Six Romantic New England Getaways to Book for a Fall Mini-Moon
Cozy fireplaces, luxurious spas, and autumnal foliage galore.
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You’ve tied the knot; now it’s time to kick back and relax. At their dreamiest in the fall, these six resorts are some of New England’s most intimate (and foliage-friendly) mini-moon hideaways.
Connecticut: Winvian Farm
Litchfield Hills’s Winvian Farm is all about tranquility—something you’ll surely be ready for after months of wedding planning. The enchanting 113-acre retreat encompasses one suite located inside a 1775 manor and 18 distinctly designed cottages, one of which is actually treehouse (read: the ultimate spot to watch the leaves change color). Set 35 feet above the surrounding fields and woodlands, it boasts a king bed, a gas fireplace, a steam shower, a jacuzzi, and a full bar. Ready to book? Opt for the resort’s “Romantic Escape” package, which comes with a three-course prix-fixe dinner for two and a 50-minute Swedish couples’ massage beside a wood burning fire.
155 Alain White Rd., Morris, 860-567-9600, winvian.com.
Maine: White Barn Inn
Located just a 90-minute foliage-filled drive from Boston, this coastal resort offers no shortage of cozy autumnal vibes with suites featuring gas fireplaces and soaking tubs, plus four private cottages with views of the Kennebunk River. Take a private cooking lesson or a cycling tour, then finish off the evening with a romantic meal in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, which is located inside a 150-year-old converted barn with garden views and five-star cuisine. Romance truly comes to life at the spa, though, which offers a three-hour experience in the Couple’s Spa Suite—equipped with a rain shower and an infinity edge bathtub—where you’ll be treated to a 90-minute couples’ massage plus canapes, chocolate-covered strawberries, and sparkling wine.
37 Beach Ave., Kennebunk Beach, 207-967-2321, aubergeresorts.com.
Luxury awaits at Blantyre: a turn-of-the-century, Tudor-style mansion set on 110 gorgeous acres. Here, the autumnal magic starts right at the resort’s front gate, where bright orange leaves fall from above. In addition to its array of modern, elegantly appointed suites, the recently renovated resort—wrapped in vines that turn red in the fall—offers private cottages with sumptuous king beds, fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private patios. On site you’ll also find a luxe spa with a relaxation room, as well as an array of dining options including an elegant, sun-filled restaurant called the Conservatory with a five-course tasting menu and a comfortable wood-paneled bar. For the ultimate celebratory experience, plan a visit to Blantyre’s Dom Pérignon Champagne Salon where you can enjoy light bites and a bit of bubbly in the resort’s impressive wine cellar.
16 Blantyre Rd., Lenox, 413-637-3556, blantyre.com.
New Hampshire: Omni Mount Washington Resort
There’s arguably no better place to experience fall than in the White Mountains, and at the Omni Mount Washington Resort you get not only a jaw-dropping backdrop but also a lavish, intimate experience. Stay in one of the hotel’s cozy, opulent rooms, some of which feature gas fireplaces, and take advantage of the 25,000-square-foot spa as well as the indoor pool and hot tub. Pro tip: Book the “Luxury Romance Package,” which includes chocolate-covered strawberries and two bottles of Moët & Chandon Rosé Champagne upon arrival, as well as turn-down service complete with robes and music. During the day, there’s plenty to do in the great outdoors, from golfing on the resort’s 18-hole course to horseback riding to a zip-line canopy tour (perhaps the best way to appreciate the foliage).
310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods, 603-278-1000, omnihotels.com.
Rhode Island: Castle Hill Inn
You might think of Newport as a summer locale, but there’s lots to enjoy at Castle Hill Inn during the cooler months, too, when its 40-acre oceanfront landscape comes to life with orange, red, and golden hues. Stay in one of the hotel’s wide variety of dreamy accommodations, which range from beachy rooms with white shiplap walls to cozy, antique-looking spaces with wood paneling. Many of the rooms boast fireplaces, hardwood floors, wet bars, whirlpool tubs, and views of the bay. For two nights of delight, book the “Retreat to Romance” package, complete with champagne, fresh flowers, and chocolate-covered strawberries upon check-in. You’ll also receive a couples’ massage and a tasty three-course dinner, as well as daily breakfast and afternoon tea.
590 Ocean Dr., Newport, 401-849-3800, castlehillinn.com.
Vermont: Twin Farms
This central Vermont hotspot truly shines in the fall. Set on 300 secluded acres, the no-kids-allowed resort comprises a 1795 farmhouse as well as 10 freestanding cottages—all dreamed up by local interior designers and architects. But all of the distinctly designed accommodations (some of which feature fireplaces, screen porches, and private hot tubs) will feel like your own private chateau. After a morning spent hiking, biking, or canoeing, let the resort’s chefs whip up a romantic outdoor picnic for two with locally grown ingredients. You can also enjoy a romantic dinner in the hotel’s private wine cellar, stocked with 15,000 bottles, and then cozy up around the fire pit located outside the on-site pub.
452 Royalton Tpke., Barnard, 802-234-9999, twinfarms.com.