3 Romantic East Coast Resorts
These three East Coast resorts cater to couples looking for a getaway made for two.
It’s the month of love, and romance is in the air. Sure, you can give your sweetheart chocolates, flowers and wine for Valentine’s Day, or treat them to dinner at a favorite restaurant. But to really show you care, consider booking a stay at a luxury hideaway where you can unwind and indulge in the language of love, no passport required.
Here, we present three romantic retreats on the East Coast—oases where you can disconnect from the world and reconnect with that special someone.
Piece of Paradise
Bungalows Key Largo, FL
Nothing says romance more than sipping cocktails while watching a gorgeous sunset. You’re guaranteed to see the most spectacular ones from your beachside digs at the Bungalows Key Largo. This tropical escape is an all-inclusive resort on the northernmost of Florida’s Keys. Plus, it’s adults only.
Your private bungalow, one of 135 spread over 35 acres of botanical gardens, is home base for a dreamy rendezvous that can be as busy or relaxed as you want. Enjoy some R&R on your bougainvillea-covered veranda or stroll the private, sugar-sand beach and dip your toes in the gentle surf as it washes ashore.
Take an early-morning yoga class or jump on a Huffy beach cruiser for a ride through palm-studded trails and Zen gardens. Then troll the emerald waters of Buttonwood Sound for a nautical happy hour on one of Bungalows’ Floating Tiki Boats. If you’re looking for a bit of pampering, try a restorative couples massage at the Zen Garden Spa. Lie beside your partner and take in a view of paradise while having your every worry and ache kneaded away. Stay for a Himalayan salt therapy treatment and a visit to the eucalyptus steam room.
Top it off with a blissful alfresco soak in the oversized tub on your private veranda. Your personal “Bubble Butler” will help you select the bath to suit your mood. Both the Mineral Relief Bathing Experience and the Aromatherapy Escape feature the Bungalows’ signature candles and a chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Step in and drift away.
HarbourView Inn, Charleston, SC
Known for its history, cobblestone streets, hidden gardens, top-notch restaurants and waterfront location, Charleston is an easy drive for lovebirds seeking an intimate weekend away. Escape to the newly renovated HarbourView Inn in the heart of the downtown historic district, where you’ll be greeted with a dozen roses in your room. Start your day with a complimentary Continental breakfast or end it with wine and cheese on the property’s rooftop terrace, surrounded by panoramic views of the harbor and a steeple-lined skyline.
For those who love to explore, the hotel will arrange a picnic, sunset schooner cruise or historian-led walking tour. Enjoy the nightly tradition of milk and cookies in front of your gas fireplace or on your private balcony.
Romance abounds in this historic waterfront town, and the hotel indulges with its “Allie and Noah’s Timeless Romance Package.” The stay is based on the book and 2004 movie about star-crossed lovers, The Notebook, filmed in and around Charleston, and includes a private carriage ride for two, rose-petal turndown service with sparkling wine and tours of filming locations.
Visit Allie’s (Rachel McAdams) family summer house at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, tour Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, where Noah (Ryan Gosling) takes Allie on a canoe ride, and get a treat at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, where you can reenact the scene where Allie kisses ice cream from Noah’s face.
Snuggle Up Together
Winvian Farm, Morris, CT
Book a flight north for a one-of-a-kind winter retreat. Winvian Farm in northwest Connecticut is for connoisseurs of the truly unique, an escape that has been described as Norman Rockwell meets Alice in Wonderland.
Nestled in the woods of a 113-acre estate are 18 luxury cottages that blend the traditional with the whimsical, and it all works somehow. Each cottage has a fireplace, radiant-heated floors, a screened-in porch, an oversized Jacuzzi bath and a twin rainfall steam shower. Guests have their choice of accommodations and not one resembles a standard hotel room.
You can stay in the “Treehouse,” suspended 35 feet up. It’s a childhood fantasy turned grownup haven where the secluded snow-covered forest views will make you feel like you’re the only two people in the world.
The “Library” comes with a ladder to reach a book-lined, wrap-around mezzanine. Pick a couple of classics, grab a hot toddy and snuggle under a comfy blanket in front of a roaring fire for the ultimate love nest.
The “Helicopter” is a restored 1968 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican. Enjoy your evening cocktail in the cockpit or watch TV in the fuselage. In “Charter Oak,” you’ll stay in a barn complete with a massive, live tree in your bedroom, and your bathroom situated in a silo.
Enjoy gourmet meals—with ingredients grown on site—in the 1700s farmhouse or have them sent to your cottage. At the spa, take a Pilates session for two before decompressing with a pink Himalayan salt scrub or Thai massage; soak in the aromatherapy tub and finish in the infrared sauna.
Sign up for a chocolate-making or wine-tasting class and wind down by spending the evening under the stars by the firepit. Delicious s’mores ingredients provided.
Trip Extras For Two
An hour’s drive south of Miami, enjoy the catch of the day while sipping a tropical drink beachside at Bungalows Key Largo. Glide through the bay on a kayak or paddleboard. Celebrate love with the Romance Package, complete with chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of sparkling wine and rose petals scattered on your bed.
A five-hour drive from Orlando in the other direction brings you to the HarbourView Inn. The hotel’s Chief Getaway Officer can schedule a cozy carriage ride around historic Charleston. Be sure to ride past the American Theater, where the hotel will arrange to post a personalized love note or marriage proposal for your sweetheart on the marquee. harbourviewcharleston.com
Get active, cold weather-style, at Winvian Farm. Go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or horseback riding on the property or nearby this winter wonderland, a two-hour drive from both New York City and Boston. Hold hands while you hike the 40 miles of trails in the adjacent White Memorial Conservation Foundation for a relaxing escape into nature. Muck boots are provided by the hotel. winvian.com