The Best Ideas for Romantic Day Trips in CT That You’ll Love

moped parked under a tree during one of the most romantic day trips in CT for couples

Connecticut is one of the most romantic destinations in the nation.

 

Do “Connecticut” and “romantic” not belong in the same sentence, in your eyes?

 

Then you’d better read on.

 

From the elegant scenery, historic charm, and variety of fun activities, it’s an ideal location for couples to escape their regular routine and fall in love all over again.

 

Greenwich, Connecticut, the home of our bed and breakfast, is a great place to start exploring the state. As this writer learned during a certain pandemic, there’s nothing more romantic than a short road trip to explore a new-to-you town together.

 

Just make sure you’re both well-fed, well rested, and well-hydrated before and during your excursions.

 

Ready to start planning? Here are just a few of the best romantic day trips in CT that you absolutely must try!

 

Find all our favorite day trips in CT for couples in our free romantic guide to Connecticut.

 

Download your copy today to pick your favorite things to do near our romantic bed and breakfast and add them to your getaway itinerary.

Romantic day trips in CT for the two of you

So, what are the best towns to visit on your romantic day trip?

 


Map design by Stanton House Inn using resources from Flaticon

 

Starting in our neck of the woods:

Greenwich, Connecticut

Even before you venture out into other towns near NYC, there is plenty to do right here!

And at only about 33 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it’s at the top of the list for short day trips to Connecticut.

Read our full guide to romantic things to do in Greenwich, CT, but a little primer includes:

A visit to one of the most unique places in Connecticut would of course lend itself to some of the most unique date ideas in CT.

Set Sail on a Private Cruise

If you’re in need of some much-needed alone time and an extraordinary experience, a private ride on a luxury yacht may be just what you need. Greenwich Boat Charters provides a variety of options including dinner and cocktail cruises, New York Harbor tours, leisure harbor cruises, and more! The lull of the waves and the stunning backdrop of a Greenwich sunset is the perfect setting for a romantic evening.

More short day trips in CT

Want to head a little farther afield?

Then check-out a few more cute towns in Connecticut, such as:

  1. A diverse and sassy beach town feel of Norwalk, CT
  2. The avant-garde beach town of Westport, Connecticut
  3. The home of Impressionist and contemporary artists in Connecticut, Ridgefield

 

Even More Connecticut Day Trips for couples

Speaking of which, our romantic Connecticut bed and breakfast near New York City is the perfect spot from which to plan even more romantic day trips in other parts of Connecticut! Some of our favorites hug the Connecticut coast, but there are plenty of charming towns in CT to explore on little day trips.

Day trips within 2 hours of CT 

Considering the size of Connecticut, it doesn’t take long to get from one side to the other.

Case in point, the drive from Greenwich to Stonington is about two hours.

Some favorites of the most romantic places in Connecticut that are a little farther away include:

New Haven, Connecticut

new haven can a destination for romantic day trips in ct. wooster square in new haven is beautiful in the springThis is one of the largest cities in Connecticut. It hosts Yale University, which includes one of the best art galleries in the country, the Yale University Art Gallery. It’s without question one of the best free things to do in all Connecticut.

 

 

There are plenty of new restaurants to enjoy during your day trip in the city.

 

In fact, just exploring the best things to do in New Haven, CT, would keep you busy for more than a day.

 

New Haven is only an hour by train or car from Greenwich. Our romantic inn is within easy reach at the end of a busy day exploring some of the most unique attractions in CT.

 

Mystic and Stonington, Connecticut

mystic seaport in eastern connecticut is one of the best romantic day trips in ctOn the other side of the state are the quaint old towns of Mystic and Stonington. Both of these Connecticut shoreline towns are former whaling towns. Both were beautifully restored and welcome thousands of visitors each year.

 

Mystic Seaport and its fabulous restaurants help create a hefty list of romantic things to do in Mystic. There are plenty of things to do in Stonington, as well.

 

As these are relatively small towns, a day trip from Greenwich can be enough to soak it all in with your significant other.

 

Hartford, Connecticut

Any interest in a romantic day trip to celebrate Victoriana?

 

About a hundred years ago, our state capitol was the wealthiest city in America. And much of the best things to do in Hartford, Connecticut reflect that period.

 

From public gardens to world-class museums, even Mark Twain’s favorite home; there’s much to keep you and your significant other busy. And Hartford is a short drive away from much of the Northeast.

 

Don’t miss these other nearby charming towns, if you’re feeling ambitious:

Litchfield Hills

The cute, little towns of Northwest Connecticut are not to be missed.

 

Between the foliage and picturesque little villages with pretty, white, church steeples on greens; this area is ideal in the fall.

 

Visiting any of the following Litchfield Hills towns for a day makes for a perfect fall date idea:

 

Discover Even More Romantic Things to Do in CT

In our opinion, anytime of year is a perfect time to plan a romantic getaway to Connecticut. If you’re looking for romantic winter activities in Connecticut, be sure to look at our itinerary of romantic things to do in CT in winter.

Below are a few more standard romantic activities throughout Connecticut, regardless of the time of year (seriously):

Visiting the best Connecticut beaches

This most classic of date ideas in CT is a great way to spend a day in the sun with your partner! Whether you choose to simply soak in the sun’s rays, indulge in a romantic picnic, or take a boat ride, there are plenty of romantic things to do in CT beaches!

 

Here are just some of Connecticut’s most beautiful beaches:

View Beautiful and Historic Mansions

Surprisingly, one of the most popular tourist activities in Greenwich is viewing the stunning mansions along the back roads of town. The Greenwich, Connecticut, real estate market offers some of the best in New England, and the homes are absolutely breathtaking!

 

Whether you are your sweetie are just dream building or looking for a new place to call home, you may want to consider this fun-filled bike trip to some of Greenwich’s most incredible mansions! 

Get a Taste of CT at Local Wineries

This activity among the most romantic things to do in CT! The Connecticut Wine Trail is abundant with stellar options for wine tastings, gorgeous vineyards, and out-of-this-world sunset views! While it’s impossible to pick our favorite Connecticut wineries, these are some that we consider as musts during your visit:

We hope you enjoy wherever the road takes you on your next couples’ day trip!


Updated and republished: June 28, 2022