A cozy New England B&B, a southern dude ranch, a mountain hideaway: find the fall getaway that matches your definition of romance.

“Of all the reasons we could have been swept away at Post Ranch Inn—the setting among primordial redwoods, the house-cured salmon at breakfast, the morning yoga classes in a yurt—it was the privacy that made it an ideal romantic destination,” says Christiana Roussel, an Alabama-based food writer. She and her husband stayed in one of the secluded cottages, with a view of Big Sur, CA, from their outdoor hot tub built for two.

While the Post Ranch Inn stokes romance in any season, there’s something special about visiting in fall, when the fog has cleared away and the whales are migrating. Across the U.S., autumn sparks the desire to hit the road with that special someone. From the Eastern seaboard to the tip-top of the Pacific Northwest, the temperatures cool, the leaves turn fiery, and it’s time to enjoy road trips, pumpkin-infused spa treatments, and harvest season at vineyards and orchards.

In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, for instance, you can pair Pinot Noir with a hot-air balloon ride. Missouri’s wine country encompasses Katy Trail, the nation’s longest leisurely bike path. Wine tastings here tend to be free and B&Bs affordable, with a backdrop of spectacular color.

For perhaps the most quintessential fall landscape, head to the rolling hills of Vermont, specifically, the Log Cabin at Twin Farms. It’s an idealized rustic experience that treats couples to a soaking tub, a river rock fireplace, and an enclosed porch with a hammock.

Middleburg, VA

With 18th-century buildings and just one traffic light, the town of Middleburg makes a charming introduction to Loudoun County, northern Virginia’s bucolic horse country. You can spend the morning browsing antique shops and local galleries then head over a few streets to reach horse farms and wineries—with a spectacular fall foliage backdrop. If you prefer that someone else take the reins, Salamander Resort & Spa offers carriage rides that include Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The resort’s spa features a two-person suite with a private wraparound stone patio and garden, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and a fireplace; book the Fall Rebalancing therapy, a Seasonal Ritual designed in partnership with a local herbologist (exfoliation and massage featuring frankincense, eucalyptus, pine, grapefruit, and ylang ylang aromas). And for classic regional dishes—based largely on roasting, braising, and smoking—head to the Tavern at the Red Fox Inn, in a 1728 stone building with period furnishings.

Willamette Valley, OR

Just 45 minutes from Portland, the Willamette Valley promises exceptional restaurants, hiking trails, hot-air balloon rides, wine tours by helicopter or horse, and scenic countryside for picnics. Among the 300 area wineries, we’re partial to Anne Amie in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and Ardiri Winery, where you can sit fireside and take in views of the Chehalem foothills. After a day of tastings, retreat to The Allison Inn, where you can unwind with a couple’s treatment in the 15,000-square-foot spa complete with landscaped garden terraces and fire pits. You’ll be refreshed in time for dinner at Jory, perhaps a Pacific oyster tasting appetizer with pickled citrus–pink peppercorn mignonette or Chinook salmon and dishes sourced from the hotel’s 1.5-acre vegetable garden—and paired with a vintage from its 800-bottle list.

Acadia National Park, ME

Hike hand-in-hand through Maine’s only national park, keeping an eye out for broad-winged hawks and moose along the pine-fringed trails, to get to 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain. It’s worth rising early to see the sun come up from that spectacular vantage point. Spend the rest of the day exploring Acadia attractions like the scenic Schoodic Byway; sea cliffs formed from granite; and carriage roads around Eagle Lake that are perfect for biking. The park teems with crowds during the summer high season, so visiting in autumn means a little more privacy. Soak up more rugged New England scenery from the Bar Harbor Inn, a shingled lodge on Frenchman Bay, with eight acres of gardens, a spa, and proximity to Bar Harbor’s shops and restaurants.

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