Getting in a romantic weekend close to Boston is easy with a little foreknowledge of the area. There are romantic locales in every direction, even in the winter when the snow is falling. Whether the idea is skiing, snuggling, shopping or sightseeing, the options are plentiful. Romance is easy to find in the homiest hotels, quaintest towns and most traditional restaurants a vacationer can hope for. Just keep an eye on the weather to find the best weekend for a getaway.
Newport, Rhode Island (Image: iStockphoto)

Newport, Rhode Island (Image: iStockphoto)

Newport, Rhode Island
Pelham Court Hotel
14 Pelham St.
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-4950

Newport is known for its summer attractions. The ocean, the mansions and the ocean-side cliff walk are among the best, but there is more to do in this posh town than enjoy warm, sunny days. It is not even much of an expense to enjoy this once premiere destination for the rich. With rates under $100 a night, the Pelham Court Hotel is one of several well-reviewed hotels that couples can visit on a budget. Nearby are great restaurants, historic houses and everything romantic about winter in New England.

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New Hampshire's White Mountains (Photo: iStockphoto)

New Hampshire’s White Mountains (Photo: iStockphoto)

White Mountains, New Hampshire
Town And Country Inn & Resort
20 U.S. Route 2
Gorham, NH 03581
(603) 466-3315

The White Mountains are a romantic destination any time of year, but are even more attractive in the winter. Sure, most of the hotels in the mountains are on the pricey side, but Town and Country Inn & Resort offers rooms in the same romantic area at a much better rate, given that it is one of the best places to stay. This place has all the amenities, including a health club, sauna, Jacuzzi, heated pool and snowmobile trail access on site. Packages are available for nearby attractions, such as Attitash Mountain.

 (Photo by Harvey Meston/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harvey Meston/Getty Images)

Plymouth, Massachusetts
John Carver Inn
25 Summer St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
(888) 906-6181

Plymouth is one of the most romantic towns on coastal Massachusetts any time of year. It has a small downtown with lots of restaurants and shops that stay open year round and a waterfront with plenty of business owners who brave the winter. The John Carver Inn & Spa is one of the largest structures in the area, set back one block up from the waterfront with its own restaurant and spa attached to the main building. Couples could easily spend a budget weekend in one of the cheaper rooms while taking advantage of fun and inexpensive nearby attractions.

Bedford, Massachusetts
Bedford Plaza Hotel
340 Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 275-6700

Bedford, MA is home to the affordable and luxurious Bedford Plaza Hotel. Couples will get access to amenities like a swimming pool and fitness center. The best part is the access to Lexington and Concord from the hotel. Being the sites of the American Revolution’s first battle, the two towns have many historic locations couples can visit. There are also restaurants and shops that offer a romantic and warm refuge from the cold.

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Rockport, Mass. (Image: iStockphoto)

Rockport, Mass. (Image: iStockphoto)

Rockport, Massachusetts
Rockport Inn & Suites
183 Main St.
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-3300

North of Boston is the seaside town of Rockport. It is connected to Boston via a commuter rail line that couples can use to reach the town during the week. The Rockport Inn & Suites offers visitors a place to stay on a budget and provides pet lodging, free breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub and a fitness center. Nearby attractions include The Paper House, Shalin Liu Performance Center and natural wonders like the Halibut Point Reservation.

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