Wednesday, March 3, 2010

So What Makes a Romantic Getaway Romantic?





First start with a great place. A bed and breakfast for example offers the perfect backdrop because it is likely to have the luxury linens with high tread counts that you should look for and they probably have been hand ironed with scents like lavender or rose. It may have a fireplace and unlike a stale, cookie cutter hotel it should have character and warmth. It will also have something no hotel can offer, an innkeeper who owns and operates the B&B thus giving it a personal touch.

Just as important as having the right backdrop for your romantic interlude is having the right frame of mind for it. Don’t go into it with an itinerary of what your going to do every moment of your romantic getaway, what’s romantic about that. Being able to linger after breakfast with a walk in the garden or share a glass of wine in front of the fireplace in your room before going to dinner makes for great romantic moments.

At many bed and breakfasts, the innkeepers provide a videocassette recorder or DVD player in your room. Some B&B’s also provide movies for you, most a no additional charge. A romantic movie is a great way to get the mood going, here are some of the most romantic movies out there:
1. Casablanca
From 1942, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
2. Gone With the Wind
From 1939, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
3. West Side Story
From 1961, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer.
4. Roman Holiday
From 1953, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
5. An Affair to Remember
From 1957, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
6. The Way We Were
From 1973, starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand.
7. Doctor Zhivago
From 1965, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.
8. It's a Wonderful Life
From 1946, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
9. Love Story
From 1970, starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal.
10. City Lights
From 1931, starring Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill.

Ask your Innkeeper if your B&B provides a music player in your room if not, bring one along with some romantic and sensual music. The Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg VA provides a CD, MP3 player in all of their rooms. They also have a “Love Songs” CD, that can be purchased and playing in your room or suite when you check-in for only $10. If your B&B dose not provide these here are some examples of the most loved love songs of our era:

"Someone to Watch Over Me"

George and Ira Gershwin, 1926

The birthplace of this lovely and moody number was an otherwise light and frothy Broadway musical called "Oh, Kay." The song was originally fast-paced, but soon moved to the ballad form.

"Night and Day"
by Cole Porter, 1932

Written for the play, "Gay Divorce," and also appearing in the film, "The Gay Divorcee," this may be the most famous of Porter's 800+ songs

"Unchained Melody"

Alex North and Hy Zaret, 1936

William Stirrat was 16 and too shy to approach the girl of his dreams, so he wrote one of the world's most beautiful tales of love and longing (using Zaret as his pen name). The breathtaking melody was by Alex North (who went on to compose scores for "Spartacus," "Cleopatra," and many other films).

"First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

by Ewan MacColl, 1957

A long, slowly-building flame is how some people describe the version sung by Roberta Flack, which created a sensation when it appeared in Clint Eastwood's 1971 directorial debut, "Play Misty for Me."

"Cherish"
by Terry Kirkman, 1966

Kirkman reportedly wrote this lovely song in a half-hour while he was the keyboard player in the overlooked Los Angeles-based band The Association. Featuring wonderfully expressive vocal harmonies

"God Only Knows"
by Brian Wilson, 1966

Although it begins with the line, "I may not always love you," the rest of the song is as assertive about undying love as anything ever written.

"Your Song"
by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, 1967

It is said that the original lyric sheet has coffee stains on it because Taupin wrote the song at breakfast one morning at the home of John's parents.

"I Will Always Love You"
by Dolly Parton, 1974

When Dolly Parton ended her professional songwriting relationship with Porter Wagoner, she wrote this heartfelt breakup song even though they were not romantically involved.

“Heaven"
by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams, 1983

Written for the thankfully forgotten 1983 film "A Night in Heaven," the song also appeared on Adams' "Reckless" album the following year and hit number one.

"In Your Eyes"
by Peter Gabriel, 1986

This track from Gabriel's "So" album has been called the most beautiful love song ever recorded.



Now that you have your Backdrop and atmosphere covered make sure to ask your innkeeper for recommendations to the most romantic restaurants in town. Any good innkeeper goes out to dinner often enough to make sure they know what is going on around town and who is offering the best steak or crab cakes. I call it research and development, well at least that’s how I justify it with my husband.

Don’t forget the candles, chocolates and Champagne! Most innkeepers will be able to provide these things for you at a reasonable charge and trust me they will definitely add to romantic experience but none more than a decadent and delicious Breakfast served in bed. Some B&B’s offer this as an add-on service here at the Colonial Gardens B&B we offer Breakfast in bed with many of our romantic packages.

With all these things considered your search for the perfect romantic interlude should be a lot easier. And remember, when looking for the perfect romantic getaway in Williamsburg Virginia, Look no further then the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast and one of their romantic packages. 800-886-9715

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