Close to Home: Sweetheart Deals
Treat your valentine to a romantic retreat at these indulgent inns.
This place was made for love. Barnsley Gardens Resort near Adairsville, Georgia, is a modern-day destination where a luxurious village accompanies the ruins of an Italianate villa. Godfrey Barnsley began the mansion in the 1840s for his beloved bride. After her tragic death, Godfrey completed the home. His family lived in it until 1906, when a tornado struck. Today the remaining brick walls and formal gardens charm visitors with spirited memories of undying love.
Choose from any of 33 cottages, where casual style meets sumptuous furnishings. Settle into your sanctuary complete with a crackling fire, television, wet bar, claw-foot tub, and a richly appointed four-poster bed. In the morning, a hearty breakfast awaits. Then choose from a wide variety of activities: golf at the Fazio-designed course, horseback riding, bicycling, or canoeing. Afterward, relax at the spa with a couple's massage. Rates range from $285-$390. Call toll-free 1-877-773-2447, or visit www.barnsleyresort.com.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Four unusual Treehouse Cottages perch on wooden poles more than 20 feet above the ground. Beautifully decorated with stained glass windows, antiques, kitchens, and TVs, the cabins feel nestled away from everything. Actually, you can easily walk the half-mile into downtown. Call (479) 253-8667, or visit www.treehousecottages.com ($139-$159 per night).
Asheville, North Carolina
Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn sets a dreamy mood; the hosts even serve breakfast by candlelight. You'll fall in love all over again in the comfortable rooms of this turn-of-the-century home. Special features include cozy fireplaces, TVs, Internet access, and deep tubs. Call 1-888-743-2557, or visit www.cumberlandfalls.com ($160-$250 per night).
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Eight charming cottages on 50 acres of live oaks, camellias, and formal gardens of the Butler Greenwood Plantation create a serene getaway. Our favorite, The Gazebo, has three floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows and boasts a king-size bed, TV, whirlpool tub, kitchen, and a huge deck. Call (225) 635-6312, or visit www.butlergreenwood.com ($135 per night).
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Indulge in luxury at The Inn at Montchanin Village. Once part of the DuPont family's estate, Montchanin offers restored buildings dating from 1799 to 1910. You'll find 28 finely adorned spaces with luxury linens, phones, TVs, and wet bars. Krazy Kats, the on-site restaurant, is incredible. Call 1-800-269-2473, or visit www.montchanin.com ($169-$209 rooms, $249-$375 suites).
"Close To Home: Sweetheart Deals" is from the February 2006 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.