Private island escape. Along the North Carolina coast, near the charming, historic town of Swansboro, is a 32-acre island all to yourselves. Accessible only by boat, Sands Island Refuge is located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Bogue's Inlet and features a single solar-powered, Lowcountry-style, two-bedroom cottage with a screened-in porch overlooking marshlands. Catch some rays on a private inlet beach or paddle to other isolated beaches on adjacent islands. The owners, who also operate a boat tour company in Swansboro, will transport you to the island and help you get set up. And if you want a night out among civilization, the Swansboro waterfront is 10 minutes away by boat. (Sands Island Refuge, 144 Cedar Point Blvd., parking and boat launch. $383 a night. 888-829-7076, www.vrbo.com/238363)
Mountain romance. The first thing to know about the Red Horse Inn in the Blue Ridge foothills of upstate South Carolina is that it's more than just an inn. The 34-acre property is blanketed with rolling horse pastures and dotted with secluded cottages, and kids are not allowed. Choose from six rooms in the hilltop bed-and-breakfast inn, or six cottages, two of which are pet-friendly. Breakfast is provided in your accommodations. Enjoy wine, cheese and mountain views from the terrace at the wine bar where there's often live music. A variety of romance-themed extras are available, including roses, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your room upon arrival. (The Red Horse Inn, 45 Winstons Chase Court, Landrum, South Carolina. $185 and up. 864-909-1575, www.theredhorseinn.com)
Down with the blues. In the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Clarksdale has been famously called "the most Southern place on earth." The Travelers Hotel exemplifies the best of that spirit. It's a new hotel in a historic building in a town ideal for couples looking to make a blues pilgrimage and immerse themselves in an authentic small-town community culture. The 20-room inn is run by an artists' cooperative. Local artwork adorns the walls, quilts drape the beds and regional beers are on tap in a lobby bar that's become a gathering spot for locals as well as guests. Make yourself at home in the hotel's kitchen where locally roasted coffee is served in the mornings. Legendary music venues, casual restaurants and eclectic shops are just steps away. If you time your visit right, you can enjoy the Juke Joint Festival on April 18, with related events occurring all weekend. (Travelers Hotel, 212 3rd St. $120 and up. 662-483-0693, www.stayattravelers.com. Juke Joint Festival, $20 and up. 662-624-8222, www.jukejointfestival.com/index.php).
Braves spring training. Check out the Atlanta Braves new spring training home at CoolToday Park in Venice, Florida. Opened in March 2019, it is a state-of-the-art facility with all the bells and whistles but on a smaller scale and set in a sun-drenched and palm tree-fringed environment. The ballpark seats 7,200 and has a 360-degree concourse with a variety of concession options, including a craft beer stand and the Tomahawk Tiki Bar. There's outfield lawn seating, a giant video screen, a wacky mascot and the same organist playing those funny, trolling tunes to mock opposing players. Other attractions nearby include Gulf Coast beaches and a historic downtown with an array of shops, restaurants and accommodations. (CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Pkwy., Venice, Florida. $10 and up. 941-413-5000, www.mlb.com/braves)
Springtime snow. Snowbirds who aren't ready to hang up the skis yet can experience "second season" at Snowbird resort in Utah. Last year they were skiing up until the Fourth of July. The long season is due to the resort's high location looming over Salt Lake Valley along the Wasatch Front in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Snowbird is home to the region's only aerial tramway that carries guests to the top of an 11,000-foot peak for stunning panoramic views. Stay-and-ski spring packages are available that include lift tickets to this world-class resort named the best in the U.S. multiple times by Skiing and Outside magazines. It's only a 32-mile drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. (Snowbird, 9385 S. Snowbird Center Drive, Snowbird, Utah. $139 per person, per night, two-night minimum. 800-232-9542, www.snowbird.com)
Cookin' in 'Bama. Foodie-minded couples will want to check out Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa's spring lineup of Culinary Weekends. Part of the historic resort's Culinary and Beverage Academy, offerings include immersive classes led by award-winning chefs and mixologists. Bourbon Demystified kicks things off on March 20. Other classes include Classic French Pastries on April 18, Wine 101 on May 15 and Barbecue from Texas to Tennessee on May 16. This classic waterside resort on the idyllic eastern shore of Mobile Bay contains a private beach, palatial pool and gorgeous grounds full of ancient oaks dripping Spanish moss. Founded in 1847, the Grand was named the Historic Hotel of the Year in 2019 by Historic Hotels of America. (The Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Blvd. $239 and up. Classes $30 per person. 251-928-9201, www.grand1847.com)
Sporty Caribbean getaway. Located in Negril, Jamaica, Couples Swept Away is an all-inclusive beach resort geared toward the active set. The 19-acre resort on Jamaica's Seven Mile Beach claims to have the island's largest sports and fitness complex. Activities include tennis, golf, squash, racquetball and kickboxing, to name a few. New this year are pickleball courts. Because pickleball is a four-person game, it's a good way to meet other couples. Other activities include sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving excursions. There are also three swimming pools and a jogging track. All suites feature large private verandas for unwinding after an activity-filled day. (Couples Swept Away, Norman Manley Blvd., Negril, Jamaica. $431 and up. 800-268-7537, couples.com/resorts/swept-away)
Go airborne. For couples who love hair-raising adventure, take flight from 3,000 feet above ground and glide safely to terra firma at Lookout Mountain Flight Park near Chattanooga. The Introductory Experience includes a half-day of hang gliding instruction before taking your first tandem flight — not with your beloved, but with an experienced instructor. You'll be towed behind a small plane then released for free flight back to the ground. The gliders are equipped with cameras so you can capture the moment to share with others. Cozy cabins for two and camping sites for tents and RVs are available next to the landing strip at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Pet-friendly accommodations are available. (Lookout Mountain Flight Park, 7201 Scenic Hwy., Rising Fawn. $199 and up. Cabins $69 and up, campground $5 per night per person. 706-383-1292, www.flylookout.com)