April 15, 2012
With its rolling hills studded with castles, who wouldn't feel romantic in England's Cotswolds and Shakespeare Country, especially spring through fall, when gardens are blooming and historic properties welcome guests? Sit with your beloved on the bench in the gardens overlooking Anne Hathaway's Cottage and read a sonnet. William Shakespeare was only 18 when he married Anne, then 26 and living in the thatched-roof farmhouse a mile from Stratford. Or you could take your love on a stroll through the pleasure garden of Kenilworth Castle. Robert Dudley, favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, created the garden to romance the queen, whom he'd been courting for 17 years. Let's hope you'll have better luck.