Isn’t it Romantic? Warm Places for Winter Dates in Connecticut Last Updated 11/16

By Traci L. Suppa
Photo: Rock Hall Luxe Lodging, Colebrook

Kindling the fires of your heart will keep winter’s chill at bay. Are you ready for romance? Here are a few uniquely Connecticut date ideas to add to your romance bucket list this winter.

By Candlelight

Imagine this romantic dinner scene. An 1813 sea captain’s house, with a brass bar pub, aglow by the light of three fireplaces. This is Tavern on Main in Westport. 

The focus is fresh ingredients from local farms and purveyors, while the flavors are New England meets Mediterranean. You’ll find simple dishes such as the popular Tavern Burger, as well as sophisticated compositions such as pan-roasted duck breast and leg confit. The wines come from Europe, South America, Australia and the United States, and craft beers and five types of “tinis” highlight the cocktail menu. Cap the evening with crème brûlée and two spoons. 

Make a Toast

Pour. Clink. Sniff. Sip. The romantic rituals of sharing a bottle of wine make visiting Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford the perfect afternoon date. The Stone House winery, high atop 140 scenic acres, is a cozy spot to enjoy the fireplace while sampling from 11 award-winning wines. You wouldn’t be the first guests to get engaged here.

The Gouveia’s family vineyard began with vines planted in 1999. It now produces 90,000 bottles of Old World-style wines each year, following traditional Portuguese methods, including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Seyval Blanc, dessert wines, and seasonal Sangria and mulled wines. The winery is open year-round for tastings and tours on the weekends. If it’s warm outside, pack a picnic for two. 

Secret Rendezvous

In a secluded corner of the Litchfield Hills region, Rock Hall in Colebrook offers a refined retreat on a historic 23-acre estate. Designed in 1912 by Addison Mizner, the Mediterranean Revival mansion has recently been transformed into a luxury inn.

Country-style charm remains in the five guest rooms, with high ceilings, hardwood floors, footed tubs and fireplaces—the perfect setting for an in-room massage. Spend couple time in the movie theater, billiard room or library, followed by cocktails in the salon. The grounds offer year-round recreation. In the fall, pick apples in the century-old heirloom orchard. During the winter, try cross-country skiing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Freelance writer Traci L. Suppa and her husband went on their first date in South Norwalk.