carriage house in Texas

Book this Texas carriage house on TurnKey

Typical starting price: $109

City: Galveston, Texas

Sleeps: 3 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 5.0

Proof that a luxe-feeling couple’s getaway doesn’t have to empty your savings account: This beachy 19th-century charmer in the Kempner Park neighborhood of Galveston comes loaded with period details like wood floors and shiplap walls on a tiny budget.

And there’s plenty of details to set a romantic tone in this renovated, one-bedroom carriage house, including an indulgent King-size bed and a cozy gas fireplace. Use the all-white kitchen to whip up some breakfast to eat at the granite-top table or to take back to bed. 

The carriage house’s mid-island location means it’s a quick eight-minute walk to the sand and seawall for beachside strolls or swimming in the surf, and close to the harbor and Fisherman’s Wharf for seafood.

Naturalist cabin in Texas

Book this Texas home on Airbnb  

Typical starting price: $195

City: Lumberton, Texas

Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.88

This Airbnb within a 90-minute drive of Houston is like sleeping inside a glass cathedral for nature lovers.

Located amid Big Thicket National Preserve, the walls and ceiling in the master are made up primarily of glass windows, which create a sense of being completely enveloped with verdant forest views. The accommodations are downright sumptuous with a plush bed that hangs like a swing from the ceiling alongside wood walls and a dazzling chandelier. When you’re done resting, slip past the bedroom’s French doors to a private patio with a hot tub and outdoor shower. Soft white waffle bathrobes are provided to cozy up in, too. 

This romantic, super private home also includes fresh bacon and eggs for breakfast, and access to large covered decks lit by twinkle lights and surrounded by a creek, tiki torches, and a fire pit for extra ambiance. 

Sleek home with a sauna in Michigan

Book this Michigan home on Airbnb

Typical starting price: $199

City: Meridian Charter Township, Michigan

Sleeps: 4 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.86

Located near Lansing, home of Michigan State University (and less than a four-hour drive from Chicago), this luxury apartment is bursting with high-tech features for a chilled-out stay that feels like you’ve checked into a hotel suite.

The bathroom steals the show with a two-person infrared sauna complete with integrated Bluetooth speakers for setting the right mood. There’s also a freestanding 95-gallon soaking tub, as well as a multi-jet shower for an extra relaxing rinse. For a finishing touch, there’s a heated floor to avoid the jarring shock of cold tile on bare, wet feet.

To keep the calm vibes going, the home keeps beer on tap, an electric fireplace, and the Queen-size bed has a massage function and an adjustable frame to configure the ultimate restful night’s sleep.

Waterfront home in Maine

Book this waterfront home on TurnKey

Typical starting price: $200

City: Portland, Maine

Sleeps: 6 guests/3 bedrooms

Rating: 5.0

Expansive water views greet couples at this coastal home with a beachy vibe set right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Stroll along the beach hand in hand, then warm up in front of two wood-burning fireplaces that grace the spacious home’s living area and retro kitchen. A game room with a pool/ping pong/air hockey table offers some classic fun.  

On a sunny day, watch the waves roll in from Adirondack chairs on the upper-level patio. Or, relax in the master bedroom where an en-suite bathroom features a freestanding, two-person soaking tub and glass walk-in shower with dual showerheads. The master bedroom also offers access to another balcony where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail at the table for two.

European romantic cottage in Pennsylvania

Book this romantic cottage on Airbnb

Typical starting price: $200

City: New Hope, Pennsylvania

Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.90

It’s hard not to think you’ve touched down in a quaint English village when you arrive in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The local area boasts centuries-old homes and buildings with medieval doors and iron gates. There are also adorable cottages, like this herringbone hideaway, sprinkled about the area.

Follow the torch-lit walkway that meanders through the garden to arrive at the historic home. Unwind among the dark wood furnishings or enjoy a meal on the private brick patio under a colorful green umbrella. In the evening, head to Philips Mill just down the garden path. The famed restaurant is noted for being one of the most romantic spots in Bucks County, and this house is the closest building to it. 

During the day, follow the towpath outside the garden for one mile to New Hope and Lambertville for European-style villages you can explore by horse-drawn carriage for a completely transporting afternoon of sightseeing.

Mountain cabin with hot tub in Tennessee

Book this mountain cabin on Vrbo

Typical starting price: $313

City: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.90

Enjoy the views of the Great Smokey Mountains from this one-bedroom cabin in Gatlinburg. The mountain hideaway is just three miles from the national park entrance, making it especially easy to get out and explore the area.

Though, you might just be tempted to hole up in this cozy pine cabin duplex instead given the stunning views from every room, including the plush bed. Laze in the hammock on the second-floor deck for eagle-eye views of the valley and the sky, or on the deck below, you can soak in the hot tub as you stargaze. Inside is rustic thanks to plenty of wooden accents, and there’s also a billiards table, kitchen, living area with fireplace, and a King bed and deep soaking tub in the loft upstairs.

Eco-luxury farmhouse with a pool and sauna in California

Book this California home on Airbnb

Typical starting price: $332

City: Grafton, California

Sleeps: 4 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.86

This modern farmhouse stay is decked out with indulgent amenities.

Outside, there’s a nice pool, as well as an Italian-designed FAR Infrared ultra-low EMF sauna, and a semi-enclosed outdoor rainfall shower. 

Inside, there’s a clawfoot bathtub in the master bedroom’s serene white bathroom (a shower is in the other bathroom), which is stocked with essential oils, all-natural or biodegradable toiletries, and Turkish cotton waffle robes.

At night, a pillow menu offers choices ranging from feather and down to shredded latex and hypoallergenic options. The rest of the bedding is all-natural too, with luxe 100% Belgian linen sheets and an Australian wool comforter. 

The backyard, which is fully enclosed for privacy, has a tiki bar, covered seating area, and a hammock. Make a provided French press or pour-over organic coffee and enjoy warm breezes or curl up by the electric fireplace indoors on chilly nights.

Vineyard cottage with a pool in California

Book this California home on TurnKey

Typical starting price: $375

City: Sonoma, California

Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 5.0

Nestled under giant oaks at the end of a quiet country road is this colorful, contemporary cottage overlooking Sonoma Valley’s vineyards. 

Spread over six acres, you’ll have ample space to spread out, and you can survey the vines from the private outdoor hot tub on the large deck. The cottage also has access to a gorgeous pool and patio, however, be the outdoor area is shared with the separate main home.   

With few neighbors nearby, you’ll have deliciously dark skies for an unimpeded evening gazing around the fire pit, with a glass of wine in hand. After all, this is the ultimate abode for wine lovers as you can stock up at more than a dozen award-winning wineries within 10 minutes of your doorstep to create a private at-home wine tasting experience for just the two of you. 

Scenic treetop hideaway in New York

Book this treetop hideaway on Airbnb

Typical starting price: $382

City: Willow, New York

Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.94

Although it’s just 15 minutes from the hippie arts outpost of Woodstock, Willow Treehouse is less a bohemian hideout and more a sleek contemporary sculpture settled into the treetops. It’s a dramatic overnight space for a country getaway, providing a secluded nest in the forest for the two of you to reconnect. The glass-fronted treetop cabin overlooks a small swimming pond, ideal for a dip on a warm day. 

If you come during winter, when ice may deter you from a swim, you can still enjoy the wood-fire-warmed hot tub before sitting in front of the fireplace indoors. 

Twinkling treehouse in Georgia

Book this Georgia treehouse on Airbnb

Typical starting price: $389

City: Atlanta, Georgia

Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom

Rating: 4.95

A secluded treehouse in a city is tough to come by, but this whimsical wooded wonderland accomplishes the seemingly impossible. It delivers a completely hidden forest stay, complete with twinkle lights strung throughout, just minutes from downtown Atlanta. 

This fairy tale escape for grownups has swinging rope walkways and a bed on wheels that peers over the edge of the upper deck and into the trees. It even can be pushed into the open air for an open-sky living room. There is also an atmospheric tin roof, high-end sheets, and antique furnishings. 

However, if you’re scared of heights, this probably isn’t your ideal escape, especially since you need to climb down to ground level to use the private, though not attached, bathroom. 

Waterfront getaway in Washington

Book this Puget Sound home on Vrbo

Typical starting price: $395

City: Puget Sound, Washington

Sleeps: 4 guests/2 bedrooms

Rating: 5.0

The luxurious Bluff House was built for romance, with views over the Puget Sound from every room through, count them, 45 windows.

It may feel like you’re walking on water while you watch the sunset and the moon rise from the viewing deck outside, and the barefoot luxury of a private beach means you can enjoy solitude away from prying eyes. 

Wood burning fireplaces both indoors and out create a nice atmosphere for snuggling up while you look out over the gently lapping Puget Sound and take in the views of Admiralty Inlet, the Cascade Mountains, Whidbey Island, and Mount Baker. Follow the stairs down to the fabulous soft sand and driftwood beach, ideal for beach combing and afternoon picnics.

A platform at the water’s edge is just the spot for stargazing and a cocktail. With more than 800 square feet of deck and 1.5 acres of wooded grounds, you and your amour will be able to find an outdoor space for just the two of you to enjoy.

Red rocks home in Arizona

Book this red rocks home on Vrbo

Typical starting price: $450

City: Sedona, Arizona

Sleeps: 6 guests/2 bedrooms

Rating: 5.0

There’s something magical about being surrounded by the red rocks of Sedona, whether or not you believe in their purported spiritual and healing energy. This special property backs directly up to the national forest and the impressive stone peaks and stunning rock formations.

The artistic home brings the natural world inside with stacked stone and wood detailing, enormous windows, and Southwestern art. Additional highlights include a King bed in the master suite, a sunken living room with a fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen. Trailheads are within walking distance to explore the forest, but you can also enjoy private views from the outdoor dining area and hot tub. 

Luxury mountain condo in Colorado

Book this Vail condo on TurnKey

Typical starting price: $800

City: Vail, Colorado

Sleeps: 6 guests/3 bedrooms

Rating: 5.0

For ski bunnies looking to splurge, the Lionshead Mountain condo in Vail is just steps from the Eagle Bahn gondola, meaning you can hit the slopes before anyone else and be cozied up back in your luxe abode before any crowds gather. 

This lavish retreat boasts a double wall of windows that showcases sweeping mountain views, and an open living area with a plush sectional, 70-inch television, and a gas fireplace.

Although you’ll have total privacy in this penthouse apartment, you may also enjoy resort-style amenities at Lionhead, including year-round access to an outdoor heated pool and three rooftop hot tubs, plus complimentary ski lockers, a fitness center, and even a fire pit for s’mores for two.

FAQ: Romantic getaways

How do I find a romantic vacation rental?

That depends on what romance looks like to you. If you want a remote cabin with a hot tub, make sure you’re searching in locations that are tailored for a romantic mountain getaway.

And if home amenities such as pools or hot tubs spell romance, you may refine results by filtering a search by ticking checkboxes for features such as a pool or hot tub, once you’ve decided on a location. 

What are the top romantic getaways? 

From stunning scenery to a beautiful place to stay, there are many ways to plan a romantic getaway. Some will be cabins nestled in the mountains, other romantic trips might be a remote home hidden away in the desert. Other romantic types of lodging include treehouses, waterfront or beachfront rentals, homes with private pools, a fairy tale-like cottage, or perhaps a designer furnished apartment that feels reminiscent of a fancy hotel.

How do you plan a romantic getaway on a budget?

You’ll save money if you’re flexible on timing and can travel midweek or offseason. Popular holidays like Valentine’s Day will always see more expensive prices because everyone wants to whisk away someone special then.

If you’re set on a popular weekend, make sure to set search parameters based on price and look for smaller accommodations, which should only make things feel more cozy and intimate.

Is it safe to travel?

The CDC now recommends travel within the US for vaccinated individuals.

However, always check with the CDC and WHO, as well as local rules and regulations for your destination.

Vacation rentals, however, are considered safe by experts. Here’s what they have to say about risks, and how to best protect yourself. 

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