2. Then, consider the accommodations at your destination.
“It is really important to look for a place that fits with the personality of the couple,” says Brian Woolery, general manager of The Ink House Napa Valley, in St. Helena, CA. Some of the biggest factors to consider are location, décor, service, and amenities.
Plus, think about who'll be in the room next door or one flight up. “The biggest mistake couples make when planning a romance-filled getaway is booking a huge property crowded with people and kids,” says Charlie Robles, general manager of The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, in St. Augustine, FL.
3. Make plans in advance—but not too many.
There’s nothing romantic about arriving hungry, only to discover that every nice restaurant is booked up. “Don't forget to make reservations ahead of time for activities you definitely want to do and restaurants you want to dine at,” says Strauss-Goldman.
"Look into local activities such as festivals or community events that may not be the norm for your area," suggests Reilly. But avoid overbooking your trip with too many activities, says Woolery. “Let the day take you on an unexpected adventure,” he says, and get lost in the romance of having a new experience, together.
Leave yourself some low time, too. “Don't start your days too early and end them really late,” says Strauss-Goldman, since that's neither relaxing nor romantic. Remember, your goal is to feel close to each other, not to see every attraction on offer, she says.
4. Take advantage of experts’ know-how.
Instead of endless Google searches and deep dives into travel forums before your trip, consult the experts such as AAA Complimentary Travel Agents and hotel concierges. Reach out to concierges after you book, and before you arrive, recommends Strauss-Goldman. “With firsthand experience in the destination, all of the on-the-ground support, and being in the know, a concierge or travel advisor can really put together the best itineraries with couple's style in mind,” says Strauss-Goldman.