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February 5, 2013

10 favorite romantic lodgings

Looking for an amorous getaway for Valentine's Day — or any other day? Here are some of our favorite romance-inspiring lodgings:

Bartlett Pear Inn

Yes, the decor is all about pears, but not because the owners are crazy about the fruit. It's because the husband wanted the inn to reflect his wife's maiden name of Bartlett. How romantic is that? And that's just the beginning at this gracious B&B on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where feng-shui principles make sure that your bed faces the door and the spaces pertaining to love and marriage are properly painted Valentine's Day red.

28 S. Harrison St., Easton, Md. 410-770-3300. bartlettpearinn.com. Rooms from $149 Dec.-Feb., from $169 March-Nov.

Bavarian Inn

It's not a romantic chalet in the mountains of southern Germany, but it's just as good as one. This Alpine-flavored West Virginia hostelry overlooking the Potomac River will transport you to the hills of "Heidi" while pampering you with all the comforts of home. The restaurant, complete with dirndl-clad waitresses, is more than good, and the river views are just beautiful.

164 Shepherd Grade Rd., Shepherdstown, W.Va. 304-876-2551. www.bavarianinnwv.com. Rooms from $95.

Colonial Williamsburg historic houses

When the daytime crowds thin out, stroll the brick sidewalks by moonlight with your special someone. Night is an enchanting time at the living history museum, and you can make your visit even more authentic by staying at one of the restored historic buildings. You may never want to go back to the 21st century.

Williamsburg, Va. 800-447-8679. www.colonialwilliamsburg.com. Rooms from $169.

Grand Summit Hotel

Think madcap 1930s romantic comedies, Cary Grant and Greer Garson and misunderstandings and make-ups, and you'll get a sense of the atmosphere at this grand lady with a dash of the country lodge in the hills of northern New Jersey. The restaurant's excellent, the art is eye-catching and the neighborhood's pretty. So forget that quarrel and make up already.

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