The rolling hills and lush gardens of Connecticut attract tourists during all seasons. When you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway, this New England state is the perfect destination. Take a stroll through Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, or hike through Lover’s Leap State Park in New Milford. Connecticut vacation rentals range from rustic cabins tucked away in the woods to lofts situated in the big city. When making your weekend plans, consider these Connecticut cities as your vacation destination.

1. New Haven

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There’s nothing more romantic than taking a walk with your sweetheart along the shore of the Long Island Sound. A vacation rental in New Haven puts you in the heart of culture and history, as this city was established in 1638 by the English Puritans. See the culture firsthand together when attending a show at the Yale Repertory Theatre or stop in at one of the 59 historic properties that have earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. New Haven is also popular for its street festivals every month in the downtown area, including the renowned Jazz Festival. After dancing the afternoon away, take that special someone on a dinner date at Prime 16 or Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.

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2. New Milford

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Take a leap forward with your relationship when spending some time at Lover’s Leap State Park in New Milford. Explore the trails and stop on the stunning red bridge that hovers over the river for a gentle kiss or a proposal. Hunt Hill Farm is the perfect place to spice up your weekend when opting for a cooking class while Massage and You offers couples’ massages to take your relaxation to a higher level. When you want to take to the water, rent a boat from Gerard’s Waters Edge Marina to see the sunset.

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3. Stamford

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Make Stamford your vacation destination and join New Yorkers seeking to escape the big city. This quiet, upscale community offers stunning views for nature enthusiasts who can enjoy the beauty of the 91-acre Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. After a romantic walk through the gardens, put on your best dress or suit and head to the Palace Theatre or the Stamford Center for the Arts to see a performance by the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. Spend a Saturday or Sunday fishing or sailing the Long Island Sound before topping off your weekend with a romantic dinner at Chez Vous Bistro, known for its authentic French food.

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4. Bristol

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If you and your mate are avid sports fans, immerse yourselves in the athletic scene in Bristol, home of ESPN. This vibrant Connecticut city offers plenty of action, including Lake Compounce, which is the oldest theme park in the U.S. Sightsee in the city to view the green spaces that are ideal for romantic walks, such as the Harry Barnes Memorial Nature Center. Time your trip to coordinate with the annual Bristol Mum Festival to pick your sweetheart a fresh bouquet of flowers. Page Park also offers a romantic backdrop for you to profess your love or even pop the question.

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5. Middletown

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The adventurous couple fits right in when vacationing in Middletown, home to Wadsworth Falls State Park. Explore the 285 acres of the park by renting mountain bikes from Pedal Power and taking in the breathtaking views on the trails along the banks of the Coginchaug River. Hike to the falls or take a dip in the swimming holes when making Middletown your vacation destination during the warmer months. Harbor Park offers you a chance to see the city’s downtown area, but if you want more adventure, sign up for a zip lining excursion at Empower Leadership Sports and Adventure Center so you can hold each other close while seeing the beauty of the city from above.

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6. New Britain

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Surround yourselves with the young forests and rolling hills of New Britain and spend your weekend hiking and walking the paths. This quaint small town is the perfect vacation destination for couples seeking entertainment with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra and historic Repertory Theatre within close proximity of vacation rentals. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens of Walnut Hill Park or spend some one-on-one time together fishing at Batterson Park Pond. Alvarium Beer Company is the ideal place to unwind after an action-packed day exploring New Britain together.

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7. Mystic

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Make your romantic weekend getaway in Connecticut mystical and magical with a vacation rental in Mystic. This small village that lies where the Mystic River spills over into the Long Island Sound is perfect for the history buffs. You and your mate can tour the 19th-century village’s landmarks that includes the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan or historical museums such as the Mystic Seaport. Take your romantic adventures to the river when renting kayaks or canoes from Mystic Boat Adventures, and then satisfy your hunger with an intimate dinner at the Oyster Club.

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8. West Hartford

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If you’re looking for the perfect vacation destination to pop the question or renew your vows, West Hartford is the spot. Elizabeth Park offers a romantic setting for weddings, renewals, or proposals, with its formal Victorian gardens and the charming Pond House Cafe at the center of the rose garden. Take a romantic walk on the walking trails of the park before setting out to explore the city’s attractions that include the West Hartford Reservoir and the Center and the Square shopping district. Relax with your soulmate when signing up for a couples’ massage at Seoul Spa and Sauna before retreating to your cozy vacation rental.

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