While the snow flies and the February weather throughout New England is bitter cold, cozy fires and romantic getaways distract us from the inevitable cabin fever. Whether you are longing for an extended romantic retreat or an afternoon adventure with a special someone, we have found a wonderful variety of options across New England. Grab your partner and get out and enjoy a romantic interlude close to home.
Romance is unique to every couple and New England offers so many fabulous options for an evening out or an extended vacation. Spend time with the one you love doing what you love. It’s good for you to get away and indulge in a little happiness.
1. A Romantic Getaway On Cape Cod
Cape Cod is a summer paradise, but in the winter, it is a quiet and romantic respite from the work-a-day world. Enjoy a quiet dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants. Stroll hand-in-hand along the deserted, windswept beaches. Spend an afternoon exploring charming towns like Chatham and Sandwich. The Cape is a delightful spot for romantic weekend getaways.
“Love At Frost Sight” is Ocean Edge Resort’s grab your honey for a Valentine’s getaway. This package includes a custom paint-by-number kit for couples to explore their creative sides, a bottle of Ocean Edge Resort wine, dinner, and champagne toast at the Frost Bar dining room.
If you can’t make it in time for Valentines Day, no worries, they are offering a Discover The Beauty Of Winter On Cape Cod special that runs through the end of March. Stay at either the mansion or village and experience fun, on-site events like chef’s tastings, mixology workshops, murder mystery dinners, trivia, and more. Enjoy a private dinner in one of the resort’s private igloos while the sun sets on a fabulous day…
You will fall in love with the Cape anytime of year.
2. I Left My Heart In Portland, Maine
Portland offers visitors a chance to explore the wonderful Old Port district. Shopping for the beautiful artisan crafts to add to your personal collection is a fun way to share a romantic bonding afternoon. The enchanting shops and galleries will entice you to explore all afternoon.
At the end of your day, the Portland Harbor Hotel, a fixture in the historic Old Port district, is the perfect romantic winter escape. The casually luxurious accommodations with sweetheart add-ons like champagne and local chocolates, offer guests a centrally-located home-away-from-home to explore Portland. Start your romantic stay with a Liquid Love Martini topped with a heart-shaped strawberry or sip on Cupid’s Heart, a pretty red vodka and pomegranate libation.
Portland has a well deserved foodie reputation and you will find choosing where to dine a challenge. Check out our Portland destination guide for some fabulous ideas on where to have a special dinner with your bestie.
3. Snuggle Up On Lake Winnipesaukee
The small town of Meredith, New Hampshire, is the perfect spot for a cozy romantic winter getaway. Gorgeous any time of year, this charming community is transformed into a glistening wonderland when the snow falls. For ski fans, you will love the variety of local resorts. Check out our New Hampshire ski experiences to kick start your on-piste planning.
To get the most of your New Hampshire retreat from the real world, Mill Falls at the Lake is the perfect option. Perched on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, Mills Falls offers guests a quintessential mountain lodge experience. Lounge in your cozy flannels as you sip your favorite vintage by a private cracking fireplace. Mill Falls at the Lake is perfect for winter romance, offering classic mountain appeal and a cozy rustic atmosphere. They offer a year long romance package that includes chocolates, sparkling wine, and a bath bomb for your après ski-jetted tub relaxation.
4. Snow Play On Mount Washington
New Hampshire is a much coveted winter getaway spot for snowboarders and skiers. Bretton Woods offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the state. Pack up your snow togs and get ready for a day on the slope followed by a hot cocoa next to an outdoor firepit with the one you love.
After a day chasing the powder, retire to your luxurious accommodations at Omni Mount Washington Resort. Their ski and stay package is the perfect recipe for a romantic mountain getaway. Top off your day of skiing with a dip in the indoor heated pool and hot tub.
5. Indulge In The Connecticut Chocolate Trail
Does your romantic sweetheart have a sweet tooth? The answer to your prayers is the Connecticut Chocolate Trail. With over a dozen Connecticut-based chocolatiers, you can string several stops together for a fun day trip indulging in this decadent treat. Wind your way across the state’s small towns discovering a few places with the best chocolate in New England.
After eating all that delicious chocolate, enjoy a night at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Housing galleries from federal and colonial portraits to pop art and abstract impressionism, the museum appeals to a wide variety of art lovers.
The Delamar in West Hartford is centrally located to explore the New Britain Museum of American Art and a good jumping off point for your chocolate expedition starting with Bridgewater Chocolate. After a day of exploring, return to your elegant accommodations to relax and rejuvenate. Enjoy a sumptuous romantic dinner and a winter nightcap by your own cozy firepit.
6. Explore Boston By The Seaport
When romance is in the air, an escape to the fabulous city of Boston opens doors to a variety of activities. Fine dining, Broadway shows, exclusive shopping, world class museums, and more are at your fingertips.
When you are looking for amazing restaurants, Boston’s neighborhoods like the popular North End, offer a wide variety of sumptuous options. To get started, our restaurant recommendations will help guide you in selecting the perfect one for your romantic dinner.
If you have dinner and a show in mind, visit Broadway in Boston for performance and ticket information for some of the hottest shows in town.
When it is time to rest your head after a day out on the town, the Omni Boston Hotel At The Seaport offers a luxury romantic stay package to round out your weekend. The package includes a bottle of sparkling rosé, a sweet treat, and late check-out so you can cap off your stay by sleeping in late.
7. Island Hopping
Cold as it may seem, you can take the ferry to Nantucket even in the winter months. When you venture to this always romantic island during off season, you will be surprised at all the options this quiet island has to offer. Romantic hand-in-hand walks along pristine beaches, charming restaurants where you can dine with locals, and a visit to the well-loved Cisco Brewery are a few of the wonderful adventures and scenic spots waiting for you to enjoy.
Reserve a cozy, romantic room at the Periwinkle Inn for your Nantucket escape. A historic bed and breakfast, the Periwinkle is chock full of island charm and New England character. Your hosts will be delighted to share their knowledge of off-season happenings on the island.
8. Rhode Island’s Coastal Beauty
Newport is a coastal gem for couples searching for a few romantic days away from everyday life. Be sure to check out our Newport destination guide to get your planning started. Wandering through the seaport area without the throngs of tourists allows you to slow down and take in the pretty views.
A romantic stay is yours for the taking at Castle Hill Inn in Newport. The two night, year-round special includes champagne, fresh flowers, dinner, breakfast, chocolate dipped strawberries, and afternoon tea. You will love the romantic experience of staying in one of their unique rooms with views of Narragansett Bay and the Castle Hill Lighthouse.
9. Moonlight In Vermont
Vermont is home to some of the best outdoor winter activities in New England. If you and your honey love skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country, and snowshoeing, then the Green Mountains should be your first choice for a romantic weekend getaway.
The charming Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden offers a Moonlight in Vermont getaway package that ticks all the boxes for the best romantic stay. A dinner for two followed by a horse drawn sleigh ride reflects the old world charm. Finish off your evening with delicious chocolates and you have a perfect romantic winter getaway dream.
Romantic Getaways In New England
Whether you love a fine dining restaurant with champagne after a day of exploring fine art galleries or a burger and beer after a day tackling snow covered slopes, your romantic outing should be unique to you and your partner. New England offers so many wonderful options like historic sites, romantic restaurants, and scenic natural beauty it is almost impossible to go astray. February may be the month we are reminded about romance, but there is never a wrong time to remind your one and only how much you love them.
Pro Tip: Romance is in the eye of the beholders. Plan your best romantic vacation, event, dinner, or getaway to bring joy to you and your partner. Love is in the air…
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