Breaux Bridge (LA) Voted as the 77th Favorite ‘Alternative’ Romantic Destination in America

Published 8:00 am Sunday, June 11, 2023

  • Poll identifies the top 175 ‘alternative’ romantic destinations across the country. 
  • Louisiana has 3 destinations that made the list.
  • Infographic showing the top 175 alternative romantic destinations.

Maui, Napa Valley, New Orleans… America boasts an abundance of fabulous destinations for couples seeking romantic experiences. While these well-known destinations continue to dominate the market, the quest for truly unique and unforgettable experiences leads couples to explore lesser-known, yet equally enchanting, romantic getaways.

As the summer season approaches, HoneymoonAlways.com commissioned a poll involving 3,000 couples to ascertain which alternative romantic destinations they are most eager to visit this year, with some interesting results…

#1

In first place came St. Augustine, in Florida. This historic city boasts a rich past, with cobblestone streets, Spanish colonial architecture, and centuries-old landmarks. Couples can explore the enchanting old town hand-in-hand, taking in the romantic ambiance and discovering hidden gems at every turn. The city’s coastal location adds to its allure, with pristine beaches nearby where couples can enjoy leisurely walks, sunset strolls, or even horseback rides along the shore.

#2

Unsurprisingly, Hawaii had two destinations which came in the top 10. In second place came Paia. Located on the northern shore of Maui, Paia exudes a laid-back, bohemian vibe that sets it apart from the bustling tourist areas. Couples will find themselves enchanted by the town’s charm, with its colorful storefronts, boutique shops, and unique art galleries. The pristine beaches of Paia, such as Baldwin Beach Park, offer a tranquil setting for couples to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy romantic walks along the shore.

#3

Hawaii’s Hilo came in 3rd place overall. Nestled on the eastern coast, Hilo offers a more authentic and local Hawaiian experience. The town is known for its lush tropical landscapes, including stunning waterfalls, botanical gardens, and black-sand beaches. Couples can embark on romantic adventures such as visiting the magnificent Akaka Falls, exploring the tropical wonders of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, or taking a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Coconut Island.

#4

Asheville in North Carolina was voted as the fourth most popular among couples. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville offers breathtaking views and a serene natural setting. Couples can explore the Blue Ridge Parkway together, embark on romantic hikes in the surrounding mountains, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of nature. The town itself is known for its thriving arts and music scene, with numerous galleries, studios, and live music venues.

#5

Rounding up the top 5 came the relatively unknown Carmel-by-the-Sea in California. Located on the scenic Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a picturesquSituated on the shores of Lake Michigan, this picturesque town provides a perfect escape for couples looking to unwind and reconnect. Sturgeon Bay boasts a stunning waterfront with sandy beaches, scenic lighthouses, and breathtaking sunsets, providing couples with a romantic backdrop for leisurely walks along the shore or cozy picnics by the water.

Louisiana had 3 ‘alternative’ destinations among the most romantic in America:

Breaux Bridge came in 77th position. Regarded as the “Crawfish Capital of the World,” this charming town is located in the heart of Louisiana’s Acadiana region. Breaux Bridge exudes a unique blend of French, African, and Caribbean influences, creating a rich cultural tapestry that adds to its allure. Couples can immerse themselves in the town’s lively music scene, with frequent performances of zydeco and Cajun music that set the stage for an unforgettable evening of dancing and celebration. Breaux Bridge is also famous for its mouthwatering cuisine, offering couples a chance to indulge in traditional Cajun and Creole dishes, from spicy gumbo and jambalaya to fresh crawfish and seafood. For a romantic outdoor experience, couples can take a scenic boat ride along the Bayou Teche, enjoying the serenity of the waterways and the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds them.

Natchitoches came in 130th position. Known as the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory, Natchitoches boasts a rich cultural heritage that is evident in its well-preserved historic district. Couples can wander hand in hand along the brick-lined streets, admiring the beautifully restored colonial buildings, quaint shops, and inviting cafes. The town’s crowning jewel is the Cane River Lake, a serene waterway that winds its way through the heart of Natchitoches. Couples can take a leisurely stroll along the riverfront, enjoying scenic views and the gentle breeze.  The local cuisine is a true delight, with Cajun and Creole flavors permeating the menus of the town’s many restaurants. Couples can savor delicious seafood dishes, gumbo, and jambalaya, immersing themselves in the rich culinary traditions of Louisiana.

Covington emerged in 138th position. Nestled on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, Covington provides a serene and idyllic setting for couples looking to immerse themselves in a romantic getaway. The town’s historic downtown area boasts tree-lined streets, charming boutiques, and picturesque cafes, creating a quaint and inviting atmosphere. Couples can leisurely stroll hand in hand, exploring the local shops and art galleries, or simply sit together on a park bench, enjoying the peaceful ambiance. Covington is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including scenic parks, wildlife refuges, and the Bogue Falaya River, offering opportunities for outdoor adventures like kayaking, hiking, or simply enjoying a picnic by the water’s edge.

The top 10 alternative romantic destinations for couples in 2023:

1.         St. Augustine, Florida
2.         Paia, Hawaii
3.         Hilo, Hawaii
4.         Asheville, North Carolina
5.         Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
6.         Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
7.         Durham, North Carolina
8.         Mackinac Island, Michigan
9.         Flagstaff, Arizona
10.       Manchester, Vermont

Infographic showing the full list of 175 alternative destinations

While iconic destinations in the likes of Florida, California and Hawaii steal the spotlight, there is a vast array of relatively undiscovered romantic getaways that offer unique and unforgettable experiences,” says Dan Bagby of HoneymoonAlways.com