Make your own New Year’s movie moment with these seven romantic New Year’s Eve ideas for couples.
Have a gourmet meal at home.
Instead of going out and dining among the crowds, enjoy a restaurant-quality dinner in the comfort of your own home. Start out with a few fancy appetizers, like this layered sundried tomato-and-basil spread or cranberry meatballs. Splurge on a nice bottle of wine to sip with an elaborate main course, like this smoky pork tenderloin wrapped in crisp bacon and served with balsamic strawberries. Make sure to save room for dessert.
Book a cozy cabin in the woods, and hope for snow.
There’s nothing more romantic than celebrating the New Year snuggling up against your hubby watching the snowfall. Luckily, there are plenty of charming places you can get that experience south of the Mason-Dixon line. For instance, the 3,900-acre Deep Creek Lake, surrounded by Maryland's mountains, gets an average snowfall of 120 inches per year. There, you can rent a cabin equipped with a hot tub, a bonfire pit, or just the bare essentials. Or spend the night at a romantic bed-and-breakfast on the shore of Deep Creek Lake, where you can sit in front of the stone fireplace overlooking the lake.
Pop Champagne on the beach.
Book a romantic beach getaway for just you and your partner to escape the cold. From the Gulf to the Caribbean, check out a few our favorite winter beach vacations where you’ll ring in the New Year while also working on your tan.
Ice skating is one of our favorite wintertime activities. The adrenaline rush as you hold your hubby’s hand, while gliding and spinning across the ice will make for a magical night. With any luck, you may even have the whole rink to yourselves -- in which case, lie down in the middle of the rink and look up at the stars to create your own Blockbuster-movie moment.
Have breakfast in bed and watch romantic movies.
Who doesn’t love a good all-day slumber party? This New Year’s opt to stay in your pj’s all day, and make a delicious breakfast in bed. Watch a bunch of New Year’s movies, and finish the night watching the ball drop.
Splurge on a fancy restaurant.
Plan in advance, and make a reservation for a restaurant you’ve been waiting for a special occasion to visit. Luckily, Southern food is enjoying a bit of a renaissance, so there are endless exciting, vibrant restaurants to try.
Take a winter road trip.
Despite the mild winters, you can find some proper powder in the South -- if you know where to look. One option: the mountains in West Virginia, which get 160 inches of snow from December to March. This gorgeous, three-day drive would make an adventurous and romantic way to start the New Year.