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5 Romantic Bed-and-Breakfasts to Visit this Year
Cozy cottages, storied manors and seaside retreats await.
There's something enticing about escaping to a classic bed-and-breakfast. The salty air, the lush forested landscapes and crashing sea waves echoing through the quaint, small towns offer a peaceful atmosphere to unwind with your better half. And the people you meet are warm and inviting, the food is fresh and inventive and the views are ever-changing and captivating, from majestic mountains to pristine coastlines. Whether you're looking to flee from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, recharge and relax or rekindle a romance, these B&Bs offer perfect places for a romantic retreat.
The Inn at Bowman's Hill
Situated in the rolling hills of New Hope, Pennsylvania, The Inn at Bowman's Hill is a AAA Four Diamond-rated property. Despite being a relatively new inn, the decor showcases a more vintage style. Each of the eight rooms (four superior rooms and four suites) showcase the inn's country charm, with tufted leather sofas, fringed curtains and lush bedspreads complete with upholstered headboards. Each bedroom boasts its own bathroom, which comes appointed with a modern geothermal heating and cooling system, ensuring guests never run out of hot water. Spend some time exploring the poolside patio, wildflower preserve or free-range chicken coops, which provide the eggs for breakfast each morning. The multi-course meals feature the inn's organic eggs, as well as other savory and sweet options, like fresh blueberry pancakes, French toast and more.
Conveniently located in the historic district in Newport, Rhode Island, within walking distance of the Cliff Walk, the Cliffside Inn looks like a house from the gilded age, with antique-filled guest rooms, French doors and private decks overlooking the stunning property and Easton Bay. In addition to an exquisite breakfast in the grand Victorian parlor, the inn provides hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail hour every evening. Enhance your stay with an in-suite massage, a bottle of wine from their coveted Cliffside wine cellar or bouquet of freshly picked flowers. And thanks to the inn's ideal location, you'll have no trouble enjoying the top attractions this quaint seaside town has to offer with ease, like the Newport Art Museum and Jane Pickens Theater.
Jared Coffin House
The Jared Coffin House, located on Broad Street in Nantucket, Massachusetts, was the largest home on the island when it was built in 1845. Today, the property retains its aura and Old World charm, with antique-filled parlors and rooms furnished with historical tapestries and four-poster beds. The on-site amenities are what you would expect, like late-afternoon port in the impressively stocked library and access to the quiet garden across the street. And if you're a shopper, you'll love the inn's proximity to the Historic District's unique and eclectic boutiques. Don't miss a meal at Nantucket Prime, a sophisticated steakhouse conveniently located at the inn. You'll find thick, hearty cuts of beef with an assortment of mouthwatering island touches, like local clams and whole boiled lobster.
The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond
A step inside the Victorian Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is like a scene out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. Neutral palettes, nautical details and an inspiring collection of modern and period furniture create an upscale, yet laid-back vibe throughout the property grounds. The guest rooms, which range from simple rooms to elaborate suites, feature upholstered sleigh beds and sea-inspired art pieces. And thanks to its location on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the fare served at the inn's eateries (Stars, Purser's Pub and High Tide Pool Bar) is New England in nature, with entrees like jumbo blue crab cake sandwiches, blue bay mussels and local charcuterie on the menu.
Rabbit Hill Inn
Honored as one of the top B&Bs in New England by Travel Channel and one of the top hotels in the country by Travel + Leisure, this stunning 19-room inn situated in Waterford, Vermont, has been around since 1795 and once served as a private residence. All rooms are appointed with a private bath, a four-poster bed, plush bedding and stunning antique decor pieces, like armoires, and wood-burning fireplaces. What's more, the farm-to-table food is nothing short of spectacular, with decadent dishes like duck Bolognese or pan roasted beef loin. After you've satisfied your appetite, indulge in an in-room massage or take a stroll through the gardens or 10 acres of walking trails.
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