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A Romantic Wintertime Escape to Waterbury

With outdoor adventure in the Green Mountains, relaxing couples massages, decadent local chocolates, exceptional farm-to-table restaurants, and evening entertainment, Waterbury is the perfect destination for your Vermont romantic getaway. Escape to our Waterbury bed and breakfast with your special someone, where the surrounding natural beauty and wintry charm set an idyllic ambiance.

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A Day of Romance – Massage Followed by a Delicious Meal Downtown

Following a restful night’s sleep, start your casual morning by heading downstairs to our fabulous breakfast, starting with our buffet of homemade pastries, fruit, yogurt, and more. Treat yourselves to one of our several versions of eggs Benedict or our seasonal pancakes and waffles topped with locally harvested maple syrup (the best in the world, if we may say so). And don’t forget the coffee! Our beans are roasted to perfection just down the road at Vermont Artisan Coffee and Tea Company. Enjoy an early afternoon stroll through downtown Waterbury before settling in together for a couples massage at BHAV Spa, conveniently located just a block away from our location on Vermont Route 100. Open Wed-Sun during the winter months, they offer couples massages on Sat and Sun – relax together while their team of expert masseuses works their magic. Their relaxation massage is the most soothing, while the deep tissue style works down into the fascia, leaving you feeling extra rejuvenated. Make it even more special by adding a CBD treatment or lavender honey body wrap, a rewarding treat on your Vermont romantic getaway.

After leaving your massage feeling refreshed, browse the walls of modern art across the street at Axel’s Gallery, where you’ll find everything from inspiring nature photography to sculptures and paintings made by local artists. Regroup and unwind in your room before heading out for dinner at Hen of the Wood, one of our favorite restaurants in town, where the rustic, chic decor sets the mood just right for a romantic meal. Start with small plates like their eponymous Hen of the Wood mushroom toast or their housemade coppa and Parker House rolls. Main dishes include housemade pasta, duck breast, and a ribeye for two – every item on their menu impresses, embodying a farm-to-table ethos and at the forefront of Vermont cuisine for nearly two decades.

Snowy Adventure and Vermont Chocolate Indulgence

With pristine landscapes and mountainous terrain right outside our door, the options for wintertime outdoor recreation are endless. Plan to get outside together for an afternoon on the snow at one of several renowned ski resorts just a few miles away. If you downhill ski or snowboard, the nearly 500 acres of world-class slopes at Stowe Resort is legendary. Even if you don’t ski, head up to Stowe for hand-in-hand skating on their Spruce Peak ice rink — the romantic charm feels like a ski village in the Alps as you sip hot cider while enjoying the festive wintertime atmosphere. If backcountry trails are more your speed, you’ll be just 15 minutes from the 100-kilometer Nordic area at Bolton Valley, where you can rent snowshoes and explore their vast network of interlocking trails. Escape into nature together, savoring the quiet solitude as you traverse the scenic and sprawling Mt Mansfield State Forest.

A Vermont romantic getaway wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Lake Champlain Chocolates, located just outside town on Vermont Route 100 and a convenient stop after your skiing or snowshoeing session. Their store is a chocolate lover’s dream, with walls of every chocolate imaginable, ranging from smooth milk chocolates to the most complex dark varieties. Share an affogato from the ice cream bar as you browse the rows of sweet treats, none more decadent than their truffles. Try the Legendary Love truffle collection, which covers all the tasting bases, including hazelnut, white chocolate, and dark raspberry. Return to the privacy of your Old Stagecoach Inn room to relax by the fire (Room 1 has an in-suite fireplace) or under the soft moonlight (several of our rooms have skylights) and share some truffles paired with one of their seven types of hot chocolate, rated “America’s Best Hot Chocolate” by Travel and Leisure.

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A Waterbury Date Night – Fine Dining and Live Entertainment

Lauded as the “#1 Most Romantic Restaurant” in Vermont by several publications, Michael’s on the Hill is the ultimate destination for an intimate date night. From the moment you walk into their 200-year-old farmhouse converted into an elegant dining space, the exquisite service and culinary excellence will sweep you away. For nearly two decades, and before it was hip, the team at Michael’s has designed the menu around what is fresh, local, and seasonal. Start with Maine crabcakes or roasted squash soup, followed by superb entrees like pasture-raised beef tenderloin with brown spiced butter gratin potatoes. Other delicious options include skillet chicken with roasted veggies and truffled mushroom gnocchi, all paired tastefully with their extensive list of wines from Provence, Tuscany, Sonoma, and Napa. Enjoy majestic mountain views during your meal, made even more spectacular at sunset – order a special bottle of your favorite champagne and raise a toast to your Vermont romantic getaway.

After your meal, catch some live entertainment at one of several nearby venues. In Stowe, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center hosts a wide range of shows in their intimate 420-seat venue in early 2024, including the modern funk of Cory Wong on January 20th, local bluegrass sensations Beg, Steal, or Borrow on February 17th, and the illustrious dance of the Kyiv Ukrainian Ballet on February 26th. If you’d rather stay closer to downtown Waterbury, the Phoenix is just a block away from our location in the historic district, where they host art shows in their gallery and a compelling lineup of live music. Check their calendar for upcoming events that range from jazz trios and up-and-coming composers to innovative TURNmusic ensembles. We are proud to sponsor the Ebb & Flow show on January 26, 2024, featuring an audio art performance and original compositions alongside choreography. Finish the evening with a nightcap from our on-site pub, where you can sit by the fire and enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite Vermont beers, a perfect way to wind down a Waterbury evening to remember. 

And don’t forget to add one of our romance packages to your reservation! Let us help you create an intimate mood with tasteful decorations, flowers, and chocolate-covered strawberries, all delivered to your room. Or make it extra special by adding a chilled bottle of sparkling wine.

Stay with us this winter – your Vermont romantic getaway will be magical and memorable!