Last week we talked about how AAA had declared a 12-year low for gas prices at the beginning of the summer. Since this is the summer for road trips, we’re exploring all the fun one-tank inn-to-inn romantic escapes. In Part I of this series we covered Northern New England inn to inn romantic itineraries and packages. Today we’ll follow the coast from Cape Ann, MA to Camden, ME offering three perfect options for the ideal Massachusetts and Maine Romance Packages.
Chances are you’ll begin your itinerary in or around Boston. From Boston, simply head North to Marblehead, MA, just under and hour (depending on where you start), yet seemingly a lifetime away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This historic town, offers fabulous streets to explore for walkers, all easy access from the Harbor Light Inn, the first stop on your romantic inn to inn itinerary. Here you’ll find a number of Harbor Light Inn romance packages to enhance your stay. Depending on the level of the package, pair a stay at the inn with a sumptuous buffet breakfast each morning, then pick from flowers, bubbly, and chocolates to fine champagne, cheese platters, flowers or a couple’s massage. Stroll hand in hand through historic neighborhoods down to the harbor to watch boats come and go, then explore the vibrant dining scene in Marblehead and nearby Cape Ann towns. Return to the inn for a drink in the tavern, or sip wine together at the poolside fire pit on warmer nights.
After exploring the region they call North of Boston, head north and in just under two hours you’ll come to Kennebunkport, home to the Bush compound on Walker’s Point, shops of Dock Square and the stately Captain Jefferds Inn. Located within an easy stroll of the shops and restaurants at Dock Square or the beaches in Kennebunkport, this is the ideal place for a perfect couple’s romantic getaway. There are so many choices for romantic packages at Captain Jefferds Inn, you may have to come back again and again to experience them. From the Expressions of Love package including chocolate dipped strawberries, a dozen roses, chilled champagne and a gift certificate for dinner at On The Marsh to the ultimate Moon Dance package where a horse drawn carriage will pick you up for a private ride through the seaside village to your dinner destination, and you’ll enjoy a single rose and half bottle of champagne along the way. There’s even a “Romance Your Man” package with a trip to a nearby microbrewery complete with five tastings and appetizers. What a way to enjoy some coastal Maine romance, and don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy lobster along the way. Return after exploring the town with any of these packages to your candle lit whirlpool bath for two.
Your final stop on the coastal itinerary is Camden, Maine, a five-star harbor town filled with wonderful shops and restaurants worth exploring. Camden is home to the Camden Maine Stay Inn, a wonderful two-hour drive from Kennebunkport up Route One, allowing you to explore the nooks and crannies of South and Mid-coast Maine along the way. Choose a room overlooking the gorgeous gardens, or simply walk hand in hand down the garden path exploring the fauna and flora here. Several romance packages offer up everything from chocolates and flowers to a private sail on Penobscot Bay with an experienced captain. Of course, your romantic getaway comes with heaping helpings of conversation with innkeepers who were born in Italy, and have many stories to tell, along with a homecooked breakfast each morning and afternoon sweets.
Whether it’s a Northern New England inn to inn romantic itinerary or this Massachusetts and Maine coastal romantic adventure, this is the summer for the ultimate road trip. 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.
In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic