5 Ways to Plan the Perfect Romantic Retreat in the Berkshires
August 20, 2019
It’s only a few hours from the big city (read: Boston or NYC) to the Berkshires, making this iconically charming enclave the perfect spot for a quick romantic getaway. Treat your sweetheart to a trip to the rolling hills of Western Massachusetts and see how easy it is to recapture the magic or simply revel in the spark you already have.
1. Music and a Meal Alfresco at Tanglewood
Head to Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and get dinner and a show while sprawled on the venue’s lush green lawn. Picnics are a bit of a tradition here; locals know to score lawn tickets and then pack up a comfy blanket (you can also rent chairs for $5 a pop) and plenty of snacks to enjoy before and during the concert. Wine is allowed, so stop by a shop like Spirited and pick up some bubbly, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and a few sweets for good measure.
2. Make it a Tech-Free Getaway
Though the luxury cottages at The Lake House come with a ton of amenities including complimentary fiber optic, high-speed WiFi and hi-def flat screen TVs, this is the perfect time to shift focus from your favorite shows onto your favorite person. Put your phone on silent, ignore social media, and find other ways to connect instead. Curl up in front of the gas fireplace with mugs of hot cocoa and chat or take your tête-à-tête to the outdoor fire pit where you can roast weenies and s’mores like you’re a couple of teenagers all over again.
3. Dine at Waterfront Restaurants
For you, “dinner with a view” might mean staring longingly into your significant other’s twinkly eyes over a beautifully charred steak, but it doesn’t hurt to have the glistening waters of Pontoosuc as a backdrop as well. Soak up the scenery through the walls of arched windows at The Proprietor’s Lodge while noshing on tasty treats like wild white jumbo shrimp served with your choice of three house made sauces, a local Berkshire burrata salad, chateaubriand for two with an irresistibly cream bearnaise sauce, horseradish-crusted Ahi tuna with a honey-miso glaze, and linguini or zoodles piled high with fresh seafood and draped in fra diavolo or zesty marinara.
4. Sign Up for a Couples Massage
There’s no room for stress during your Berkshires retreat, so if you feel the outside world creeping in, there’s only one solution: spa day! Canyon Ranch promises “a celebration of mind, body and you”, and with everything from energy therapy to nutrition classes to hot stone massages on tap, it’s sage to say they deliver. For a complete spa experience package, head to Blantyre. Their Spa-tacular is a three-hour double-bill featuring their Signature Moor Mood and Hot Stone Treatment followed by a Gold Hydra-Lift Facial, or you can mix and match services to enjoy between walks around the estate’s tranquil gardens.
5. Howl at the Moon at Hilltop Orchards
Time your vacation just right and you can surprise your partner with the experience of a lifetime. Hilltop Orchard’s Full Moon Treks only come around, well, once in a full moon, but they’re worth the wait. It’s a one- to one-and-a-half-hour trip led by a guide well-versed in local moonlight-related Native American traditions. The post-hike recovery includes a bonfire, wine tasting, and entertainment, and the hike goes on even if there’s snow (snowshoes will be provided).
Win major relationship points with a surprise visit to The Lake House. For more information about our Berkshire cottage resort or to make a booking, contact our team today.