Natural beauty is one of the most romantic settings, in my mind. I can skip luxurious restaurants, fancy dance floors, and exotic locations. Give me the breathtaking splendor of high mountain peaks with crashing rivers, or the tiniest unseen stream trickling under my trail, and I am ready to fall in love.
Idaho is the kind of place where outdoor lovers will certainly find each other. Here are just some ideas to get your romance started:
1. Sandpoint, Idaho is the home of Lake Pend Oreille, a huge, deep lake where the mountains meet the water. Try a nice boat ride—anything from a relaxing canoe outing to a narrated pontoon ride—around the lake. The solitude along with the scenery will tell your loved one that you think only of him/her. After that, enjoy a moonlit dinner at The Floating Restaurant on the other side of the lake in Hope, Idaho.
2. Sun Valley, Idaho just oozes romance. A stay at the fantastic Sun Valley Lodge says special in a way nothing else does. It’s unique. It’s mountains. It’s luxury with a casual flair. While there, take in one of the very special Sun Valley Ice Show performances by world class figure skaters. For a very special dinner, head to Galena Lodge, north of Sun Valley where wintertime means nordic skiing. Here you can cross country ski or snowshoe to a yurt where you will dine like royalty. Full moon, crisp mountain snow–now that’s romantic.
3. Cascade, Idaho doesn’t appear to be a super romance spot at first glance. It’s just a little highway wayside town. But it does have the Ashley Inn, a grand and elegant hotel with Victorian décor. A fireplace, a hot tub, and a big king bed are all you need on a cool night. Hike or boat around Cascade Reservoir during the day and relax at nearby Gold Fork Hot Springs afterward.
4. Twin Falls, Idaho does have Shoshone Falls—often referred to as the Niagara of the West. You can take a stunning guided boat ride on the Snake River to view the falls from below. After that, drive out to the viewpoint from above, have a fantastic picnic with the mist flowing toward you.
5. Boise is the largest city in Idaho and includes an endless array of romance inducing activities. For example, take a walk through the Idaho Botanical Gardens and then attend a fantastic play at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. In winter, reserve your spot on the Bogus Creek Outfitters sleigh ride and dinner. Cozying up under a big blanket on a sled is a classic romantic gesture. In spring and summer, stroll with your lover through the Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park and then see what kind of romantic art you can view at the Boise Art Museum.