Subject: B&B near Boston
We have a few romantic inns near Boston. One is in the White Mts., (about 2 1/2 hrs by car from downtown Boston) in Sugar Hill, NH - near Franconia Notch (if you're looking at your guide book) - It's called the Bungy Jar in Sugar Hill. The best room is the very top room which has it's own telescope pointed at nearby Mt. Kinsman - has an old tub with claw feet, and wonderful skylights over the bed to watch the stars at night. Breakfasts on the deck are terrific! (We haven't stayed there in a few years, but have always enjoyed being here!)

Another is Blantyre in Lenox Mass (It's part of the Relais and Chateau chain for those of you who know this chain) - right in the heart of Tanglewood (the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) - Tanglewood has music, dance, theatre and wonderful museums (** a NOT to miss is the Francine and Sterling Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA near Williams College (which has its own museum) - In my opinion, the Clark museum is one of the best little gems in America!)

In Bath, Maine, about 3 hrs from Boston, is the Inn at Bath -- We love this inn as it is very romantic (especially the River Room) - all have fireplaces and the appointments are wonderful. It's not stuffy but true New England antique-style. We stay here a great deal as they permit dogs and Nick, the proprietor, is very nice as is his housekeeper, Barbara --- Bath is near two of the best beaches in Maine -- Reid State Park and Popham Beach (both within 1/2 hr of the Inn) There are even a few good restaurants in the area. Christina's in Bath - and the Friends Meetinghouse (restaurant is a renovated actual Friends' Meetinghouse) The Garage in Wiscasset (about 1/2 hr from Bath) is also quite good.

The final recommendation is in Camden Maine - the Norumbega - It's pricey in the summer, but if you get a room overlooking the bay, it's sensational! Camden is a very upscale seacoast town, with lots to do and lots to buy.

Susie Newton, MA