Nature is the perfect backdrop for romance. In the silence of snow-covered pines, in the sunset over the mountains or in the earthy smell of rain, America has much to offer lovers. There’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to celebrate closeness in the great outdoors.
Motorhomes are ideal for relieving stress and reaching your destination at leisure. Thor Motor Coach RVs allow for stopping along the way to enjoy a babbling brook or star-studded sky, and they’re perfectly suited to candlelit dinners for two.
A romantic outing in the motorhome may call for more compromise than usual. Your wife may put her foot down about fishing. Your husband may despise cold climates. The idea is to enjoy yourselves and each other, and that requires some give and take in the planning stage. As long as you remember to pack the Champagne and chocolate, everybody wins.
Load up the toy hauler, fill up the diesel RV and hit the road to enchantment. Here are eight great getaways that are especially inviting for couples:
For Stargazing: Stephen C. Foster State Park, Georgia
The Okefenokee Swamp, with its serene waters and dreamy cypress trees, is a fairy tale setting for lovers.
Paddling a canoe or kayak around the swamp, you’re likely to see some deer, herons and turtles. Be on the lookout for alligators.
The International Dark-Sky Association, which works to protect night skies from light pollution, has designated Stephen C. Foster as a Gold-Tier International Dark-Sky Park. If you have a telescope, don’t take off in your Class A motorhome without it. If you don’t, the park has year-round astronomy programs and telescope rental.
For Hiking: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, it's an idyllic setting for Valentine’s Day. The scenery is gorgeous, and the heavy forest offers extra privacy for camping.
Put the Trail of Ten Falls first on your list. Each waterfall is uniquely beautiful, and you can even view them from the back. The 8.7-mile trail is a moderate to difficult climb, but you can start at different trailheads to see the falls one at a time.
For a Peaceful, Easy Feeling: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
Throw your bikes into the Class A toy hauler, crank up the Eagles and head for breathtaking mountain wilderness. Wildflowers, cacti and palm groves are plentiful. If you’re patient, you may spot some desert bighorn sheep. They are notoriously shy.
Sky-watching will take up most of your time. Sunrises and sunsets are magnificent, and shooting stars are common in the clear, inky sky. Just don’t forget to make a wish together before heading back to snuggle in the RUV.
For Rocky Mountain Adventures: Riverview RV Park and Campground, Loveland, Colorado
What better place than Loveland to make sparks fly?
Riverview is an ideal home base for exploring the Rockies and the Big Thompson River. The park is situated near the entrance to a majestic canyon that’s tailor-made for romantic adventures.
There are countless biking and hiking trails. Other recreational ideas include horseback riding, river rafting, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Denver, Cheyenne and Estes Park are less than an hour's drive away if you like breweries, dinner theater or shopping for antiques.
For Touring the Ultimate Love Nest: Mill Run, Pennsylvania
Department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann often picnicked with his wife and son on a big flat rock smack in the middle of Bear Run. Bear Run is a swiftly flowing tributary of the Youghiogheny River in the Appalachians. Kaufmann was partial to the spot for its splendid view of a waterfall down the way. He liked it so much that he commissioned renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to build a house there.
Instead, Wright created a unique house right on top of the waterfall. The owners could open a glass hatch in the living room and sit with their feet dangling in the rushing water.
The romantic retreat and architectural masterpiece called Fallingwater is really something to see firsthand. You may schedule a tour and purchase tickets on the Fallingwater website.
There’s plenty of camping and recreation in the area. Laurel Caverns, the Great Allegheny Passage and Ohiopyle State Park are nearby.
For Wine-Tasting: Wine Country RV Resort, Paso Robles, California
This hideaway in the rolling hills and vineyards of Paso Robles may be just the spot for connoisseurs who want to chase away the wintertime blues.
A number of award-winning wineries are close by. Within a 10-mile radius, there are more than 100 tasting rooms. The region is also known for expansive blue skies, bold sunsets and a myriad of wildflowers. The motorhome park also boasts a pool, spa and fire pit.
For Getting Pampered: Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Centuries ago, Native Americans discovered this rejuvenating paradise retreat. Pagosa Springs now hosts visitors from all over the world. For whatever ails you, 10,000-year-old hot spring water will cure it.
Take a soak in the hot mineral bath. Take leisurely laps in the spring-fed pool. Get an herbal wrap, aromatic body treatment or soothing couple’s massage.
You may have to plan ahead for next year’s Valentine’s Day, though. RV accommodations are limited.
For Surf and Sand: Destin, Florida
Build sandcastles together by day and stroll the piers of Village at Baytowne by night.
Situated on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is famous for the fine white sand and clear green water of its beaches. There are a number of resorts for camping in a Thor Motor Coach gas RV.
Destin offers swimming, water skiing, snorkeling, parasailing, fishing and many other water sports. Take a historic boat tour of the coast. Grab a bucket and go crabbing before sipping cocktails on a sunset dolphin cruise. At night, fling wide the windows of your Class C motorhome and take in the ocean breeze.