With its gorgeous, cozy autumns and its lush green summers, it’s no surprise that New England is a top destination for couples. (It also offers spectacular springs and wonderful winters!) The natural beauty and quaint history makes the region perfect for romantic getaways. Tucked up away in the far northeastern corner of the US, New England is also an ideally situated spot for residents of highly populated states (NY & NJ, for instance) to get away from it all. Every couple deserves a relaxing retreat in the mountains or by the seaside. If you’re out west, a romantic PNW getaway might be in order. But over here on the east coast, New England is where lovers vacation! Considering a trip to our tiny kingdom? From weekend getaways to longer trips, here are the best romantic getaways in New England.
Planning a Romantic New England Getaway:
Where Should You Go?
New England is a relatively small region, but each state is distinct in what it offers. Your idea of a romantic weekend might be a quiet inn with impressive ocean views. Other couples will prefer being snug in a rustic mountain cabin. First let’s decide on your destination:
Live free or die! New Hampshire’s motto speaks to its independent spirit, and if you’re after a taste of that freedom, NH might be the ideal getaway destination. The highest peak in the northeast is here, Mt. Washington, so those who love wilderness and hiking will feel right at home. Winter sports, plenty of lakes, and a range of small cities make NH a great place to visit.
Vermont is a strong contender for the most romantic destination in New England, as you can’t compete with its adorable villages and perfect autumn foliage. Couples looking for a quintessential New England trip will want to definitely consider Vermont.
Maine is a massive state (in New England terms) with plenty of diverse scenery, so you could choose a wilderness trip in the north or the classic coastal stay. Most people associate Maine with a rocky coast, lighthouses, moose sightings, and Stephen King. If that’s your expectation, you won’t be disappointed in the spectacular beauty of Maine (though you’ll have to rise early to spot a moose!). As for Stephen King, let us know if you find him!
Connecticut is a nice choice for those who want a quick escape from down south into New England. You don’t have to venture far to reach Connecticut. CT is another coastal spot with attractive destinations such as Mystic Seaport, and lots of lighthouses dotting the shore. With an extensive network of biking trails, CT is also a top spot for cyclists.
Rhode Island has much to offer. From fun in artsy Providence to exploring the regal mansions in Newport, Rhode Island packs a great deal into a teeny-tiny state. Coastal destinations like Block Island and Narragansett are great for beaches, sailing, and laid back relaxation.
Massachusetts is more than just Boston, though that demands a romantic New England getaway all its own. In Western Mass you’ll find the artistic and cultural hub of the Berkshires.
For theater, dance, and music amidst the rolling hills, this is the place to be. History abounds all over Boston, from enchanting Salem to iconic Plymouth. Don’t forget MA’s coastal getaway gems: Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Nantucket. These are well-known spots for memorable New England vacations.
Of course, every New England state will boast history, a rich food culture (plus lots of craft beer!), abundant nature, and that undeniable, quaint “New England-ness.” No destination will be wrong for your weekend getaway in New England.
Romantic Getaways in NH
The White Mountains
The most outdoorsy of romantic getaways in New Hampshire are likely to be found in the White Mountains. This stunning region is ideal for a mountain escape, with hiking, history, scenic drives, waterfalls, rafting, biking, kayaking, shopping, dining….the list goes on. Must see-spots in the White Mountains include the Franconia Notch State Park (walk through the fascinating Flume Gorge), the scenic Kancamangus Highway, quaint villages like Conway and Jackson, and the Mt. Washington auto road.
Where to stay in the White Mountains:
- You might choose the epic Mount Washington hotel as pictured above, or consider something more intimate such as Jackson’s RiverWood Inn. This sweet B&B has just 12 special rooms. Click here to check current prices & availability.
A coastal trip is one of the most essential New England getaways for couples. While Maine attracts many, and Boston’s North Shore boasts other great seaside towns, Portsmouth is New Hampshire’s coastal gem. Recently, Portsmouth has become known as something of a foodie haven. So you can enjoy incredible cuisine after strolling the historic streets of the downtown area. Want to go swimming? The attractive Hampton Beach is just a short drive away.
Where to stay in Portsmouth:
- The Ale House Inn – While some hotels are cookie-cutter and boring, this one has a hip vibe and modern decor. Add to that a great downtown location, and the Ale House Inn is a great option for accommodation in Portsmouth. Click here to check current prices & availability.
The Lakes Region
Do you have a special love for lakeside romance? New Hampshire has a lovely Lakes Region which surrounds several great bodies of water including the famous Lake Winnepesaukee. Lake activities might be the main focus of this type of trip, from swimming and fishing to waterskiing and boating. But there are tons of things to do here. Here’s a list of 20 things you can do in the Lakes Region.
Where to stay in the Lakes Region:
- Squam Lake Inn is near, you guessed it, Squam Lake. This adorable inn has rooms decorated with classic “lake house” items like paddles, pictures of wildlife, and the like. Cozy up to the fireplace with your partner and discover the sweet romance here in the Lakes Region. Click here to see the latest prices & availability.
The Monadnock Region
The Monadnock Region is a great spot for the romantic getaways New England is known for. This southwestern corner of the state is perhaps less touristed than the White Mountains or the Lakes Region, but it has so much going for it. Hiking Mt. Monadnock is a must-do (it’s actually one of the most climbed peaks in the world). On a clear day, you can see as far as Boston! Aside from hiking and camping adventures, the Monadnock region has lots of covered bridges, working farms you can visit, and arts and culture in towns like Keene and Peterborough. Feeling thirsty? Outside of Keene is an awesome distillery, producing moonshine, whisky, and other spirits, and you can sample these at their tasting room.
Where to stay in the Monadnock region:
- The Monadnock Inn – Why not stay at the foot of Mount Monadnock? The small town of Jaffrey is the closest you can get to Monadnock State Park, and it’s a great central spot from which to base yourself. The Monadnock Inn is a nice choice for a romantic trip, too, with its charactered rooms and its countryside location. Click here to check current prices & availability.
Romantic Getaways in VT
Burlington & Lake Champlain
When it comes to romantic getaways in Vermont, you may be envisioning a snow-covered B&B and horse-drawn carriage rides. You might not picture a vibrant, artsy small city, but that’s what you’ll get with Burlington. It’s Vermont’s biggest city and a great destination for food, beer, shopping, and outdoor fun year-round. Set on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Champlain, Burlington is an amazing place in the warmer months. Sit at one of the many outdoor cafes on Church Street and listen to the talents of the local buskers.
Where to stay in Burlington:
- The Essex Resort & Spa – 20 mins from downtown Burlington. Offers amazing food and an award-winning spa in a country setting. Click here to check the latest prices & availability.
The Mad River Valley
Vermont’s Mad River Valley is well known as a fabulous winter destination. Here you’ll find two major ski resorts, Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. If winter sports aren’t your thing, there’s plenty more to do, including swimming, biking, golf, bird watching, and more. The foliage here in autumn is also famously striking. You’ll be all set here for a New England country getaway; the quaint towns of Warren & Waitsfield will keep you fed and watered with well-stocked country stores and cozy restaurants.
Where to stay in the Mad River Valley:
- The Round Barn Farm – This classic bed & breakfast is set on 245 beautiful acres. Enjoy a gourmet farm-to-table breakfast each morning while overlooking the lovely grounds. With roaring fireplaces, bubbling jacuzzis, and guest rooms bursting with character, we’re confident you’ll agree this is one of Vermont’s most romantic hotels. Click here to check the latest prices & availability
Stowe is a New England postcard. This perfect village is set in the mountains a little more than an hour from Burlington. It’s an ideal winter destination (particularly with its snow-globe like church and main street) but is equally exciting year round. All the usual Vermont attractions await in Stowe, and just down the road you can visit the town of Waterbury, home to the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory. Definitely stop in for a tour. Along the same route you can also sip fresh-pressed apple cider at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and munch on Cabot cheese at a nearby outlet.
Where to stay in Stowe:
- The Trapp Family Lodge – With its Austrian-inspired decor and its commanding views over Stowe, the Trapp Lodge is a perfect choice for a romantic New England vacation. Remind you of The Sound of Music? It should! The Von Trapps themselves opened this hotel! Click here to check the latest prices & availability.
- We also highly recommend The Stoweflake Resort & Spa! We stayed in this gorgeous inn during a recent autumn visit to Stowe. Check out this post to see all the beauty Stowe has to offer.
Vermont’s best destinations aren’t only found in the northern part of the state. In the southwest, you’ll find Manchester, a Green Mountain town with plenty to offer. The picturesque village, nestled at the foot of Mount Equinox, is most famous for its luxury outlet shopping, but there’s also historical sites (the Lincoln family Hildene home), art, golf, and plenty of nature.
Where to stay in Manchester:
- The Kimpton Taconic Hotel – Look past the more famous Equinox Hotel in Manchester, and consider the newer addition to the region: the Taconic. This is a beautifully classic New England hotel with modern touches. It’s pet friendly, and offers a great restaurant on-site. Plus, it’s within walking distance of Manchester’s main attractions. Click here to check the latest prices & availability.
*PSSST! One other great romantic spot in Vermont is Woodstock, one of America’s pretties towns.
Romantic Getaways in ME
For the finest in romantic getaways in Maine, look no farther than Bar Harbor. Here you’ll be heading to the far northern reaches of New England. Only a few hours from Canada, Bar Harbor is a fantastic coastal area with endless things to do. One of the main attractions is Acadia National Park with its wonderful hikes and spectacular drives. You can even take a scenic flight and see the region from above — a perfect thing to do as a couple. The water itself offers an array of activities, such as kayaking or whale watching. Come to Bar Harbor for the nature and to experience one of Maine’s best spots.
Where to stay in Bar Harbor:
- Primrose Inn – In-room fireplaces? Check. Adorable hotel name? Check. Awesome location? Check. The Primrose Inn has everything you need for a cozy stay in Bar Harbor. Click here to check latest prices & availability.
A really accessible couples getaway in New England would be to York, Maine. Just a few hours north of Boston, this is a quintessential Maine coastal town with an iconic lighthouse to boot. A bit quieter than Old Orchard Beach, York feels like a place you could easily stay forever. You’ll find all the expected Maine romantic getaway trappings: plush B&Bs, delicious seafood, and plenty of stretches of shoreline for a walk hand-in-hand.
Where to stay in York:
- The York Harbor Inn – This picture-perfect inn has richly decorated rooms, many with toasty fireplaces. An idyllic location near the water and excellent guest service makes this a great place to stay. Click here to see latest prices and availability.
–> Read a review of our own stay at the York Harbor Inn here <–
Another wonderful coastal area of Maine is Boothbay Harbor. It small town feel helps Boothbay retain a unique feeling, like you’ve stumbled across a hidden gem. It’s definitely all about the water here, as Boothbay Harbor is often known as Maine’s “boating capital.” You can go sea kayaking, or hop onboard a cruise. If you’re looking to really get away from it all, ferry out to Monhegan Island, 10 miles off the coast, where the hustle and bustle don’t quite reach. This kind of secluded trip could be ideal for anniversary getaways or any other romantic vacation.
Where to stay in Boothbay Harbor:
- There are lots of places to stay in Boothbay Harbor, but the Harborage Inn on the Oceanfront just might have the best views. Click here to see current prices and availability.
If a couples city break is more your style, you can’t go wrong with Portland. This smallish city has a great blend of a slightly urban feel meets quaint New England seaside town. Downtown Portland is great for walking around and the dining options are phenomenal (Portland was named America’s Foodiest Small Town). There’s also plenty of opportunity to get out on the water, in Portland or in one of the nearby towns. Personally, we plan to visit Portland more and more, as it’s honestly one of the coolest weekend getaways for couples in the Northeast.
Where to stay in Portland:
- The Portland Harbor Hotel – When traveling to Portland, Maine, you want to be where the action is. Stay right downtown in a beautiful hotel like the Portland Harbor Hotel, in the heart of the city. Click here to see current prices & availability.
Romantic Getaways in CT
Tiny, yet robust, Connecticut has a lot to offer visitors. Mystic is one of its best romantic getaway spots without a doubt. Mystic Seaport is the leading attraction, with its fascinating outdoor museum and ship displays. It’s definitely worth a visit. What else is there to do in Mystic, CT? Stroll the historic downtown and enjoy shops & restaurants or head off for a day spent exploring local wineries. And if you’re in the gambling mood, the famous Foxwoods Casino is just a few miles away.
Where to stay in Mystic:
- The Whaler’s Inn – Who can resist a great New England name like that? This inn also boasts a great, central location and many positive guest reviews. Click here to see the latest prices & availability.
When one thinks of romantic getaways in Connecticut they might not immediately think of New Haven. But this city, home of Yale University, has a lot going on. Cultured couples may be into the museums and art offerings here, or you might be intrigued by the abundance of history. There are plenty of mansions and historical societies to visit. There are also nature reserves and lighthouses in the region, for outdoor enthusiasts. You can cap off your weekend with meals in some of New Haven’s many great restaurants.
Where to stay in New Haven:
- Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale – This skyscraping hotel provides beautiful views out over the city. It’s in a great location and offers plenty of amenities for a comfortable stay. Click here to check latest prices & availability.
Litchfield Hills Region
Quiet and charming. Those are the main ingredients for a great countryside getaway, which is what you can find in towns like Danbury, Kent, Litchfield, and Cornwall Bridge. Cyclists will enjoy the biking opportunities in the region and lots of state parks and natural areas offer exceptional hiking, fishing, and camping. Try hiking Bear Mountain, the tallest peak in CT. There are antique shops dotted throughout this region too, for those seeking one-of-a-kind pieces for their collections.
Where to stay in the Litchfield Hills:
- Winvian – As whimsical and unique as it gets! This place is the most creative, yet comfortable hotel space we’ve found yet in New England. Click to check out photos of Winvian and to see the latest prices & availability.
Romantic Getaways in RI
Newport, Rhode Island. Home of breathtaking mansions and a staple destination for weekend getaways in New England. A stroll hand-in=hand along Cliff Walk will let you dream of all the mansions you’d love to own…..be sure not to miss The Breakers, Rough Point, and Marble House. Then relax with a sunset and a candlelit dinner.
Where to stay in Newport:
- Hotel Viking – You’ve looked at mansions all day, now stay in one of your own. This fine Newport hotel has a full service spa and a rooftop terrace in addition to luxury rooms–many with vintage touches. Click here to see the latest prices & availability.
Providence is a city of FUN. It offers many of the attractions and sites you’d find in other big cities, but with that signature Providence charm. When you explore Providence for a romantic trip, you can enjoy shopping, tours, historical sites, museums, and a packed schedule of events. There is also a vibrant nightlife. If you’re a same-sex couple, Providence is also known for its status as an awesome LBGT-friendly destination. For romantic getaways in Rhode Island, Providence rocks.
Where to stay in Providence:
- The Dean Hotel – Light, bright, and airy, the Dean Hotel is a hip choice set right in the centre of downtown Providence. This chic boutique hotel is a nice option for those looking for something beyond your average cookie-cutter hotel. Click here to see latest prices & availability.Click here to see latest prices & availability.
Looking for a romantic New England destination you can only access by ferry? Block Island fits the bill, as a beautiful land mass just 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. A 55-minute ferry ride from Narragansett (also a top New England vacation destination), Block Island attracts couples enchanted by its rocky shores, lighthouses, and secluded beaches. This is a place for biking, beach picnics, and simple romantic time spent together. Don’t miss the iconic Mohegan Bluffs, high coastal cliffs reminiscent of western Ireland.
Where to stay in Block Island:
- The Inn at Spring House – This homey Block Island hotel supplies spacious guest rooms with lovely views, some with balconies. Click here for latest prices and availability.
Romantic Getaways in MA
Tucked away in Western Massachusetts is a region of rolling hills, art, and culture known as the Berkshires. This area of New England is truly a big player when it comes to romantic destinations, because it has so much to be enjoyed. The Berkshires are exciting year-round, filled with charming towns, an endless supply of antique shops, and outdoor activities galore. But summer is when the Berkshires especially come to life, with festivals and performances. You’ll find orchestra and folk at the famous Tanglewood, and dance and drama at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. If you’re seeking affordable romantic getaways in New England, the nature-infused Berkshires also have plenty of opportunity for camping.
Where to stay in the Berkshires:
- Hampton Terrace Inn – Quaint Lenox, in the heart of the Berkshires, is an ideal place to base your getaway. This gorgeous B&B is beyond romantic, and close to everything. Click here to see the latest prices & availability.
Coastal locations are wonderful for romantic getaways in Massachusetts. There are so many terrific spots along New England’s coast (including Cape Cod) but one of our personal favorites is Rockport. Seriously one of THE cutest towns, Rockport is just oozing charm. (Read our friend Mel’s experience on her own Rockport getaway.)
It seems to get very busy in the summer, but with good reason. This area is perfect for enjoying the beach, sampling delicious seafood, exploring quaint shops and markets, and taking advantage of the ocean. Jump on a whale watching tour from Gloucester for a New England bucket list experience.
Where to stay in Rockport:
- Beech Tree Bed & Breakfast – Rockport is so adorable; you have to stay in an adorable inn. Beech Tree is a perfect choice, with comfortable rooms and classic decor. Click here to check the latest prices & availability. Click here to check the latest prices & availability.
On your way up to Rockport, we suggest stopping by the fascinating town of Salem.
Last but not least for romantic New England travel is the island of Nantucket. This is another seaside destination where there’s lots of nature, a few shops and restaurants, and plenty of solitude. You’ll have to arrive by ferry, but the journey makes the location that much more enticing. You’ll love Nantucket if you want the peace and quiet only an island can bring, and with the right romantic hotel or inn, you’ll be all set for an unforgettable getaway.
Where to stay in Nantucket:
- Ships Inn – A classic New England inn with four poster beds, a great location, and a free breakfast buffet. Click here to see latest prices & availability.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the most romantic places in New England! We’ll add more as we explore the region and discover all of its hidden gems.
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