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  • Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps, Canandaigua, NY

  • Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps, Canandaigua, NY

  • Cuthbert House Inn, Beaufort, SC

  • Cuthbert House Inn, Beaufort, SC

  • Tidewater Inn, Easton, MD

  • Tidewater Inn, Easton, MD

Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps, Canandaigua, NY

Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps, Canandaigua, NY
You may actually realize your historical romance-novel fantasies at this 19th-century B&B, which boasts 12-foot-tall ceilings and claw-foot tubs. In the morning, stare into your lover’s eyes over a three-course breakfast of treats like homemade pastries, fresh fruit and frittatas with roasted red pepper sauce. Later, get your hearts racing on a hydrobike at Canandaigua Lake (585-394-8150; $40 per day). You’ll be hungry for dinner by the time you’re done, so cook up some tuna steak and peach cobbler with the apple of your eye at a New York Wine & Culinary Center couples cooking class (; $150 per couple). Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps, 252 N Main St ( Rooms from $145 for two.

Cuthbert House Inn, Beaufort, SC
Lovers can find privacy in one of eight bedrooms tricked out with lace canopies and access to either the garden or portico; then duck outside to share wine in oversize wicker chairs on the porch, and watch the sun set over the Beaufort River. Ask the owners, Mary Ann and Jeff Thomas, to help you plan kayaking and boating excursions (they do so free of charge), or up the ante by traveling to Charleston, South Carolina or Savannah, Georgia for some city charm, both about an hour away by car. Cuthbert House Inn ( Rooms from $169.

The Fan House, Barnard, VT
Trade in the city heat for the quiet countryside of Barnard, where you can frolic in this three-room cottage with original wooden floorboards. Marvel at nature in the backyard community garden bursting with sunflowers, or swim at the emerald tree-lined Silver Lake State Park (in the dead of night, nobody knows what you are or aren’t wearing) only a few minutes away ( Wake up to a helping of local yogurt and farm-fresh eggs, included in the stay. The Fan House ( Rooms from $160.

Hotel Tides, Asbury Park, NJ
Steer a surrey with your sweetheart on the boardwalk (; per hour $25). As the moon rises over Wesley Lake, connect over a candlelit dinner of white-bean bruschetta ($6.95) and rigatoni with wild mushrooms ($22) at the appropriately named Moonstruck Restaurant ( ( Rooms from $180 for a weekend.

Tidewater Inn, Easton, MD
The winding spiral staircase in the entryway of this Victorian-chic inn looks as if it could stir up a classic love affair, as could a boat cruise on the Miles River (; $50--$75 per person). If you have eyes for anything other than each other, you can continue gazing at the water from the Crab Claw (Rte 33 West/Navy Point, St. Michaels; (, where you can feed each other local crab cakes ($14.50) served atop wooden picnic tables with views of St. Michaels harbor. ( Rooms from $179.

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