Tucked away in a quaint village on Amelia Island in Northern Florida, the three antebellum-style buildings of this elegant seaside bed and breakfast sit around a central courtyard featuring a gently bubbling fountain. While the property itself will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, the 15 impeccably decorated guest rooms combine Old World charm with New World conveniences. Each room features hardwood floors, four-poster beds outfitted with premium linens and plush down pillows, and luxurious private bathrooms, many of which include two-person jetted bathtubs. In the morning, enjoy a breakfast of fresh fruit and yogurt, homemade baked goods, and one of the day’s featured entrées on the veranda as you admire the stunning beauty of the Addison’s verdant gardens and then head down to the beach to bask in the intoxicating Florida sunshine. If you’d like to enhance your stay, then add the “Romantic Getaway” package, which guarantees that a fragrant bouquet of roses, chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot Premier Champagne, and platter of fruit and cheese will be waiting for you in your room upon your arrival. The package also includes a private horse-drawn carriage tour through the village and a $60 restaurant gift card, just the thing to help create the perfect night out on the town.
Top 10 Romantic Inns
When it comes to spending quality time with the one you love, we can’t think of a more perfect setting for your romantic getaway than an intimate bed and breakfast. With many properties offering luxurious amenities such as spa bathtubs with room for two, private balconies offering picturesque views of the sunset, and romantic extras such as champagne, fresh flowers, and in-room massages. This month we’re celebrating ten bed and breakfasts around the world that provide the ultimate romantic getaway experience. The winners are listed alphabetically and were chosen based on their ability to provide couples an unforgettable atmosphere in which to reconnect and create lasting memories.
Nestled in the foothills of the Maya Mountains and the Sibun National Forest Reserve in central Belize, this enchanting adults-only resort is surrounded by more than 100,000 acres of pristine untouched wilderness, and it’s the perfect destination for couples looking to combine a little bit of romance with a little bit of adventure. Nature-enthusiasts will love being able to experience the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest in a peaceful, undisturbed atmosphere. Built along the spring-fed creek that runs through the property, the lodge’s design highlights its rustic origins through the visible use of log beams, wood floors, and thatched roof. Choose to stay in one of four garden-view rooms located on the ground floor of the main building or in one of three stand-alone Spanish-style casitas that offer both additional space and additional privacy. All of the guest rooms reflect a regional design with furniture featuring local woods, cane, marble, and granite. If you’re looking to pull out all the stops for romance, several add-on packages and extras are available. Just say the word, and the lodge will provide sensuous candles, champagne, decadent chocolates with turn-down service in the evenings, and bouquets of fresh flowers.
This luxury bed and breakfast near the city of Walla Walla sits atop a scenic plateau with a stunning panoramic view of the Walla Walla River Valley that calls to mind the rolling hills of Tuscany, especially given that the property is located in the heart of Washington wine country. The inn is surrounded by 400 lush acres of orchards and vineyards, making it the perfect spot for a romantic escape from the city noise and lights. The seven spacious guest suites are individually decorated to fit international themes, bringing such countries as Spain, Greece, and France to the Pacific Northwest. Each suite has a king- or queen-sized bed, gas fireplace, private bathroom with a rejuvenating air-jetted bathtub, and double French doors that open to a private balcony with views overlooking the front courtyard or the picturesque river valley. Several of the suites also have skylights above the bed offering a view of the stars. Through a partnership with two spa providers, Cameo Heights can arrange professional on-site therapeutic spa services that will restore both body and soul. Additional packages geared toward fostering romance include private in-suite dining options or packages that include a dozen roses, a bottle of local wine or champagne, and gourmet sweets.
Located at the north end of the Napa Valley, this eco-friendly bed and breakfast caters to travelers looking to experience the very best that the Californian epicurean scene has to offer. You’ll waste no time getting into a romantic state of mind, as the inn’s staff will have a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from the nearby Schramsberg Vineyards and an assortment of decadent chocolate truffles waiting for you upon your arrival. When you’re ready to explore the region, take advantage of the concierge services when planning your winery tours and tastings. The inn’s seven guest rooms are designed with distinctive character and are decorated with original art and modern furnishings constructed with local green and sustainable sources. Each of the private bathrooms features marble showers, stone floors and vessel sinks, and luxurious bath and body products by French designer Thierry Mugler. Begin your day with a gourmet three-course champagne brunch prepared with organic produce and herbs grown in the inn’s flourishing gardens before indulging yourself in pampering massage treatments in the tranquility of the on-site spa. After your massage, head out to the private pool area adorned with fragrant rosebushes and a trellised grapevine to take a dip in the heated swimming pool or soak in the adjacent whirlpool Jacuzzi.
This historic bed and breakfast located in an exquisitely restored 19th-century mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll feel instantly at ease as you walk up the steps of the welcoming wrap-around porch and into the spacious front parlor. Named after various wine growing regions in Napa Valley, each of the ten individually decorated guest rooms features comfortable beds made up with premium linens and bedding, fireplaces, and private bathrooms outfitted with cozy microfiber robes and eco-friendly bath products. In the morning, linger over an impressive multi-course gourmet breakfast that includes a buffet of freshly baked sweet and savory bread items, yogurt and granola with fresh fruit, and two hot entrée specials such as huevos rancheros, crustless quiche, and light and fluffy pancakes. Spend the day touring downtown Napa and its historic neighborhoods on the complimentary tandem bicycles or explore on foot, as the bed and breakfast is within easy walking distance of the city’s restaurants, shops and tasting rooms. Supplement your stay with your choice of several romantic add-ons, from a relaxing Swedish massage to a welcome basket filled with a 750-ml bottle of local Napa Valley champagne and sweet treats like chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate truffles. The friendly and experienced staff is prepared to assist you with whatever you may need to make your stay an unforgettable one.
With its tranquil lakefront location, this luxury bed and breakfast provides the perfect romantic retreat for couples looking to escape from the monotony of the daily grind. After a restful night’s sleep in your spacious guest room furnished with a king-sized bed fitted with premium linens, step out onto your private balcony to watch the breathtaking sunrise over Lake Huron and listen to the sound of the waves lapping gently against its shore. Enjoy quality one-on-one time over a sumptuous gourmet breakfast of flaky croissants served with house-made caramel sauce and savory frittatas delivered directly to your room. Afterwards, fully embrace the spirit of vacation by relaxing in front of your fireplace and then soaking in your in-room whirlpool Jacuzzi or your private outdoor hot tub, both of which are big enough for two. You can even customize your stay to include in-room massage packages. When you’re ready to explore the local attractions, visit the natural springs at Iargo Springs, hike the trails in the Huron National Forest, or take a trip to visit the lighthouses at Tawas Bay and Sturgeon Bay.
Centrally situated in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, this boutique bed and breakfast is nestled on an impeccably-manicured, five-acre estate. Located less than an hour away from Philadelphia and less than two hours away from New York City, it’s the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway. The six guest rooms and suites offer luxurious décor and amenities, including king-sized featherbeds, fireplaces, and private ensuite bathrooms with double whirlpool bathtubs. Add extra-special romantic touches like champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and fragrant roses to make your stay even more memorable. The inn also retains a team of certified massage therapists offering a variety of in-suite massage services, so be sure to arrange a pampering session for the ultimate in rejuvenation. After that, head down to lounge alongside the landscaped pool or soak in the hot tub overlooking the pond and forest. Nature-enthusiasts, especially, will love the inn’s standing as a Certified Wildlife Habitat where a wide variety of flora and fauna can be observed, as well as its close proximity to the 100-acre Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Come dinnertime, enjoy a candlelight meal for two in one of the many cozy restaurants in New Hope before returning to the inn for a stroll through the orchid conservatory or a walk out to the pond-side gazebo where you can watch the stars come out and talk late into the evening.
This romantic gem of a bed and breakfast in historic village of Hermann is situated in the heart of Missouri’s wine country. Built in the mid-1800s, the inn boasts 28 fully appointed guest rooms and suites that combine old world charm and modern luxury. Each room features fireplaces, luxurious European linens, and private bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and steam showers. Furnished with period antiques and reproductions, the décor helps accentuate the original architectural details that have all been painstakingly restored to celebrate a time gone by. Nineteen of these unique guest rooms are housed in six Hillside Cottages located just a few blocks away on East Hill. The cottages offer spectacular views of the Missouri River and feature wrap-around porches, magnificent bedchambers, individual wine cellars, fireplaces, and deep soaking bathtubs. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning before exploring the city’s downtown area or head up the street to the renowned Hermannhof Winery for wine tastings in their celebrated California Tasting Room, where you can sip varietals from Dierberg Estate Vineyards, Star Lane Vineyards, and the Three Saints Vineyard. Also located in Hermann’s historic district are restaurants, antique shops, art galleries, and the Tin Mill Brewery.
Situated in the tiny village of Biron between the Dropt and Lède Rivers in southwestern France, this intimate bed and breakfast is conveniently located to the popular historical sites of the region, including the famous Château de Biron, which was originally used as a medieval bastion but is presently a tourist hotspot during the summer months. With five spacious, tastefully-decorated guest rooms, each with king- or queen-sized beds made up in high-quality linens and premium bedding, private ensuite bathrooms with spa bathtubs, and breathtaking views of the gardens, as well as the Périgord countryside. Spend your day sightseeing or discovering the gourmet treasures that the local gastronomic scene has to offer, such as foie gras, truffles, and internationally-renowned wines. At the end of the day, come back to your home-away-from home, relax in your suite’s sitting area, and build a gently glowing fire in your private fireplace. If you prefer, then stay in the Jean de Baleux Apartment. With a fully equipped kitchenette, views of the Château de Biron, and a private entrance to the gardens, the apartment provides additional space, as well as additional privacy. Whichever accommodation you do choose, it won’t take long for you to understand how truly magical Le Prieuré is as the perfect destination for a romantic getaway in the country.
Known as one of Kentucky’s premier bed and breakfasts after an extensive $1.5 million renovation, the Riverside Inn is located on the Ohio River about halfway between Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. This oasis of relaxation provides discriminating travelers everything they’ve come to expect from a boutique hotel, from modern conveniences to pampered comfort. The five king-sized suites and two queen-sized guest rooms are tastefully decorated in neutral colors and adorned with high-end furnishings. All accommodations offer couples complete privacy (there are no common walls between them) as well as the added bonus of in-suite gas or electric fireplaces. The beds feature premium mattresses made up with high-count linens, while the suites’ spacious bathrooms are designed with tiled showers and double vanities with granite countertops. With a library with an extensive collection of books and magazines, billiards room, music parlor with a baby grand piano and fireplace, screened gazebo, and porch swings throughout the expansive manicured grounds, the property has no shortage of places to unwind and enjoy life at a slower pace. Those looking to explore the region can visit the nearby Kentucky Speedway, Belterra Casino, and the Indiana Wine Trail, which includes six local wineries, while those looking to stay close to the bed and breakfast can arrange for soothing massages in the on-site spa room.