While many don’t think of Missouri when the time comes to go on a romantic vacation, they really should.
This centrally located state boasts both a lively St. Louis and a bustling Kansas City, as well as numerous magnificent lakes and the stunning Ozark Mountains throughout. In Missouri, there’s romance at every corner.
Check below for our favorite 15 romantic getaway destinations in the lovely state of Missouri:
1. Stonewater Cove Resort & Spa
This retreat amidst the 500 acres of Mark Twain National Forest redefines luxury and rugged wilderness. And as an all-inclusive resort, you won’t have to worry about a single thing except making it here.
Relax in the divine comfort of your plush guest room, featuring a king size bed and a deep soaking tub. Start the day with a hearty homemade breakfast, including made-from-scratch pastries and hearty egg dishes.
During the day, you and your loved one can head out for a day on the lake canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. Or join a resort-guided excursion of forest rangers, water sports, zip lining, or a ropes course. The fun never ends at Stonewater.
Experience life on the water in pure bliss when you and your loved one stay at D’Monaco on Table Rock Lake.
Couples can enjoy the intimacy of their own villa, ranging from 2,000 to 3,700 square feet, and fully equipped with state-of-the-art kitchens, king-size beds, a walk-in shower, and a private verandah overlooking the lake. And if you really want to make D’Monaco your temporary home-away-from-home, take them up on the offer to have a personal shopper stock the kitchen with a grocery list in advance.
3. Inn at Hermannhof
This historic Inn originally built in the mid-1800s takes you back to a simpler, and much more romantic, time in Missouri Wine Country’s history. But don’t worry! Twenty-first-century amenities still promise comfort during your getaway to Hermannhof.
Each guest room in this B&B has its own unique character, but all are equal in charm and luxury. Try the “Champagne” room, adorned with wood-burning fireplaces in both the bedroom and the bathroom, an oversized shower, and a deep soaking tub. And for an added touch, pamper yourself and your loved one with an in-room massage.
4. Big Cedar Lodge
Ranked by Travel & Leisure as the “#1 Resort in the Midwest” and by Condé Nast Traveler as the “#2 Top Resort of the Midwest,” the Bid Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri has a lot to offer. This oasis greets you with grandiose. Once you enter, you’ll quickly escape to another world.
You and your loved one will stay in a lodge-style guest room, cottage, or private log cabin, depending on how secluded you want to be. The log cabins, the most romantic option, feature a cozy wilderness atmosphere, modern kitchens, wood-burning stone fireplaces, beautiful furniture, and stunning architecture.
5. Fleur-de-Lys Mansion
Fleur-de-Lys, a 19th century luxury inn, brings a sense of magnificent history to St. Louis. This mansion embodies a very regal past, which will make you feel timelessly elegant when you stay here.
Choose from one of four guest rooms, each with its own character. Each room highlights a different aspect of St. Louis: the “Forest Park,” “Reservoir Park,” “Botanical Garden,” and “Tower Grove Park.” And even with different charm, every room showcases luxury with refined finishes and even a two-person whirlpool tub.
6. Magnolia Hotel St. Louis
Established in 1924, the Magnolia Hotel carries a lot of history with it. In fact, part of that history includes starting the common practice of leaving chocolates on a pillow for guests.
But this boutique hotel is much more than just chocolates on pillows. Indeed, its 182 rooms and suites feature lavish décor and amenities for ultimate comfort, all in the heart of downtown St. Louis. And in 1979, the National Register of Historic Places inducted the Magnolia into its list.
Come enjoy the beauty of history and elegance at the Magnolia Hotel.
7. Camden on the Lake
Indulge in luxurious living on the Lake of the Ozarks at Camden on the Lake. When you whisk away your sweetheart to this oasis, you can completely let loose and live it up.
During the summer months, Camden on the Lake prides itself in bringing the party to you. With a swim-up bar, live music, and tons of energy, you and your loved one can completely let go of all the stresses of reality. Get in on the action at Toad’s Bar & Grill, where the drinks never stop flowing and the live entertainment goes all night.
8. The Raphael Hotel
The Raphael Hotel provides ultimate luxury and elegance to its guests in Kansas City. Voted one of the “500 World’s Best Hotels” in 2015 by Travel & Leisure, and awarded the AAA Four-Diamond title, this gem is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway.
During the day, you and your loved one can explore this Midwestern metropolis, bustling with world-class museums, performing arts, shopping, and nightlife. Then at night, wind down with a traditional Kansas City dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Chaz. Dine on prime Ribeye Steak, Beef Tenderloin, Sour Cream Fried Chicken, or any of the other specialties from the heartland.
9. Hotel Frederick
Located in downtown Boonville, Missouri, this luxurious hotel captures the sophistication of a boutique hotel combined with the historic elegance of a turn-of-the-century landmark. The Hotel Frederick was originally built in 1905 and fluctuated purposes throughout the latter half of the 20th century, briefly transforming into a restaurant, then a Greyhound bus depot, then converted into a retirement center, until it was finally restored to its former splendor in the early 2000s.
Reminisce on a time gone by in historic Boonville. Stroll through the romantic side streets and sites where hard-working Americans built the town by hand. And then come back to the Frederick, reveling in the modern amenities and colorful accommodations.
10. Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa
The Chateau is a destination where warm Midwestern hospitality meets European style and elegance. When you’re looking for some romance in your relationship, the Chateau has got it covered.
Each detail at the Chateau is hand-picked with exquisite design. As you enter your guest room, you will be greeted with granite countertops, plush bedding, and a private balcony overlooking the beautiful Table Rock Lake and surrounding mountains.
And for extra relaxation, don’t forget to bring your loved one to the renowned Spa Chateau. Melt away the tension in your life with a couples’ massage, where you can pick from any of the body treatments available to enjoy side-by-side.
11. Tan-Tar-A Resort
Nestled in the Lake of the Ozarks over 420 scenic acres, the Tan-Tar-A Resort exudes relaxation and fun.
Enjoy the great outdoors with your loved one with four outdoor pools, horseback riding, tubing, beach volleyball, boating, golf, miniature golf, water skiing, wave running, and more on the Lake.
Or, if you really want to let your inner child come out to play, indulge in the indoor waterpark at the Tan-Tar-A. With 600 water slides, and oversized whirlpool, a lazy river, and a picnic seating area, the fun never stops.
12. InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
The InterContinental is at the heart of everything Kansas City. With TripAdvisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence, a gourmet culinary team, and luxurious accommodations, you and your significant other can’t go wrong at this retreat.
In Kansas City, there’s something for everyone. For adventurous love birds, try zip lining for the day to get your adrenaline pumping. For animal lovers, the Alpaca Kingdom will bring so much cuteness and warmth into your heart. For cultural enthusiasts, you can’t miss the American Jazz Museum, the Amelia Earhart Museum, and so much more.
13. Lakeview Resort
This family-owned resort on Sunrise Beach spans over three peninsulas onto gorgeous waterfront property in the Lake of the Ozarks. Encompassing the serenity of natural beauty and the excitement of outdoor activities, the Lakeview Resort is a wonderful excuse to get away and enjoy a weekend with your loved one.
Throughout the 1,100 miles of impeccable shoreline, the Lake boasts fabulous swimming, boat excursions, fishing, and more. But even past the typical water sports, the Lakeview ups the ante of a typical resort. Explore majestic caves, gorgeous wineries, exhilarating parasailing, and delectable lakeside restaurants.
14. Moonrise Hotel
As they say at Moonrise, “Sleep with the stars.” Located in The Loop, St. Louis’ most vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment district, the Moonrise brings modern sophistication with an exciting environment for guests.
Engage in the fun with the multicolor and exciting décor. Gaze out onto the city from the Moonrise’s rooftop terrace bar and indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, The Twilight Room.
And this hotel is so romantic, in fact, that they offer two different packages for love birds. The “Big ‘O’” Package includes champagne and strawberries, a rose petal turndown, and breakfast for two in bed. The “Honey Moonrise” Package provides guests with a Jacuzzi room, champagne and strawberries, bath purifying sea salts, two custom embroidered logo bathrobes, a romantic temptation kit (whatever that means), and breakfast for two in bed.
15. The Elms Hotel and Spa
For over 125 years, the Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs has been enchanting guests with its beautiful accommodations, lavish amenities, gorgeous gardens, and renowned service. And now with a new $20 million renovation, the Elms offers more luxury than it ever has before.
Enjoy divine comfort in the upscale guest rooms with plush bedding and astounding features. Relax at the spa, which has recently added on The Grotto, a modern twist on a Roman bath. The Grotto indulges guests with a dry sauna, steam sauna, hot tub, cold plunge shower, steam shower, and exfoliation bar. The different temperatures and levels of humidity act in tandem to restore and repose the body.