Whether you are seeking a romantic weekend curled up in front of a fire in a mountain lodge, or you want to spend a weekend hiking in the Green Mountains and sampling local brews with your significant other; you can find romantic hotels, historic inns, charming bed and breakfasts, and unique glamping options to suit your style. These are our picks for the best romantic getaways in Vermont.
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The Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock
The name at the tip of everyone’s tongue when you mention romantic places in New England is the Woodstock Inn. My friend Lillie from Around the World L raved about her recent stay. Located in Central Vermont, The Woodstock Inn and Resort was a perfect romantic getaway for her for several reasons.
First, the shared spaces are gorgeous, from the massive fireplace in the lobby, to the epic fitness facility, to the window-filled dining area. Second, there are a wide variety of accommodation options, from uniquely designed rooms to stunning luxury suites, meaning you could stay seven times, and each time have a totally different experience. Third, the town of Woodstock is the quintessential, picturesque New England town, with local shops and the town green just steps from the hotel.
There is plenty to do on-site, or just a short drive away from The Woodstock Inn — including indoor and outdoor tennis courts, golf, cross-country skiing, a full-service spa, visits to nearby Billings Farm, and even falconry! Finally, the food is farm fresh and delicious — offering everything from fine dining, to tavern fare, to afternoon tea.
Grafton Inn, Grafton
The Grafton Inn in Southern Vermont was established in 1801 and is one of the original stagecoach inns. This romantic inn offers 45 guest rooms, spread among the main inn and the surrounding guest houses and cottages. One of the signature touches is the wonderful cheese and cracker board awaiting your arrival, featuring cheese from the Grafton Village Cheese Company. With these culinary connections, dining is a highlight at the Grafton Inn, offering award-winning fine dining in the main dining room at the 1801 Tavern, and more casual tavern fare at Phelps Barn.
The Inn also boasts its own outdoor trails and recreation center, with an extensive trail network good in all seasons. In the winter, guests can enjoy Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and sleigh rides. In the summer plan the trails are open for mountain biking, swimming, and hiking.
Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford
Located on the cusp of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and close to the New Hampshire border, Rabbit Hill Inn was once a roadside tavern and general store, and is now one of the top-rated small hotels in America. Rabbit Hill Inn has been named the #1 Best Resort Hotel in the Northeast in Travel+Leisure Magazine’s Top 100 Hotels of the World Awards. The Rabbit Hill Inn offers 19 uniquely decorated guest rooms and suites, spread across two buildings, including the main inn. Most rooms feature gas fireplaces and many offer whirlpool tubs for two and/or spa showers.
Guests are served daily tea from 2:00-5:00pm in front of the fire in the inn’s beautiful common room, offering a wide selection of sweet treats and fine teas or coffee. The Rabbit Hill Inn’s Snooty Fox Pub is a gathering spot for guests, showcasing seasonal and local ingredients as much as possible.
The Innkeepers offer up recommended itineraries for day trips, including Vermont craft beer or distillery treks, covered bridge tours, or a food-lover’s tasting trip visiting artisan cheese makers, Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, cider mills, and real maple farms. Be sure to check out the Inn’s romance package offerings.
Twin Farms, Barnard
Our pick for one of the most romantic resorts in the USA, Twin Farms is an all-inclusive resort located on 300 bucolic acres in Central Vermont. Offering the perfect place for seclusion and privacy, Twin Farms has 10 romantically-designed cottages and a selection of rooms in the lodge, farm house and main house.
For guests focused on wellbeing, there are a range of indoor and outdoor activities, including biking, canoeing, fly fishing, hiking, swimming, tennis, and more. Food lovers will appreciate that custom-designed meals, wine pairings, and spirits are included in the rate and can be enjoyed in the dining areas or the privacy of your accommodations.
Stone Hill Inn, Stowe
The Stone Hill Inn was designed for couples and has been named the Best Romantic Getaway by Yankee Magazine and is a 2020 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” Winner from TripAdvisor. Its nine guest rooms feature king beds, two-person Jacuzzis, fireplaces, and a separate back door to the beautiful gardens. Outside, guests can enjoy relaxing in the gardens and exploring the 9.5 acres of woods that surround the inn.
At the Inn, guests can enjoy enjoy a mimosa at breakfast and a local Vermont craft beer, wine, or champagne by the fireplace in the evening. Guests enjoy the included delicious hot breakfasts in a dining room with fourteen-foot ceilings and 40 windows that offer beautiful mountain views. Nearby Stowe is a charming town offering great food and brews, just minutes from the Stowe ski resort.
Castle Hill Resort, Ludlow
Castle Hill Resort and Spa is one of the most elegant and romantic luxury resorts in Vermont. Part of the Historic Hotels of America and and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this luxury resort exudes old-world charm and is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this historic property offers only 10 guest rooms. In addition, there are also one, two, and three-bedroom condos on the resort property.
The resort features a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, award-winning spa, a state-of the-art fitness center, and a gorgeous library with a piano and fireplace. Nearby, guests can enjoy winter sports at Okemo Mountain and in the summer, swimming and relaxation at Buttermilk Falls.
The Inn on Putney Road, Brattleboro
The Inn on Putney Road is a stately French provincial-style bed and breakfast just a half-mile from hip, boho-chic downtown Brattleboro. This romantic, quiet gem of a lesser-visited town is rich with unique experiences like a couple’s circus class at the New England Center for Circus Arts, a romantic dinner in a train caboose at T.J. Buckley’s, or a chocolate charcuterie pairing at Tavernier Chocolate. Heralded as “one of the best small towns in America”, guests can also enjoy browsing art galleries or the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, picking fruit and veggies at Wild Carrot Farm, or dinner at Peter Havens, one of Brattleboro’s most romantic restaurants.
The inn sits on an acre of lawn, trees, and gardens overlooking the West River and directly behind the inn are over 15 miles of beautiful hiking trails. There are six luxury rooms and suites, four in the main inn and two in the Carriage House. This delightful bed and breakfast includes a unique, multi-course meal every morning, offering both sweet and savory options. The Inn will even offer picnic baskets for couples to take along as they explore the beautiful scenery of wooded hillsides, winding streams, historic landmarks and farms.
Hotel Vermont, Burlington
Located less than four hours from Boston and just over five hours from NYC, the quaint city of Burlington has the cozy charm to turn any weekend into a lovers retreat. Couples can bike through town or stroll along Lake Champlain, followed by a hands-on breadmaking class at Brot Bakery, or a local brew or cider at one of the many breweries or cider houses.
After a day of adventure, couples can snuggle up in Vermont Flannel robes at Hotel Vermont with in-room hot toddies from the hotel’s bedtime menu. Hotel Vermont offers a blend of rustic and contemporary, a perfect match for city dwellers looking for a hip escape. For the ultimate romantic hotel experience, book a top floor king with whirlpool tub and in-room fireplace.
Moose Meadow Lodge, Waterbury
Moose Meadow Lodge is located on 86 secluded acres near New England’s best craft beer town of Waterbury. Visitors can enjoy the nearby mountain resorts at Stowe, Sugarbush, Bolton and Mad River Glen, along with hiking, snowmobiling, biking, hunting, fishing, antiquing, and fine dining.
An Adirondack-style bed and breakfast, Moose Meadow Lodge also offers a two-story treehouse for those seeking a romantic glamping getaway. The treehouse features a living & dining area on the first floor with an expansive wrap-around deck and a bathroom. Climb up the circular staircase wrapped around a maple tree to the second-story bedroom for a truly unique experience.
Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden
Set atop a mountain on 700 private acres, with sweeping views of the surrounding Green Mountains and a pristine 740 acre lake, Mountain Top is one of Vermont’s most unique destinations and a popular wedding venue. The Mountain Top Inn offers a range of accommodation options including guest houses, cabins and lodge rooms, offering couples as much privacy as they desire.
Guests can enjoy paddle boarding and kayaking in the lake, lounging on the private beach, horseback riding, miles of hiking trails, tennis, disc golf, volleyball, lawn games and more. With an emphasis on health and wellness, the resort also offers a full service spa plus a fitness center, sauna, pool and hot tub.
Reluctant Panther Inn, Manchester
Manchester is one of the most romantic towns in the Green Mountain state. While some couples flock to the large Equinox Resort or Kimpton Taconic hotels, those seeking something more intimate choose the Reluctant Panther Inn. Southern Vermont’s premier small luxury hotel, the Reluctant Panther offers 20 luxurious rooms and suites in three distinct locations – the Main House, Mary Porter House and Carriage House – all featuring elegant design with antique furnishings, fireplaces, marble baths and original, museum quality artwork.
Foodies select the Reluctant Panther for its award-winning, contemporary American gourmet cuisine. Under the direction of Executive Chef Sigal Rocklin, the Inn’s dining experience is among the highest rated in New England, with an emphasis on locally-sourced products and complemented with a multiple year Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Nearby, couples can try fly fishing, hiking, shop to their heart’s content, or drive to the top of Mount Equinox, Southern Vermont’s highest peak.
The Inn at Weathersfield, Perkinsville
Situated on 21 wooded acres in southern Vermont, The Inn at Weathersfield has been a haven for guests seeking a tranquil escape since 1792. Tucked into the woods, the Inn offers a private hideaway for couples with 12 unique guest rooms. Guests can relax by the pond, hike the nearby trails, sip morning coffee in the garden, or enjoy a glass of wine by the outdoor fire pit on on the front porch.
The Hidden Kitchen, the Inn’s farm-to-table restaurant, also offers hands-on cooking classes. Nearby guests can enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking & canoeing, golf, hang gliding, parasailing, antiquing, shopping, farm and brewery tours, and more.
506 On the River Inn, Woodstock
506 On The River Inn lies on six acres near the Village of Woodstock. This family-owned inn is designed to showcase Vermont using unique vintage pieces with rustic elegance. The Inn offers guests luxurious amenities such as an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, library, fitness room, and games and entertainment lounge with a pool table.
The 506 Bistro and Bar serves up craft cocktails and seasonal menus inspired by fresh, quality ingredients that make the most of local Vermont farms. Rooms in the main building provide beautiful river views, with sliding doors that lead to a private balcony or patio. In a separate building, there are also five, fully-furnished suites, each with their own full kitchen, living room, and a covered outdoor terrace.
The Pitcher Inn, Warren
The Pitcher Inn is a luxurious and romantic inn located in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, just three miles from Sugarbush Resort and close to hiking trails in Roxbury State Forest. This Relais & Châteaux hotel offer two spacious two-bedroom suites located in the barn, and nine extraordinary guest rooms that are distinctly individual and well-appointed with eclectic décor. Some even have balconies/porches and wood-burning fireplaces, and most bathrooms have a whirlpool tub.
Guests are welcome to use the complimentary snowshoes, yoga mats and loaner bikes. Or they can unwind in the fine dining restaurant, cozy tavern, game room and library. Wine Spectator has honored The Pitcher Inn with its “Best Award of Excellence” for its 500 bottle wine cellar.
The Inn at Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield
This luxurious bed and breakfast was rated the #1 Vermont B&B on TripAdvisor. Set in a 19th-century farmhouse and adjacent barn on 245 acres of countryside, this upscale bed-and-breakfast features 12 luxury rooms decorated in mountain, country-chic style offering steam showers or whirlpool tubs, and some with with gas fireplaces.
Breakfast at The Inn at Round Barn Farm uses the finest seasonal and locally sourced foods, many of which are grown in the inn’s own organic gardens, and is served in a sun-filled room with floor to ceiling windows and a fantastic view of the hills. There’s also an indoor pool, gym, and game room with a pool table. The grounds include ponds, gardens and hiking trails and the farm is two miles from the Mad River Glass Gallery and seven miles from skiing at Sugarbush Resort.
Four Chimneys Inn, Bennington
The Four Chimneys Inn blends a traditional Vermont inn and a boutique hotel that is both intimate and reminiscent of graceful summer homes of days gone by. Each uniquely appointed guest room maintains its old world details while offering all of the amenities of modern day life.
Guests are treated to a complimentary full country breakfast in the dining room, in their room, or outdoors on the stone patio, before setting out to explore. Nearby, you can visit the Bennington Battle Monument, see the craftsmanship at Bennington Potters, shop in the historic downtown, or visit the Robert Frost Grave at Old First Church.
The Essex, Burlington
If you are a fan of the culinary arts, you need to check out Vermont’s culinary resort and spa, The Essex. The Essex offers offers culinary-themed guest rooms, featuring décor inspired by the colors and textures of food, as well as studios or suites with a kitchenette to enjoy all the comforts of home.
Also one of the premier New England resorts with cooking classes, The Essex’s culinary classes include everything from a knife skills workshop to baking, cake decorating, and how to put together a curated dinner experience. It isn’t all work and no play at The Essex. Guests can relax at the spa, enjoy tennis and lawn games, and of course enjoy memorable culinary experiences.