With gas prices at a 12-year low for July 4th weekend, AAA says that 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, with the vast majority on the road via car or motorcycle travel (vs. flying). That’s an increase of nearly 3-percent from the year before, and according to AAA, that’s more Americans hitting the road for the holiday weekend than ever before. How many will be traveling to the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England? Plenty, we think. While there are still a few rooms available, it’s expected to be a stellar weekend for the inns, so be sure you have reservations before hitting the road for your red, white and blue romantic getaway.
According to AAA, the national average gas price is four cents cheaper than this same time last year which will contribute to the increase in travelers on the roads this Independence Day. With today’s national average price for a gallon of gas at $2.28, prices remain historically low for the summer travel season. That bodes well for people seeking one-tank getaways to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). Look forward to a summer of easy and affordable travel, as each of the 12 DINE inns are no more than one tankful from one to the next, and some are way less. Given their close proximity, a New England inn to inn itinerary might make perfect sense, combining a romantic package at one inn with a romantic escape at another one nearby.
Vermont and New Hampshire one tank inn to inn itineraries
Start your summer season of romance in Vermont, hitting the inn that’s farthest north in the Distinctive Inns of New England collection, the Rabbit Hill Inn. You can recreate your honeymoon with their 3-day “Do Not Disturb” honeymoon package, which doubles as the perfect romantic getaway. It includes Three nights’ accommodations, a full candlelit breakfast and afternoon tea and pastry daily, a three-course dinner on two evenings of your choice, two one-hour massages in the privacy of your room, a dozen roses and fine Vermont chocolates upon arrival, a chilled bottle of sparkling wine with two Rabbit Hill Inn toasting glasses (yours to keep), the inn’s romantic signature turndown service nightly and all gratuities for staff. There are a number of other longer and shorter romance packages at the Rabbit Hill Inn too. Click here for a rundown on all of the Rabbit Hill Inn’s romance packages.
Next up is the Grafton Inn, another romantic Vermont Inn located just two hours from Rabbit Hill Inn. Once again, your romantic getaway will be filled with fine dining, opportunities for outdoor recreation and plenty of together time. The Grafton Inn’s innkeepers have refreshed their extremely popular Romantic Rendezvous Package and made it even better. You’ll be welcomed to your room by a bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers and Grafton Village cheese. Then enjoy a private candlelight dinner for two with a single rose on the table and a chilled bottle of champagne. While you’re there, spend some time exploring the trails and swimming ponds at Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center, and don’t miss the chance for fine dining in the inn’s Old Tavern Restaurant or casual dining in Phelps Barn Pub.
The next stop on your romantic inn to inn itinerary is New Hampshire, where NH romance packages offer up the ideal intimate getaway. From Grafton Inn, head over to the Chesterfield Inn, just 40 minutes away and easily accessible via I-91South. Here you’ll enjoy drinks on the patio or the ultimate in private dining on your own patio with dinner delivered to your beautifully appointed room. Here several romance packages are offered including a Rekindle the Romance Package, Couples Massage Package or Date Your Mate package. Simply click here to read all about the details, but all packages include overnight accommodations and an order-from-the-menu breakfast, plus either a couple’s massage, dinners, chocolates, bubbly and more. It’s everything you need for the perfect date night or nights, especially when paired with rooms offering private fireplaces, patios and whirlpool tubs.
The last stop on this Northern New England inn to inn itinerary is the Manor on Golden Pond, just about two hours away from the Chesterfield Inn and overlooking Squam Lake, made famous by the movie classic On Golden Pond. Just as the movie reminded us that true love reigns no matter how old we are, your romantic getaway to The Manor will rekindle the flame with the one you love. Take advantage of the Manor on Golden Pond’s romance package. It starts with two-nights accommodations, and continues with a full country breakfast each morning, afternoon tea each day, plus a Chef tasting seven-course menu in the romantic Van Horn dining room one evening of your stay with gratuity included. To add to the romance, enjoy a Royal Couples Spa Package at the inn’s Seasons Spa. The spa package includes granite escape therapy, sole delight and spa lunch with champagne. Top it all off an unforgettable sweetheart turndown service after dinner.
Four fabulous inns, none more than a tankful from one another, and many much less make for the ideal romantic Vermont and New Hampshire summer vacation. With such low gas prices this is the summer of all summers to hit the road for the ideal New England inn to inn romantic getaway. Plan your next romantic getaway at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking on links below that will take you directly to each of their websites, and start planning the summer of 2017 romantic soiree.
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In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic