Our Favorite Romantic Getaways

Here's an insiders' guide to escapes you'll love.

Gary Clark
Our Favorite Romantic Getaways
Guests enjoy winter's sun on the porch of this 19th-century planter's cottage in Henderson Village.

McBirney Mansion, Tulsa
A stately 1920s manor built on a hill overlooking the Arkansas River, McBirney Mansion successfully balances its elegance with an easing comfort that is perfect for a romantic getaway. Best Room: For a luxurious stay, the Bishop's Suite reigns with its jetted tub and gas fireplace. Also consider the four-room suite Carriage House, though, for its spaciousness and privacy. Don't Miss: At breakfast, request a table on the glass porch. The courtyard views of the sunlight breaking through the oaks and magnolias perfectly complement the house specialty, Eggs McBirney, which is a version of eggs Benedict drizzled with a tarragon-cheese sauce. 1414 South Galveston, Tulsa, OK 74127; (918) 585-3234 or www.mcbirneymansion.com. Rates: $129-$225. Tanner C. Latham

Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, Delaware
Old-world elegance is the hallmark of this venerable hotel. Though it's been updated, this four-star, four-diamond property retains its best features--a luxurious lobby, spacious rooms, gilded ballrooms, and flawless service. Now celebrating its 92nd anniversary, the hotel still reflects the prestige of the DuPont company. It's nice to know some things never go out of style. Best Room: The 10 corner suites are designed to impress, but even standard accommodations feature separate sitting rooms and well-appointed baths. Don't Miss: Plan a meal to remember at The Green Room, the du Pont's awe-inspiring restaurant. The room itself dazzles with carved oak paneling, opulent drapes, and coffered ceilings. Then there's the French menu, featuring such classics as rack of lamb and tuna. It's the perfect setting for popping the question or celebrating something special. After dinner, stroll over to the in-house DuPont Theatre. Upcoming shows include The Graduate, February 4-13; Big River, February 15-27; and The King and I, March 4-13. 11th and Market Streets, Wilmington, DE 19801; (302) 594-3100, 1-800-441-9019, or www.hoteldupont.com. Rates: $179-$650; packages start at $249. Cassandra M. Vanhooser

The Hope and Glory Inn, Irvington, Virginia
When it opened in 1890, the Chesapeake Academy had two entrances--one for the boys and one for the girls. My, how times do change. Today, the old schoolhouse has been transformed into a delightfully whimsical inn. Rooms feature gauzy curtains, fine linens, and piles of plush pillows. A local folk artist crafted many of the mirrors and accessories. English cottage-style gardens add beauty and intimacy to an already charming place. "If you can't fall in love here," says co-owner Bill Westbrook, "you can't fall in love anywhere." Best Room: The inn boasts five charming cottages, each with a private patio garden. Don't Miss: In warmer months, guests enjoy the secluded outdoor claw-foot tub and shower. A meal at the fun and funky Trick Dog Café is a must. 65 Tavern Road, Irvington, VA 22480; 1-800-497-8228 or www.hopeandglory.com. Rates: $150-$340. Cassandra M. Vanhooser


This article is from the February 2005 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.