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Top 10 Rustic Romantic Getaways

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Dusty Dave, author of Rustic Vacations, advises couples to head for the hills: "There is nothing in the whole world that can make you feel more refreshed and revived than a healthy dose of clean mountain air and the soothing sound of silence," he claims.

For visitors to Honeymoons/Romantic Getaways from About.com, Dusty Dave prepared this list of top places for couples to access the "wild" in wilderness.

1. Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

Possibly the world's most romantic vacation getaway ever. If a crackling fire and cozy Indian blanket aren't enough to heat things up, then you can be sure that a holistic massage followed by a steamy dip in one of the many natural hot springs will do the trick. Hidden deep in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, Dunton is so remote that the infamous bank robbers Butch Cassidy and Sundance once hid out there.

2. Hotelito Desconocido, Mexico

Have you ever taken a horseback ride on the beach at sunset or participated in the release of baby sea turtles? At Hotelito Desconocido you can do either of these. Painstakingly modeled upon an old Mexican fishing village, the hotel charms couples with its primitive bungalow accommodations. At night the flickering light of hundreds of candles illuminate this amazing resort in Jalisco, Mexico.

3. Lake Placid Lodge, New York

Whether you choose the rustic elegance of the main lodge or opt for a more private lakeside log cabin, Lake Placid Lodge won't require you to rough it. Featherbeds, stone fireplaces and soaking tubs will ensure your stay is as soothing as possible. Besides boasting world-class meals, the lodge also offers a private wine cellar dining experience.

4. Hacienda del Cerezo, New Mexico

Secluded and intimate, this Spanish hacienda captures the spirit and seduces the soul. Every inch of it exudes old-world romance. Take a quiet desert hike, play some tennis, or hop on one of the magnificent Arabians for the ride of a lifetime. Just make sure you’re back in time for an unforgettable candlelit dinner.

5. Highland Ranch, California

There is nothing that can prepare you for the feeling you will get from riding horseback through forests of towering redwoods and douglas firs. The size and scent of these massive trees is nearly overwhelming. Back at the ranch you can kick your feet up in one of the many hammocks while sipping lemonade. The ranch is only a two and a half hour drive from San Francisco, and your dog is invited, too.

6. Azulik Seaside Hotel, Mexico

What could possibly be better than waking up and walking out on your own private deck with nothing but miles of aqua blue Caribbean Sea in front of you? No electricity, no phones, and no clothes (well that’s up to you, the resort is clothing-optional). Azulik may give you a new and improved outlook on life.

7. Guest House Log Cottages, Washington

After an enticing ferry ride to Washington’s wooded Whidbey Island, a short drive leads to a romantic retreat so relaxing and peaceful that your biggest decision of the weekend will be choosing which movie to watch (from a collection of more than 800). Canoodling under the covers in your cozy cottage, complete with personal Jacuzzi, fireplace, and fully equipped kitchen, you'll hope that you get snowed in.

8. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, British Columbia

Traditional Thai Massage, Luk Pra Kob Hot Compress Massage, and Thai Herbal Steam Bath are just a few of the therapeutic treatments you will have the opportunity to experience at this wilderness sanctuary. Combining the love of the outdoors with the comforts of home, in addition to spectacular healthy meals, Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is heavenly.

9. Three Sisters Log Cabin, Virginia

Located along Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. This classic Appalachian log cabin will bring you back to a time when things moved at a much slower pace. Remember the old times, when multi-tasking meant watching the sun set at the same time you were trying to follow a squirrel gathering nuts? Go back to those days.

10. Verana, Mexico

This lush jungle hideaway, reached by a 30-minute open-air boat ride and donkey-escorted hike, is the ultimate escape for nature lovers — and lovers in general. The chic infinity-edge pool contrasts nicely with the luxurious-primitive feel of the accommodations. Outdoor showers, mosquito-netted beds, and private terraces are just a few of the sultry options.
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