All posts by Donna Heiderstadt

Donna Heiderstadt honed her expertise on the world’s most romantic destinations during seven-and-a-half years as Travel Editor at Modern Bride magazine—tough job, but someone had to do it. Her search for pristine beaches, idyllic villages, luxurious resorts and soul-stirring sunsets has taken her to 40 states and 80-plus countries. Her favorite spots: Italy, New Zealand, Bali, South Africa, Patagonia, Thailand, Mexico, Tasmania, Bora Bora, Hawaii and Northern California. Her ideal romantic combo: a wedding in Italy and a honeymoon safari in Africa.
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Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego

San Diego’s famous for its weather (with average daily temps of about 70 degrees), its zoo (the panda exhibit is downright addictive), and its Top Gun bravado (thanks to the U.S. naval base at Miramar). But this city also makes a picturesque setting for a romantic long weekend filled... Read More

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Exterior of The Grand Del Mar

Romance is revving up all over the place during the month of February, from sun-kissed beaches to sophisticated big cities. Here are 25 deals and packages – from Fort Lauderdale to Fiji, Maine to Madrid, and St. Kitts to Sedona – that you can still book to make this... Read More

Aerial view of Wind Surf

?If you adore the turquoise surf, tangerine sunsets, and dreamy steel drum tempo of the Caribbean, but you get bored after a single day in a beach chaise, sampling four or five different islands on a cruise might be the right romantic getaway for you. Just remember that cruise... Read More

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Anguilla

If you’re thinking of heading to the Caribbean for a romantic, week-long winter getaway, here’s an idea: Instead of spending all seven nights on one island, why not split your time between two? Island hopping is easier in some destinations than others, so here’s a roundup of five two-island... Read More

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Four Seasons Resort, Jackson Hole

The 2012 ski season has kicked into gear, so if you’re looking to hit the slopes with your partner, but are also seeking romantic aprés-ski ambience and excellent dining, here are my suggestions for the best U.S. ski resorts for grown-ups – from the Adirondacks to the Rockies. Jackson Hole... Read More

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Villa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more quality time with the person you love, then I suggest you enjoy that togetherness someplace amazing! And what’s better or more romantic than a stunning, sun-kissed island? There’s something innately sexy and bond-inspiring about the sea – floating... Read More

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Pool deck at The Ritz-Carlton, Ft. Lauderdale

Florida brings to mind many things – theme parks, retirement condos, alligators, golf courses, and orange groves among them – but one of the state’s sometimes overlooked qualities is its easily accessible setting for romance. It’s sunny, warm, and ringed with 663 miles of beaches. It’s home to... Read More

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Serenity Pool at Wailea Beach Marriott on Maui

Hawaii is a sublimely romantic destination any time of year, but when the holidays are over and the chill of January and February sets in here in the lower 48, our 50th state starts looking extra appealing. This winter, those warm temperatures and balmy breezes can be yours at... Read More

Broadway in Saratoga NY in Winter

Saratoga Springs may be best known for its horse racing and hot springs, but this picturesque upstate New York town of 27,000 residents (although that number swells to about 100,000 during the summer race season) has qualities that make it a terrific spot for a romantic weekend getaway all... Read More

Mopion Island in the Grenadines

Unless you’re a yachtie, rock star, or fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, St. Vincent and the Grenadines may fall slightly off your travel radar. Here’s a primer: This Caribbean nation is located in the Windward Islands near Barbados, St. Lucia, and Grenada. It’s comprised of 32... Read More

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Arial view of Fairmont Mayakoba

Black Friday bargains may lure intrepid shoppers, but it’s Cyber Monday that travel-savvy couples should be on the lookout for. A range of hotels around the country– as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America – are offering 20 to 65 percent discounts on rooms for travel... Read More

Martini Bar aboard Celebrity Silhouette

Some cruise ships are designed with couples in mind – and Celebrity’s newest addition, the Celebrity Silhouette, is one of the great ones. The fourth installment in Celebrity’s two-year-old Solstice class of ships, Silhouette combines size (at 122,000 tons and 2,886 passengers, there’s room to roam) with the style-savvy... Read More

Edgewalk at the CN Tower in Toronto

If your appetite for innovative cuisine in the multicultural city of Toronto was whet by last week’s A Taste of Toronto Part 1: Haute Hotels, here’s a look at some of the top places to savor the flavors of the region’s most passionate food producers, in settings both rustic... Read More

Rooftop pool at Thompson Toronto

As I flew to Toronto for the first time last week, I felt a bit like I was cheating on Montreal, a city where I have several good friends and with which I have had an ongoing love affair for the past two decades. Toronto, the largest city in... Read More

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Aerial view of Eden Rock in St. Barts

It’s a few months yet before a who’s-who list of hip-hop stars, “it” girl actresses, and international supermodels descend upon this chic and sunny 8-square-mile Caribbean island. A stay on the A-lister playground of St. Barthélemy (more commonly known as St. Barths or St. Barts) does not come cheap... Read More