2012

Top 10 Romantic Cities

Top 10 Romantic Cities


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Coral Gables, FL

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo: The City of Coral Gables

Called "The City Beautiful," Coral Gables, FL, offers a romantic setting for couples to enjoy. Flourishing gardens, luxurious hotels and Mediterranean Revival-style architecture create an elevated aesthetic within this city by the beach. A suburb of Miami, planners developed Coral Gables in the 1920s under strict zoning regulations driven by the City Beautiful Movement popular in America during the early 20th century. Today's residents still enjoy the city's wide avenues, green spaces, monumental buildings and ornate plazas. The most famous destination is the Venetian Pool, which opened in 1924. This 820,000 gallon pool is filled with crystal blue water from an underground aquifer and features two waterfalls and cave-like grottos, which are perfect for couples to hide in. Many restaurants in Coral Gables provide settings for romantic dinners, too. Pascal's On Ponce offers intimacy along with French cuisine, while Caffe Vialetto serves Italian delicacies often with a Spanish zing. Museums, theaters and several music venues round out the entertainment options in Coral Gables.

Where to Stay: Among the most eye-popping scenery in Coral Gables is the Biltmore Hotel. This lush resort includes a spa, golf course and culinary academy. Each room comes with a city view, plush robes, slippers and Egyptian cotton duvet covers.

Hot Spot: Thousands of tropical plants flank paths that lead to fish ponds, butterflies, hummingbirds and sometimes even musical performances at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There are plenty of secluded spots to steal a kiss.

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