Rudyard Kipling supposedly once said that Lake Champlain—the centerpiece of America’s best college town—was the sweetest place in the world to watch a sunset. Readers, meanwhile, loved Burlington for other romantically oriented times of day, such as cocktail hour (it ranked in the top 10 for cool bars), brunch, and the all-important dessert. One sip of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ decadent hot cocoas is all it takes to see why the town also scored highly for cafés and ranks among the top 10 for winter wonderland holiday-season visits. See the Travel + Leisure Burlington article here.
Some people want their romantic surroundings sleek, modern, and streamlined. They should probably look elsewhere. Stowe’s charm offensive is of a quieter ilk—more Gary Cooper in a wool flannel shirt than Sinatra in a tuxedo—especially in winter. Get the blood pumping with a few ski turns down Mount Mansfield or a sleigh ride through the snowy woods. Less outdoorsy types may prefer a picturesque drive through tidy, quaint towns before finishing off with a locally sourced dinner at Solstice, one of America’s most romantic restaurants. Come bedtime there’s nowhere to be but Stowe Mountain Lodge: fireplaces in every bedroom make for perfectly cozy New England romance. See the Travel + Leisure Stowe article here.