Where to book a romantic winter getaway in New England

Sleigh rides and breakfasts in bed await.

The 192-year-old Middlebury Inn in Vermont.
The 192-year-old Middlebury Inn in Vermont. –Middlebury Inn

If you’re looking to book a romantic weekend away this winter, plenty of hotels across the region are eager to help. Private candlelit dinners? Horse-drawn carriage rides? Outdoor hot tubs? Check, check, and check.

Enjoy a couples massage and water views in Newport, R.I.

You can linger over a gourmet breakfast while gazing at Narragansett Bay when you book the Retreat to Romance package at Newport’s historic Castle Hill Inn. Your two-night stay at this hotel, established in 1875, will include gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea each day, a couples’ massage, a three-course dinner for two, and a bottle of champagne, fresh flowers, and chocolate-dipped strawberries when you arrive. The package starts at $775 per night, which includes the room rental.

Pretend you’re in a painting at a famous hotel in Stockbridge


When you stay at the 246-year-old Red Lion Inn in the picturesque Berkshires town of Stockbridge, you can fancy yourself inside a Norman Rockwell. The Red Lion Inn sits on the Main Street made famous by Rockwell’s “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas (Home for Christmas)” (1967). The hotel’s “Date Night” package includes an overnight stay, a $50 dining credit at the hotel, and a bottle of wine. Don’t forget to take a dip in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub or heated pool. Rates begin at $190 per night.

Ride in a horse-drawn carriage in Niantic, Conn.

Picture yourself snuggling with your sweetheart during a cozy horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride through Niantic, Conn. It’s part of the Valentine’s Day Getaway package at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. Book the trip for anytime during the month of February for a package that also includes a two-night stay, a $75 gift certificate to eat at one of several local restaurants, a bottle of chilled Prosecco, and a box of specially selected chocolates from the local Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe. Oh, and two long-stemmed roses. The package costs $390, plus the price of your room.

Skiers at the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, Maine. —Camden Snow Bowl

Ski near the ocean in Camden, Maine

When you book the Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaway package at Camden Harbour Inn overlooking Camden’s scenic harbor, you’ll receive lift tickets to Camden Snow Bowl, billed as the only ski area on the East Coast with an ocean view. You’ll also get a two-night stay (you can choose between the weekends of Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16), a gourmet breakfast for two each morning, champagne and chocolates and cocktails, and a seven-course dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant. Fans of tobogganing should note: The U.S. National Toboggan Championships will take place Feb. 8-10 at Camden Snow Bowl. The package starts at $379 per person, based on double occupancy.

Dine by candlelight at a 192-year-old inn in Middlebury, Vt.


Book the Romance in New England package at the historic Middlebury Inn, which has been welcoming guests since 1827, for a three-course, candlelit dinner for two. The inn, located in the heart of Vermont’s Champlain Valley, is walking distance from downtown Middlebury’s quaint shops. The package also includes two nights in a deluxe or luxury room, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries when you get there, and breakfast for two each morning. The package begins at $488 and includes the two-night room rental.

Eat breakfast in bed in West Chesterfield, N.H.

A New Hampshire bed and breakfast hopes you’ll rekindle those new romance feelings when you book its Date Your Mate package. The Chesterfield Inn, which sits on 10 acres of land two miles from the Connecticut River and Vermont border, has oversized windows to bring guests closer to nature with views of the Connecticut River Valley. The package, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, a three-course dinner for two, and daily breakfast in bed, costs $145 plus the cost of your room.