While any time away with a loved one can feel special, some destinations excel at setting the mood. At these 10 magical romantic getaways in Vermont, you and your partner will undoubtedly feel the love.
Situated in the heart of downtown, this acclaimed inn is a frequent recipient of Yankee’s Best of New England awards — including in 2019, when it was named a Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Wellness Retreat” — and it’s easy to see why. Crossing the threshold here is like stepping into a sumptuous country home instead of one of the most romantic hotels in Vermont. Many guest rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces; all are distinctively furnished. Local ingredients enrich the menus at the Red Rooster, the inn’s light-filled main dining room, and at the snug, wood-paneled Richardson’s Tavern.
It’s hard not to feel special at this southern Vermont resort. The artfully decorated mansion’s rooms will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back to another time, while the condos offer not just space but also gourmet kitchens and gas fireplaces. Eat by candlelight in the dining room, then linger in the nearby library for an after-dinner cocktail. A visit to the spa, with its pools and an array of indulgent body treatments, will leave you rested for your journey back home (should you ever decide to leave).
A mainstay of Yankee’s Best of New England list, Hotel Vermont is planted in the heart of Burlington, which means it’s within easy walking distance of all that the state’s biggest city has to offer. But you may well decide to simply stay put and unwind: On the hotel’s ground floor, Hen of the Wood offers some of the best food in town, while the on-site yoga and massage therapy options will help you and your partner keep the good vibes going.
This Mad River Valley favorite resides on 245 exquisite rural acres of forest, ponds, and hilltops. When choosing among the 12 guest rooms, you can splurge a little and opt for a luxury suite, which includes a gas fireplace and oversized whirlpool tub. Or you can splurge more and go for the “Romance Package,” which means you and your significant other will be greeted with fresh flowers, wine, and locally made chocolates and enjoy a dinner for two at the nearby Pitcher Inn or the Tucker Hill Inn.
The Vermont countryside doesn’t get any prettier than at this historic property, which features 45 guest rooms as well as on-site houses that allow adventurous couples to take full advantage of the surroundings. Hiking, biking, and swimming options are just steps from the main entrance. At the end of the day, fuel up and wind down at the on-site 1801 Restaurant.
Guests have 20 rooms and suites to choose from at this hotel, where the upscale charm doesn’t get in the way of the intimacy it fosters. Private spaces include antique furnishings, four-poster beds, soaking tubs, fireplaces, and marble baths. After a day of exploring the Manchester area, settle in with dinner at either the main restaurant, which offers a range of upscale American cuisine, or the more relaxed Panther Pub. For those looking to tie the knot, the inn’s “Just Say I Do Elopement Package” — with its garden ceremony space, flowers, in-room wine and chocolates, three-course dinner, full breakfast, and marriage license (!) — may be just the thing.
Named a 2018 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Luxury Escape,” the Pitcher Inn boasts some of the coziest hotel fireplaces in all of New England. Built of earthy elements — brick, fieldstone, slate, tree trunks — they’re one-of-a-kind spectacles designed to be the focal point of your snug and sumptuous nest. The Mad River Valley serves as the backdrop for this Relais & Châteaux inn, which offers a choice of nine rooms and two suites. From the folk murals in the Calvin Coolidge Room to the antique sports gear in the Ski Suite, no two lodging options are alike. Menus at the inn’s restaurant, 275 Main, are built around locally sourced meats, produce, and cheeses.
Set on the shores of a large lake and surrounded by some 700 acres of Vermont countryside, the Mountain Top Inn represents a magnificent getaway — with plenty to do (horseback riding, boat tours, tennis, disc golf) and have done to you (spa treatments). Stunning Green Mountain views are guaranteed with any room, while the luxury cabins all have wood-burning fireplaces. For next-level privacy, reserve one of the property’s guesthouses.
One glance at Kimpton Taconic’s welcoming wraparound porch and large lawn overlooking Taconic Mountain, and you’ll already be breathing easier. From its state-of-the-art fitness center to its complimentary bike use and yoga on the lawn, this place makes wellness a priority. Be sure to ask the front desk for a customized map of local hiking and running trails. The 87 lodging options include three stand-alone cottages that are ideal for families or couples traveling together. Named a 2018 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best New Hotel.”
Ideal for folks wanting a bit more than a B&B but less than a traditional resort, Field Guide was created from a longtime inn that renovated and renamed in 2015 by the Lark hotel chain. Upscale country chic is on full display, from the tree-stump end tables and birch log “walls” in the lobby to the mounted (papier-mâché) deer heads and whimsical wallpaper. Downtown is minutes away, but should you choose to stay in, the on-site restaurant, Picnic Social, is a worthy hangout. Named a 2018 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Boutique Hotel.”
Where are your favorite spots for a romantic Vermont getaway?
This post was first published in 2019 and has been updated.