Whether you’re seeking a quiet weekend at a quaint inn or you want to stay near a thriving city, there are endless options in New England. Visitors enjoy vacations along the coastline during the summer or they can escape to a winter hideaway among snowy mountains and valleys. Since each state and region in New England is remarkably unique, you can truly have different experiences based upon region.
For those who love the outdoors, New Hampshire is home to the highest peak in the Northeast – Mount Washington -- in the dramatic White Mountains. Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, NH, is one of the most popular romantic getaways in the mountains, with is classic profile of the 19th-century grand hotel and luxury amenities. Couples can hike the nearby mountain, ski or snowboard, or enjoy an old-fashioned, rolling dinner aboard the Café LaFayette Dinner Train out of North Woodstock. The Inn at Ellis River is in the town of Jackson, famous for its beautiful covered bridge and many seasonal celebrations. During summer, the Lakes region offers cottages nestled along the beaches. Or take a tour of the romantic Castle in the Clouds, a mountaintop mansion in Moultonborough.
Couples seeking a quintessential New England outing often choose to spend time in Vermont. From cozy bed-and-breakfasts to luxury hotels, Vermont is sure to provide couples with a country setting where they can rejuvenate. From farm-fresh cuisine to romantic walks along in the mountains or along Lake Champlain, Vermont provides a soothing atmosphere that brings couples together. In Northern Vermont visitors can stay at Rabbit Hill Inn in Waterford, where there are double spa tubs, canopy beds and a fireplace. The famous ski town of Stowe (also rich with hiking and other outdoor mountain sports in the warm seasons) welcomes romantic couples to several deluxe lodgings, like Green Mountain Inn, Hobble Inn, Stone Hill Inn, and Stoweflake Mountain Resort. Burlington, aside Lake Champlain, offers lakeside fun, lots of bicycling, good food and music.
In New England, Maine covers a lot of territory. Couples can opt for a wilderness trip in the lakes and mountains or a rest at a coastal resort. Couples can take a long, scenic drive through the countryside or stay at a fireside hotel. The glorious Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor provides stunning views, drives, walks, and lighthouses that visitors recall as their most memorable outdoor experience of a lifetime. A luxurious accommodation in Bar Harbor is the West Street Hotel. Conversely, the national park welcomes outdoors people for camping. The Midcoast beckons couples to sweet towns like Boothbay Harbor and Camden, while L.L. Bean in Freeport provides round-the-clock shopping for fine-quality clothing and outdoor gear. Beaches, especially in the South Coast region, are renowned for their beauty and special offerings, like year-round festivals and fireworks. Portland is a fun city, every bit as culturally rich and groovy as its namesake on the Left Coast. Our favorite lodgings include the Portland Harbor Hotel, The Inn at Diamond Cove, and the Danforth Inn. Everywhere in Maine, don’t miss a chance to eat a lobster and to visit a lighthouse!
Situated in the heart of New England, Massachusetts is perfect for residents who want a quick weekend trip (even though a week or two in this state of many destination is far better). The capital city of Boston is a small, easily walkable city with plenty of romance. Romantic hotels range from old and grand, like The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel to intimate bed-and-breakfasts tucked away in cobblestoned neighborhoods. Among the many wonderful are the Museum of Fine Arts, the Mary Baker Eddy Library and the USS Constitution Museum (part of the Freedom Trail).
Cape Cod is legendary for its oceanside and bayside beaches and the ever-interesting Cape Cod National Seashore, where you can stroll the beaches, climb historic lighthouses, swim in kettle ponds and walk or bike the many excellent bike trails. In the lovely town of Sandwich, relax or enjoy a massage at the Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa. A nice mix of luxury and golf are yours at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Chatham. Surfside Hotel & Suites in remote Provincetown embrace you in casual surroundings at the water’s edge – perfect for summer. The Berkshires in western Massachusetts are the lifetime favorite romantic getaway for many couples because of the region’s adorable B&Bs, mountain ranges and hiking trails. Find rest and luxury at Ponds at Fox Hollow in Lenox or the Deerfield Inn in Deerfield. Stroll the romantic rooms and gardens of mansion The Mount, Naumkeag and Chesterwood.
New England’s southernmost states – an easy weekend drive from New York City – are Connecticut and Rhode Island, both with distinctive charms and loyal admirers. In Connecticut, there are romantic lighthouses along the shoreline and Mystic is home to several romantic restaurants and inns including the Inn at Mystic, The Whaler’s Inn and Steamboat Inn. The Connecticut Wine Trail is a consortium of vineyards and wineries that offer hospitality, tours, tastings, celebrations, and entertainment all year long. Couples can sip on wine, join a pairing tasting, hear some live jazz, and relax in a beautiful, rustic setting. And don’t forget the razzle-dazzle of the mammoth casinos – Foxwoods in Mashantucket and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. If you like to gamble, have at it, but know, also, that plenty of people also visit for national-caliber live shows, great dining, shopping, and indoor strolling in colder months.
Rhode Island offers several resorts that overlook the water and tours of mansions of the Gilded Age like Rough Point, Marble House, and The Breakers, and The Elms in Newport, RI. In Providence, waterfront restaurants offer creative, nouvelle cuisine and ethic foods, along with many choices of wines – possibly an offshoot of the state’s deep Italian culture. In South County areas like Watch Hill and Westerly and Misquamicut, couples lock hands as they walk along the miles of sandy beaches. Little seafood shacks scattered throughout South County serve the best lobster and clam dishes you will find anywhere – many are BYOB.