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Help us with ideas for one overnight trip - 2 hour radius from Hartford

We have squeaked out babysitting coverage for one night in October to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary, but now are stuck where to go??? Have been reading the boards about the CT wine trail, or maybe something in the Berkshires, or even Newport RI. We don't want to spend too much time in the car, but would love to do something foodie, different - be able to be outside enjoy the Fall - any and all suggestions appreciated, thx!~

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  1. The Mayflower Inn in Washington Depot, CT is fantastic.

    1. We love Newport. For a special occasion, look at the Hotel Viking. You can tour a mansion or two, take a romantic walk along the cliff walk. Take the Mrs. to the new Badgely Mischka store on Bellevue Avenue and let her pick out a new $10K dress for the evening dinner. (okay that last suggestion was a REAL stretch!)

      Our daughter goes to school in Newport so we have spent a lot of time there over the past 2+ years.

      1. More than two hours but White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, ME and Arrows in Ogunquit, ME are wonderful foodie destinations.

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        1. re: chowmensch

          Strongly second the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport. My wife and I went there for our anniversary a couple of years ago and loved it. It also looks like a great place to stay.

        2. if you go the Berkshire route, there is a lovely B&B, the Chambery Inn, in Lee MA. it's in an old schoolhouse. get a room on the second floor, which has lovely high ceilings. best of all, they bring breakfast to your room so you don't have to schlep downstairs & mingle with other guests. right across the street is Chez Nous, and you're also close to Rouge in West Stockbridge. the drive alone up the back roads should be lovely (if all the leaves haven't fallen off from the drought!).

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          Chez Nous
          150 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

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          1. re: rudysmom

            Not crazy about Chez Nous, although it gets good reviews here. Because of that, we have given it second chances, but have never been impressed. Just okay food in nice setting. For a romantic dinner, I recommend Old Inn on the Green if you're going to be in the Berkshires. My wife and I love Rouge, and in particular the well-priced and extensive tapas menu available in the bar, but don't think it is a very romantic place for an anniversary dinner.

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            Chez Nous
            150 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

          2. Newport, stay at the Chanler Inn and eat at the Spiced Pear. Amazingly romantic rooms, and food to kill for.

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            Spiced Pear Restaurant
            117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840