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8 Romantic Getaways in Connecticut

Let Connecticut's seductive side add some serious sizzle to your romantic rendezvous, with hotels, inns, resorts and more designed to turn up the heat on every type of love-struck getaway.

Connecticut is best known for its colorful fall vistas and rich history, but it also has a secret seductive side that raises the bar for romantic getaways.

Whether you and your sweetheart are ready to cuddle by the fire, stroll the beach hand-in-hand, take a harbor cruise, indulge in gourmet dining by a celebrity chef or explore nature, these romantic Connecticut getaways have what it takes to stoke the fires of the heart.

Washington - A Countryside Resort on 58 Acres

Lush gardens and woodland surround Grace Mayflower Inn and Spa – a countryside resort on 58 acres with a chic, barnlike façade that only hints at the luxuries within. Inside, the inn seamlessly blends modern and classic décor for a warm feeling that’s both fresh and familiar.

Get in touch with your senses via a restorative milk, honey and lavender body treatment at the inn’s The Well spa and enjoy a dip in the spa pool. Have the inn arrange a delicacy-filled picnic by the Mayflower Pond or a bonfire just for the two of you, complete with S’mores.

When evening comes, head to The Garden Room, overlooking the Shakespeare Garden, for gourmet dining by James Beard Award-winning chef April Bloomfield. Otherwise, opt for private dining on the wicker porch or in your guest room.

Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa

Top rated
Washington
9.0 Excellent (90 reviews)

Litchfield - Stay in a Luxury Tree House

Feeling woodsy? Winvian Farm in Litchfield offers a secluded getaway featuring individually designed luxury cottages set among forests, meadows and lakes. Book a themed cottage with a fireplace, with décor choices including woodlands, library and greenhouse. You can even stay 35 feet above the forest in a tree house with a full bar, a fireplace and a deep-soaking tub.

Maybe you’ll want to linger on one of the loungers by the pool set in a lush meadow before a cozy dinner. A romantic getaway calls for private dining, and Winvian can make it happen.

Treat your palates to a three-course gourmet meal by the fire at The Restaurant at Winvian Farm, paired with international vintages from the wine cellar. Be sure to split a decadent dark chocolate mousse with caramel cremeux for dessert.

Winvian

Top rated
Litchfield
8.5 Excellent (31 reviews)

Greenwich - A Harbor Hotel with a Private Docking Area

Right on the waterfront, Hotel Delamar features plush furnished rooms with private balconies overlooking Greenwich Harbor. It even has a private docking area for boaters, so the nautical set can motor right up. Guests can also cuddle on a cruise around the harbor in one of the hotel’s charter boats.

Relax with a detoxifying body wrap or a hot stone massage at the spa. Then take in one of Delamar’s delightful magic performances while sipping a glass of wine.

Afterwards, you can opt for a decadent dinner of Southern French- influenced fare at Delamar’s L’Escale restaurant.

Hotel Delamar Greenwich Harbor

Top rated
Greenwich
9.1 Excellent (1042 reviews)

Westbrook - A Resort and Spa with a Private Sandy Beach

Lose yourselves to leisure at this sprawling beach resort in Westbrook. Water’s Edge Resort and Spa is a vision in white on 14 acres that feature a private beach and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Reserve a villa by the sea with a fireplace, private balcony and full kitchen. Or book the Royal Suite and unwind in the whirlpool tub after of full day at the outdoor pool or the spa and fitness studio, where you can choose from treatments like vitamin C facials and deep-tissue massages.

Make your way to the resort’s Dattilo Fine Italian restaurant for a candlelit 1028576dinner with views of the water. Select from succulent dishes such as oysters, lobster ravioli and filet mignon while you sip specialty cocktails.

Water's Edge Resort & Spa

Westbrook
8.2 Very good (950 reviews)

Stonington - A Waterfront Inn Within Walking Distance of Antique Shops and Galleries

Create maritime memories with your special someone at The Inn at Stonington. This white clapboard waterfront inn is within walking distance of the historic town of Stonington’s restaurants, antique shops and galleries.

Rooms are gaily decorated with colorful artwork and a mix of antiques, like four-poster beds and plush contemporary furnishings. Book a seaside room to awaken and drift off to views of Fishers Island Sound and Stonington Harbor.

Tuck into the hearty continental breakfast before heading out for the day. Have the inn’s concierge set up a bourbon tasting for you and your sweetheart, or let them stock a picnic basket for an afternoon at the beach.

Back in your guest room, slip into the deep soaking whirlpool tub, then wrap yourselves in the plush bathrobes and mellow out in front of the fireplace while you take in views of the harbor.

The Inn at Stonington

Stonington
9.4 Excellent (123 reviews)

East Haddam - A B&B in an Elegant Historic Mansion

Channel your “Bridgerton” fantasies at this B&B housed within an elegant historic mansion in East Haddam. Built in 1860, Boardman House is richly furnished with antiques and a dreamy choice for sequestering yourselves in your room. Guestrooms feature creature comforts including down duvets and sumptuous linens, plus heated bathroom floors and towel racks.

Choose the Garden Suite occupying a private floor and take in the views and scents of the garden from the suite’s porch. Or book the Boardman room, outfitted with a marble fireplace, antiques, a crystal chandelier and a four-poster bed.

If you do decide to emerge from your sanctuary, you can enjoy a walk to dinner at one of the nearby restaurants of East Haddam nestled along the Connecticut River. Check out a show at the acclaimed Godspeed Opera House, also within strolling distance.

Boardman House

Top rated
East Haddam
8.9 Excellent (27 reviews)

Uncasville - A Casino Hotel with Entertainment, a Golf Course and a Spa

This modern casino hotel’s dazzling Native American-inspired décor includes an indoor waterfall and a three-story crystal mountain. However, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville isn’t just a feast for the eyes – you’ll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to fun.

Take a dip in the sprawling, light-filled indoor pool (one of two) and relax on the outdoor sun terrace. Book a spa treatment (like the signature fire and ice massage) at Mohegan’s 3,000-square-foot Mandara Spa, or tee off on the 18-hole golf course.

At Mohegan’s Tao Asian Bistro, you can nibble on dim sum for two and sip refreshing specialty cocktails (we like the Zen Garden).

Check out the entertainment at Mohegan Sun’s three venues and try your luck at the casino. Fortunately, Mohegan Sun has luxury boutiques galore so you can spend any winnings on something special for your sweetheart.

Hotel Mohegan Sun

Top rated
Uncasville
8.8 Excellent (2114 reviews)

Clinton - A Cottage Getaway with Its Own Private Beach

Make this cozy romantic cottage for two, complete with yard and white picket fence, your love nest getaway by the sea. Steal away to the cottage’s private sandy beach or indulge in some leisurely lounge time on the deck. Whip up your own creations in the cottage’s full kitchen for a very private romantic dinner.

Get in touch with nature with hikes in the nearby wildlife areas and nature preserves, or go canoeing or biking. Casinos, shopping and the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium are quick drives away when you’re ready to explore. Take a stroll on Main Street and check out the art galleries and antique shops.

When hunger stirs, head to the bistro at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton for a romantic dinner. Choose from fresh, seasonal fare and pair it with the vineyard’s delectable wines.

Romantic Cottage by the Sea, steps to private beach, sleeps 2!

Clinton
8.8 Excellent (51 reviews)