New England's Most Intimate Vacation Spots

New England's Most Intimate Vacation Spots
White Mountains, New Hampshire. Courtesy of World Atlas 

Feel the love at these romantic New England destinations.

You and your sweetheart should plan a romantic getaway to celebrate your love in New England. Whether you are taking your first trip together as a couple or your hundredth escape as a married couple, Rich Report says taking a vacation is the perfect way to show your affection for one another. 

Here are seven of the best romantic getaways in New England, spread across its six states and filled with charming towns, stunning views, and, of course, many romantic hotels.

Lenox, Massachusetts

The Seven Hills Inn in Lenox. Courtesy of

Visit Lenox in Berkshire County, a small enclave in western Massachusetts with just about 5,000 residents. There are endless views of wide-open green spaces surrounding the park, which replace the tourist crowds with peace and quiet. 

Among Lenox's small towns are the Norman Rockwell Museum, which celebrates the life of one of the country's greatest painters, and the Berkshire Botanical Garden, which dates back to the 17th century. Tanglewood features both world-renowned musicians and local musicians, so if you time your trip just right, you'll get to see a show. 

Stay at Seven Hills, a historic boutique hotel with 27 acres of land to explore after a day of exploring. In addition to chic, minimalist decor and plush beds, several of the hotel's 57 rooms have working fireplaces. The Cornell Inn was built 150 years ago, so you might want to book a room there. Each room has its own unique style, so guests can select one that matches their personality. In addition to its 15 rooms, Brook Farm Inn offers an even more intimate stay.

Newport, Rhode Island

The Newport institution Castle Hill Inn. Courtesy of New England Inns and Resorts 

There is never a dull moment in Newport. There are beautiful ocean views, gilded mansions, and walkable streets to enjoy hand-in-hand strolls in this island paradise. Walk the Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile path with the ocean on one side and several Newport Mansions on the other, for the ultimate romantic activity. You can't go wrong with The Breakers if you want to see an opulent home. Taste the local varietals at Newport Vineyards in the afternoon. 

Another historic institution in the neighborhood is The White Horse Tavern, where you can enjoy a few Newport-centric meals. With a history dating back to 1673, it is one of the world's oldest bars. If you prefer more local flavor, head to The Lobster Bar, a casual spot that serves delicious lobster (and offers stunning views of the sunset). 

The Chanler, a renovated 19th-century mansion that sits directly on the Cliff Walk, is an inviting place to stay. The Newport institution Castle Hill Inn, with direct beach access, was founded in 1875. Live like American royalty for a few days at The Vanderbilt, an Auberge Resorts Collection property that was once Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt's downtown mansion.

Stowe, Vermont

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You can enjoy some serene mountain scenery with your honey in Stowe, Vermont, one of New England's prettiest towns. This all-season town may be known for its ski resort, but its hiking, mountain biking, and fall foliage scene make it a true all-season destination. 

During the summer and fall, you can hike or mountain bike at the resort, explore a little mountain history at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, or cast your line with a local fly fishing outfitter. For a smooth ride down Toll Road or the Front Four, make sure you make your way to the mountain in the winter. 

If you're looking for an enjoyable date night, try Harrison's, a cute spot in the middle of Main Street, or Whip Bar & Grill, which also serves signature drinks.

Enjoy a couples massage at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa to round out your romantic getaway.

Washington, Connecticut

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Washington, Connecticut, is a rustic and charming community where you can share a slow lane together. Visit the Hollister House Garden, the Hopkins Vineyard, and the Hollister House Garden to admire pastoral landscapes. Couples looking to unwind and get away from the stress of home will enjoy this quiet spot.

You can grab a bite at G.W. Tavern, which serves classics such as Cobb salad and chicken wings, or at the Community Table, which serves local fare.

Enjoy one last sense of renewal at the Mayflower Inn & Spa, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection. Featuring plush bedding and New England country decor, the hotel is as cozy as they come. In addition to traditional treatments, there is also a comprehensive wellness program that includes health coaching so you can leave feeling better than when you arrived. 

Kennebunkport, Maine

Gooch's Beach. Courtesy of Expedia 

Experience the seaside charm of Kennebunkport, a quaint beach town in southern Maine. This small town is known for its stunning beaches, historic buildings, and slow pace. Visit Gooch's Beach for a refreshing dip in the (cold) ocean and stroll along the wide sands. A whale-watching adventure can also be enjoyed by visitors if the season is right. Visit St. Ann's Episcopal Church, a stone chapel that has been operating since 1892. 

Nunan's Lobster Hut serves seafood in all its forms at a tiny outpost by the sea. Make a reservation at Earth at Hidden Pond, a super-romantic spot serving local produce and, of course, lobster, for a candlelit dinner for two.

Take two of Hidden Pond's beach cruisers for a sunset ride around town after your meal. Consider renting a private cottage at The Cottages at Cabot Cove for a more private getaway.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Sankaty Head Lighthouse. Courtesy of Outdoor Project

For a romantic getaway, Nantucket is well worth the effort. If the weather permits, you can either take the ferry or a short plane to get there. There are many sandy stretches on the island that will delight you - just be aware that the currents can be strong. Visit the Sankaty Head Lighthouse, the Whaling Museum, and the Old Mill while you're there. 

The Beet serves warm grain bowls, massive salads, fish and meat dishes alongside its globally inspired menu. Summer is a great time to visit Galley Beach, where mussels are not to be missed. 

In spite of its small size, Nantucket offers a variety of excellent hotels, including The Wauwinet, a modern coastal retreat with panoramic ocean views from its sprawling lawn, and Jared Coffin House, a landmark historic hotel brimming with antiques.

White Mountains, New Hampshire 

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In the White Mountains region, you can choose your own adventure. This is due to the fact that the mountains cover over a quarter of New Hampshire's land area. No matter what season you visit, this destination will delight you with its verdant landscapes in the spring and summer, breathtaking foliage in the fall, and soft, powdery snow in the winter. 

Hike or bike through Flume Gorge and Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves with your partner for a thrill in the warmer months. Take a ride on the antique Mount Washington Cog Railway to explore the region. In the fall, there's one thing you must do: Drive the Kancamagus Highway, which feels like you're passing through a kaleidoscope of colors. Visit Attitash and Loon Mountain in the winter for skiing. 

Try Camp in Meredith, an Adirondack-style restaurant serving local comfort foods, or try the Café Lafayette Dinner Train for more experiential meals.

Enjoy a variety of on-site activities at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, from golf to spa to ski adventures. You can also stay at The Inn at Thorn Hill, which provides cottage accommodations so you can feel right at home. 

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