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February 10, 2013

10 favorite romantic lodgings

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570 Springfield Ave., Summit, N.J. 908-273-3000. www.grandsummit.com. Rooms from $145.

Hotel Rouge

For an urban getaway — or staycation — this Kimpton hotel radiates a sexy vibe, thanks in no small part to the not-so-subtle use of its signature color. The lobby can get a little chilly in the winter, but why hang out there when your room is 450 square feet? Besides, you can lounge all day in your leopard-print robes and feel positively animalistic.

1315 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-232-8000. www.rougehotel.com. Rooms from $159.

Inn at Meander Plantation

After a day of touring vineyards in Virginia's wine country, retreat to this gracious historic manor, where you can stay in the 1776 house or a detached cottage. The breakfast is superb, the innkeepers are friendly and the scenery is stunning. Also pet-friendly.

2333 N. James Madison Hwy., Locust Dale, Va. 800-385-4936. www.meander.net. Rooms from $185.

Inn at Willow Grove

The operative words are "elegance" and "whimsy," both of which are in more-than-ample supply at this gorgeous lodging on a former Virginia plantation outside Orange. The decor is lush and subdued, except when it surprises you with sudden splashes of color and unexpected pops of fancy, be they cow paintings in the bathrooms or a chair made of book spines. Be sure to have a meal in the stylish restaurant.

14079 Plantation Way, Orange, Va. 540-317-1206. innatwillowgrove.com. Rooms from $265.

Lackawanna Bed & Breakfast

This 19th-century Virginia house has only three guest rooms, so you won't be overwhelmed by other visitors. It's very prettily situated, with a view of the Shenandoah River, not far from downtown Front Royal, where you can take a walk before dinner.

236 Riverside Drive, Front Royal, Va. 540-636-7945. www.lackawannabb.com. Rooms from $154.

Mansion on O Street

Room after room after room (100 of them, in fact) crammed with art and books and objets of the most fanciful and exotic kind lend this fantastic crazy quilt of a hotel an air of mystery and magic that can't be beat. Just succumb to the lure, have fun wandering among the maze of halls and themed suites, finding the secret doors and passages, ogling the decor and living in a kind of all-embracing romantic dream.

2020 O St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-496-2000. www.omansion.com. Rooms from $350.

Savage River Lodge

Snuggle in front of the fireplace in your own private, pet-friendly cottage at this resort in western Maryland. The restaurant serves above-average food in a romantically rustic setting, and you won't have to leave your room for breakfast thanks to the morning muffin delivery.

1600 Mount Aetna Rd., Frostburg, Md. 301-689-3200. www.savageriverlodge.com. Rooms from $225.

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