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MotorHome Magazine,  July 2009

If your romantic sentiments are sparked by natural wonders, then the following parks can provide the perfect backdrop for your next vacation getaway:

1 Oak Grove Campground/Resort, Holland, Michigan  located within walking distance of the Macatawa lakes and Michigan beaches, features romantic sunsets, a heated swimming pool and grassy shaded sites. Only seven miles away from the Veldheer’s Tulip Gardens, this resort is the perfect destination in early May when guests can see more than four million colorful flowers in bloom.

2 Wine Country RV Resort, Paso Robles, California  surrounded by more than 100 wine-tasting rooms within a 10-mile radius, is the perfect place for wine connoisseurs. Kaleidoscopic flowers and colorful sunsets frame this vineyard paradise that also includes a pool and spa. Special wine-tasting events are offered and sell out fast.

3 Hershey Highmeadow Campground, Hershey, Pa.  is owned by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts and features the natural scent of chocolate aromatherapy and the quaint old-fashioned Hershey town where the street lights are shaped like Candy Kisses.

4 At the Spa at Pagosa Springs Destination Spa & RV Resort, Pagosa Springs, Colorado  guests have access to the mineral-water swimming pool, hot tub and indoor baths -- the natural hot springs are the deepest in the world. Luxurious massages, herbal wraps or salt glows are also available, along with couples’ massages. This location comes with a catch; there are only seven RV spots available.

5 East Shore RV Park, San Dimas, California  features the Puddingstone Hot Tubs Resort, right outside its entrance. The resort offers private soaking rooms with cedar hot tubs amid beautiful hilltop and sunset views. Weddings are also popular and take place at the property’s hilltop gazebo.

6 The Beverly Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon  which combines cabins, yurts, tents and full RV hook-up sites, also offers a beautiful panoramic beach. Located only a short walk away, the beach is the perfect location to fly a kite and enjoy a picnic for two while viewing the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

7 Petoskey RV & Cabin Resort, Petoskey, Michigan  is among the highest-rated RV resorts in North America. Overflowing with towering trees and flowers amid private RV sites, this destination also features a Honeymoon Suite, site 71, that includes its own fire pit and courting bench.

8 The Winchester Bay RV Resort  is located on the Oregon Coast peninsula. Every RV site offers a waterfront view of the harbor, the Umpqua River or the Pacific Ocean. Moored boats light up the evening sky and provide the perfect backdrop for a late night walk with your beloved.

9 Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley, California  provides breathtaking views of giant sequoias, amazing waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. Unique to this destination, is the fabulous “moonbow” a rare nighttime rainbow that splashes on canyon walls when the moon is full and the falls are flowing at their fullest.

10 Riverview RV Park and Campground, Loveland, Colorado.  This nature lover’s destination is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains along the Thompson River and includes breathtaking waterfalls. A popular destination for weddings and honeymooners, this destination is also located near horseback trails and riding lessons, as well as wine tasting tours.

Trends for romantic get-aways come and go, and with only ten days left before Valentine's Day, opinions for romance are flying!  The trend this winter has been to embrace the cold, instead of shunning it.  Snow does make for one romantic backdrop in isolated places like Alberta, Canada, or wooded cabins in Alaska.  Let us know what your favorite romantic escape is!

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