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Pitcher Inn, Warren, VT
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Pitcher Inn, Warren, VT
Each of the 11 rooms and suites at the Pitcher Inn represents some essential aspect of Vermont life, and one room is a tribute to Chester Arthur, a native son who acquired his moniker because of his taste for luxury. The original inn burned to the ground in 1993, and the replacement was designed to suggest an old white clapboard farmhouse, with myriad bits of whimsy. (The Mallard Room has a wake-up call that mimics the cacophony of ducks at sunrise.) Disaster struck again last summer when Hurricane Irene hit. The basement level, since restored, looked like it was filled with chocolate pudding, and a quarter-million dollars’ worth of wine was lost. General manager Ari Sadri, fanatically well-informed, can direct you to a bottle from Austria’s Schloss Gobelsburg winery that has been in continuous production since the 12th century. Or perhaps a bottle of Sapsucker hard cider from the Warren Store across the street, which brings to mind the kind of country market where Diane Keaton’s character in Baby Boom sold homemade applesauce. Sweets for the inn’s afternoon tea are baked there and served in the library. The inn belongs to the Vermont Fresh Network, a partnership of farmers and chefs promoting locally grown food, and your breakfast omelette, with eggs provided by free-range hens, will be the shocking color of marigolds. Five minutes away, there’s skiing at Sugarbush (once so popular with the jet set that it was dubbed Mascara Mountain), or try Mad River Rocket Sleds at the inn, made of recycled plastic (trimmings from garbage-can lids). You kneel with your legs strapped down and use your knees to steer. Doesn’t that sound like the ideal excuse for a massage?
Price Tag: From $325, including breakfast and afternoon tea.
—Aimee Lee Ball
Imagine you and your better half cuddling fireside as the sun dips behind the distant mountains. The only sounds are from the wild; the only sights are canyons and the stark desert. No, you’re not in the Sahara. You’re at Utah’s ultra-romantic Amangiri resort.
With Valentine’s Day looming and no end to winter in sight, who doesn’t dream of stealing away on vacation? But you don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth (or beloved spots like Paris or the Caribbean) to find that spark-kindling setting. From seaside New England to Washington State’s wine country, we’ve uncovered dreamy properties certain to get you in the mood—whatever your idea of romance and your price range.
You can take your love to literal new heights at Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn, a cliff-top hotel whose treehouses and cottages perch a thousand feet above the Pacific. The policy of no clocks or televisions encourages couples to reconnect, while perks like a gratis convertible inspire drives along scenic Highway 1 with impromptu picnics on any of the breathtaking beaches.
Of course, romance doesn’t require endless water views; cozying up in a country bed-and-breakfast has its own appeal. Hillside Victorian cottages with a white picket fence and fairy-tale-like setting draw couples year round to Landrum, SC, where they check into the affordable Red Horse Inn. Blame its high occupancy rate on the waterfalls, rocking chairs, and in-room candlelit dinners.
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Great country inns know just how to take care of their guests, and indeed many of our favorite romantic hotels are a quick jaunt but worlds away from major cities. It’s about a two-hour drive from Phoenix to an enchanting resort of adobe suites with kiva fireplaces set among the red-rock canyons of Sedona, while 2 1/2 hours gets you from Atlanta to a Blue Ridge Mountains retreat.
And sometimes, romance is just a subway ride away. Lovebirds who want to fall in love with their hometown all over again—or flock to a hotel with urban sophistication—can look no further than actor Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel in New York City.
Read on to find the perfect romantic hotel for you two and make that daydreamed getaway a reality.