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Savannah, Ga., is well worth a visit. Elizabeth's on 37th
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Roussilon, Provence, France: This year, the spotlight in the South of France has been on Marseille, the country's second largest city and a designated European Capital of Culture for 2013. While many trips within Provence start in Marseille, the destination for your romantic weekend should be somewhere less crowded and with a slower pace.
If you and your significant other enjoy hiking and being outdoors you should schedule a stopover in Roussillon while touring the Cote d'Azur. Roussillon, 31 miles from Avignon on the road to Apt, is a small village most notable for its location in the midst of one of the world's largest ochre deposits. This is reflected in both the hills surrounding the village as well as the buildings themselves with the clay ranging from a yellow to dark rust to almost violet.
Visitors can take two different walks, one 30 minutes long and another 60 minutes long, to explore the Ochre Trail and learn more about the geology and landscape at the site. It should be noted that the trail is closed annually from Jan. 1 to Feb. 16.
Savannah, Georgia: Long overshadowed by pristine and picturesque Charleston, Savannah has recently become an increasingly popular romantic weekend destination due to the city's well-preserved architecture, creative culinary scene and affordability. Savannah gives visitors the opportunity to truly embrace the flâneur lifestyle. With 21 public squares and no laws against open containers, visitors can stroll the streets with a to-go cocktail of their choosing.
If you or your partner enjoy architecture and house tours, Savannah is a goldmine of amazing properties--simply walk along the Victorian district, filled with historic homes, flourishing gardens, and complex iron work.
Boutiques and home furnishing stores line Broughton Street, and one store not to miss is The Paris Market. Filled with everything from vintage chandeliers to reproduction carousel letters to John Derian accoutrements, this store is as well known for its inspired seasonal window displays as its unique home furnishings.
While many visitors try to sneak into Paula Deen's restaurant, a VirtualTourist member recalls an exquisite meal at Elizabeth on 37th. Set in a turn-of-the-century Southern mansion, the changing menu features a wonderful selection of fresh Southern Coastal favorites like crab, oysters and clams, while incorporating seasonal herbs, veggies and edible flowers from the house garden.