Most Romantic Places to Propose

Spring is in the air, and with the cheery weather comes a hopeful sense of romanticism. Chris and I got married in the spring, nearly two years ago already, so this season always puts me in a rosy mood.

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While we got married in the spring, we got engaged in the fall. I'll always remember it like yesterday -- a romantic stroll behind the Shedd Aquarium, with the Chicago skyline forming a dramatic and beautiful backdrop in the distance. I couldn't have asked for a better memory to look back on as the moment we decided to spend forever together.

Cheesiness aside, as the season turns warmer now and I'm feeling especially affectionate, here are a few out-of-town places I think would make for (almost) perfect proposal spots.

Next to the Seine, Paris

It's no secret I have a love affair with Paris. On one of my favorite afternoons in the city, Chris and I grabbed baguettes and a bottle of wine as we sauntered down to the Seine. We claimed a private little bench and spent a lazy couple hours enjoying our picnic and each others' company. Had we not already been married, this sweet little bench would've certainly served as a perfect proposal place.

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At the Biltmore, Asheville

Call me silly, but there's something about being in front of America's biggest mansion that makes you want to couple up and chase down your own little empire. I'm a huge fan of Asheville -- and while the few times I've been have only been in passing, the city impresses a spirit of upscale accessibility.

It would make the perfect proposal destination for a couple who loves a bit of flair mixed with down-home comfort. Plus, for beer lovers it's a budding craft brewing destination.

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On a Kayak, Charlevoix

Last summer, we spent Fourth of July weekend with two of our best friends in northern Michigan. Everything about northern Michigan in July embodies that quintessential American summer. Charlevoix itself is an adorable lake town, but the peaceful serenity you can escape to on the water is even better. 

We rented kayaks, and while a little under-matched next to the yachts and speedboats flying by, navigating the waters on a sunny summer day was so worth it. So long as you pull over to pop the question (don't dare drop the ring in the lake!), this is the perfect setting for a beautiful proposal. 

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Welcome to Thirty Somewhere!

I’m so glad you found me. I’m Katie, and I love to travel. Since I was a kid, travel has been close to my heart. From winding road trips through Ontario and Quebec to seaside getaways in Cape Cod or Cannon Beach, I was lucky to see lots of North America on summer vacations with the family.

Navigating the winding cliffs by horseback in  Bryce Canyon .

Navigating the winding cliffs by horseback in Bryce Canyon.

A day at the  White House , sporting a stylish souvenir  Virginia Beach  t-shirt from the day before. 

A day at the White House, sporting a stylish souvenir Virginia Beach t-shirt from the day before. 

White water rafting in  Moab, UT  with  Canyon Voyages Adventure Co .

White water rafting in Moab, UT with Canyon Voyages Adventure Co.

Since I’ve grown up, my wanderlust has grown, too. I love to pick up and visit new places near and far, traveling with friends and meeting new ones along the way.

Travel is always an experience in itself. It can be frustrating. It can be exhausting. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. And that’s exhilarating, to learn how to find your way back on track, and to experience something you didn’t even know was out there on the way.

Spending a rainy day in  London 's  Borough Market .

Spending a rainy day in London's Borough Market.

Decked out in white for Chicago's 2014  Diner en Blanc  in  Lincoln Park .

Decked out in white for Chicago's 2014 Diner en Blanc in Lincoln Park.

Getting our bearings in the impressive  Grote Markt ,  Brussels . 

Getting our bearings in the impressive Grote Markt, Brussels

On Thirty Somewhere, I want to take you along on my own adventures – sharing with you the best places, the best experiences, and my best suggestions, all to help you seek out your own adventures that are just as meaningful and memorable. I hope you’ll follow along!

Getting some decorating tips at the  Biltmore  in  Asheville, NC .

Getting some decorating tips at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC.