Monday, February 09, 2009

HGTV’s Names the Top 10 Romantic Places to Live

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whether single or in love, the city where you live should nurture your sense of romance. has named its pick of the top 10 romantic cities guaranteed to spice up your love life – on Valentine's Day or any day of the year. (

1. Have an urban adventure in New York, N.Y. The Big Apple presents endless opportunities for romance, from a carriage ride through Central Park to a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. The adventures to be found are almost as numerous as the millions who live there.

2. Soak up the sun in Honolulu, Hawaii. With always-perfect weather and world-renowned beaches, Honolulu is a perfect spot for beach lovers and lovers in general. Walk hand-in-hand down Waikiki Beach, admire views of Hawaii's famous volcano, and explore one of the city's botanical gardens.

3. Savor a quiet retreat on Cape Cod, Mass. For an ocean trip more tranquil than thrilling, try a visit to historic Cape Cod. The area's bed-and-breakfasts will provide you with roses, champagne, and the sound of the ocean from the comfort of your room. Be sure to try some of the area's famous seafood or take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard.

4. Conquer the great outdoors in Aspen, Colo. For an action-packed romantic getaway, head to this charming ski town with acres of snowy terrain for every level of skier. Get a rush down one of the many slopes or climb to the top of Smuggler Mountain for spectacular views. After a day outdoors, warm up in one of Aspen's cafes or galleries.

5. Dance the night away in Miami, Fla. Miami is a nightlife mecca full of romantic encounters just waiting to happen. Spend your nights in trendy South Beach or take salsa lessons in a Cuban nightclub. Your partner will be wowed!

6. Have a white (or slightly more colorful) wedding in Las Vegas, Nev. From elegant waterfront ceremonies to kitschy themed weddings, Vegas is the wedding capital that covers all the bases. Be sure to save money for fine dining, shopping and, of course, casinos.

7. Experience southern charm in Charleston, S.C. You'll feel like a true southern belle or beau while exploring this port city's historic streets. Stay in one of the quaint inns and explore antebellum mansions and landmarks. At sunset, enjoy each other's company in one of several family-sized swings in Waterfront Park on Charleston Harbor.

8. Savor world-class wine in Sonoma, Calif. Wine lovers will be in paradise in the heart of Napa – birthplace of California's most notable wineries. After a day of sampling Chardonnays and Syrahs, fall in love again in Sonoma Plaza, the largest town square in California.

9. Take in breathtaking views in San Antonio, Texas. Outside the cityscape, explore the rich natural South Texas scenery in San Antonio. Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the many restaurants on the San Antonio River Walk, a network of cobbled walkways and bridges surrounding the city's Spanish-colonial water system.

10. Embrace your inner history buff in Philadelphia, Pa. The nation's first capital is a romantic (and patriotic) spot to fan the flames of love. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage around Independence National Historical Park and read excerpts from letters passed between Ben and Deborah Franklin, engraved in the pavement of Franklin Court.

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