A cozy bed and breakfast, hidden in some secluded nook far from the toil and trouble of everyday life, is surely close to the essence of romance. Slip away for a weekend to a softly furnished world of exquisite linens and heated whirlpools, champagne room service and fragrant gardens, perfect for strolling on warm summer evenings. Each of these ten gorgeous bed and breakfasts has its own distinct romance, so whether you're in the ice-flecked forests of Michigan, or Florida's subtropical coast, there's always a bed, some breakfast, and an unforgettable night nearby.
Castle in the Country is the ideal place to wrap up warm and spend a romantic weekend amid snow-covered ground and ice-flecked trees. It sits in 65 wooded acres, including a small lake, and there are plenty of walking trails as well as kayaks to glide out over the water. Rooms come with complimentary snowshoes, and additional packages include sleigh rides through the extensive grounds (just remember not to accept any offers of Turkish delight.) After all this outdoor winter activity, visitors can warm up back in rooms complete with heated whirlpools and fireplaces.
Cameo Heights makes the most of its setting amid Washington State's glorious natural world, located on a scenic plateau overlooking the Walla Walla River Valley and situated on 400 undulating acres of orchards and meadowland. Add to this the green vineyards of Washington wine country, and guests feel like they've left the States and stepped into Tuscany. This south European ambiance is heightened by several of the guest suites, each of which is decorated to a national theme, including Spain, Greece and France. And many of the rooms have double French doors opening to balconies with sublime views over this Italianate landscape.
The sounds and smells of the rolling sea can be deeply romantic, and they'll blow through your window every morning if you stay in this luxurious B&B. Its situated in Provincetown, flung out at the far end of the Cape Cod peninsula, so you can stroll the beach barefoot, head out on a whale watching expedition, or cycle the peninsula's wave-struck shoreline. But if all this sounds too much effort, Crowne Pointe is a great place to hide away, too, with hot tubs, a heated courtyard pool, an award-winning bistro, and a fragrant garden, ideal for taking a romantic stroll.
The small town of New Hope, located in rolling Bucks County countryside, evolved in the 18th century as a resting spot between Philadelphia and NYC, making it perfectly placed for a romantic weekend getaway. It's fortunate, then, that a hideaway as glorious as The Inn at Bowman's Hill can be found in the town. This luxuriously intimate B&B is packed with special touches, with fireplaces in the rooms, king-size featherbeds, private heated whirlpools for two, and an in-house team of massage therapists. It's located on five-acres of grounds which are a Certified Wildlife Habitat, making it an ideal choice for animal lovers.
In the heart of fertile Missouri wine country, the Inn at Hermannhof offers two levels of luxury for guests to choose between. Visitors can either stay in suites in the inn itself, suffused with European elegance and fitted out with fireplaces, luxurious linens, period antiques and whirlpool tubs, or in cottages raised on bluffs overlooking the Missouri River and the patchwork of green vineyards stretching out to the horizon, featuring wrap-around porches and individual wine cellars.
The Riverside Inn, a renowned Kentucky institution, offers a series of tastefully outfitted suites and rooms that come with equally elegant bathrooms. Beyond the bedroom, they offer a range of other sophisticated activities, including a large library, a music parlor with baby grand piano, a spa room, screened gazebo, and porch swings for rocking romantically beneath the Kentucky stars. There's no reason to venture any further, but if you wish to get out for a while, the Indiana wine trail is close by, encompassing six local wineries.
The Candelight Inn promises a lot, and undoubtedly lives up to its romantic name. Situated in a green valley between the Californian counties of Sonoma and Napa, it sits beneath a canopy of Redwoods on the bank of the Napa River, and has a pool and a pantry filled with tasty treats. The surrounding area offers two premier romantic activities: chauffeured tours through Sonoma wine country, allowing everyone involved to get sozzled, and hot air balloon rides over the pretty green landscape.
This gorgeous inn overlooks glimmering Lake Hamilton in the perennially popular tourist town of Hot Springs. In the background behind the lake, the Ouachita Mountains rise up into the hazy cloud-strewn sky, guaranteeing beautiful views when you pull back the curtains each languorous morning. Inside you've got 13 guest rooms including the special Treetop Suite, with top to bottom windows raised just above the canopy.
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The Star of Texas offers a different experience to that of traditional B&Bs, as each 'room' is actually a private cottage. These are dotted among the oaks of beautiful Texas Hill Country, just two miles from peaceful Lake Brownwood and located on the route of several wine trails. A hot gourmet breakfast is delivered to each cottage in the morning morning, and visitors can choose a special romance package which includes a massage and a candelit dinner.
Although this inn takes its name from one of the most famous Saints in the Catholic tradition, there is nothing ascetic about choosing to stay here. Rooms come with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces, elegant antique furnishings and color cable TVs. The breakfasts can only be described as deliciously decadent, particularly on Sundays, when mimosas and Bloody Marys join the already lavish spread. And all this is set among the historic district of seaside Saint Augustine, guaranteeing a stay that is drenched in Florida-style romance.