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Maryland is romantic by nature: The state's glittering coastline, historic architecture, quaint towns and storied history make it a no-brainer for honeymooners, lovebirds and the like. If you're visiting the Old Line State for your honeymoon or anniversary (or just to celebrate everyday life with your sweetheart), you must try out the most romantic restaurants in Maryland. Whether you're looking for local seafood, great vegetarian options, a fabulous wine list, a historic venue or just a romantic ambiance, there's an establishment in this state to fulfill your desires.

Aldo's, Baltimore

As far as the most romantic restaurants in Maryland goes, you can't leave out a great Italian dining spot. Aldo's Ristorante Italiano is one of Charm City's best. Actually, it's one of the state's best: It is Maryland's highest-scoring Italian restaurant, as judged by Zagat. Chef Aldo Vitale serves up fine Italian cuisine based on his belief that locally grown, organic produce is the key to producing truly authentic gourmet foods.  Some highlights include slow-braised veal shank, Amish chicken tenderloins with artichoke hearts, veal saltimbocca, homemade linguini with fresh clams, porcini mushroom risotto and dry-aged prime filet mignon. The atmosphere here is also particularly impressive and highlights the restaurant's emphasis on tradition, with dark wood panels, exposed brick and plentiful candlelight.

Candle Light Inn, Baltimore

If your definition of romance includes all things quaint, historic and picturesque, you shouldn't bypass the Candle Light Inn. If you're in the mood for something casual, you can even come for lunch until about 3 p.m. This inn's deeply rooted history is a large part of its romantic atmosphere: the original building was constructed in the mid-18th century. Over the past 150-plus years, the inn has been well-maintained and has expanded to include beautifully manicured grounds and twelve cozy cottages. As for the food, you can't go wrong with luxurious dishes like the truffle meatloaf, braised pork belly, stuffed flounder, roasted duck breast and mouthwatering fried oysters.

Charleston, Baltimore

Voted the best restaurant in the city by Baltimore Magazine, Charleston is an absolute must for foodies. From the elegant atmosphere to the outstanding service, this establishment doesn't miss a beat. Try the prix-fixe meal for just $76 (or $114 if you want to include wine pairings) for a super-fine dining experience. Charleston also boasts a fabulous wine list of more than 800 selections, and emphasizes the importance of branching out to try lesser-known vintages.

Antrim 1844, Taneytown

Picture dimly lit chandeliers, stunning gardens, sparkling wine glasses, exquisite fabrics and a stately 1844 country retreat. Now add moutwatering cuisine and a healthy dose of Maryland pride, and you've got Antrim 1844 Smokehouse Restaurant. Located in central Maryland, this gorgeous establishment is the refined couple's paradise. Try Chef Michael Gettier's six-course meal ($68.50 per person) within a gorgeous and intimate setting, and gaze at your lover over a bottle of hand-selected vino. Though you might not know exactly what will be offered on any given night, you might be treated to braised lamb, filet mignon, vegetable wellington (vegetarians will love this dish, complete with mushrooms, peppers, onions and hummus) or roasted quail. Don't be upset if you feel like you've over-indulged: Just walk it off on the spectacular grounds surrounding the restaurant, or perfect your swing on one of the area's many golf courses.

Reflection's Restaurant, Ocean City

Located just steps from the Atlantic coastline, Reflection's warm and cozy ambience is truly romantic. Exposed brick, luxurious textiles and glowing fires come together to create an aesthetic that is truly unique. Try the pan-roasted salmon, seafood risotto, pork osso buco or prime rib au jus. For a unique and exciting culinary spectacle, order the Symphonia De La Mer, a configuration of shrimp, clams, mushrooms and crayfish that is literally sauteed beside you at the table. If you're a wine lover, Reflection's is a must: The restaurant's liquid offering has been called "One of the World's Best Wine Lists" by Wine Spectator, and Reflection's has been given the magazine's distinctive Award of Excellence for 19 years and counting.

Treaty of Paris, Annapolis

Read a few reviews of this iconic restaurant, and you're bound to see buzzwords like "cozy," "romantic" and "lovely." Located at The Maryland Inn, Treaty of Paris offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The restaurant focuses on locally sourced foods (Chesapeake Bay seafood, anyone?) and hand-selected wines. Try the bacon-wrapped, center-cut filet mignon, grilled salmon (served on a bed of summer squash, cherry tomatoes and corn), lobster scampi, soft shell crab or garlic-herb crusted rack of lamb if you're here for dinner. Of course, few meals are as romantic as dewey-eyed breakfasts with your lover: If you're here for breakfast, try the "Sea and Eggs" (two fried soft-shell crabs with shrimp, crab cream sauce, eggs, sausage and breakfast potatoes), Eggs Chesapeake, French toast or buttermilk pancakes.