Vacations

Enticing Romantic Escapes

Has work made it hard to spend quality time with your significant other? These four bed and breakfast hotels offer sweethearts the ultimate getaway.

by Michael J. Solender - March 13, 2017

Looking for the perfect destination to enjoy a getaway with your sweetheart? Pack your bags for one of these bed and breakfast hotels, where leisurely mornings, delicious food, and fun activities for couples will give your relationship a pleasant recharge.

Tiffany Hill Inn, Mills River, North Carolina

Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge is calling at Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill, a mountain oasis offering guests Southern hospitality and casual elegance in a picturesque corner of the Tar Heel state.

No detail is overlooked in making guests feel pampered. Each spacious suite is inspired by a glorious Southern destination, such as the Natchez (Mississippi) suite, the Seaside (Florida) suite, and the Lexington (Kentucky) suite. The stylish rooms create just the right mood for lounging in bed and indulging in the renowned Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a memorable three-course meal that includes dessert.

Guests at Tiffany Hill Inn are only minutes away from the charming and artsy town of Asheville, home to one of America’s great castles, Biltmore Estate,  which is open year-round for tours. Nearby Hendersonville has a main street lined with specialty shops, boutiques, coffee houses, and restaurants where a day’s exploration might not be enough. Nature lovers will enjoy hiking in Pisgah National Forest where trails lead to romantic waterfalls and brilliant Blue Ridge vistas.

Star of Texas Bed & Breakfast, Brownwood, Texas

Private cottages, hot tubs, and sitting porches on 20 lush and secluded acres await couples at the Star of Texas Bed & Breakfast in Brownwood, about a two-hour drive from Austin. Peaceful easy feelings are on tap here, where innkeepers bring breakfast right to your door, allowing you plenty of time to soak in expansive blue skies and watch darting songbirds and the occasional armadillo stroll by.

Not yet married? Star of Texas specializes in elopements. The innkeepers are licensed to perform weddings and will take care of everything from hand-tied wildflower bouquets to uniquely crafted wedding cakes.

Daytrips and outings include following the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail,  or exploring fabled wildflower meadows, noted for their diverse and colorful beauty, especially during the spring.

Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest lighthouse, situated on the shores of Fort Williams Park.

The Inns at Blackberry Common, Camden, Maine

Mere blocks from the lively historic village and harbor of Camden, Maine, The Inns at Blackberry Common treats guests to storybook charm and warm New England hospitality.

Romance is around every corner at this boutique property. Guests can stroll through colorful perennial gardens and snuggle together by the fire in the inn’s the cozy public rooms, where tin ceilings, elaborate plaster moldings, and lovely period pieces harken back to simpler times.

Start your day with a multi-course breakfast served on the garden patio or in the main dining room. Packed picnic lunches are prepared on request if you like, and why not? There’s plenty to explore nearby.

Eighteen of Maine’s 48 lighthouses are within a 40-mile radius of Camden. Sail the harbor on an authentic Maine Schooner, follow the antique trail, or simply explore the seaside village of Camden. You’ll run out of weekend before you run out of things to do.

Eden Vale Inn, Placerville, California

The rugged beauty of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada foothills lures romance seekers to Placerville’s Eden Vale Inn. Once there, you’ll find it hard to leave this luxury B&B, routinely rated as one of the most romantic in the country.

Converted from a classic California hay barn circa 1919, this upscale, contemporary retreat offers guests private outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, and acres of gardens to explore. At the Eden Vale Inn Spa, couples can enjoy milk baths, hot stone massages, and mouthwatering chocolates. Hearty breakfasts here favor the savory side, with local fruits and vegetables. Be sure to try EVI’s scones — they’re a guest favorite.

There’s plenty to see and do in the historic gold rush town of Placerville. Art galleries (including those featuring native son Thomas Kinkade), antique shops, and nearly a dozen restaurants cater to visitors who love to explore. Also be sure to check out nearby farm trails, where you can explore this area’s proud agricultural tradition and handpick fresh cherries, peaches, apples, pears, and other goodies.

Michael J. Solender is a freelance writer who covers business, travel, and pop culture.

Photos courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com and iStock

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