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.
White Barn Inn (Kennebunkport, ME)
A boutique inn that takes a cue from New England’s charming hamlet of Kennebunkport, the White Barn Inn is a 26-room complex of suites and waterfront cottages. Couples seek out the Inn for its romantic setting. It’s especially perfect for foodie pairs, who find the fine dining as appealing as the fireplaces and jacuzzis. The executive chef at the onsite AAA Five-Diamond restaurant, Jonathan Cartwright, serves a delicious four-course meal of contemporary American cuisine in a cozy space set in two 1820 barns restored with floor-to-ceiling windows. From $295, not including dining.
The Inn at Round Barn Farm (Waitsfield, VT)
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 of western Vermont, 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. Winter activities beyond the rooms include snowshoeing with the resident guide dog during the day and a special candlelit dinner — followed by a bonfire — during the evening. Perfect for a nighttime cuddle. $175-$330 per night.
The Nantucket Hotel & Resort (Nantucket, MA)
Nantucket Island’s only all-season luxury resort, The Nantucket Hotel & Resort is a newly renovated destination that harkens back to the shore life of 1891. 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. New this winter, The Art of Cabin Fever is a wellness package for two that focuses on joining the mind and body. Customize your package by choosing from couples massages, meditation classes, daily yoga, heated outdoor hot tub access, fondue, board games, and an appointment with a nutritionist. From $175.
The Manor on Golden Pond (Holderness, NH)
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, named for English towns, that feature whirlpools and fireplaces. We recommend the Manor Magic package created just for couples, which includes a two-night stay, full country breakfast, afternoon tea each day, and one candlelit dinner. From $205 per night.
Vanderbilt Grace (Newport, RI)
In the heart of ritzy Newport, the historic Vanderbilt Grace 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 guest rooms and suites. There are plenty of opportunities for romance as the winter chill keeps guests indoors, from the indoor pool and sauna to the select suites that come complete with fireplaces. To make it extra special, you can opt for the Valentine’s Day package, including a one-night stay, continental champagne breakfast, a make-your-own-box-of-chocolates class, as well as a four-course dinner at the hotel’s exclusive Muse by Jonathan Cartwright. The package runs $600 for two people; any additional nights are 15 percent off the daily rate.