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Jun 18, 2014 12:17 PM

Splurge Anniversary Weekend

Hi Everyone,

My husband and I are celebrating our 12th anniversary this year with a night away and a great dinner and brunch out. It will be our first collective night away from our son and we have a sitter all lined up. Because we get out much less often than pre-kids, we like to have fabulous dinners or unique experiences when we celebrate.

For example, two years ago we celebrated at the chef's table for 2 in L'Espalier's kitchen and last year we went to Barbara Lynch's Stir in Boston. This year, I'm a bit stumped, since I am pairing a night away at a hotel. Finding the perfect mix, dinner worthy of an anniversary and the same with lodging, is not quite working.

These are the two options we have so far:

1) Apple Street Farm dinner in Essex (Frank McLelland of L'Espalier), followed by an overnight in the Cape Ann area at a quaint B&B. The next day we'd walk around quaint towns and grab brunch.

2) Stir (yes, again) followed by a night at the Liberty Hotel in Boston on points. The next day we could walk around Boston and grab a great brunch.

So, what are the issues? While #1 is a unique option, I've heard that while it's something we should do at least once, the food may not be as great as L'Espalier. Plus, there are a lot of mosquitoes (and I get eaten alive)! Also, we can't find anniversary worthy lodging. Most nice places require a 2-night stay.

As for #2, while Stir may seem repetitive, the dinners are themed, so they change nightly. You'd never have the same experience. On the other hand, it is repetitive. Also, since we are from Boston, it doesn't seem as special. On the other hand, we never actually stay in Boston and the Liberty (free on points!) is a fabulous lodging option.

So, I guess what I am really asking is what places could you recommend that would have great food options and anniversary worthy lodging? We would be willing to drive approximately 2 hours from Boston.

Someone else recommended the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, which is right up our alley, but the Inn doesn't have any availability for 1 night ...

I'm posting here, in the Southern New England Board and Boston Board too.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. Newport, Rhode Island, has a wide range of accommodations from motels to hotels to inns; from minimal to luxury.

    The Chanler in Newport is one such luxury inn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It offers dining at its Spiced Pear restaurant and sumptuous rooms, some with their own verandas and entrances.

    The Castle Hill Inn is another luxury inn, on Narragansett Bay, that combines fine dining with beautifully appointed rooms.

    According to both websites there are a only few dates that require a minimum two-day stay.

    Another option would be to stay at a less luxurious hotel and dine at either inn.

    Or, simply cocktails on the lawn of Castle Hill at sunset
    overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is a divine experience.

    Happy Anniversary!

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    1. re: shutterbugRI

      Thanks! This is a great idea, I love Newport and both of those places are definitely fabulous. We got married in Bristol, so we know the area pretty well, but haven't had the opportunity to stay at either place yet!

      1. re: krisa20

        We are planning our weekend at Delamar Harbor. It looks lovely...but can't speak from experience yet.