Unexpected romance in the northeastern countryside.
There’s nothing to pressure couples in the lush green center of New Hampshire. This is a behind-the-times world of college towns, manageable ski resorts, and gently rounded mountains. You’ll need a car to get around—the drive is lovely, especially during leaf-peeping season—but the quaint towns are walkable.
Stroll the gardens this historic estate of stone walls, a Colonial Revival mansion, and rushing brooks on Lake Sunapee that adjoins 675 acres of protected forest.
Colby Hill Inn
The secluded Carriage House Suite features a four-poster bed, Queen Anne chairs, and French doors onto a deck that overlooks the pool. Cross an antique covered bridge on a stroll to Henniker’s tiny downtown on the meandering Contoocook River.
Colby Hill Inn Restaurant
Colby Hill Inn’s restaurant, which hosts cooking classes, is renowned for its Chicken Colby Hill, a breast stuffed with leeks, lobster, and Boursin cheese.