The charms of historic New England make the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend getaway. Just in time for the most romantic month of the year, seek out comfort and luxury await at inns along the coast, going out of their way to surprise and delight their guests. Whether you want to spend $175 or $600, let warm fireplaces and soothing bottles of wine cure your winter blues at these five cozy retreats.
1. White Barn Inn: Kennebunkport, Maine
A boutique inn that takes a cue from New England’s charming hamlet of Kennebunkport, the White Barn Inn is comprised of roomy guest rooms, suites, and waterfront cottages. Couples seek out the Inn for its romantic setting, which is especially perfect for foodie pairs who find the fine dining as appealing as the fireplaces and jacuzzis. The executive chef at one of the onsite restaurants (aptly called White Barn Inn Restaurant) serves exquisite contemporary American cuisine in an intimate space set in two 1820 barns restored with floor-to-ceiling windows. Rates from $562 per night.
2. The Inn at Round Barn Farm: Waitsfield, Vermont
The 12 suites of The Inn at Round Barn Farm all offer their own distinct charm, and each glows with a welcoming warmth to combat the cold. Located in the countryside and spanning 245 acres -- and a marked trail system on property -- The Inn offers the chance for couples to escape to quiet and relaxation, with whirlpools, king canopy beds, and sometimes even fireplaces in its well-appointed suites. Take a stroll along the property's five ponds, lush gardens, fields, meadows, and woods. The property also offers an array of seasonal packages and specials for couples. Rates from $179 per night.
The Nantucket Hotel & Resort dates all the way back to 1891, and is the destination's only all-season luxury resort. With a host of activities under one roof, you’ll never have to leave the warm confines of the resort to experience a revitalizing weekend away. On-site, you'll find a fitness center and spa, along with an all-day restaurant. This autumn, Nantucket Island offers an array of festivals and events, including Slip 14 Bluefin Blast Fishing Tournament, the 16th Annual Nantucket Slam, Nantucket Arts Festival, Nantucket Conservation Foundation Cranberry Festival, and more. Rates from $225 per night.
4. The Manor on Golden Pond: Holderness, New Hampshire
Delight in the pleasantries of an old English country mansion at The Manor on Golden Pond in New Hampshire. A weekend here provides the perfect amount of time to ease into a state of utter bliss -- with the help of luxe suites, all named for English towns, that feature whirlpools and fireplaces. The property offers an array of getaway and spa packages, depending on your interests. Rates from $188 per night.
5. The Vanderbilt: Newport, Rhode Island
In the heart of swanky Newport, The Vanderbilt is a stately landmark that was once home to Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (yes, a descendant of those Vanderbilts). Built in 1909, the mansion has been retrofitted to a luxury hotel with 33 rooms and suites. There are plenty of opportunities for romance as the chilly weather keeps guests inside, from the pristine spa to the indoor pool, to even mixology, wine, cooking, and glass blowing classes. Rates from $182 per night.