Life without love is mostly just paperwork. Spark your own epic romance and visit some of the dreamiest spots in New Hampshire. From cozy inns and botanical gardens to grand hotels and luxury spa days, our list is sure to address all your romantic needs.
A visit to the Fells Historic Estate is a treat no matter the reason, but a tour of its gardens is pure romance. A rose terrace, heather beds, and the original 1909 garden are just a few of the horticultural delights that await you in Newbury. Explore nature, art, and history seamlessly as you wander the nearly 1,000 hillside acres of the Fells, open year-round. If you’re as athletic as you are amorous, venture onto the more than five miles of hiking trails accessible from the estate.
Chez Boucher in Hampton offers a quality cooking course for couples complete with romantic ambiance. Learn to cook a gourmet four course meal, then retreat to the dining room and be served your creation in style. Chez Boucher pairs the meal with appropriate wines for a well-rounded, educational brand of romance that can contribute to future, more intimate meals at home.
There are few things as romantic as good art, and Manchester’s Currier Museum has one of the best collections around. Meander through exhibits of the finest European and American artists, and get lost in other worlds of beauty.
A postcard-perfect oasis of romantic seclusion, a stay at the Inn at Ellis River in Jackson is a surefire way to spice things up. While any room is ripe for romance, the Inn offers a special Valentine’s Day package from mid-January to mid- March. Arrive in your room to discover a single long stemmed rose, a bottle of sparkling wine, and chocolate covered strawberries. The Inn will even offer to put a note to your beloved in your quarters prior to your arrival. The package also includes a candlelit dinner at Jackson’s Wentworth restaurant, an impeccably intimate destination. For an extra charge, indulge in a sleigh ride or couple’s massage.
There is something about the theater that is impossibly romantic—a memory of times past when people dressed their best to hit the town in style. Relive that era with a trip to the Palace Theater in Manchester. Whether you take in a concert or catch a play, when the lights dim and the action gets going, you will be utterly transported. Check the Palace Theater website for upcoming events.
Firefly American Bistro in Manchester is one of the most romantic little nooks of New Hampshire. Founded in 2008 by a brother and sister culinary duo, Firefly is committed to fresh, quality food and a seductive ambiance. Despite its elegant vibe, this bistro is decidedly “upscale casual,” so you can experience the finest dining more comfortably and focus on the romance.
A grand hotel for a grand romance! The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods harkens back to an era or refinement, elegance, and class. Once a luxury playground for the likes of Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth, and Joan Crawford, the Omni stands as an homage to days gone by. Whether you go all out on the slopes or retreat to the spa, time spent at the Omni Mount Washington Resort is sure to reinvigorate the soul and revive romance.
A high quality botanical oasis, the Fuller Gardens in North Hampton offer relaxed romance. Explore the formal rose garden, a Japanese garden, and perennial English selections that delight the senses.
Take your love for a spin on both the lake and the dancefloor with a Sunset Dinner Dance Cruise. Absorb the breathtaking scenery and enjoy a quality buffet dinner before you reconnect through the magic of dance. A wonderful way to be a tourist in your own backyard and see New Hampshire in a whole new light.
If you and your love are looking for an outdoor activity, a relatively easy hike to Glen Ellis Falls in Jackson is a refreshing, invigorating option. The 64-foot waterfalls have long been a popular destination for the more athletic among us, and the hike itself provides a lovely forest experience. Whether you live in the Pinkham Notch area or make it a special destination, a trip to Glen Ellis Falls is a singular date experience for even the most jaded outdoorsmen.
There is nothing better than a trip to the spa, except a trip to the spa with the one you love. Whether you relax with a massage or go buff with a body scrub, Londonderry’s Bare Necessities Day Spa is the perfect place to let go and reconnect. Another great option is the SpaRitual Infinitely Loving Pedicure, leaving you that much better off to play some serious footsie.
A trip to La Belle is like hitting the restart button. Sample wines and enjoy a gourmet Farm-to-Fork meal as you take in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the state. Stop by the on-site gallery and admire the work of local artists, or take a self-guided tour of the vineyard.
Whether you spend a relaxed day, or go all out for an overnight, a trip to Star Island is an unforgettable, deeply romantic experience. Part of the Isle of Shoals, Star Island has long been a popular destination, first in the 17th century as one of the country’s busiest ports, and later in the 19th century as a hideaway for the elite. Join those lucky ranks and take the six-mile ferry ride to this environmental gem. Take a walk, a swim, or just some time alone together as you explore one of the best preserved areas of the state.
One of the last remaining grand hotels in the state, Wentworth by the Sea is the stuff of romantic dreams. Better yet, the Wentworth offers a special retreat just for couples. The “Seascape Getaway” is a two-night stay, complete with wine and a cheese plate upon arrival, champagne breakfast both days, and two $50 spa credits.
Whether you shop for sport or relaxation, a visit to New Hampshire’s Antique Alley is a cozy way to spend time together and maybe pick up some fabulous new pieces! Discover this 20-mile stretch of road between Chichester and Lee that is home to some of the finest antique stores in the entire United States. Antique Alley has been drawing shoppers internationally for decades, and is an easily accessible treasure trove for locals.