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Two New England towns are among America's 'most romantic'

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 11, 2014 10:24 AM

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In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Travel and Leisure has calculated America's most romantic towns, and two New England spots made the top 10.

The list was decided upon a number of factors, including brunch spots, farmer's markets, wine scenes, picnic-friendly parks, and gay friendliness. Burlington, Vt. came in at No. 6, while Portsmouth, N.H. was No. 9.

Here's what the publication had to say about each:

Burlington - Rudyard Kipling supposedly once said that Lake Champlain -- the centerpiece of America's best college town -- was the sweetest place in the world to watch a sunset. Readers, meanwhile, loved Burlington for other romantically oriented times of day, such as cocktail hour (it ranked in the top 10 for cool bars), brunch, and the all-important dessert. One sip of Lake Champlain Chocolates' decadent hot cocoas is all it takes to see why the town also scored highly for caf←s and ranks among the top 10 for winter wonderland holiday-season visits.


Portsmouth - Even if winters get chilly here, readers didn't care, giving it high marks for snuggle-ready weather. A great indoor date spot: The Music Hall, a refurbished 1878 theater that presents classic movies and live, unplugged music. Good wine was a major indicator of romance in the readers' survey, but this historic waterfront town woos lovers who love craft beer. The town was once the biggest beer producer in America and is now home to charming breweries such as Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose.

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