Romance in Connecticut
Generally, SoNew gives you suggestions on things to do in Southern New England. But for Valentine’s weekend, maybe your idea of fun is going to a romantic hotel and doing absolutely nothing. We can help there, too.
Stonington Borough may be the most romantic town in Connecticut, located on a spit of land surrounded by water on all sides. The town is filled with classic New England architecture and cute shops, galleries and restaurants, and on Water Street (the main drag in town) you’ll find the Inn at Stonington, a beautifully appointed 18-room inn. Most of the Inn’s rooms have gas fireplaces and Jacuzzis, and seaside rooms have views of Stonington Harbor and Fishers Island Sound. Nights are in the $200+ range, but you might want to consider splurging on the Reset package (includes two massages, sparkling wine, matching robes, and chocolate-covered strawberries) or adding a couple tickets to the Turner exhibit at Mystic Seaport, which is about a 10-minute drive away.
Another Connecticut suggestion, also with a spa: Saybrook Point Inn (2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, CT; 860 395 2000; https://www.saybrook.com/) which is a tranquil spot located between the Long Island Sound and Connecticut River. The Lighthouse Suite (which has been voted “Most Romantic Place to Stay” by Connecticut Magazine) isn’t open during the winter, but the 82-room Main Inn is special too, and Fresh Salt, the Inn’s restaurant, is beautifully romantic. If you get bored (and we doubt you will) the Kate – short for the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center – isn’t far (300 Main Street). Legendary Celtic band Gaelic Storm and Bluegrass group The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys play February 13 and 14, respectively.