FOR SWEETHEARTS ONLY: VALENTINE’S DAY AND OTHER ROMANTIC ESCAPES IN CONNECTICUT
HARTFORD — January 05, 2006 — A glass of Champagne, a candlelight dinner for two, a fireside breakfast: when it comes to romance it’s often the little things that mean a lot. When they come packaged with elegant accommodations, fine dining, even a whirlpool tub and massage, Valentine’s Day or any other romantic occasion becomes all the more memorable.
Connecticut’s hotels, country inns and B&Bs give top priority to pampering guests and this February they will stop at nothing to ensure that Cupid is kind to lovers of all ages. Here is a small sampling of vacation packages for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions.
The Glorious Romance Package at Another Second Penny Inn in Stonington begins with a flickering fire, French Champagne and locally made chocolate truffles, continues with down-filled duvets, long-stemmed roses, gourmet cheeses and a delicious dinner at the Captain Daniel Packer Inne in Mystic. In the morning, a five-course breakfast is served in the dining room for those who choose not to have their breakfast basket in bed. Priced at $599, the package includes two nights’ accommodations, dinner for two for two nights and all the little extras. Call 860-535-1710.
The Simsbury 1820 House, with 33 antique-appointed rooms in Simsbury in the Farmington Valley, has an all-inclusive Valentine’s Day package (available February 10-14, 2006) that features accommodations with four poster beds, down comforters and elegant amenities as well as a complimentary bottle of Champagne and chocolate treats; and that’s just for starters. There’s also a candlelight dinner showcased by Chateaubriand for two along with a Lover’s Lane Lemon Tart or a Chocolate Seduction for dessert; and a quiet breakfast in the hotel’s cafй the next morning. The package, priced at $189 per couple, may be reserved by calling 800-TRY-1820.
The 18th century Elias Child House in Woodstock treats February guests to a Valentine Sweetheart Special that includes a bed chamber with fireplace and down quilts dressed with flowers, Champagne and chocolates, a Friday night dinner of hors d’oeurvres and country stew served by the cooking hearth, a Saturday and Sunday morning country breakfast, a discount coupon for Saturday night dining at the nearby Inn at Woodstock Hill and hiking on the 47 acres of grounds followed by a massage or Reiki session. Available all February weekends, the package is priced at $385 per couple, including two nights’ accommodations. Call 877-974-9836.
The Toll Gate Hill Inn in Litchfield offers a weekend for two in a beautiful suite with a canopied bed and wood burning fireplace, complemented by a chilled bottle of Champagne, chocolates, a fresh fruit and cheese platter, continental breakfast and a $50 gift certificate to use at the Inn’s historic restaurant. Priced from $400, the package is available through February by calling 860-567-1233. The 38-room Wake Robin Inn in Lakeville celebrates Valentine’s Day with overnight accommodations for two, breakfast and a Valentine’s Day dinner on February 11 (for those who want to celebrate on the weekend before the big day) or February 14 (official Valentine’s Day). With a standard room featuring a king or queen bed, the package is priced at $250 per couple. Call 860-435-2000 for reservations.
The Deacon Timothy Pratt B&B Inn in Old Saybrook welcomes the romantically inclined with a Bed, Breakfast and Sleigh Ride package featuring two nights’ accommodations with a fireplace and Jacuzzi tub, a candlelight, fireside breakfast and an hour sleigh ride, snow permitting. The package is priced from $350 and may be booked by calling 860-395-1229.
Centennial Inn Suites in Farmington celebrates Valentine’s Day with a Romantic Escape Package. Priced from $129 per night, the package includes a spacious Centennial Studio suite with fireplace, a complimentary bottle of wine, executive breakfast, cookies and coffee upon arrival, free movie rentals and popcorn and a 10 percent discount for a dinner at a local restaurant. Call 860-677-4647.
The Wallingford Victorian B&B welcomes special guests for personal celebrations that can include anything from Valentine’s Day to anniversaries and birthdays. The package includes three-room suite accommodations with a corner whirlpool tub, flowers and fresh fruit or a cake. All is included in the regular room rate by calling 203-269-4492.
The Romance Weekend Special at the Inn at Lower Farm B&B in North Stonington begins with two nights’ accommodations in a guestroom with fireplace and four poster bed where guests are greeted with a complimentary basket of chocolates and bottle of wine. Two gourmet breakfasts are served by candlelight in front of the inn’s original open hearth. The price is $375 per room. Call 866-535-9075.
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