Best Romantic Inn (2015)


Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Couples looking to reconnect in a more rural setting will find an ideal escape among the 10 winners for the 10Best Readers' Choice category of Best Romantic Inn.

  • Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond

    Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond
    St. Michaels, Md.

    Set in a colonial-style 19th century manor house in St. Michael's, MD the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond features elegant rooms and suites, boasting 19th century elegance enhanced by antique-style furnishings. Steeped in history, this luxurious retreat promises the perfect romantic retreat. Dining offers water views, along with some of the finest seafood on the Maryland shore, while the Purser's Pub offers a homey place for drinks, snacks, playing chess and watching your favorite game. Linden Spa is the place to go for soothing massages, yoga classes, or simply relaxing by the outdoor infinity pool.
    Photo courtesy of Inn at Perry Cabin

  • Seven Gables Inn

    Seven Gables Inn
    Pacific Grove, Calif.

    Set along the waterfront in Pacific Grove, CA, Seven Gables Inn has been designated "One of the Most Romantic Inns in America," by American Historic Inns. The seven buildings (dating from 1886 to 1946) comprising this historic landmark offer views of the Pacific Ocean or Monterey Bay. Some rooms have fireplaces or special features like stained glass. Complimentary full breakfast is served in a formal, oceanfront dining room.  Also included are afternoon wine and cheese, cookies and milk at night, and coffee and snacks throughout the day.
    Photo courtesy of Seven Gables Inn

  • Belfry Inn

    Belfry Inn
    Sandwich, Mass.

    Three unique buildings - one of them a former, de-sanctified Catholic Church - are home to Cape Cod's Belfry Inn. The Abbey houses six guestrooms, each named Monday through Saturday (a nod to Genesis' Creation), on the second floor. The award-winning Bistro is located on the main floor, in church's former space. An additional 17 rooms are located in the adjoining Painted Lady and Village House - both Victorian manses. Some have gas fireplaces and all feature TVs, Wi-Fi and private baths with two-person whirlpool baths.
    Photo courtesy of Belfry Inn

  • Lord Jeffery Inn

    Lord Jeffery Inn
    Amherst, Mass.

    Located in the Pioneer Valley, in Amherst, MA the historic Lord Jeffrey Inn (The Jeff to locals) has been a landmark since 1926. Just around the corner from former residences of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, each of the 49 rooms is luxuriously appointed, while maintaining authentic New England flavor. The award-winning 30 Boltwood serves uniquely crafted cuisine in a cozy ambiance. A guest Library overlooking the Amherst Common offers complimentary use of a computer, while a fully equipped fitness center allows the opportunity to keep fit.
    Photo courtesy of Lynne Graves

  • Vintage Inn

    Vintage Inn
    Yountville, Calif.

    Located one mile from the Domaine Chandon winery, the elegant Vintage Inn in Yountville, CA is an award-winning Napa Valley favorite. The boutique inn features 80 newly remodeled guestrooms and cozy cottage-style villas with a French country-style focus. Private balconies, oversize sunken whirlpool tubs and dual head showers are special touches. An outdoor pool with private cabanas, a fully equipped fitness center and tennis courts offer stress-relief. Complimentary perks include a champagne breakfast buffet and bottle of wine and tea and scones in the afternoon.
    Photo courtesy of Vintage Inn

  • Belmond El Encanto

    Belmond El Encanto
    Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Set amid lush hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, El Encanto has been a Santa Barbara landmark since the 1920s. Each of the bungalows and suites feature king size beds, marble bathrooms with heated stone floors and deep soak or free standing tubs and wide screen TVs. Dining, which focuses on California coastal cuisine, takes place in a choice of restaurants ranging from the formal Dining Room and Terrace, Wine Room or Bar. A full-service spa specializes in an array of treatments drawn from local ingredients, sure to relax the mind and recharge the body.
    Photo courtesy of Belmond El Encanto

  • Fearrington House Inn

    Fearrington House Inn
    Pittsboro, N.C.

    Located on a historic farm near Chapel Hill NC, the Fearrington House Inn blends the luxury and service associated with Relais & Chateaux property with the legendary charm of the South. The 32 unique guest rooms feature original artwork, antiques, luxurious amenities, offering a relaxing break from daily life. Complimentary gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea are provided, and turn-down service includes Port wine and home-made truffles. Fine cuisine is served in intimate dining rooms with farm to fork fare celebrating North Carolina's distinct four seasons. A full service spa specializes in treatments, designed to soothe what ails you.
    Photo courtesy of Fearrington Village

  • Goodstone Inn

    Goodstone Inn
    Middleburg, Va.

    Set on a 265- acre estate and working farm, in scenic Middleburg, VA, this romantic country inn is only one hour from the hustle and bustle of Washington DC. The 18 elegant guest rooms and suites are dispersed in six distinctive dwellings - all offering the feel of an 18th century country estate with the 21st century conveniences. Accented by priceless prints and antiques and rich wood paneling, the elegant rooms and suites feature boast English and French country décor, free WiFi, TVs with DVD players, mini fridges and coffeemakers. Private cottages include kitchens, fireplaces and/or courtyards with grills and fountains. The award-winning French restaurant offers delectable dining, an extensive wine cellar and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
    Photo courtesy of Goodstone Inn and Restaurant

  • Twin Farms

    Twin Farms
    Barnard, Vt.

    Steeped in romance, Twin Farms offers 10 free-standing cottages, as well as rooms in the main house, nestled in 300 acres of Vermont’s lush countryside. The only five-star accommodations in the state, the all-inclusive inn boasts unique décor throughout. Delectable cuisine, highlighted by fine wines revolves around the seasons, using locally grown herbs and produce.  A full service spa and fitness center, complement activities such as golf, kayaking, hot air ballooning in summer, and skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding in winter.
    Photo courtesy of Twin Farms

  • Inn at Dos Brisas

    Inn at Dos Brisas
    Washington, Texas

    Set on 313 acres of organic farmland, this luxurious luxe Spanish Colonial-style resort is located in the rolling meadows of the eastern foothills of the Texas' scenic Hill Country. Each of the nine Haciendas and Casitas have cathedral ceilings and are accented by rich colors and feature king-size beds, crisp Egyptian sheets and plump duvets. French doors open on to private patios overlooking the surrounding meadows. The award-winning restaurant features menus using organic ingredients from the onsite farm in an elegant dining room, the center piece of which is an 18th century fireplace from France's Loire Valley.<
    Photo courtesy of Inn at Dos Brisas

Voting has been open for the past four weeks with readers voting daily for their favorites. Taking home the title of Best Romantic Inn is the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, luxurious inn housed inside a colonial-style 19th century manor house in St. Michael's, Md.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Romantic Inn are as follows:

  1. Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond - St. Michaels, Md.
  2. Seven Gables Inn - Pacific Grove, Calif.
  3. Belfry Inn - Sandwich, Mass.
  4. Lord Jeffery Inn - Amherst, Mass.
  5. Vintage Inn - Yountville, Calif.
  6. Belmond El Encanto - Santa Barbara, Calif.
  7. Fearrington House Inn - Pittsboro, N.C.
  8. Goodstone Inn - Middleburg, Va.
  9. Twin Farms - Barnard, Vt.
  10. Inn at Dos Brisas - Washington, Texas

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini, Susan Moynihan (The Honeymoonist), Michelle da Silva Richmond (10Best Travel Expert) and Lydia Schrandt (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of romance travel.

Additional nominees for the category Best Romantic Inn included Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, Calif.; Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn.; Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I.; Greyfield Inn in Cumberland Island, Ga.; Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va.; Pitcher Inn in Warren, Vt.; Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif.; Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, N.Y.; White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine and Winvian Farm in Morris, Conn.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.

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