New places, new flavors, new friends: Our nine Most Romantic Inns celebrate the thrill of stepping out of your routine and seeing the world with fresh eyes. On this list, you'll find inns that put you amid scenery that lifts the heart — from tranquil farmland to breathtaking beaches — and architecture that stirs the spirit. You'll find inns that bring the romance of history to life and that feed your soul with thoughtful luxuries and personal touches. All remind us why we're in love with B&B travel.

Be sure to check out past award winners from 2014 and 2013, or see all of our romantic travel ideas.

B&B Loire Valley, Castle (chateau) Herissaudiere History buffs will savor this classic manor in the Loire Valley. It was built in 1642, and before that the site held the hunting cottage of Diane de Poitiers, King Henry II's beloved mistress. Other royal chateaux are nearby to explore, as are gardens, vineyards and caves.

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  Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Paul and Cheri know something about romance –they've been married 30 years. The eight rooms here are distinctive retreats with special luxuries like custom toiletries and heated bathroom floors. Amid the garden's twinkling lights, a glider is the perfect spot to swing and stargaze.

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  The DreamGiver's Inn For wine lovers eager to sample Oregon's vineyards, the innkeepers have expert advice and can also point you toward other unique experiences, like olive oil tastings, and day trips. Or you can nest on the property, taking in prime views of Mount Hood or relaxing amid the décor that echoes the hues and rustic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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Gramercy Mansion How romantic is this? This Tudor style mansion and estate was once a wedding gift to the niece of Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. While the mood is secluded and historical, the amenities are modern — including an Olympic-size pool. If you're popping the question, the innkeepers specialize in making proposals memorable.

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  1853 Inn at Woodhaven If bourbon is your bar order, the Woodhaven is a stately home base for touring the distilleries on the state's Bourbon Trail. The inn can also set you up with samplers of bourbons or bourbon balls, a decadent Southern confection. The Woodhaven is in Louisville's East End, known for its shops and restaurants

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  Gazebo Inn Ogunquit Celebrated for its peacefulness, Footbridge Beach is a short walk from this restored farmhouse and barn. The Gazebo's 5,000-gallon, 4-foot-deep saltwater hot tub competes with the Atlantic for your attentions. For a one-of-a-kind airport pickup or dropoff, or a special dinner in Ogunquit, the Gazebo has its own limousine.

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  HideAway Country Inn At this inn, it's all about tranquility: acres of rolling country land, hammocks, a draped pergola for massages. But a quick drive away, the pace quickens. The Mid-Ohio School puts auto racing fans behind the wheel themselves. The HideAway's romance packages (50 Shades of Grey Exquisite, Eat Chocolate Naked) can be a bit racy, too.

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