We asked our Homepolish designers to choose spaces stylish enough to bringing a date—and maybe or marry one. Here are the places they’re making eyes at.
Maybe this isn’t shocking, but designers tend to hang out in well-designed spaces. They gravitate towards visually stunning and easy-on-the-eyes spots when it’s time to unwind. And so it’s only natural that when it’s time to impress a date (or make a lifetime commitment), they find a good looking place to do it. From oceanside-wedding destinations to under-the-radar restaurants where you and your partner can bond over Bordeaux, here’s where our designers feel the vibes.
Oceanbleu, Westhampton, NY
I may be a bit biased since it’s where I’ll be getting married this June (OK, definitely a lot biased), but Oceanbleu is essentially a blank canvas with sweeping views of the ocean and the prettiest little boardwalk that seemingly leads to the end of the world. Whether you’re a bride with a nautical aesthetic or looking to create a romantic, boho-styled affair (like myself), this wedding venue is a picturesque place to celebrate love.
Little Prince; photo courtesy of the Little Prince
Little Prince, SoHo, NYC
From the outside in, dining at Little Prince in Soho looks and feels like a storybook setting. The interior is both charming and romantic and the garden exterior is gorgeous during all seasons. This is where I’ll be spending my Valentine’s Day dinner!
Casa, Greenwich Village, NYC
It’s hard to top Casa’s delicious traditional Brazilian dishes, but my favorite part of eating here is the endearing and unassuming ambiance. Dimly lit and minimally decorated in mostly white, each table is set with the sweetest doily placemats and votive candles—perfect for date-night.
Sparrows Lodge; photo courtesy of the Sparrows Lodge
Sparrows Lodge, Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs is known as a bit of a party destination, but it also can’t be beat when it comes to relaxation. Sparrows Lodge actually doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 21 and focuses on peace and quiet for guests. So if you need a break from the little ones (or don’t care to hang with other people’s kids at the pool) but also want to avoid the hard-partying crowd found at many of the hotels nearby, this little oasis is the perfect spot. The beautiful rustic design of the hotel doesn’t hurt either.
Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy
Nestled deep in the Tuscan countryside on 4,500 acres in the Val D’Orcia lies Castiglion del Bosco—the most perfect five-star Italian resort with stunning, plush interiors designed by Chiara Ferragamo and interior designer Teresa Bürgisser Sancristoforo. Owned by Chiara’s husband, Massimo Ferragamo, and operated by Rosewood Hotels, “CDB,” (as it’s known to regulars), is one of the most romantic spots on Earth. From the La Praire spa to the on-site cooking classes given in the organic garden to wine tastings at the on site Brunello vineyard (complete with Tuscan picnic), you truly feel like you’re living la dolce vita. I went here on my honeymoon with my husband, and everything from the service to the gorgeously appointed rooms had us swooning upon arrival.
The Rose Bar; photo courtesy of The Rose Bar
The Rose Bar, Gramercy Park Hotel, NYC
My first date with my husband was at The Rose Bar, and, clearly, it worked out well. Dimly lit with roaring fireplaces and stunning modern art, The Rose Bar is a classic downtown staple. Not to mention their cocktails and bar menu are quite impressive. Check out the sliders and chicken fingers: I can personally attest they make any first date infinitely better.
Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, RI
Standing proudly along the row of mansions dotting Bellevue Avenue, the historic Rosecliff Mansion takes your breath away. (I might be biased, I was married here.) Designed and built by famed American architect Stanford White in 1899, the estate was commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899 and was modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. Now it serves as an otherworldly trip back to a golden era, complete with jaw-dropping views of the ocean. Whether you’re taking a tour of the mansions over a long weekend in Newport or looking for a seaside wedding venue, Rosecliff truly is a special monument not to be missed. If you can’t make it in person, the original Great Gatsby movie starring Robert Redford was filmed here! (Editor’s Note: You can see stunning shots from Ariel’s wedding on Over the Moon).
Perch; photo courtesy of Perch
Perch, Downtown Los Angeles
This restaurant is romantic, even if you don’t want it to be. It’s on the rooftop of a well-situated building in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, so the view of twinkling skyscraper lights act as substitutes for the lack of stars (thanks, smog). There’s always a live band, a breeze, and, of course, some wine.
Wolfdown, Silver Lake Heights, LA
This works as a daytime spot, but the best time to visit is at night so you can sit outside on their patio under the twinkly lights. The food is delicious and the restaurant is on the second floor, so it feels like you’re eating on a beautiful tree-house deck.