It's only a 45-minute drive from Paris, yet as if by magic you'll find yourself instantly transported back to the 16th Century upon your arrival. A splendid estate and landmark that now doubles as a grand hotel, the Castle of Esclimont is a true gem of Renaissance architecture. The castle and its magnificent grounds make the ultimate romantic surroundings for a dreamy, unforgettable getaway for lovers. Set in the center of a 150-acre park, it boasts botanical walks, tennis courts, an open-air swimming pool, fishing, mountain-biking, horseback riding, and even canoeing on its private lake. Also on premises is a stellar gourmet restaurant coupled with an over-the-top wine cellar that offers an astounding 7,000 bottles of the finest French wines. And the most enticing part for any snow-bound New Yorker? If you book a trip from late November through the end of March, you'll benefit the most from their generous price reductions. With a kingdom like this, who wouldn't want to be king and queen for the day?