Q I’d like to surprise my wife with a romantic winter getaway in New England for our anniversary. Neither of us is a skier, but we love fine dining and shopping for antiques. Any suggestions?
J. Begley, Chelmsford
A Neither of us would complain if our husbands booked a room at the York Harbor Inn (York Harbor, Maine, 207-363-5119, www.yorkharborinn.com, winter rates $129-$249). Reserve a luxury room with fireplace and spa tub, linger over drinks in the Ship’s Cellar Pub (it’s like sitting in a multimillion-dollar yacht), and then have dinner in the inn’s award-winning dining room. Right outside the door is America’s original Antique Alley, a 30-mile or so stretch from York to Arundel, jam-packed with shops and multi-dealer antiques malls. It’s the largest concentration of antiques stores in Maine. Or, if price is no object head to the Mayflower Grace (Washington, Conn., 860-868-9466, www.gracehotels.com). The luxury country estate, set on 58 acres, has 30 elegant, individually-decorated rooms (pictured below) filled with fine art and antiques, and a well-praised dining room. Book a couple’s massage at the inn’s fabulous spa and spend an afternoon browsing the antiques shops in nearby Woodbury, dubbed the “Antique Capital of Connecticut.” Rooms can run $775 a night, but ask about special packages and promotions offered throughout the winter.
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