You’ve been locked in for eons, but you’re still not ready to venture to the other side of the world. Fortunately, there are plenty of secluded, romantic, pampering inns in the sprawling United States that are designed to bond with your significant other in style.
Keswick Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia
History-loving honeymooners can combine their love of the past with their penchant for wine at Keswick Hall, a newly renovated (multi-million dollar) harbor located an hour from Washington DC, in the heart of Virginia’s pastoral wine country, minutes from Jefferson’s Monticello and James Madison Montpelier, among other historic sites, this 400 acre property is home to a carpet of manicured gardens, red clay tennis courts, an infinity pool, a number of hilly walking trails, and its own winery. Reopened, redesigned, polished and improved in August, the hotel proudly offers its guests the opportunity to dine at the table of celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten in his newly shaped, signature restaurant Marigold. Nearby, the university city of Charlottesville has a variety of breweries, distilleries, boutiques, and galleries with easy streets for wandering and browsing. Other activities the resort can arrange include horse riding, fly fishing, and wine tasting.
Rooms to book: treat yourself to the 840 square meter presidential suite, which has a dream balcony for late morning coffee and Frette sheets to snuggle up to at any time.
Beach Plum Farm, Cape May, New Jersey
It is no coincidence that you call New Jersey the Garden State. This fertile stretch of coastal state grows some of the best produce in the world. For honeymooners with foodies, a stay at Beach Plum, a 62-acre farm, is the day. Take root in one of the five cozy cottages and barns, each part of the yard and surrounded by the scent of vegetables, earthy mulch and sea air. Each has full kitchenettes, washers and dryers, screened porches, outdoor fire pits, and outdoor showers. Use of golf carts and bikes, plus pool access and beach service, all add to the fun. Less than two miles from famous historic downtown Cape May, the farm offers floor-to-plate dishes at The Kitchen, the popular Amish barn restaurant. Expect changing menus depending on what came from the fields that morning.
Book a room: Choose Whaler’s Cottage, which dates back to 1780. It is one of the oldest houses on Cape Island. Cuddle up in front of the fireplace at night while you plan your next day’s activities.
Carneros Resort and Spa, Napa Valley, California
Before Napa seemed all about wine, it was a fertile agricultural community with a climate that favored grapes and fruit, among other things. In nod to this farm-oriented era, the Carneros Resort and Spa has 100 detached cottages that pepper 28 acres in the heart of the vineyards. Each luxurious, self-contained unit has 400 square meters of living space and even larger outdoor gardens and courtyards. Like a village, the retreat has streets and pathways that lead to the pool, spa, and the famous on-site restaurants – Boom Fly Cafe, FARM at Carneros, and Hilltop Dining Room. Enjoy beautiful soaking tubs (big enough for two), indoor and outdoor showers, fireplaces, and double doors that frame the breathtaking views. Here you can taste wine, take leisurely bike rides, hike and explore Napa’s delightful cities.
Book a room: There are a few two-bedroom cottages and larger houses on the property, but honeymooners will prefer the luxuriously appointed private cottages, which are large enough for lovers who just want to hang out together.