Cool, local anniversary getaway ideas...

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My wife and I will be celebrating five years of marital survival in July and would like to do our first getaway sans child. We've done lots of stuff away from the New England area but not much within it. So I'm looking for any suggestions for somewhat local places (2-3 hours tops from Hartford) that will not break the bank as well. Because, you know, three-year-old. Looking for cool vibe, restaurants, bars, etc. but not Newport/Cape. Thanks for any suggestions!
 

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My wife and I will be celebrating five years of marital survival in July and would like to do our first getaway sans child. We've done lots of stuff away from the New England area but not much within it. So I'm looking for any suggestions for somewhat local places (2-3 hours tops from Hartford) that will not break the bank as well. Because, you know, three-year-old. Looking for cool vibe, restaurants, bars, etc. but not Newport/Cape. Thanks for any suggestions!
Little further ( 3.5 from Hartford) but

Burlington!
 

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My wife and I will be celebrating five years of marital survival in July and would like to do our first getaway sans child. We've done lots of stuff away from the New England area but not much within it. So I'm looking for any suggestions for somewhat local places (2-3 hours tops from Hartford) that will not break the bank as well. Because, you know, three-year-old. Looking for cool vibe, restaurants, bars, etc. but not Newport/Cape. Thanks for any suggestions!
Congrats! As a long married man with multiple kids, dogs, and minivans, I can tell you with confidence that each day is better than the next.

Choice 1, Portland. If too far, consider Mystic.
 
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Northampton is fun. Burlington is cool. NYC if thats your thing. Lenox, MA. You could spend a few days hiking the AT at the CT/MA border...some beautiful spots there like Mt Race.
 
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Thirding southern Maine. The wife and I have done anniversary trips up there. York, Kennebunkport, Portland, etc. There's a nice mix of things to do and complete serenity.
 
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Portland, Maine. Checks off every box you have.
Spent 4 nights in Portland last summer. Found it unbelievably overpriced for what it is.

I don't know if your "cool vibe" means urban core, but if it doesn't find a nice inn on Lake Waramaug, relax and go for dinner to a newer restaurant in Kent or Bantom. You'll be little more than an hour away but feel like you're in another world. If it's your first time alone without your child, you ought to spend most of your time with Barry White playing in the background.
 
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Love Portland/KPort for a weekend, not any longer, and really only as a base for exploring and coming back for dinner. IMO a weekend in Essex/Haddam - take her to a musical at Goodspeed and dinner somewhere in Ivoryton or even at the Griswold is more "romantic" if that's an aim here.

One thing wife and I did years ago was weekend at the Equinox + Orbis fly fishing school and all that southern VT stuff. Loved it.

Also consider New Hope, PA area.

If it were August, I'd say Saratoga w/o a doubt. And I wouldn't rule out NYC, except humid.
 
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I've done Portland when I was in my 20s and loved it. I think my wife would too, but I'm worried it will be a little too far for her and have her worried the whole time.

We love NYC and have done it many, many times. I'd prefer to do something different for this one.

The Water's Edge is nice... But, we had her bridal shower and our rehearsal dinner there so that one's out.

The Mohonk Mountain House looks pretty sweet...
 
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If 2-3 hours is really your maximum, and if you're beach/coastal people, take a ferry to the Vineyard and stay in Oak Bluffs. Restaurant scene there has improved greatly and it won't break the bank like Edgartown. Dockside Inn is a great spot.

I would say Montauk but sadly that's reached bank-breaking status now, and you'll be dealing with drunken hipsters everywhere you look.

If you don't need a beach, look at Saratoga.
 
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As a few others have said, I would look at Essex if you want to stay close and keep your wife's anxiety to a minimum.
 
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Sagamore - Lake George (hate the town but the lake is nice as is the hotel)

Mirror Lake Inn - Lake Placid

Saratoga - Track, restaurants, bars, etc
 

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My wife and I will be celebrating five years of marital survival in July and would like to do our first getaway sans child. We've done lots of stuff away from the New England area but not much within it. So I'm looking for any suggestions for somewhat local places (2-3 hours tops from Hartford) that will not break the bank as well. Because, you know, three-year-old. Looking for cool vibe, restaurants, bars, etc. but not Newport/Cape. Thanks for any suggestions!
I was going to help out. But then I saw no Newport and realized you don't have a soul.

(I am biased toward Narragansett though as well).
 



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