20 Romantic Getaways in New England — Best New England Weekend Getaways

Few places in America exude such year-round romantic charm quite like New England. Picture this: Blankets of powdery snow and cozy fireplaces in the winter, a kaleidoscope of foliage in the fall, pristine beaches and fresh seafood in the summer, pastel-hued blooms in the spring. There is something in the region for everyone, and, particularly for anyone living on the East Coast, proximity is a big draw. Add to the mix a collection of classic and charming Instagram-worthy hotels, inns, and resorts, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a romantic getaway.

Want to stay in a former Vanderbilt mansion? Check into the Vanderbilt in Newport. Care for nothing but a week full of fabulous couple’s massages? Head to the Mayflower Inn & Spa in rural Connecticut. Looking for a slice of Italy in the Berkshires? Put the Wheatleigh on your list. Absolutely love the beach? Take your pick of beautiful properties on Nantucket, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or the coast of Rhode Island. Or prefer hundreds of acres of rolling hills and woods instead? Vermont and Connecticut are flush with stunning hotels on sprawling grounds.

Whatever your mood and whatever the occasion, whether it’s an anniversary, a birthday, a holiday, or just because, here are 20 idyllic destinations for that couple’s trip to take at any time of year (because romance need not be reserved just for Valentine’s Day).

*As always, bear in mind Covid-19 travel restrictions and safety concerns.

Life House, Nantucket


Last summer, this gem of a boutique hotel opened in the center of the quintessential coastal town. Built in the former digs of the Century House, Nantucket’s oldest continually operating inn, the new Life House, Nantucket has all that old world charm, but with upgraded amenities (think Le Labo bath products, rain showers, and Marshall speakers in the rooms). After an afternoon spent strolling around the town’s cobblestone streets, settle into a nook in the garden for afternoon tea.

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Winvian Farms, Connecticut


Set on 113 acres of land in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, Winvian Farm has 18 individually designed luxury cottages—take your pick of unique accommodations like a tree house, a rustic cottage, a helicopter room, or a forest-inspired suite. The Relais & Châteaux resort’s own organic gardens supply the imaginative farm-to-table dining options at the restaurant, while the 5,000-square-foot spa is a haven for relaxation.

The Vanderbilt, Rhode Island


This historic property in Newport, now part of the Auberge Resorts portfolio, was originally built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, meaning you can claim bragging rights for staying in an actual Vanderbilt mansion. Live as they once did and book a classic 1920s car from the hotel to drive to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Breakers, the majestic Gilded Age “summer cottage” built by Alfred’s father, Cornelius II—afterwards the hotel will prepare a romantic picnic. Prefer to stay on property and simply enjoy its views of Narragansett Bay? Opt for a cooking class, instead, or learn how to shuck oysters, then cozy up by the firepit in the garden for seaside s’mores.

White Barn Inn, Maine


The 27-room White Barn Inn, an Auberge Resort, in charming Kennebunkport (the Bush family compound is here) has luxury accommodations (stay in a standalone waterfront cottage for the ultimate in romance and privacy), a top-notch spa, and a AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star restaurant. Plus, there are tons of activities and experiences to fill out the itinerary, including dog sledding (through March), chocolate making, a cocktail class, and three-course lobster feasts (every Thursday through April).

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Twin Farms, Vermont


One of the most romantic and luxurious retreats in the world, Twin Farms is an all-inclusive Relais & Châteaux property set on 300 acres of bucolic woodlands in Barnard, Vermont. The 20 distinct accommodations all include a fireplace, toiletries blended specifically for the resort, and linens by Anichini and The Purists. Dining options are inspired by locally-grown, seasonal ingredients, with chef offerings changing daily. Wine lovers will particularly enjoy the property’s 15,000-bottle cellar, where you can also arrange an intimate dining experience. Only guests over the age of 16 are allowed at the resort, which will no doubt add to the romantic vibes.

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Rhode Island


This elegant 20-room hotel housed in a former Gilded Age mansion on the famed Cliff Walk in Newport exudes romance. Each room is decorated with a different historical time period in mind—think Louis XVI, Georgian, Colonial, and, for Bridgerton fans, Regency. Cara, the Chanler’s elegant restaurant, offers a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes delicacies like Wagyu beef, uni risotto, and white truffles.

Wheatleigh, Massachusetts


Old world charm meets modern luxury at the Wheatleigh in Lenox. The mansion, which dates back to 1893, was designed to look like a 16th-century Florentine palazzo, with surrounding landscaping created by Frederick Law Olmsted, the legend behind Central Park. The hotel today consists of 19 suites and guest rooms on 22 acres of gorgeous land in the Berkshires, along with exceptional amenities, spectacular food and wine, and top-notch service.

Ocean House, Rhode Island


The iconic five-star resort in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is the ultimate romantic getaway. Located on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic, the Relais & Châteaux property has 49 guest rooms and 18 suites along with multiple dining options and a 3,000 square-foot Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, where you can take wine and cooking classes. Take your pick of the countless spa treatments available at the award-winning OH! Spa to turn your stay into a rejuvenating luxury retreat and enjoy the hotel’s robust itinerary of activities, from movie screenings and art tours to yoga and jazz brunches.

Chatham Bars Inn, Massachusetts


The romance of Cape Cod is at its finest at the historic Chatham Bars Inn. An island mainstay since 1914, the resort now has 217 rooms and lots of recreation, including tennis, golf, and sailing. There are four restaurants on the property, all of which excel at quintessential seaside fare—fresh fish, produce from the hotel’s own farm, and local draft beers, all enjoyed with panoramic ocean views.

Mayflower Inn & Spa, Connecticut


This idyllic retreat is set on 58 acres of gardens and woodlands in Washington, Connecticut. The charming accommodations, outfitted with luxurious amenities like Frette linens, and the spa, recently taken over by The WELL, make for a relaxing getaway. The dining room serves farm-fresh New England-inspired modern American cuisine and the hotel’s countless activities will help rekindle the romance (think pottery-making, showshoeing, Tarot Card readings, and cocktails by the bonfire).

Blantyre, Massachusetts


A former 1902 country manor situated half way between New York and Boston, Blantyre is an exceptional escape set on 110 acres of lush Berkshires landscape. The Relais & Châteaux has 22 spacious guest rooms and one villa, along with luxury amenities, renowned cuisine, and a remarkable wine cellar. The resort also collaborated with Dom Pérignon to create the Champagne Salon. From romantic sleigh rides in the winter to tennis and golf nearby in the warmer months, the activities are plentiful.

The Wauwinet, Nantucket


Look no further than Nantucket’s most iconic hotel (and the island’s only Relais & Châteaux property) for some quality couple’s time. The Wauwinet’s 32 rooms, plus four standalone cottages, are each outfitted with luxe Pratesi linens, plush robes, and fresh wildflowers. As for the activities, consider a champagne picnic and scenic bike ride, or head out on the water for a Barton & Gray Hinckley Cruise.

The Charlotte Inn, Massachusetts


Tucked away on a quiet street in Edgartown, the stately mansion-lined village on Martha’s Vineyard, the Charlotte Inn exudes old world charm. The Relais & Châteaux property is especially known for the exceptional fine dining at the Terrace, where the focus is on French cuisine (expect classics like foie gras, escargots, and red wine-braised short ribs on the menu). Rooms and suites are decorated with lush period furnishings, such as handmade silk drapes, oil paintings of English country scenes, crystal lamps, and Edwardian-style wallpaper. The main rooms of the hotel have also been meticulously designed and furnished (antique mahogany-paneled walls, fireplaces, chintz armchairs, a library filled with leather-bound books), meaning you’ll have no problem finding a quiet, charming nook for a romantic date night.

The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant, Vermont


A small luxury hotel situated in Vermont’s Manchester Village, the Reluctant Panther has just 20 rooms, all equipped with a cozy fireplace, Frette bathrobes, and Malin + Goetz products. Plan a romantic date night at the inn’s restaurant, which features award-winning cuisine and a wine list what will please even the most discerning of oenophiles. Winter visitors can take advantage of the inn’s close proximity to the Stratton and Bromley Mountain ski areas.

Weekapaug Inn, Rhode Island


This historic inn in Westerly, Rhode Island, first founded in 1899, is the epitome of a New England luxury escape. Located on the edge of Quonochontaug Pond, the intimate hotel has 27 guest rooms and four two-bedroom suites, along with a restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine. Guests at the Relais & Châteaux property can participate in a range of activities, from boating and birding, to simply enjoying the romantic sunset over the pond.

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont


Experience New England luxury at its finest at the Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester. Between the well-appointed guest rooms and suites and the host of five-star amenities, including the spa, a year-round indoor pool, a tennis club, a golf course, and five incredible dining venues, the resort is a perfect destination for a high-end romantic getaway. It also has a number of historic sister inns and homes for rental scattered around the expansive property. The most notable is 1811 House—now a 13-room country inn filled with fireplaces, antique furnishings, private porches and canopied beds—that was once the summer home of Abraham Lincoln’s granddaughter, Mary Todd Lincoln.

Delamar Southport, Connecticut


Turn your romantic trip into a luxurious spa getaway at this intimate boutique hotel in Southport. The Spa Suite is equipped with a couples treatment room, a living room with a fireplace, and a steam shower. A luxe menu of treatments uses Biologique Recherche and Valmont products, making it all the more enticing. After a day of pampering, enjoy a date night at Artisan restaurant, which features a farm-to-table menu of New England-inspired fare, like seafood cioppino, squid ink tagliatelle, sea scallops, and oysters.

Castle Hill Inn, Rhode Island


One of the most romantic spots in Newport, the grand Castle Hill Inn is situated on 40 acres overlooking Narragansett Bay, with panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean. The Relais & Châteaux property has 33 rooms, each equipped with luxurious bathrobes and local herbal bath products. The highly-acclaimed Dining Room is a renowned culinary experience, with traditional New England dishes and an extensive wine list with over 800 selections. Book the hotel’s “Retreat to Romance” package, which includes a bottle of Rosé Champagne, fresh flowers, and chocolate dipped strawberries upon arrival, plus a three-course dinner at the restaurant.

The Pitcher Inn, Vermont


This Relais & Châteaux inn located in Vermont’s Green Mountains is cozy and charming, with most rooms (there are only 11 keys) featuring wood-burning fireplaces and each with its own eclectic, distinctive, Vermont chic decor. As befits the Relais & Châteaux seal, the food is delicious. Plus, its proximity to Sugarbush ski and golf resort makes it a great home base for any season.

Camden Harbour Inn, Maine


Perched on a hilltop overlooking Penobscot Bay, Camden Harbour Inn has 20 uniquely designed rooms, something to do for all seasons (skiing in the winter, foliage hikes in the fall, sailing in the summer), and an award-winning restaurant, Natalie’s, that is considered one of the best in the entire state. As for couple’s activities, partake in one of the hotel’s many cooking classes, or go on a lobster cruise—and then learn to make lobster rolls with your catch.

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