Whether you’re looking to paint the town red or just stay in bed, we’ve found some hot spots and sweet deals for Valentine’s Day in New England. From lingering over brunch by the sea on Cape Cod, to poems by the fireplace in Maine, here’s where you and your lovebird can nest.
MUST LOVE DOGS
Fido can feel the love, too. You two can bring along the four-legged love of your lives for a stay at the Lord Camden Inn in Camden, Maine. The romance package there includes a bottle of Champagne, gourmet chocolates, flowers, $25 towards cocktails and snacks, $50 towards dinner for two and full breakfast. And treats for your pup. $35 fee for dogs. Room rates vary. 24 Main St. 207-236-4325. www.lordcamdeninn.com.
While you’re in town, ski by the sea at The Camden Snowbowl, the only ski mountain in Maine with a view of the Atlantic. 20 Barnestown Road, Camden. 207-236-3438. www.camdensnowbowl.com.
DO YOU WORK OUT?
Feel those quads burn as you snowshoe a 10K through Lovers’ Lane, which winds acres of snowy field and wood, at the quaint Snowvillage Inn in Eaton, N.H. The Valentine’s package includes use of snow shoes, two nights lodging, a bottle of wine, and artisan cheese platter upon arrival, a four-course dinner for two, a keepsake coffee thermos and two mugs, and a hot country breakfast each morning. Never been snowshoeing? No problem, they’ll teach you. Rates from $699. 136 Stewart Road, Eaton, N.H. 603-447-2818. snowvillageinn.com.
After a day on the slopes at Mount Mansfield in Stowe, Vt., you and your ski bunny can nuzzle in the luxury Topnotch Resort, where the “Back to Us” package includes champagne and chocolates, a 50-minute massage, and access to spa and fitness center. From $485. 4000 Mountain Road, Stowe. 800-451-8686. www.topnotchresort.com.
Do some heart-pumping cardio at Trapp Family Lodge, set on 2,500 acres in Stowe, Vt. On some 25 miles of groomed trails, you two can back-country ski, snowshoe, cross-country ski, fat-tire bike ride, woodland hike, or take a horse-pulled sleigh ride. You may also take a yoga class, swim laps, or head to the fitness center. Sore muscles? The Romance package includes a two-night stay in the lodge, gift basket, bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival and one-hour massage. Later, enjoy their own brews and farm-to-table fare at the on-site restaurant. 700 Trapp Hill Road. 802-253-8511. www.trappfamily.com.
With cobblestoned streets by the sea, Portland, Maine, is a naturally romantic town with dozens of options for a romantic dinner. Start with oysters (you know what they say about oysters) and cocktails at Eventide Oyster Co. (86 Middle St. 207-774-8538. www.eventideoysterco.com) Go Greek at Emilitsa for braised rabbit with feta or Maine scallops sautéed in ouzo-tomato cream sauce. (547 Congress St. 207-221-0245. emilitsa.com.) It’s lox at first bite with German fare at Schulte & Herr. (349 Cumberland Ave. 207-773-1997. schulteundherr.wordpress.com). Taste Japan at Miyake. (468 Fore St. 207-71-9170. www.miyakerestaurants.com). For creative Chinese dumplings with your dumpling, try Bao Bao Dumpling House. (133 Spring St., 207-772-8400. www.baobaodumplinghouse.com).
Cozy up at the Pomegranate Inn, a hip boutique inn that’s all eye-candy, from the mosaic fireplace to the bold sofas and wallpaper to artwork lining the stairways. Stay two or more nights in February with the “Month of Love” package to score a box of truffle chocolates and a book of Pablo Neruda love poems to enjoy in front of the hearth. Wake to breakfast for two. 49 Neal St., Portland. 207-772-1006.
Although if pastries are the way to your heart, three words: The Holy Donut. Go before noon. Knee-bucklers made from local Maine potatoes. 194 Park Ave., 207-874-7774; 7 Exchange St., 207-775-7776, Portland. www.theholydonut.com.
IF YOU LIKE LONG WALKS ON THE BEACH . . .
Rockport boasts a naturally romantic setting that has inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson and Winslow Homer. Spend a day walking by stunning rocky shores or browsing the historic town’s many art galleries, then dine and stay at the oceanfront Emerson Inn. The Valentine’s deal there includes chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, a bottle of wine delivered to your room, four-course candlelit dinner — including spanakopita with feta and olives, saffron risotto with grilled local shrimp, hanger steak with roasted fingerlings, and Tahitian vanilla creme brûlée. Wake to linger over breakfast. From $359. 1 Cathedral Ave. 978-546-6321. emersoninnbythesea.com.
Steal away to Cape Cod for a walk on the beach followed by a romantic dinner at Ocean Edge Resort, a 19th century mansion estate by Cape Cod Bay. On Feb. 10, their Valentine’s package includes a bottle of sparkling wine upon check-in; a dinner including George’s Bank scallops, grilled beef tenderloin, citrus herb shrimp and lobster risotto and cocoa sugared beignet. Brunch by the sea on lobster eggs Benedict, Nutella-stuffed French Toast, and mimosas. From $355 per night. 2907 Main St., Brewster. 888-509-4600. www.oceanedge.com.
Spend a romantic weekend in Grafton, Vt., home of pretty-as-a-postcard Vermont views, sheep pastures, stonewalls — and the award-winning aged cheddars of Grafton Village Cheese. At the Grafton Inn, lovers are treated to a Grafton Village Cheese platter, chilled champagne, fresh flowers, and candlelit dinner for two. Wake to share breakfast. 92 Main St. 802-234-8689. firstname.lastname@example.org.