The Definition of Romance
Everyone knows what romance is right? Start asking your friends and see how consistent the answers are. Romance is actually something that is everyone's ideal, but very hard to define. Looking it up in the dictionary you will find such definitions as imaginative, marvelous, fanciful, conducive to love, strangely wild, picturesque. But each one of those definitions is oh so subjective. The one I happen to like best is "extravagantly ideal".
So if you are looking for romance, where do you start? I suggest starting with spending time alone with your loved one. But where do you go to be alone? Well many of the over 17,000 inns and bed & breakfasts in the United States advertise themselves as being romantic. There is a huge variety to tap into--virtually something for everyone --even something romantic for everyone.
The Boston Globe list 15 romantic ideas that include a "Snow Escape", "Cooking Together", a "Jazz Show", an "Inn", a "Restaurant", a "Hot Tub", "Skiing", "Sledding", "Books", a "Wildlife Sanctuary" and even the "Boston Red Sox". Well I for one, love the Boston Red Sox but would never consider attending a game or even watching it on TV romantic. I suppose most of the other suggestions either are or could be romantic depending on your choice of locations.
OK if not the Red Sox, what then. My definition of romance starts with candlelight, and good food (many restaurants fit this description). And of course good food means good wine to go with it!
I'll add in the "Snow Escape"-- sledding, skiing, hiking or snow shoeing-- whatever your loved one happens to enjoy -- after all romance is all about spending time together and enjoying it.
Then let's add in some warmth. What about cocktails in front of a fireplace? Sounds good doesn't it? Especially after enjoying a day in the snow!
After that add in a little soft music (jazz or classical depending on your preference) and a nicely appointed room at a lovely country inn complete with working fireplace at the foot of the bed. Ahhhh what a perfect way to end a special day or special weekend with your loved one.
There are plenty of Romantic Packages or even Romantic Winter Packages out there at all the inns (and even some of the big hotels) With so many different opportunities it can be hard to choose. If you think the photos in this blog are romantic, then I recommend the Romantic Getaway Package at Clamber Hill, which includes a two night stay in a room with a working fireplace and a romantic 4-course dinner for two -- appetizer, soup or salad, entrees dessert and a bottle of wine. Best of all, once you arrive at Clamber Hill you won't have to leave to find romance-- at least for the weekend.