7 Romantic Weekend Country Stays

Remote, rural, and restful, these unique getaway spots will spur the warm fuzzies like no others. Phone on airplane mode, here we go! By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.

Half-Mile FarmSouthern charm
Tucked away in the western part of North Carolina is Highlands, a small mountain town originally created as the cross point between the great trade routes of the north and south. It never became the commercial hub to which it aspired, but it has emerged as a world-class destination for southern-style R&R. Sitting on 14 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and streams, yet only a half-mile from town, Half-Mile Farm is a completely restored and renovated 1870s farmhouse. Each morning guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast, and just before sunset, evening hors d'oeuvres are paired with carefully selected wines. You can take out a canoe and wet a line, or just relax on the front porch with a good book, i.e., our kind of southern comfort. Rates start at $200.

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Design haven

c/o Maidstone Hotel in Long Island, NY's East End describes the whimsical mix of graphic prints and avant garde artwork in its 19 individually-designed rooms as "Scandinavian cozy." We call it the perfect thing for taking you and your loved one out of your heads and getting into the whole relaxed-yet-rich Hamptons vibe. Grab one of the inn's bright red Swedish Kronan bikes and explore downtown's shopping-heavy Main Street or travel the mere mile to Main Beach, then pedal back for its Swedish Slow Food movement-inspired afternoon tea in the lobby's Living Room restaurant (hint: organic smoked salmon and bilinis). Prices for the Maidstone Hotel's autumn package start at $385 a night.

Forest retreat
You could spend upward of $500 a night for a fancy chain hotel stay where everything is exquisite but feels kind of the same, or for just a little more you can have a log cabin to yourselves for an entire long weekend. Red Cottage Vacation Rentals rents out beautiful, fully-furnished retreats in New York, Colorado, and Massachusetts worthy of your Pinterest, including this working artist's converted barn in upstate New York's Catskills Mountains. Its three bedrooms, soaring 25-foot stone fireplace, and walls dotted with "noirish" photography may just inspire the memoir you've always been dying to pen. Three-night weekends start at $750.

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Coastal castle
Camden, ME, draws hoards during the summer, but come fall foliage season the crowds drop out a bit and you get to peruse the pedestrian-friendly downtown shopping district, windjammer-filled marina, and delicious seafood fare options with less bustle. A few minutes north on the coast, the Norumbega Inn is a gorgeous stone castle with 11 rooms, a restaurant, and a "couples landing" from which to take in Penobscot Bay. Weekend rates start at $265 a night, but if you have time during the week, the Inn is offering two nights plus a memorable dinner that makes use of the region's incredible produce, meats, and cheeses for $500.

Mountain mainstay
The 12 perfect rooms (think sumptuous fabrics; fine art and antiques; and a simple palette of old French-style whites, grays, and pale blues) at the 19th-century Washington School House Inn in Park City, UT, book up in and around the Sundance Film Festival incredibly fast, but with the emphasis placed on personal service, the celeb treatment lasts year-round. Expect your personal concierge to be waiting for you outside when you arrive and a fruit plate to greet you when you get to your room. All staff is briefed on every guest's favorite drinks, so no matter who is on duty, you'll always be offered your beverage of choice. All this, plus hearty mountain breakfasts and après-ski nibbles are served complimentary each day. Rates start as low as $295 a night until November 30.

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Texas teepee
El Cosmico's vibe might shock you a bit at first-you'll find nothing but tricked-out teepees, restored mobile camper vans, and safari-style tents. But once you settle in (and perhaps chill with a PBR), you and your guy will find that the less, er, traditional accommodations give you license to kick back, revel in the solitude of Texas's high-plains desert, and indulge in fantasies of less-encumbered days, even if you're no longer quite up to Burning Man speed. Prices begin at $65 a night for tents, $80 for Sioux-style teepees, and $115 for fully-restored campers.

Foodie find

Nothing cookie-cutter is the mantra at Boonville, a small 15-room inn and farm-to-table restaurant located about two hours north of Napa along the Northern California coast. Details that explain what we mean: fresh-cut wildflowers in every room and blue-and-yellow striped duvets that can't help but make you smile. The Redwood forests are right nearby, but if even that seems like too much movement, take a refreshing dip in the river to quench any urges for activity. Later on, indulge in some rare pinot noir from the bar's top-notch wine list, and get inspired by being around people who've done things their own way. Rooms start at $125 per night.

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