4 Last-Minute Romantic Day Trip Getaways

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Hello, procrastinating lovebirds. We have your backs for the romantic getaways you maybe should have planned a few weeks ago with your honey. Instead of trying to book a hotel (likely with fewer stars than you want to see on a review this late in the game), take a day trip somewhere awesome. Pack the day with adorable outings before heading back to your cozy home for cuddles.

1. From New York City: Cold Spring, New York

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A short ride on the Metro-North train, Cold Spring is a small town that will satisfy any lingering “Gilmore Girls” love story dreams. So grab your Luke or Dean/Jess/Logan (we don’t know if you’re more of a Lorelei or Rory kinda person) and wander the charming streets. We recommend a diner brunch and wine bar dinner. Local New York wines might surprise you and become a new fave.

2. From Los Angeles: Ojai, California

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Ojai is a hippy getaway that will let you escape far away from Los Angeles smog. Browse little new-age boutiques and dine at local eateries (think Mediterranean-inspired food and wine). If you’re looking to get outside and into nature together, head to Los Padres National Forest for a wealth of hiking options or Sespe Creek, where there’s a swimming hole in the warm weather months and hot springs within a 10-mile-hiking distance. Are you an outdoorsy couple? Make this day trip into an overnight backpacking trip and hike all the way to the Willett Hot Springs.

3. From Chicago: Michigan City, Michigan

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Hey Midwesterners, you don’t have to have envy of those Californians and New Yorkers. Right around the Lake Michigan shore is your very own wine country. So plot out a course from Michigan City onward and taste your way through the best of the region’s offerings. You can bring home a bottle of your favorite for a romantic souvenir. (Please drive responsibly or even better, make this a group couples’ getaway where one member offers to be the sober designated driver.)

4. From Austin: Fredericksburg, Texas

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Small town Fredericksburg is filled with German-inspired architecture that’s as much of a day trip to Germany as you can get last-minute. Look for peach desserts — they’re a local speciality. For a chance to get into the outdoors, nearby Enchanted Rock State Natural Area basically sells itself for a romantic hike. But if you need to know more than a name, the landscape is full of dramatic rock formations.


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