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Romantic Inn with Great Restaurant - any rec.s?

I want a great place for an overnight with my DH for our anniversary. Can anybody give me a recommendation? I'd like it to be in a rural (or ruralish) area, have a great restaurant and nice rooms for not a stunningly high amount of money (say $400 total). We're up for anywhere in Southern Vermont or Western Massachusettes (also New York and CT but I'll post in the tristate board for those ideas!). Proximity to a natural area where we can hike/walk would be a plus. Thanks for any ideas!

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  1. I would highly recommend the Old Tavern at Grafton. http://www.oldtavern.com/

    Great restaurant, great area, very nice accommodations, lots of history. Plus, as an added bonus you are right down the street from the Grafton Cheese Co who make outstanding cheddar!

    1. see my post back on tristate but try Mountain top inn in Chittendon

      1. I can confidently predict you'll have a fabulous time at Weathersfield Inn in southern VT. See my full review http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593176
        Rooms are moderately priced ($165/night for a queen w/ fireplace when we were there last month), and food is terrific. They can direct you to a great natural area about 10 minutes away, local Audubon location for snowshoeing or x-c skiing at this time of year.

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        1. re: mainemal

          I second this recommendation. My husband and I went for Valentine's Day weekend last year and the food and hospitality was wonderful. They have a fireplace in one of the dining rooms and a cozy tavern area that also serves the full menu.
          The most ringing endorsement in my opinion is that the locals highly recommend Chef Jason as well.
          We spent the days visiting farms to pick up local cheeses, maple syrup and wool (I'm a knitter).

        2. You should try the Inn at the Sawmill Farms in West Dover VT. It fits your descrition to aT

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          1. re: RichK

            Absolutely agree with RichK. Sawmill Farms not only has fantastic food but beautiful grounds with a pond. It's 5 minutes away from the town center which also has lots of small shops to wander around in. The rooms are also very romantic.

          2. Old Inn on the Green would be my first choice for what you desire in that area

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            1. re: negrazer

              New Marlborough MA on Rt 57. Chef owned, Peter Platt who used to be the head chef at Wheatleigh Inn in Lenox, MA. Outstanding cuisine!!

              1. aaaand once again...
                The Boulders-New Preston CT
                The Mayflower Inn-Washington, CT

                1. Just back from a stay at the Inn at Sawmill Farms and I have to agree with the posters here who told you about the place.
                  Both romantic,elegant, and home-like at the same time.
                  $400 should cover this place nicely for one night.
                  Have a great time!

                  1. Daniel Webster Inn Sandwich, MA They have packages, nice rooms, great restaurant and pub. They also have a spa connected to the Inn. We've never been disappointed going there.

                    1. The Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT is world-class. You pay for what you get, but it's well worth the trip.

                      Ridgefield, CT is also great; they have the famous Stonehenge Inn and Restaurant, also world-class and very expensive. You can go for an Inn-overload by booking another evening at Ridgefield's The West Lane Inn, with their own Bernard's restaurant next door. Bernard's has live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings in the bar.

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                      1. re: shaogo

                        The Mayflower Inn is a great recommendation. If you want to stick to Western Mass, I would second negrazer on the Old Inn on the Green. Both are fantastic.

                      2. The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. I went there recently for a wedding and had an amazing dinner. It's really cute and old fashioned and small. Perfect for a romantic getaway.

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                        1. re: kubasd

                          If money's no object, consider the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, ME. 5 star Hotel, 4 star restaurant. The Inn Rooms have fireplaces and jacuzzi's. Lots of spa services. Sorry, just reread your original post. Not gonna get out for $400

                          1. re: justbeingpolite

                            On THAT note, look into Wheatleigh Inn in Lenox, MA

                        2. The Friends Lake Inn (upstate NY) is top notch. www.friendslake.com

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                          1. re: TonyO

                            this was recommended on the tristate board as well.....

                          2. my hubby and i went to the wentworth resort & spa in NH last yr for our 10 yr-they have a fabulous restaurant, beautiful rooms, very romantic area - close to portsmouth where there is great restaurants - we ate one night at The Library I think it was called, fabulous food . and shopping at the outlets in ME is not too far. We did a package deal with massages and champagne/strawberries for only like $275/nite. It was bliss.

                            1. Check out Rabbit Hill Inn - very romantic and magnificent dining (new chef is amazing). We actually witnessed a proposal in the dining room! We stayed 2 nites. Wish we had dinner both nights. It took us only 3 hrs from Boston. It's really close to Franconia Notch Park for excellent hikes. We'll be going back this summer! Worth every penny.

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                              1. re: 718

                                wow - I went there as a kid - more years ago than I care to admit.