The Lovers' Go-to Guide

Eateries, outings, and adventures for amorous couples (and their friends).

By Marni Elyse Katz
January 18, 2009
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5 Romantic Restaurants

These are perfect for proposals -- or your first (or 50th) anniversary.

Tangierino Live out your fantasy of Arabian kings and Persian princesses at this sexy Moroccan restaurant in which you can lounge in private Sultan Tents feasting on couscous and lamb, but not before the staff washes your hands in rose-scented water. When you feel sated, move to the palace-garden-themed champagne bar for belly dancers and hookahs. 83 Main Street, Charlestown, 617-242-6009,

Salts Restaurant

Share roasted duck for two carved tableside in a cozy corner of a dining room that feels more like a friend's home than an epicurean outpost. The crisp white tablecloths, Windsor chairs, and oversize floral centerpiece complement the fresh French-inspired dishes. 798 Main Street, Cambridge, 617-876-8444,

Saporito's Florence Club Cafe

Here, shabby chic goes to the beach for casual Italian cuisine. The white wooden booths, bead-board walls, and floral fabrics are a refreshing change, and it's just a block's walk to the water. 11 Rockland Circle, Hull, 781-925-3023,

Ross' Grill Board the ferry from Boston's Long Wharf and in less than two hours you can enjoy a glass of wine and a spectacular sunset on the intimate terrace overlooking Province-town Harbor. Move inside to a table by the window for a dinner that starts with local oysters and risotto with white truffle oil, followed by rack of lamb or fresh tuna seared to perfection with a sampling of sauces. 237 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-8878,

Newburyport Rear Range Light Climb 55 stairs (and a ladder) to dine a deux at the top of the Newburyport Lighthouse. While you wait for your dinner (provided by one of five local restaurants), circle the catwalk for a 360-degree view of the Merrimack River Valley, Plum Island, and the charming community below. The Lighthouse Preservation Society, 800-727-2326,; requires a $350 tax-deductible gift to the society, plus the cost of your meal

5 Final Flings

Have your last hurrah -- with just the guys, just the ladies, or both -- with these memorable outings. (They also make great birthday party events.)

Flower Arranging and Cupcake Decorating Class It's sugar and spice and everything nice when your girls get together. OK, not so much, but it could be. Hire floral designers Apryl Sahadi and Julie Crites from Petalena Flowers to teach you how to arrange blossoms and blooms. Also, invite Emily Bao from Sweet to instruct you on the art of cupcake decorating. Add a few pink drinks, and creativity will take over. Petalena Flowers, 617-216-9128,; lessons (materials included) start at $40 per person, with a $500 minimum. Sweet, 617-247-2253,; a two-hour lesson costs $200, plus $75 per person (includes a dozen cupcakes per person)

Waterside Ice Skating At the North End's indoor Steriti Memorial Rink, windows all around overlook where the Charles River meets Boston Harbor. Rent the rink, have pizzas delivered, and, when you're tuckered out, hit a neighborhood bar for beers or a pastry shop for espresso. Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial Street, Boston, 617-727-4708 ext. 404,; public sessions free; rental fee $180 for 50 minutes; skate rental $5 per pair

Latin Dance Cruise Practice your dance moves in advance of the wedding. The Salsa and Latin Harbor Dance Cruise, offered June to September, provides dockside lessons and a 2½-hour Boston Harbor sail. An area on the observation deck can be set aside for your private party. Salsa and Latin Harbor Dance Cruise, 617-513-9841,; $19 in advance (includes after-party at Mojitos Lounge); dockside lessons $2 extra

Tasty Scavenger Hunt Cooking classes at Peruvian-infused Italian restaurant Taranta require that you not only concoct your meal but also locate its ingredients. Start with a 45-minute scavenger hunt in neighborhood markets. Once back in the kitchen, the class begins. The resulting three-course meal is molto bene. Taranta, 210 Hanover Street, Boston, 617-720-0052,; $130 per person, excluding drinks and gratuity

Island Camping Opt for a night amid nature by camping on one of three Boston Harbor Islands. The islands are accessible by passenger ferry or private boat. You can swim and hike, and at night you'll get a great view of the city skyline. Department of Conservation and Recreation, Boston Harbor Islands, 781-740-1605 ext. 205, or; $25 per night for up to 25 people, $1 extra for each additional person

5 Perfect Honeymoons

When it's time for the two of you to get away, consider one of these heavenly splurges.

Big Sur, California Nowhere does the 90-mile stretch of coastline called Big Sur seem more fabulous than from the Post Ranch Inn, where you can ensconce yourself in the Cliff House, a secluded glass-walled hideaway that overlooks the ocean. If you can pull yourself off your private deck, out of the soaking tub, and away from the two-sided fireplace, try a guided nature walk or side trip to Napa Valley. Post Ranch Inn, Highway 1, Big Sur, 831-667-2200,; rooms start at $550 per night

Kennebunkport, Maine South Beach-meets-the-Catskills is the vibe at Hidden Pond. Its 14 cottages (our fave is "Daydream") -- with outdoor showers, gas fireplaces, and Frette linens -- embody a campy-luxe aesthetic. And the grounds, 60 acres with nature trails and an organic garden just a mile from the ocean, encourage the perfect blend of healthy living and lounging. Hidden Pond Kennebunkport, 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, 888-967-9050,; starting at $395 per night

Florence Old World atmosphere is intensified with a stay at Torre di Bellosguardo, a 14th-century tower and Renaissance villa perched on a hill above the Italian city. The views are best enjoyed from Suite 11. After meandering along the Arno, retreat to the lawn for a Caprese salad, eaten poolside, and maybe a quick dip and nap, then head back to the city for dinner. Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo, Via Roti Michelozzi, Florence, 055 2298145,; rooms start at $350 per night

Buenos Aires

Hipster honeymooners hit Buenos Aires for its edgy artwork, interesting architecture, and ultra-late nightlife. For the full-on effect, stay at the flashy Faena Hotel + Universe. Developed by a handsome local fashion mogul and decked out with over-the-top interiors by Philippe Starck, it's the epitome of Latin cool. Faena Hotel + Universe, Martha Salotti 445, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, 54 11 4010 9000,; rooms start at $790 per night, but special rates available

Fiji Islands Take a Tui Tai Expedition in the South Pacific on a sailboat that carries just 22 passengers. The trip combines luxury with adventure: You can get a massage under a waterfall, kayak up a jungle river, and scuba dive through coral gardens. Tui Tai Expedition Cruises, 253-777-4290,; five-night all-inclusive cruises start at $3,176 per person n

Marni Elyse Katz is a freelance writer in Boston. Send comments to

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