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This Valentine’s Day can be made of everlasting memories, not just candy and flowers. Surprise your loved one with a romantic overnight or weekend experience. Sometimes the need to get away conflicts with the need to stay local. It’s just your luck that Connecticut has some of the best inns and bed and breakfasts in New England. 

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
2 Bridge St.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(877) 358-0234

Fall asleep to the sounds of a crackling fire and wake up to a sparkling view of the Long Island Sound and Connecticut River. Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is located on the water and has all the amenities you need to create romance. You don’t need to leave the hotel to eat, sleep or use the spa facilities. Dine in at Fresh Salt for breakfast, lunch and dinner or take a walk to Dock & Dine next door. Special spa and bed and breakfast packages are available for purchase as part of your stay. Villas are furnished with water views, balconies, fireplace and two-person jacuzzis.

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The Stanton House Inn
76 Maple Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 869-2110

This charming inn will give you the relaxing comfort of home with the excitement of getting away. The Stanton House Inn features private suites with a kitchenette, fireplace, seating area, six-foot claw-foot tub and whirlpool tub. This non-smoking inn is conveniently located in close proximity to local shops and restaurants in Greenwich. Complimentary breakfast is offered daily for guests. You will find yourself not wanting to go home by the end of your stay.

Harbour Inne & Cottage
15 Edgemont St.
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-9253

This bed and breakfast gives you two options in creating the perfect honeymoon getaway. Your first option is a selection of private bedrooms with a fireplace and private bath for a more affordable cost. Your second choice is its featured cottage located separate from the inn. The cottage features a private kitchen, fireplace and enclosed hot tub that can be used year round. Both sleeping arrangements have a wood cabin ambiance. Harbour Inne & Cottage is in walking distance to local shops and attractions including Mystic’s seaport, village and aquarium. Spice up your getaway with a drive to local vineyards or the casino. Complimentary breakfast is offered for guests and Harbour is pet friendly.

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The Spa at Norwich Inn
607 W. Thames St.
Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 425-3500

Your honeymoon destination awaits on this 45-acre property. One hundred guest rooms, suites and villas are available. The most popular suites are the Windsor and Terrance suites, most likely for the jacuzzi. Villas are more private, set apart from the main building. Villas feature a private kitchen, balcony, living room, fireplace and wi-fi. Views overlook the fish pond, golf course, rock gardens or pool. Surprise your sweetie with on-site spa treatments. Dining options on the property include Kensington’s and Ascot’s Pub. The Spa at Norwich Inn has everything you need in one romantic location.

The Manor House
69 Maple Ave.
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-5690

Tucked away in the hills of Litchfield County is the bed and breakfast of your dreams. The Manor House is best known for its hospitality, comfort and reputation as a place for making memories. Private rooms will give you the romance and privacy of your desire. Rooms feature king- or queen-size beds, fireplace, whirpool bath and private balconies. Make special arrangements for in-room massages or on-site picnics. The Manor House does all the work to surprise your loved one so you can enjoy your stay. Venture out to town for local eateries and feast on home-cooked breakfast from the innkeepers.

Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.