Since summer is fast approaching and the southern states can get a little stifling with the heat and humidity, why not whisk your significant other away to New England to reignite the passion that connected you in the first place? We've rounded up five romantic bed and breakfasts where you can either explore the region or stay in your room. Either way, you will leave refreshed and ready for whatever life throws your way.
Union Street Inn is a luxurious boutique bed and breakfast housed in a 1770 whaling captain's home that has been meticulously restored and decorated setting the stage for the ultimate romantic getaway. Ideally located in the heart of Nantucket's historic village just off Main Street, the inn is just steps away from the harbor, shops, beaches and galleries. Each of Union Street Inn's 12 guest suites feature spa bathrooms with MALIN+GOETZ products and designer furniture and fabrics like Pierre Deux wallpaper and luxurious bedding with Frette linens and Matouk duvets that just might make you not want to leave your bed.
Upon awakening you will be served a made-to-order gourmet breakfast to enjoy either on the garden patio or brought to your room for a true breakfast in bed experience. The inn offers concierge services catered to your needs and interests where the staff will happily share their love and knowledge of the island with you making sure your stay is an authentic Nantucket insider's experience.
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If you live anywhere near New York City and are looking for a convenient romantic getaway Shelter Island House is the perfect weekend retreat. The property's roots date back to the 1800s, but the inn offers a clean, modern beach aesthetic that is cozy and inviting. Shelter Island House offers eight graciously sized rooms with spa bathrooms and garden views and local art adorning the walls in a soothing Zen-like color palette. If you feel like holing up for your getaway don't worry about how you are going to eat and drink--the inn has an outstanding on-premise bakery in addition to a restaurant and bar.
Relax on the deck with morning coffee or an evening cocktail, grab a snack from the bakery for a day at the beach, borrow bikes for a day of island exploring, and wrap the day up with a dip in the inn's inviting pool, a game of Pentaque, or dinner alfresco without ever having to leave the property. No matter what you choose to do (or not) you will be sure to come back refreshed and reconnected with your partner.
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Situated on 120 lush acres perched high on a hill, Crisanver House is the perfect home away from home if you are looking for a romantic destination where privacy rules. Originally built in 1806, the inn offers nine guest rooms in the main house and three cottage rooms all decorated in a country-chic aesthetic with oriental rugs, antiques, and original artwork. The beds offer goose-down duvets and pillows ensuring the perfect night's sleep, while organic locally made bath amenities and deep soaking tubs offer the perfect recipe for relaxing and indulging the senses.
Breakfast is served in the inn's light-filled conservatory every morning you where you can fill up on made-to-order dishes infused with seasonal and local ingredients (many grown on-site). If you don't want to head out for dinner, the inn also offers its guests on-site dining (by reservation) with a seasonal menu served by candlelight and an extensive list of specialty wines to compliment your meal. Bring your tennis rackets and swimsuits since the property has both amenities, while several excellent golf courses, hiking, dining, farms, antiquing can all be found within a short drive.
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Situated on 10 acres resting atop of a hill overlooking Vermont's Green Mountains and the Connecticut River Valley, the Chesterfield Inn provides guests stunning vistas in addition to privacy and serenity. This secluded inn offers guests three different buildings on site to choose from including The Main House, which is the original 1795 farmhouse with its attached sheds and barn, The Cottage, which offers two guest cottages, and the Johana Weatherbee Property, which has four suites and was named after one of the original owners of the property. All of the guest accommodations blend vintage details with modern design elements seamlessly.
Each morning guests can indulge in a delicious breakfast. The inn also has an on-site restaurant that serves dinner Monday-Saturday. Chef Bob Nabstedt's cuisine incorporates the freshest regional ingredients including seafood from Boston, herbs from the inn's garden, cheeses and produce from local farmers, and bread made fresh in the kitchen daily.
Tucked away in the woods along the tidal Kennebunk River, Bufflehead Cove offers guests a tranquil and romantic respite from the world, yet close to the picturesque downtown Kennebunkport, Maine. Situated on six acres, the inn provides guests plenty of privacy and the opportunity to enjoy the property's magical waterfront surroundings. This sophisticated and intimate inn offers six suites each with its own soothing design aesthetic balancing the vintage charm of this 1880s structure with modern comforts like plush linens, Turkish bath towels, and thoughtful touches like fresh cut flowers.
Every morning a gourmet breakfast is made with fresh local and seasonal ingredients served in the dining room (or outside if weather permits) while each afternoon guests will be offered a wine and cheese reception. Owned and operated by a family for thirty years who are native to the area, they know all of the secret places that you will want to explore during your stay like where to kayak for the perfect romantic picnic, where to see seals or bald eagles in the wild, or how to find your own private beach.
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