Dream Destinations for Romance
|GOLDEN GLOW: The Point Resort, on the shores of Upper Saranac Lake, New York (courtesy, The Point Resort)|
The sign says no visitors, but it doesn't really mean it. In fact, it wants visitors (if they've brought a well-oiled checkbook). The Point, a New York state Adirondack Great Camp, one of the most splendiferous of them all and built by a bona fide member of the Rockefeller family, is now a super-luxury resortopen to you, should you have the dough. Once you've made your reservation, you fly into the airport at Saranac Lake, drive 20 minutes, veer onto an unmarked road and proceed down the wooded peninsula until you reach... The Point. Unbeatable canoeing and kayaking, walking and hiking await. And eating: Three gourmet meals a day come with the tariff, as does absolute seclusion and serenity. Which is not to say The Point doesn't hop. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, black tie is recommended for the gents. The pub pours till dawn, at which hour you retreat to your room to find the fire already burning. Children are not allowed at The Point. It is for romantic couples, away from it all.
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It was the capital of imperial Japan for more than a millennium, from 794 to 1868, and has long been regarded as the center of Japanese culture, religion and... gardening. This last item is not to be slighted; it is a craft that has been raised to a true art form in Japan and the esteemed and lovely Kyoto, home to close to 1.5 million people, is known in Japan as a garden city." Another way to think of it is as the country's center of Zen, and with 2,000 temples and shrines, an air of tranquility pervades the place. Do visit the Arashiyama district just outside the urban center. Walk the ages-old Togetsukyo Bridge, and gaze upon Mount Arashi. Take a boat tour in the Hozu River through a wooded valley or a trip on the aptly named Sagano Romantic Train. Then repair to one of Kyoto's large or small hotels. For the well-heeled, perhaps this will be to the Tawaraya Ryokan. You don't feel, here, as though you're checking inbut visiting friends. Your room has futons and a soaking tub; some rooms open onto private gardens. It may just be the world's most peaceful hostelry.
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