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Romantic Inn with Great Restaurant - any rec.s?

lupaglupa Feb 25, 2009 07:08 AM

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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    ezra9876 RE: lupaglupa Feb 25, 2009 07:25 AM

    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. jspear RE: lupaglupa Feb 25, 2009 07:30 AM

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

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        mainemal RE: lupaglupa Feb 25, 2009 07:42 AM

        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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          CStalder RE: mainemal Jul 13, 2009 05:55 PM

          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).

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          RichK RE: lupaglupa Feb 25, 2009 08:48 AM

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

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            catsmeow RE: RichK Feb 25, 2009 03:14 PM

            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.

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            negrazer RE: lupaglupa Feb 26, 2009 07:55 AM

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

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              Lenox637 RE: negrazer Mar 2, 2009 09:47 AM

              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!!

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              FjmArch RE: lupaglupa Feb 26, 2009 04:04 PM

              Salem Cross Inn is a great spot. http://www.salemcrossinn.com/

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                chaz RE: lupaglupa Feb 26, 2009 05:50 PM

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

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                  catnip RE: lupaglupa Mar 1, 2009 09:42 AM

                  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!

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                    rkstrat RE: lupaglupa Mar 2, 2009 08:03 AM

                    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. shaogo RE: lupaglupa Mar 2, 2009 05:38 PM

                      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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                        SophiaKitchenCaravan RE: shaogo Mar 3, 2009 02:40 PM

                        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. kubasd RE: lupaglupa Mar 3, 2009 03:39 PM

                        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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                          justbeingpolite RE: kubasd Mar 5, 2009 10:18 AM

                          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

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                            Lenox637 RE: justbeingpolite Mar 5, 2009 11:54 AM

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

                        2. TonyO RE: lupaglupa Mar 5, 2009 06:18 PM

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

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                            jspear RE: TonyO Mar 6, 2009 04:01 AM

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

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                            brunchy RE: lupaglupa Mar 10, 2009 08:24 AM

                            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.

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                              718 RE: lupaglupa Mar 26, 2009 04:54 PM

                              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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                                lupaglupa RE: 718 Jul 9, 2009 02:34 PM

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

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                                Sean RE: lupaglupa Mar 27, 2009 06:28 AM

                                Hotel Manisses on Block Island


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