Are you getting married in New England and seeking a New England honeymoon destination? Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offers the ideal respite for those seeking a romantic honeymoon destination, bursting with personalized hospitality. With 12 DINE inns to choose from, whether you seek a Vermont or New Hampshire honeymoon in the mountains or a seaside honeymoon in Cape Cod, Newport, Rhode Island or Kennebunkport or Camden harbors, you’ll find it among the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England. And when it comes to New England honeymoons brimming with romance, memories and special extras, turn to Distinctive Inns of New England for a luxurious romantic vacation to remember for a lifetime.
This is the first in a series of stories about New England honeymoons. First we’ll focus on honeymoons in Vermont. Whether it’s a quick Vermont mini-moon, an extended honeymoon or a celebration vacation to commemorate your anniversary, Vermont’s DINE member inns offer wonderful options for couples seeking an intimate getaway.
Let’s start with a look at honeymoons at Rabbit Hill Inn, the ideal place to kick back, relax after a wild wedding and start a lifetime of love together. Whether you seek outdoor fun with hiking, biking, skiing or snowshoeing nearby, or the exhilaration of a zipline ride or canopy tour you’ll find it here. But at the end of the day, return for a personalized plate of your favorite pastries and a fine choice of teas on the tea cart or sit by the window completing a puzzle and simply bask in quiet time together. Next, one of Brian’s creative cocktails in the Snooty Fox Pub is a nice way to precede dinner. Dinner in the Rabbit Hill Inn’s dining room featuring a menu filled with yummy and often gourmet choices, complimented by a fine bottle of wine is a wonderful way to start the honeymoon. Return to your room for turn down service complete with a heart shaped sachet to take home, and fall asleep to a flickering fire in your private fireplace. Your honeymoon is off to a great start.
Fill the rest of the days with walks by the river, one of the inn’s customized day trip tours – including the favorite, a self-guided foodie tour – and another afternoon of tea pastries, puzzles, Snooty Fox Cocktails and dinner by the fire in the dining room, and this is a Vermont honeymoon to remember. The next day, take a self guided tour of the Vermont Craft Beer Trail or area covered bridges. Rabbit Hill Inn’s five-day “Do Not Disturb” Honeymoon offers up a little of everything you need to create the perfect romantic getaway.
Rabbit Hill Inn innkeepers, Brian and Leslie, are anxious to personalize your honeymoon to make it just the way you want it. Whether it’s action and adventure, arts or Vermont foods, they’re out to put together a wonderful honeymoon package for those couples who choose to enjoy honeymoons that start in Lower Waterford, VT. All the romantic amenities are within reach. Simply ask, and Rabbit Hill Innkeepers will do their best to customize your honeymoon experience just the way you want it.
And speaking of food oriented honeymoon getaways, the Grafton Inn is located in the same small Vermont town where the Grafton Cheese Company is found – Grafton, VT. Among the oldest and most established inns in New England, the Grafton Inn has been hosting New England honeymooners for decades. The original ones arrived by stagecoach here, and while their transportation has changed, the setting here has been beautifully preserved with modern amenities added to offer the perfect honeymoon respite in a historic setting.
And not only is Grafton Inn an amazing honeymoon location, it’s also the perfect Vermont wedding venue too. Create a memorable Grafton Inn destination wedding here and then combine it with a honeymoon and eliminate the hassle of travel to your honeymoon location.
No honeymoon at the Grafton Inn is complete without time spent together on their beautiful porch overlooking the property. Sit in rockers hand in hand and recall all the funny moments of the wedding while you relax and recuperate from weeks and months of planning.
Venture down the road to the Grafton Cheese Company and watch how this fine Vermont cheese is made. The next day, head to Grafton Ponds, the inn’s outdoor center, for XC skiing and snowshoe tours, or fat biking in the winter or hiking, mountain biking, canoeing or swimming in the summer. Take in one of the many guided tours offered then return to the inn for a cold drink on the front porch. Once you claim your rocker there, you simply won’t want to move.
The Grafton Inn offers honeymooners two options for dining. Phelps Barn is more of a casual setting where those prefer pub fare and local brews will be happy. Themed dinners, like burger and brew nights on Thursdays and live entertainment are scheduled in the Phelps Barn and the menu offers up casual fare and a fabulous collection of hand picked Vermont craft brews. For those looking for a more intimate dining experience, fireside dining in the Grafton Inn’s Old Tavern Restaurant is the ideal choice. With a menu changing seasonally to reflect what’s fresh and available locally, dinner here is as much about the beauty of the dish as it is about romance and a farm to table restaurant experience.
Honeymooners can choose from a variety of accommodations with 45 guest rooms located both in the main inn and in the inn’s collection of out buildings. Honeymooners often choose the Tavern Suites with separate sitting rooms and soaking tubs, located on the second and third floor of the historic Old Tavern building. There is also a selection of private vacation rentals in Grafton Village offered too.
Grafton Inn’s staff are anxious to create the perfect wedding and/or honeymoon experience catered distinctly to each guests’ tastes and whims. All the ingredients for romance are here…. including the two of you once your honeymoon starts.
Of course, if you’re interested in a Massachusetts honeymoon or romantic getaways to other parts of New England, fear not. Distinctive Inns of New England are found in every New England state, and we’ll be featuring honeymoons and mini moons in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine in future stories with our New England Honeymoon series.
Plan your New England honeymoon getaway at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.
In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic