Connecticut, like many of those tiny New England states, is a Northern retreat full of coast, class, and community.
Situated just above New York City and below Boston, Connecticut also has the added advantage of being convenient to the two major cities in the Northeast, while still feeling like worlds away.
Check out our list of the best 15 romantic getaways in Connecticut for the next time you and your loved one are looking to escape together.
1. Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
Right on the picturesque waters of New England, Saybrook Point awaits to enchant you and your loved one on your next romantic getaway. Take in that salty ocean breeze as you gaze out onto the docks and the pristine Long Island Sound.
At the Saybrook, you and your significant other can choose from 81 guest rooms from the coastal main inn, newly created guest houses along the water, or, for extra romance, a one-of-a-kind lighthouse suite. Overlooking 360 degrees of panoramic Long Island Sound and Connecticut River, the lighthouse suite is by far the most intimate and unique of all accommodations at this inn.
Bring your special someone to this charming Inn the next time you’re looking to rekindle the romance.
2. The Inn at Stonington
A classic New England Inn with colonial-style architecture, small-town charm, and that fresh ocean breeze, the Stonington is a wonderful choice for a romantic weekend away. In fact, this Inn is so quintessential New England that Connecticut Magazine dubbed it “like a piece of Nantucket that’s somehow broken off and drifted southwest.”
When you bring your loved one to the Inn at Stonington, you’re just steps away from several restaurants, shops, galleries, and of course the beach. Stroll through town with your sweetheart, antiquing and soaking up the quaint character of Connecticut. Join in the complimentary wine and cheese reception hosted in the elegant parlor overlooking the water and this B&B.
At the Stonington, it’s all about escaping from stress and reconnecting.
3. Mountain View Inn
Voted Connecticut’s #1 Small Town, Norfolk is the ideal place to escape into romance for a weekend. Within the town of Norfolk, the Mountain View Inn offers visitors an elegantly restored country home nestled in the woods.
This Inn has been inducted into TripAdvisor’s coveted “Hall of Fame” every year since 2011. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with the warmth and comfort of a much simpler time.
To add even more romance, opt for the Erastus Room. This romantic corner room is adorned in regal hues of red, ivory, and gold, and features a four-poster Victorian bed.
4. Fitch Claremont Vineyard Bed & Breakfast
Out in the heart of Mystic County, Connecticut—yes, that is really what it’s called—the Fitch Claremont Vineyard B&B welcomes love birds to wine, dine, and romance each other. This Bed & Breakfast allows guests to relax in the rolling fields of the country while still enjoying all the comforts of modern life.
And for wine lovers, what better place is there for romance than a vineyard? The Fitch Farm Vineyard is four acres of sprawling vines surrounding the B&B. When you visit, you and your loved one can stroll through the property, tour the winery, and of course, sample the homemade wine. In fact, all rooms come with a complimentary bottle of wine.
5. The Whaler’s Inn
Stay right on the scenic Mystic River when you bring your special someone to the Whaler’s Inn. This picturesque coastal Inn is situated just half a block from the Historic Bascule Drawbridge and directly overlooks the river.
When you come to the Whaler’s, there are so many options to stay in to fit your style. Indeed, the Inn is comprised of five different buildings all encircling the historic downtown.
If you go with the Hoxie House, the Whaler’s premier building, you’ll be able to soak up the beautiful backdrop of the river from your room, as well as enjoy the large whirlpool tub and gas-lit fireplaces. Or if you stick with the Main Building, established in 1910, you’ll be able to revel in being at the center of all the activity. You’ll have direct access to the Inn’s four-star restaurant, Bravo Bravo, and relish sweeping views of the historic district.
6. The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina
Enjoy an unforgettable romantic getaway at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. This year-round B&B sits a quiet 2 hours from both Boston and New York City, making it the perfect retreat for city dwellers looking to escape.
Whether you’re looking for seaside swooning or just the peaceful environment that this small town brings, the Harbor Hill is an ideal destination. When you settle here with your sweetheart, you’ll have waterfront views from your bedroom, private balconies looking out onto the Atlantic, and fireplaces to keep you warm throughout the night.
Sip on a glass of wine with your special someone in the gazebo overlooking the marina. Relax out on the lawn chairs in the B&B’s backyard to melt the stress away. And if you’re feeling antsy, the quaint New England village of Niantic is bustling with antique shops, boutique cafes, and restaurants galore.
7. Rock Hall Luxe Lodging
Just as the name suggests, when you stay at the Rock Hall, you are surrounded by luxe living. This regal inn is sprawled out over 23 acres of the beautiful Southern Berkshires and brings every touch of the pampered lifestyle to your visit.
And not only is the Rock Hall full of charm and elegance, but it’s actually included on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by renowned architect Addison Mizner in 1912, this gem exudes historical classiness in every corner.
Stay at this refined destination featuring graceful gardens, orchards, walking trails, meadows, billiard and fitness rooms, a tennis court, swimming pool, and Jacuzzi the next time you want to be treated like royalty.
8. Steamboat Inn
The Steamboat: a classic ode to New England’s industrial history. This waterfront inn takes the rough-around-the-edges imagery of a steamboat and transforms it into luxurious accommodations with hints of romance and modern comfort throughout.
At the Steamboat, you and your loved one can enjoy plush bedding, jaw-dropping waterfront views of the Mystic River, spacious guest rooms, and even intimate fireplaces to cuddle up around. And outside the doors of the Inn, you can explore the charm of this Southeastern New England town, originally settled in 1654.
9. The Spa at Norwich Inn
Away from the noise of everyday life and even hidden from the tourist foot traffic of the New England coast, the Norwich Inn is tucked into the tranquility of the Connecticut Woods, waiting to offer guests the relaxation they’re longing for.
Lose yourself in the 42 acres of peace and quiet that surround the Norwich Inn, adorned with gardens, ponds, century-old oak trees, a reflecting pool, and fountains. Find your comfort in the intimate suites or even the villas which bring on an extra layer of privacy for couples.
And of course, you can’t pass up the opportunity to indulge in the Norwich spa. With more spa options than you could ever think possible, this place knows how to spoil its guests. To upgrade the romance on your getaway, try a Duet Massage, Tarot Card Reading, or a treatment called “Nirvana.”
10. Harbour Inne and Cottage
Let yourself be taken care of for once. Ease back and wash the responsibility and stress from your life. At the Harbour Inne, the Bed & Breakfast will take care of everything for you.
Breakfast is served every morning 7:00-10:00, so you don’t even have to make a decision in the morning except for if you’re going to put on real pants or not. Choose between a variety of pancakes, French toast, omelets, or the Chef’s specialty of the day.
And whether or not you want to stay at the Inne during the day, there’s plenty to do. Hang out in the social area and listen to some live piano playing, gaze out from the waterfront gazebo with your special someone, fish right from the B&B’s backyard, or bike around the seaport.
11. Marriott Hartford Downtown
For a touch of the high life in the city, you and your special someone must visit the Marriott Hartford Downtown. Centered right in Connecticut’s capital city, this luxurious hotel will provide you with the sleek, modern, and sophisticated getaway you could be craving.
This AAA Four-Diamond hotel features a full service spa, fitness center, pool, dining hall, Italian restaurant, pub, and a Starbucks, along with the elegant guest rooms of course. You might never want to leave once you enter the Marriott.
However, in case you do want to venture out, the Infinity Music Hall is right close by, hosting live concerts and shows every night. You will also be able to explore the Mark Twain House & Museum, showcasing the icon and as the man he was and the legend he left behind.
12. Copper Beech Inn
Nestled right between the scenic Connecticut River Valley and the Long Island Sound shoreline, the Copper Beech Inn invites guests to enjoy a luxurious weekend away in the delightful town of Ivoryton.
Stroll along the sandy beaches of Hammonassett State Park hand-in-hand with your loved one. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try hiking, biking, fishing, or boating nearby. And if you’re looking for a glimpse of that quintessential New England culture, pass through the art galleries, museums, and antique showing of the downtown area.
And when you wake up at the Copper Beech, indulge in Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes, a Smoked Salmon Bagel, heaping Eggs Benedict, Pumpkin Spice French Toast, and more.
13. The Daniel Rust House Bed & Breakfast
This Connecticut B&B dates all the way back to 1800 when the Rose family established it as a rest stop for travelers. Over two centuries later, the Daniel Rust House still welcomes travelers from near and far with the comforts of home and the hospitality of traditional New England. Located only ten minutes away from the University of Connecticut, this destination is also ideal for prospective students, UConn families, and alumni alike.
If you’re not looking to stay near the state school’s flagship campus, there’s plenty more to do that doesn’t involve the University. Sample wines at the Cassidy Hill Winery, dig for treasure at the Brimfield Antique Show, buy local at the Coventry Regional Farmers Market, or enjoy the pleasant Sturbridge Village nearby.
14. The Bee and Thistle Inn
As the owners put it, “A Whimsical & Enchanting Destination Awaits You” at the Bee and Thistle Inn. This colonial-style mansion in Old Lyme, Connecticut was originally built in 1756 as a single-family (lavish) home. Nowadays, Innkeeper David Rufo hosts guests from all over to enjoy the picturesque New England town.
At the Bee and Thistle, you and your loved one will choose between one of 11 specialty guest rooms, each with its own character and coziness. You’ll then wake up to a gourmet country-style breakfast full of regional favorites to start your day off right. Peruse through the Inn to observe the paintings, sculptures, and photography from local artists that line the walls. And when you really want to relax, let the Bee and Thistle pamper you with three different options of a Couple’s Massage: Swedish, Deep Tissue, or Hot Stone.
15. The Connecticut River Valley Inn
A pleasant country retreat, the Connecticut River Valley Inn will be your savoir to unplug, unwind, and relax with your loved one. For the sixth straight year, this destination has won the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. And when you whisk your loved one away to the Inn, you’ll see exactly why.
Enjoy the refined, modern amenities at this Inn, guaranteeing you a very comfortable stay. You can choose to stay in the Winter Solstice room, featuring creamy whites, rich blacks, airy furnishings, the Autumn Glow room, with deep browns and maroons, the Summer Wind room with bright summer florals and white furniture, or the Spring Rain suite, full of shimmery whites and sparkling glass fixtures. All rooms come with a gas fireplace, flat screen TV, and plush linens.