Just Say Yes: 5 Best Weekend Getaways for Couples

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First comes love, then comes marriage, but in between is that moment when he says, “Will you?” and she says, “Yes.”

Finding the perfect setting for a marriage proposal (or even just a romantic getaway to relive that moment) can be a challenge, but some places ooze with enough romance and charm that they attract thousands of would-be spouses every year. Here are five of the most popular weekend getaways for couples around the world — though you may not be able to resist staying longer!

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1. The Canals of Venice, Italy

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Who wouldn’t be inspired to say “yes” during a gondola trip around the impossibly romantic waterways of Venice? Surrounded by beautiful old-school villages and bustling markets and squares, the land of Casanova is a fitting place to seal the deal. And right now is a great time to travel to Europe as the euro remains weak against the U.S. dollar.

2. Central Park in New York City

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Combine a view of the Columbus Circle entrance to the park with spectacular food and you’ve got Per Se, a Manhattan restaurant that’s notoriously popular for those celebrating the The Big Moment. It’s also notoriously exclusive and requires reservations at least two months in advance.

For a less expensive option (it’s around $275 a person), couples opt for a spot smack in the middle of the park — the Boathouse Restaurant. And for a luxurious stay that’s just .2 miles from the park, try the five-star Park Hyatt New York. If you’re lucky, you could get a room with a Central Park view. It recently topped the list of the best hotels in New York City, according to U.S. News and World Report.

3. The Waipi’o Valley (Valley of the Kings) in Hawaii

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The Waipi’o Valley, on the northeast shore of Hawaii’s Big Island, is so named for the ancient Hawaiian royals buried there, but it’s the amazing beauty that will have you feeling the love. A 2 1/2-hour ride through the breathtaking valley costs just $88, a small price to pay for such a romantic tour or the perfect spot to pop the question.

4. The Pont Neuf in Paris, France

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Could there be a more poetic allegory for the joining of two lives than an ancient bridge in the City of Light? The Pont Neuf (the “New Bridge”) is the oldest standing bridge on the Seine, and it’s been a popular spot for lovers since the first stone was laid in 1578.

Another popular spot is the always-charming Louvre Museum, which houses the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. You can stay conveniently across the street from the museum at the Hotel du Louvre-Paris, a Hyatt hotel that features a brasserie with a terrace facing the Louvre, as well as a refined jazz bar serving cocktails and light fare.

5. Big Sur in California

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California’s Big Sur, the 90-mile stretch of Highway 1 that runs from Carmel to San Simeon, provides a dramatic backdrop for a moment to remember. Seaside cliffs on one side, towering mountains on the other, and picturesque spots along the way to pledge undying love.

The breezy oceanfront Hyatt Carmel Highlands is just over three miles from Carmel River State Beach where you can splurge on a suite with a private balcony overlooking the Big Sur coast.

If a big trip isn’t in your immediate future, your Valentine will still feel the love this February 14th with a DIY love note paired with one of these delectable Valentine’s Day desserts!