Travel and Leisure magazine came up with a list of America’s most romantic towns. They left off Carmel, La Jolla, Santa Barbara, Bodega, and Mendocino. As a result, I do not put much credence in their list. But I did manage to pick a few out that might qualify. Others they chose just made no sense at all.
They picked St. Simons, GA as their top romantic town. First, I have never heard of it. But it is a beach town, and has a rustic vibe. But, I dare you to put in the same class as Carmel or Santa Barbara.
They did select one California town, San Luis Obispo, but they probably meant Pismo Beach or places closer to the ocean. While SLO is a nice college town, it does not have a romantic vibe at all. Could they have been influenced by their Chamber of Commerce, or all the drunks at Poly Royal?
They did have a few that I would agree with, but they offer far more than a romantic weekend in my opinion. They are: Aspen, a great ski and party town, Sonoma, a good wine and foodie town, Annapolis, mostly with the Naval Academy and good seafood, Bar Harbor, mostly for the lobster rolls, Bend, for skiing or summer fun, and Telluride, mostly for skiing, though I would choose Boulder instead.
I am sure you have your favorites as well. I would place towns like Santa Fe, Charleston, and Key West above most of their choices. But for the best of the best, Carmel is tops!