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Stroll the wintery woods of Woodstock, Vt.

Poor Cupid. It can’t be easy to zip around naked in February, shooting arrows of love at folks bundled up in thick layers of down and fleece. If you want to give the chubby cherub a helping hand, consider a romantic escape to the North Country. We’re talking lovely inns with crackling fires and woolen blankets, sleigh rides and snowshoe hikes, and spas with hot stones and sizzling saunas that will warm you to your bones — and maybe even create a few sparks. We’ve picked two wintertime charmers, Woodstock, Vt., and Lincoln, N.H.

Walking hand-in-hand on the beach has become a romantic cliché, but walking mitten-in-mitten in wintry woods is at least as lovely — or so you’ll think if you spend some time in this quintessential Vermont village, with gracious 18th- and 19th-century buildings tucked around a village green. There’s even a covered bridge. The mood is mellow and the offerings trend upscale; it’s unlikely you’ll ever see a zip-line course or a Whitesnake cover band here.

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