New England has long been a popular destination for cozy winter romantic escapes. Vermont and New Hampshire may come to mind, but Litchfield County, Connecticut, often called Connecticut’s “Secret Corner,” offers a taste of New England without having to venture so far north. When the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, the “Secret Corner” becomes a winter wonderland. It’s the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll through a charming New England town, hike or snowshoe through the woods, or just relax by the fire with a book and a glass of wine. Here are a few activities to consider when you’re planning your romantic winter getaway.
Go on a wine tasting tour
The wineries on the Connecticut Wine Trail offer breathtaking views and the chance to taste wines from one of the most exciting and fastest growing wine regions in the US. Many wineries are open year round and are less crowded in the winter months, providing visitors with a more intimate experience. Meet the winemakers and learn how the cool climate in the Litchfield Hills allows for intricate flavor development. A few wineries, such as Sunset Meadows Vineyard and Haight-Brown Vineyard, offer chocolate or cheese tastings along with their wine. What a lovely way to spend the afternoon!
Take a scenic hike
With thousands of acres of preserved forestland, Litchfield County boasts an incredible number trails for hiking and snowshoeing. Meander through the woods in the Litchfield Hills and explore the picturesque countryside. Pack a picnic- or let the Manor House Inn pack one for you. The historic stone pavilion at the top of Dennis Hill, with picnic tables and gorgeous views, offers a perfect spot for respite.
Enjoy a romantic dinner
You don’t have to go far to find award-winning cuisine and ambiance in the “Secret Corner.” Romantic dining rooms with cozy fireplaces set the stage for memorable meals. There are numerous farm-to-table restaurants in the area that highlight seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms. Many change their menus weekly or even nightly since they use the freshest foods available to create innovative and elegant dishes.
Savor a gourmet breakfast in bed
When was the last time you had breakfast delivered to your door? Breakfast in bed is one of life’s little luxuries. Stay in one of our spacious suites and take advantage of our Romantic Getaway package, which includes breakfast delivered to your room. It’s the perfect way to start a romantic and relaxing day!
Plan Your Romantic Getaway Today
Now that you have a few great ideas for romantic winter getaways, you can begin to plan your own. Browse the Manor House Inn’s spacious suites with features including fireplaces, oversized whirlpool tubs and private balconies. Our cozy accommodations will ensure you have a memorable romantic winter getaway in New England.