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Charm & Romance in New Canaan, Connecticut

On the wrap around porch of Maples Inn

While we live in California, the state of Connecticut and county of Fairfield, is where I was born and can be quite a beautiful for a romantic getaway. In the fall with the leaves turning or the spring when crocuses are just blooming – New England can be extra quaint. Since my husband and I also wanted to be close to New York city we chose the quaint town of New Canaan which has a nearby Metro North train station that takes you into NYC in one hour.

New Canaan is a wealthy and charming suburb. It was romantic for us strolling down New Canaan’s Main Street and looking at all of the shops. We even spotted designer Ralph Lauren and his wife exiting his namesake store on Main Street looking very stylish as they got into their Porsche and drove off. We later learned he lives in nearby New York state which is close to the New Canaan, Connecticut border.

In front of Maples Inn in New Canaan, Connecticut

Springtime Crocuses on lawn of Maples Inn

For accommodations we stayed at the Maples Inn, which is a 22 room, 100-year-old inn.
It originally began as a summer retreat for the urban dwellers from New York City. The Victorian style architecture and wrap around porch reminded me of growing up in New England. The Inn had a quiet and peaceful B&B atmosphere with a self-serve buffet breakfast that could be enjoyed dining on an antique table and underneath an elegant chandelier. The staff was wonderful and we enjoyed being only a few minutes from the quaint main street of New Canaan and an hour away from Manhattan.

Maples Inn Breakfast Tea & Coffee Table with Antique Mirror

The owner Tom Kennedy, a former executive, was quite personable and said the Inn was not only great for visitors to the area but also a great place for those on a business trip, visiting family or needing long term accommodations.

We attempted to eat at the Roger Sherman Inn next door but it was closed so we went into town and had a lovely, romantic dinner at a cozy European Bistro Bonne Nuit.

Romantic Bistro Dinner for Two at Bonne-Nuit

On one of days during our stay, we went into Manhattan to explore the city. We easily took the Metro North train that took us into Grand Central station. I was delighted to have the chance to check out the station’s restoration with its new food markets. My family and I often took the train to see matinees and I commuted to Manhattan for my journalism/broadcasting work and acting classes. Another day on our trip, we visited nearby family.

A Visit to Delicious Grand Central Food Market

Restored Grand Central Station

Often people ask me for some getaway ideas, which is one of the reasons I started my blog/website RomancingTheTable.com. If you’ve moved away from your home state, it can be fun to return, especially with your sweetheart if they have never visited the area. Also one tip that helps keep intimacy alive is to add an extra day or two to spend with your sweetheart alone if you can when you are on a business trip, conference or visiting family.

See if this can work out even, if you have children and are visiting parents or relatives who are still active. After you’ve visited family perhaps they could watch the children overnight while you vacation for a day or two at a nearby hotel or inn as a couple. It can create quality time for everyone. For example, grand kids get time with their grandparents and you both have time alone together. With the current economy there are many affordable deals to be had especially during the week.

2010 LODGING UPDATE: I often do updates on properties I’ve visited and it looks like The Maples Inn is now closed. I’ve learned it is being developed into lovely condominiums with an emphasis on seniors – all while keeping it historic outer frame. As part of the process, the Maples Inn website says there will be a large estate sale of the inn’s 22 rooms of antiques on the weekends of January 29th and Feb. 7th. For couples who are antique lovers, attending an estate sale together is another romantic date idea. For more information & updates go to www.maplesinnct.com and www.dwestatesales.com.

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