If you prefer to spend your honeymoon at home in the US or don't have much time to travel and live in the western US, you can experience a world of luxury by choosing a romantic destination in this part of the country.
Whether you're looking for a fabulous ski resort in Idaho that just happens to be a top-rated hotel, an antiques-filled gem in Arizona, or a pampering spa deep in the heart of Texas, you can have your wish in the Western US at these resorts.
L'Auberge de Sedona
Amidst the grandeur of Sedona, Arizona's red rocks, L'Auberge de Sedona offers warm hospitality, country charm, and gourmet cuisine in an idyllic setting 100 miles from Phoenix. This country-French inn on the banks of Oak Creek -- which has been called one of the best romantic getaways in the world by Travel & Leisure, is spread over ten flower-filled acres, its walkways shaded by tall sycamores and cottonwood trees.
Each of the 83 guest rooms for couples is individually furnished with antiques and fine fabrics. Canopied beds, overstuffed loveseats, and stone fireplaces tempt you to stay indoors. Porches overlook the creek or colorful gardens.
If you're willing to leave the heated pool and Jacuzzi, there's a world of hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and red-rock jeep touring activities. Golf courses and tennis facilities are plentiful in the Sedona area.
The Inn at Semiahmoo
Once the site of the Alaska Packers Salmon Cannery, The Inn at Semiahmoo is a scenic and romantic getaway at the very end of a peninsula off the northwestern tip of Washington.
To one side there's a 300-slip marina, where guests may rent a variety of boats to explore the clean waters and breathe the salt air of Puget Sound.
Within the resort's four-story clapboard buildings are 211 rooms, some containing fireplaces. (Make sure to request one of these when you make a reservation.)
Semiahmoo Resort encompasses Washington’s top two public courses: Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and Loomis Trail Golf Club. Skiers find the slopes at Mt. Baker and Grouse Mountain challenging.
For indoor workouts, the health club offers tennis courts, a running track, an aerobics studio, exercise room, heated swimming pool, and racquetball, squash, and handball courts. The Spa at Semiahmoo offers an extensive menu of treatments and services.There is also a sauna, whirlpool, and separate massage area.
Coeur d'Alene Resort
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Located in Northern Idaho, 30 miles east of Spokane, The Coeur d'Alene Resort was built overlooking one of the world's most beautiful lakes and the forested mountains beyond.
The 18-story Lake Tower contains extra-large rooms with a lake or mountain view. Beverly's, on the seventh floor, offers romantic banquettes positioned to overlook the lake.
One of America's top mainland resorts, the resort offers four-season activities. The property's Silver Mountain ski resort has dozens of runs carved from its 1,500 acres of powdery terrain.
There are chair lifts as well as a 3.1-mile-long gondola. Two lodges cater to both cross-country and downhill skiers. Nearby Schweitzer Mountain also challenges with its varied terrain. Both mountain tops stretch taller than 6,000 feet. Ski packages include breakfast and round-trip bus transportation.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Set against the scenic southwestern beauty of the McDowell Mountains, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has earned the prestigious Five Diamond Award multiple times since its opening. Designed in the Mexican Colonial style of architecture, the hotel's rooms, suites, casitas and villa accommodations are decorated inside in elegant desert tones. All have a private balcony, luxurious modern conveniences and oversize bathrooms.
The Leisure Concierge can help plan your play.
The Fairmont is a leading sports resort as well. It features two championship golf courses (the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open is played here) and a personal golf concierge can assist with preferred tee times for both groups and individuals wishing to play at some of the top courses in the Valley. There's also a fitness trail, racquetball, squash and basketball courts and spa and fitness center.
The resort features tennis courts lit for night play. Among them is a 5,000-seat capacity Stadium Court, site of the annual Arizona Men's Tennis Championships. You'll also find outdoor swimming pools and two tubs to relax in. The Sonoran Splash water recreation area boasts the longest resort water slides in Arizona. Obviously, it's a magnet to kids.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Set on 4,800 lush acres in Texas Hill country just 12 minutes west of downtown Austin, Barton Creek Resort welcomes guests to a world of recreation and relaxation.
Three of the country's most highly acclaimed 18-hole golf courses make the resort a choice destination for players: The original Barton Creek Course designed by Tom Fazio, the Crenshaw & Coore that replicates Scottish links design and the Arnold Palmer Lakeside Course adjacent to Lake Travis. In fact, Barton Creek Resort & Spa is home to the top-rated golf courses in Texas.
With eleven lighted hard courts, the resort is also the place for a game of doubles or a session with one of the professional coaching staff.
Those who enjoy the pampering of a European-style Spa can request a massage, facial, herbal wrap or aromatherapy. Fitness facilities include saunas, steam baths and a hydrotherapy area. An indoor pool and jogging track, aerobics programs and workout equipment help vacationers stay in shape.
The Hill Country Dining Room, picturesque terraces and poolside patios welcome guests, particularly those with a taste for grilled steaks and chops.