In her book, "How to Write Romances," Phyllis Taylor Pianka encourages writers to use "exotic locations" to further the romantic element in their books. By exotic, she means "a bigger-than-life setting such as a castle on the Rhine, or any place that has a touch of the extraordinary."
So, following her professional advice, I set my newly-finished, romantic suspense novel in Craigdarroch Castle on beautiful Vancouver Island. It's where my husband and I went for our nineth wedding anniversary, and I thought it was "romantic."
However, while castles, to me, epitomize "romance," I believe there are many exotically romantic places writers can use as settings. For instance, my next novel will take my protagonist to a secluded estate in the Austrian Alps, but some of my favorite, romantic, LDS novels take place right here in Utah.
What places do you consider romantic? Please leave your answers as a comment. We ALL want to know!