Top 10 romantic cottages
Cuddle up at one of our favorite retreats, from Kauai to Colorado
7. Yachats, OR
You and your mate will sleep oh-so-soundly (and within earshot of stormy waves) at Shamrock Lodgettes. Can't get much cuter
than this updated 1950s beach resort, best known for its six original log cabins ― each with knotty pine-wall bedrooms, kitchenettes,
jetted tubs, wood or propane fireplaces, and views of the ocean or the Yachats River. The beach is just steps away, and farther
downtown you'll find creamy clam chowder. 9 cabins from $99; www.shamrocklodgettes.com or 800/845-5028.
8. Evergreen, CO
HIGHLAND HAVEN CREEKSIDE INN
Lovebirds flock to this elegant countrified inn, just 30 minutes west of Denver, for its private, woodsy location on rippling
Bear Creek ― and incredibly cozy cottages. Each boasts log beams, glowing gas fireplaces, and goose-down duvets. Hillside
has its own bubbling hot tub, but we love Creekside, with its four-poster pine bed and hushed sounds of the rushing stream.
Gourmet breakfast in an old log cabin included. 6 cottages from $210; www.highlandhaven.com or 303/674-3577.
-Lori L. Midson
9. Lake Tahoe, NV
SPOONER LAKE WILDERNESS CABINS
Stuff your backpacks with dinner and a bottle of wine, slap on your cross-country skis, and glide off into the silent pines
to Spooner's snug and well-equipped, if rustic, log cabins. Be sure to pick your companion carefully: someone adept at building
a fire in the woodstove, who looks good in the light of an oil lamp, and with whom you'll want to do nothing but talk and
play board games into the night, before climbing into the sleeping loft to gaze at the silvery snowscape. Wake whenever, then
wrap yourselves in wool blankets and sip tea on the porch before hitting the trails outside your front door. 2 cabins from
$160; www.spoonerlake.com or 775/749-5349.
10. Elk, CA
GRIFFIN HOUSE INN
In an unspoiled tiny town on a quiet stretch of the Mendocino coast, you'll spot Griffin House ― and its friendly, if somewhat
worn, cottages. Set on a cliff's edge, looking out to sea, is our favorite: the recently renovated Kestrel. Bundle up and
sink into the deck's weathered Adirondack chairs, and watch for gray whales. At dusk, sip (complimentary) wine and enjoy your
private sunset. For dinner, saunter over to the inn's Bridget Dolan's Pub; in the morning, a light knock signals the arrival
of breakfast. 7 cottages from $148; www.griffinhouseinn.com or 707/877-3422.