One Tank Romantic Inn to Inn getaways – Part III – Connecticut to the Cape

waterfront rooms at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWith gas prices the lowest they’ve been in a decade of summers, we’ve been focusing in on one-tank inn-to-inn itineraries, perfect for that New England romantic getaway this summer. We started with an inn-to-inn escape in Northern New England, including Rabbit Hill Inn, Grafton Inn, Manor on Golden Pond and Chesterfield Inn.  Last week, we explored a fun one-tank itinerary going from Marblehead to Maine, including the Harbor Light Inn, Captain Jefferds Inn and Camden Maine Stay.  Today, we’re going to stay coastal, starting our inn-to-inn one-tank getaway on the Connecticut Shore, continuing to Newport, Rhode island then ending on Cape Cod.

Find romance in Mystic Country

Fill your gas tank in Niantic, CT and fill your stomach with a fabulous breakfast at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  Overlooking boats coming and going from a busy marina, guests love to sit in rockers on the porch and watch the beautiful sunrises while sipping on hot mugs of signature roasted coffee. Your romantic stay at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina might include a room with the perfect marina view, where you and your partner will enjoy a glass of wine or soft drinks from your private balcony.  Pair that up with the Romance, Wine and Dine or Anniversary Package, filled with extras like a bottle of bubbly, wine tasting experiences, dinner certificates or spa treatments, and you’ll have just what you need to start your coastal inn to inn romantic trip the right way.  If time allows, be sure to check out the customized itineraries created by innkeeper, Dave Labrie, designed to offer a day of themed attractions and side trips.

Suite at Cliffside Inn, Newport, RINostolgia in Newport

Your next stop on your amorous one-tank inn to inn route is Newport, Rhode Island, less than 1.5 hours up the New England coastline from Niantic. Filled with attractions reminiscent of yesteryear, like historic racing boats and opulent mansions, travelers will find the ideal mix of nostalgia and modern amenities at Cliffside Inn.  Stroll hand in hand past Newport’s famous mansions on the Cliff Walk, just steps from the inn. Return just in time for afternoon tea or one of the wine and hors d’oeuvre receptions hosted by the inn.  Enhance your stay with several add-ons  like the romance package including a bottle of Proscecco, fresh flowers and hand-dipped strawberries to an in-room massage, cheese and cracker trays and more.  Meticulosly renovated a few years ago, the historic significance of the gilded age has been preserved here while modern elements like in-room fireplaces, deep whirlpool tubs and double showers insure romance.  Choose from spacious guest rooms at the inn to two-room suites in the cottages.  Then sample from a wide range of wonderful restaurants within walking distance from the inn to top off the night.

Tea at Captain's House Inn

Couples on the Cape

The final leg of this one-tank inn-to-inn romantic coastal getaway ends in Chatham, Cape Cod at the Captain’s House Inn.  Filled with the appeal of a historic captain’s home with a touch of British civility, this inn, surrounded by beautiful gardens, an in-ground pool and fitness room, is the perfect ending to a one-tank intimate escape.  Rooms here are huge, filled with all the amenities you need for your romantic getaway – deep whirlpool tubs and double showers, fireplaces, and much more.  Add in abundant chef-prepared breakfasts, a lovely British-inspired afternoon tea – complete with one of the many teapots from the inn’s collection – and evening sweets in the kitchen.  As if that’s not enough, check the rooms for Cape Cod potato chips and Cape-cod Iced tea or cranberry drinks too.  Then, augment your stay with one of the add-ons, like the romance package complete with beautifully prepared cheese and fruit board, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a split of sparkling wine or full bottle of Champagne, and you have all the makings to wow him or her.  Stroll hand in hand down to the Chatham Boat Pier to see the fishermen unloading their catch, visit nearby beaches, and then take on one of Chatham’s fabulous restaurants to round out your ideal stay.

Whether it’s a Northern New England inn to inn romantic itinerary, a Massachusetts to Maine coastal romantic adventure, or this Connecticut to the Cape itinerary, there’s no doubt that 2017 is the summer for the ultimate romantic 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 Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield.