As the dog days of August build toward September and a new school year, parents around the country are beginning to breathe a collective sigh of relief. While the kids wonder where the summer went, it is time for mom and dad to begin making plans for a little alone time.  Arrange for the kids to spend the weekend with family or friends, then head out to any of the destinations on this list for an unforgettably romantic, weekend escape.

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
1001 Lafayette Drive
Farmington, PA 15437
(866) 344-6957

Price: from $455

After Joe Hardy built an empire out of the 84 Lumber Co. he began building western Pennsylvania’s most luxurious four-season resort. Nemacolin Woodlands, located in Farmington, is a truly world-class establishment. For golfers up to the challenge, enjoy the picturesque Mystic Rock course open spring, summer and fall. In winter, the seven slopes of Mystic Mountain attract skiers and snowboarders during the day, and at night the dining and nightlife scene at the resort take center stage. Enjoy spa treatment packages, clay bird shooting and instruction, salons and shopping all located less than 70 miles from Pittsburgh at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Alla Famiglia
804 E. Warrington Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15410
(412) 488-1440

The standard for fine Italian dining in Pittsburgh reached a new high in 2006 when Chef Jonathan Vlasic opened Alla Famiglia in the cities Allentown area. Authentic pastas, seafood, veal and beef dishes fill the dinner menu and are complemented by a selection from the all-Italian wine list. For couples looking to treat themselves to a romantic dining experience without the hassle of leaving town, Alla Famiglia is the perfect solution. Alla Famiglia’s sister restaurant Arlecchino’s, in Peters Township, offers an equally exceptional dining experience for patrons living south of Pittsburgh.

The Greenbrier Resort
300 W. Main St.
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
(855) 453-4858

Price: from $494 

Enjoy an array of specialized packages for any interest at The Green Brier Resort. A few of them include The Discover, The Dining, The Ultimate and the Simply Spa. Designed specifically for couples, each package includes lodging and a list of optional activities, dining, spa treatments, fitness activities and recreational sports. Click here for additional package information.

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Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541
(301) 387-4000

Price: from $134

The ways to enjoy the Deep Creek area are ever increasing and change with the seasons. For couples looking for a relaxing experience away from home, the Wisp Resort offers its sweet dreams in Deep Creek spa package for two, which includes lodging, dinner and wine, and a full body Swedish massage. Whether you opt for a package or just a couples massage, this place promises relaxation like none other.

Omni Bedford Springs Resort
2138 Business 220
Bedford, PA 15522
(814) 623-8100

Price: from $339

Bedford Springs is 110 miles due east of Pittsburgh on I-76, the perfect locale for Pittsburgh couples looking to slip away for some much-needed romance. The Ooh La’ La’ romance package offered at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort is designed for lovers with sparkling wine, French pastries, romantic music and lighting, and a late check-out. Don’t miss out on fine dining at the on-site restaurant as well for an all-around perfect experience.

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