Romantic getaways for any time of the year; Michelle Newman; Express News

USA – Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

These destinations have all the right ingredients for a romantic getaway any time of year to reignite that spark and rekindle romance.

JEFFERSON ISLAND

Jefferson Island isn’t an island at all. It’s an elevated mound and a salt dome in New Iberia, Louisiana, near near Avery Island, which is famous for making Tabasco Sauce.

Think that doesn’t sound romantic? Think again. Jefferson Island is so well hidden, it’s the perfect place for a romantic rendezvous.

Many Louisiana natives don’t even know about this under-the-radar, secluded spot. But those who have visited don’t forget it.

The island is named after Joseph Jefferson, a prominent 19th century actor famous for playing Rip Van Winkle in stage productions.

The spectacular 1870 Steamboat Gothic mansion was originally used by Jefferson as a winter hunting lodge and getaway. Now the “island” is the site of the magnificent Jefferson Mansion, Rip Van Winkle Gardens, and onsite cafe serving Creole and Cajun fare. Here, guests can spend the night in an authentic Acadian cottage, “Cook’s Cottage,” and historic servant’s quarters.

Narrated tours are given of the mansion and its splendid furnishings by guides dressed in period costume.

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