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Dusty Dave, the author of Top 100 Most Beautiful Rustic Vacations of North America, advises couples to head for the hills: "There is nothing in the whole world that can make you feel more refreshed and revived than a healthy dose of clean mountain air and the soothing sound of silence." Even if you substitute the sound of your lover's voice (or your favorite playlist) for "the soothing sound of silence," you're still likely to revel in these places
Dusty Dave selects exceptionally rustic and romantic places for couples to access the "wild" in the wilderness.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Possibly the world's most romantic vacation getaway anywhere. If a crackling fire and cozy Indian blanket aren't enough to heat things up, then a holistic massage followed by a steamy dip in one of the many natural hot springs may do the trick. Hidden deep in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, Dunton Hot Springs is so remote that the infamous bank robbers Butch Cassidy and Sundance once hid out there.
Lake Placid Lodge, New York
Whether you choose the rustic elegance of the main lodge or opt for a more private lakeside log cabin, Lake Placid Lodge won't require you to rough it. Featherbeds, stone fireplaces, and soaking tubs will ensure your stay is as soothing as possible in this rustic spot. Besides boasting world-class meals, the lodge also offers a private wine cellar dining experience.
Hacienda del Cerezo, New Mexico
Secluded and intimate, this Spanish hacienda captures the spirit and seduces the soul. Every inch of it exudes old-world romance. Take a quiet desert hike, play some tennis, or hop on one of the magnificent Arabians for the ride of a lifetime. Just make sure you’re back in time for an unforgettable candlelit dinner.
Azulik Seaside Hotel, Mexico
What could possibly be better than waking up and walking out on your own private deck with nothing but miles of aqua blue Caribbean Sea in front of you? No electric lights, no TV, no phones, and no clothes (well that’s up to you, the resort is clothing-optional). Azulik may give you a new and improved outlook on life, especially when candlelight illuminates you and your partner.
Echo Valley Ranch and Spa, British Columbia
Traditional Thai Massage, Luk Pra Kob Hot Compress Massage, and Thai Herbal Steam Bath are just a few of the therapeutic treatments you will have the opportunity to experience at this wilderness sanctuary. Combining the love of the outdoors with the comforts of home, in addition to spectacular healthy meals, Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is heavenly.
Three Sisters Log Cabin, Virginia
Located along Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. This classic Appalachian log cabin will bring you back to a time when things moved at a much slower pace. Remember the old times, when multi-tasking meant watching the sun set at the same time you were trying to follow a squirrel gathering nuts? Go back to those days.
This lush jungle hideaway, reached by a 30-minute open-air boat ride and donkey-escorted hike, is the ultimate escape for nature lovers — and lovers in general. The chic infinity-edge pool contrasts nicely with the luxurious-primitive feel of the accommodations. Outdoor showers, mosquito-netted beds, and private terraces are just a few of the sultry options.