Portland, Maine Leave Boston and its beans behind for a succulent lobster dinner and a pint of a local microbrew beer in Portland's charming Old Port. The meticulously restored nineteenth century village with cobblestone streets has beautiful views of Casco Bay. Culturelovers will relish the city's first-rate symphony, an opera company, a ballet troupe, and several museums, while beachcombers can bundle up for breathtaking cliff-side walks. Take the chill off in the hot tub at the romantic Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, a former armory in the heart of the Old Port. (Direct flights from New York City, Washington, D.C., and Detroit run about two hours. For more information, go to usa.visitmaine.com.)
1. The Scent: Vanilla
It's long been believed that vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac: as early as the 1700s, physicians recommended it to male patients to ensure potency. And the guys at AskMen.com say the sweet, welcoming odor has a euphoric effect that sets the sensual mood.
The Perfume: Shalimar By Guerlain
This powdery vanilla scent is sexy and all woman, not candy-sweet. Inspired by the love of an Indian Emperor for his wife (for whom the Taj Mahal was built), this delicious fragrance starts fresh and light, with lemon and bergamot, and reveals itself to be sensual and soft, with base notes of vanilla and incense.