Nine Nifty Places to Propose
In honor of National Proposal Day on March 20, 2013, iLoveInns.com has found nine American towns with notable spots that provide the perfect place to pop the question...no matter when you plan to propose.
Innkeepers from our 2013 Top 10 Romantic Inns and the nation's most romantic inns were queried to suggest the best proposal locations in their areas, along with a rainy-day spot on their property.
From coastal sea-level scenery and vineyard vistas to the heights of tall towers and a ferris wheel, check out the inns below to find the ideal location and setting for your memorable marriage proposal.
Big Sur/Paso Robles, California
The majestic coastline of Big Sur and the many acres of Paso Robles vineyards are wonderful settings for romance. Have a chef-prepared meal amid soft music, or a picnic under the giant old oak and a “Will you marry me?” sign on the white barn of HammerSky Vineyards and Inn.
The highest point in the area is atop the Pilgrim Monument, a popular proposal spot. Bay Tower room at Land’s End Inn has magnificent water views. Celebrate your engagement with champagne on the two private decks or propose at sunset on the veranda overlooking Provincetown Harbor.
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Take in the panoramic views of the Delaware River Valley from Bowman’s Tower observation platform at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. The tranquil orchid conservatory with an indoor waterfall at the Inn at Bowman’s Hill can be filled with candlelight, music, roses, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Hike to the overlook at Fort Lewis Lodge and get down on one knee to propose amid a view of the 3,200-acre plantation. Share your mutual love of nature as you explore the wilderness and romantic Shenandoah Valley retreat.
Charleston, South Carolina
Propose on a sunset sail on a tall ship, the Pride, or during a visit to the expansive gardens at Middleton Place where care has been taken to ensure that there is always something in bloom. City lights will sparkle from the highest private residence view of Charleston on the rooftop cupola of the Wentworth Mansion.
Nature lovers like to propose at the 73-acre state wildlife preserve. The innkeepers at Shiloh Morning Inn help you celebrate your engagement with a picnic basket thoughtfully hidden behind the grand pecan tree.
Seattle/Port Orchard, Washington
Add a thrill to your proposal on the Seattle Great Wheel, the largest Ferris wheel on the west coast, with 42 enclosed gondolas. Propose under the stars with a bonfire, champagne on ice and moonlight on the motorized floating dock at Wye Not Getaway.
Take a customized bamboo bike trek around the village that ends at the Schreckengost Park mural and gazebo, at water’s edge, or a wooded glade for the perfect proposal setting. A locally-made pottery box holds the ring during high tea or as the fountain twinkles in the starlight in “The Garden of the Goddesses” at Sebring Mansion.
Baton Rouge/Darrow, Louisiana
Pop the question atop the Old Louisiana State Capitol Building, designed by the same architect for Bocage Plantation. The front gallery in the historic mansion, built with the spectacular view of the moon rising over the Mississippi River Levee in mind, is a great place to propose.