Romantic Winter Getaways

With Valentine’s Day and February vacations fast approaching, now is the perfect time to plan a romantic winter getaway and spoil the one you love. Whether it be with a significant other, family members, or even a close friend, plan a day or night to pamper yourself with all of the luxurious amenities that Northwest Connecticut has to offer.

With a 4.5 star rating across both Yelp and TripAdvisor, Mountainside Cafe is the hidden gem that every foodie desires. Executive Chef, Charles Dietrich offers a simple and delicious breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu while promoting sustainability by serving only the best from local farmers, growers, and producers.  For late rising lovers, the fluffy omelets and tender french toast can only be made better when accompanied by a house made latte. There are a lot of healthy options on the menu, all which are delectable!

Drive down Route 7 and over the famous Cornwall Covered Bridge to stop at The Wish House for that perfectly quirky gift for your loved one. Gadgets, books, and home accessories made by craftsmen around the world plus the ease of complimentary gift wrapping will make it one stop shopping! Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? The Cornwall Bridge Pottery Store has gorgeous handmade Valentine gifts that are sure to please the person who truly has everything!  Or head on over to the Housatonic River Outfitters where you can pick up some fly-fishing gear or a gift card. Reserve a guided trip for that special outdoors person in your life!

Another great stop for Valentine’s Day shopping is Mahaiwe Jewelers. After 60 plus years of business, Mahaiwe has become the most reliable place to buy exclusive jewelry, giftware, housewares and fine china.

Rest your head at the award winning Inn at Kent Falls. Featured in New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and voted “Best Bed and Breakfast” by Connecticut Magazine three years in a row, the inn offers style and romance, a crackling fireplace and the quiet luxury of Northwest Connecticut. Call today to book “The Winter Warm Up” package, including complimentary cocktails with your stay.

Wake up and drive down to the heart of Kent where you can shop in any of the artisan retail stores that dot the main road or walk through the many art galleries which offer up a dynamic selection of artist exhibits. Make sure to stop by Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company for a sweet treat. Buy a box of assorted chocolates for the one you love, or indulge by yourself. Handmade truffles, barks, peanut butter cups, and baked goods are just a few of the delicious treats that they serve up on a daily basis. Is your sweetie more of a tea and health foodie?  No problem!  A mere stone’s throw from Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company is the delightful tea company, aptly named Tea & Dreams.  Featuring tea from all over the world and a carefully curated health food section with all kinds of edible (and non-edible) delights.  Try the Bubble Teas…a different special bubble tea is featured daily.

But if you need to keep feeding your chocolate kick, by all means, visit Milkhouse Chocolates at Thorncrest Farm for fine artisanal, small batch “single cow origin” chocolates. Chocolate sampler boxes are not only pleasing to eat, but also to look at! The perfect shine of each chocolate compliments the Valentine’s Day themed packages that they offer. You won’t disappoint if you purchase your special someone a gift from Milkhouse.

Saturday, February 13th marks Miranda Vineyard’s Annual Chocolate Lovers Valentine’s Dinner. For only $50 per person, you can enjoy delicious gourmet food, five wine pairings, and live music! Miranda Vineyard offers award winning handcrafted wines produced using traditional European methods passed down through generations. If you can’t make it to their Valentine’s Dinner, don’t worry. You can always stop by on the weekend for a wine tasting and a walk through the facilities.

Another great dinner spot is Infinity Music Hall & Bistro. With 12 shows ranging from acoustic, rock, blues, and an ABBA production scheduled for the month of February, you’ll never be bored! Make a reservation at the bistro before your show and enjoy a specialty house cocktail from their extensive list.

Spend the night at the Blackberry River Inn, a historic colonial home dating back to 1763. The inn is situated in 27 acres of land with classic accommodations that will take you back in time. The Blackberry River Inn is the epitome of “quaint New England”. Breakfast is complimentary with your stay and tea time takes place in the library every afternoon at 5:00 PM.

Visit the Interlaken Inn and purchase the “Couples Massage Package.” The name says it all! This package includes deluxe king overnight accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, continental breakfast for two, plus a “buy one, get one free” dinner entree discount at Morgan’s Restaurant. Don’t forget to schedule your one hour couples massage with aromatherapy from Ellora Spa. Everything in this package sets the mood for a sensual escape.  But options are good, right?  The Country Bistro is celebrating sweethearts on Valentine’s Day with a delectable, delightful, and delicious champagne and candlelight Sweetheart Dinner for two. The prix fixe menu will include an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee.

Stop by the Roaring Oaks Florist, now located in Lakeville, for the most beautiful floral arrangements, gourmet baskets, cuddly plush toys, and more! Pre-order a gift for the people in your life that need some extra appreciation; family, friends, teachers, or coaches.

Looking for a not so typical Valentine’s Day dinner? Try When Pigs Fly BBQ! Share your mutual love for traditional southern barbecue with some baby back ribs, smoked beer can chicken, cheddar and jalapeno drop biscuits, and collard greens. Be sure to finish it all off with a slice of mouth watering caramel-pecan pie.

Mountainside Cafe
251 Route 7 South
Falls Village, CT 06031
860-824-7876

The Wish House
413 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall, CT 06796
860-672-2969

Cornwall Bridge Pottery Store
415 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall, CT 06796
860-672-6545

Housatonic River Outfitters
24 Kent Road
Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754
860-672-1010

Mahaiwe Jewelers
25 Railroad Street
Canaan, CT 06018
860-824-7516

The Inn at Kent Falls
107 Kent Cornwall Road
Kent, CT 06757
860-927-3197

Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company
8 North Main Street
Kent, CT 06757
860-927-1445

Tea & Dreams
7 Fulling Lane
Kent, CT 06757
860-592-0279

Milkhouse Chocolates
280 Town Hill Road
Goshen, CT 06756
860-309-2545

Miranda Vineyard
42 Ives Road
Goshen, CT 06756
860-491-9906
(Reservations are required. Call today.)

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
20 Greenwoods Road West
Norfolk, CT 06058
860-542-5531

Blackberry River Inn
538 Greenwoods Road West
Norfolk, CT 06058
860-542-5100

Interlaken Inn
74 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
800-222-2909

Country Bistro
10 Academy Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
860-435-9420

Roaring Oaks Florist
349A Main Street
Lakeville, CT 06039
860-364-5380

When Pigs Fly
29 West Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069
860-492-0000

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