110 Surprisingly Romantic Destinations in Northeast US

The Getaway Mavens have been hard at work, collecting and organizing the best romantic destinations in Northeast USA (Virginia to Maine).

Romantic glances at Longwood Gardens PA

The following surprisingly romantic weekend getaways near NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC are perfect: to pop the question, for a nearby honeymoon, to celebrate a special life event, or just determine if you and “the one” are actually compatible.

If you’re looking for more romantic getaway ideas, however, check out links to individual states and New England that we’ve provided beneath each State heading below. The following list of 110 destinations is merely the start. You’ll find hundreds more destinations near you.

Fall foliage frames Stony Creek Beach in Connecticut's Thimble Islands.
When summer turns to fall, Connecticut’s Thimble Islands offer seashore solitude for couples seeking a quiet retreat.

Choose one (or all) and snuggle up.

Table of Contents

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Connecticut

Getaway Maven Malerie Yolen-Cohen is our Connecticut expert. She knows all the best things to do in Connecticut and the most romantic hotels.

Soaking Tub Delamar W Hartford CT

1. Hartford CT

Hartford’s got men and women of letters galore – most notably, Mark Twain, Noah Webster, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Stay within the hulking commercial buildings downtown, at the newly opened boutique hotel, The Goodwin.

Or book a room at the new artsy Delamar, in the upscale shopping and dining district of West Hartford.

Interior of the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange CT
With over 4000 square feet devoted to all things PEZ, collectible souvenirs are just the beginning of the experience. TIP – Call ahead to confirm when you can view the packaging operation in action. The PEZ Visitor Center in Orange, CT is close to several Connecticut destinations, and only a 10-minute drive from New Haven.

2. New Haven CT

Of course, Yale University takes center stage in New Haven, but foodies have been flocking to this college town for decades. Cool-kids of all ages can stay in a variety of class-act boutique hotels.

The Blake’s claim to fame is its uber-popular rooftop lounge, High George, and hip décor. You can’t go wrong, either, with The Study At Yale or Graduate New Haven.

Buddha statue on grounds of Chatfield Hollow Inn Killingworth CT
Budha at Chatfield Hollow Inn

3. Killingworth CT 

Lovers with a penchant for lavender, long walks in the forest, and staying in a hidden hip 5-room B&B on a gourmet mushroom farm will plainly adore a quick trip to Killingworth CT and the Chatfield Hollow Inn.

English Box Garden and Roseland Cottage Woodstock CT
English Box Garden and Roseland Cottage Woodstock CT

4. Connecticut’s Northeast Corner

Sweethearts who enjoy discovering the newest “hot spot” together will love this formerly industrial section of Connecticut, with a growing art district and, ironically, plenty of nightlife.

Wooden swing chair view of Lakeville Lake at Interlaken Inn on the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.

5. Connecticut’s Lake District

There’s a reason Paul Newman was a frequent visitor. Connecticut’s lake district is still a popular celebrity retreat. Romantic and pastoral, Interlaken Inn in Lakeville CT wins our hearts again and again.

Tod's Point Greenwich CT
Out of Town visitors can access Greenwich Point Beach off season (Nov-March), Greenwich CT

6. Greenwich CT

This swanky Connecticut town is so much more than just the center of the Preppy Handbook universe. Known for its hedge fund billionaires, Captains of Industry and Hollywood types, Greenwich does not broadcast its considerable tourist assets, many of which, ironically, are inexpensive or free. Stay at J-House, a high-tech, artsy, green former Howard Johnson’s.

Hazy river view Connecticut

7. Old Lyme CT

Morning fog in Old Lyme CT transforms the landscape into the hazy tableau of an impressionist painting in the very place considered the Birthplace of American Impressionism.

In the late 1890’s, widow Florence Griswold opened her home to American artists fresh from studying in France, forming the country’s first European-style Art Colony – an “American Giverny.” Witness dreamy sunrises, wander through art galleries, and dine finely at the Old Lyme Inn on this Fine-Arts Getaway.

View from room at Tall Tales, Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, CT

8. Old Saybrook CT

Situated at the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets Long Island Sound, Old Saybrook CT has drawn vacationers and celebrities for 150 years. Wavy-voiced actress, Katharine Hepburn lived in the Fenwick neighborhood until her death in 2003.

Out on “the point,” The Saybrook Point Inn and Spa features two Boutique Inns –  in addition to the hotel’s already luxurious accommodations.

Clinton CT harbor through gate

9. Clinton/ Madison CT

No fudge shops or glitz and glamour here – just serpentine rivers, a quaint harbor, an anachronistic winery, a rustic flower and animal farm, one of the most highly regarded indie bookstores in the country, Connecticut’s only beachfront lodging – The Madison Beach Hotel – and the best lobster roll on the East Coast (Lobster Landing/Clinton).

Pattaconk Pub Chester CT
Pattaconk Bar and Grill, Chester CT

10. Chester/Haddam CT on the Connecticut River

Performing, fine and culinary artists, as well as clothing and building designers have been drawn to this mesmerizing ribbon of water, the Connecticut River, for centuries and after indulging in this Getaway you’ll see why.

Wethersfield CT children dressed as onions
Wethersfield CT children dressed as onions

11. Wethersfield CT

If you and your honey love to curl up with the latest Revolutionary War history book, get all gooey eyed over George Washington’s sleeping quarters, or even fantasize about growing Heirloom vegetables from seeds,  you’ll love meandering around this very Historic District.

Just a few miles from Hartford, Wethersfield offers two charming B&B’s, great restaurants, authentically restored pre-and-post Colonial homes, and two of the oldest packaged seed companies in the USA still in operation.

Lime Rock Race Track CT

12. Connecticut’s Northwest Corner

There’s a reason some of our favorite celebs have homes up here. Far from the maddening Hampton’s Season, the pace in this farmland and lakes section of Connecticut is slow and quiet.

Quiet, that is, except for Lime Rock Racetrack (preferred by Paul Newman until he couldn’t race anymore in his early 80’s). You and your lover will love Falls Village Inn, with rooms done by NY City Interior Designer, Bunny Williams.

Lighthouse and waterfront in Dewey, Delaware.

Romantic Weekend Getaways In Delaware

The following is just a taste. For more suggestions in DE, visit this Romantic Getaways in DE post.

Hershey Kisses welcome guests to Inn at Montchanin Village DE

13. Inn at Montchannin Village

Once housing the laborers who worked at the Hagley Powder Mills nearby, you can’t help but feel a sense of irony as you meander down “Privy Lane” – original latrines line the street where upscale guest cottages now stand.

I’d wager it’s the only upmarket lodging in America that features outhouses as a design element. Of course, the inn maintains its historic value while providing you and your crush with the highest degree of service, amenities – and whimsy.

Rehoboth Beach Patrol DE

14. Rehobeth Beach DE

Contemplate your relationship over soft custard ice-cream or great boardwalk fries on this Atlantic beach-getaway. A great LGBT-friendly town, incredibly good restaurants, sand and surf  –  it’s a summertime classic: a lower-key, Mid-Atlantic version of Provincetown MA.

Complementary Wine at Blue Water House Lewes DE

15. Lewes DE

Do you like a riot or color? A renovated “fisherman’s motel” now a Dogfish Head outpost? Or do you and your honey love the classic inn or B&B?

You can have your pick in this eminently walkable, boutique-studded, fishing-charter, great restaurant town at the terminus of the Cape May (NJ) – Lewes Ferry.

Honeymoon Suite bath, Causey Mansion, Milford DE

16. Milford/Dover DE

Do you bond over history? Big military planes? Cool crafts? Try this eclectic getaway, and stay in Asian-Antique grandeur in a turnaround town winning kudos for its exquisite riverfront walkway and award-winning Arts and Crafts Gallery.  

Couple walks dog on rocky outcropping at Acadia National Park in Maine. Hikes are a popular thing to do at romantic destinations in Northeast US.

Romantic Weekend Getaways In Maine

The following list is just a taste. For many more Maine suggestions, consult this Romantic Getaways in New England post.

17. Windjammeer Cruise on Stephen Taber – Penobscot Maine

Nothing says “romance” like a multi-masted sailing ship at full sail. Especially when it’s you and a nautically-minded special buddy onboard an authentic Windjammer.

Maine Windjammer Lobster Bake
Marisol and Raul enjoy a Maine Windjammer Lobster Bake on the Stephen Taber

Wine and cheese pairings, gourmet grub, and a lobster fest are are included on this mid-coast Maine adventure. It is positively soul-stirring.

Boardwalk to beach Inn by the Sea Cape Elizabeth ME
Boardwalk to beach Inn by the Sea Cape Elizabeth ME

18. Inn by the Sea – Cape Elizabeth, ME

I was told not to write about this luxurious big-dog friendly environmentally “green” inn by repeat visitors who’d like to keep it their secret (and not be blocked out of rooms). The best choice on the East Coast for dog-loving duos.

Sauna-Shed-Migis-Lodge-ME

19. Migis Lodge – Sebago Lake.

If loon calls at night thrill you no end, and the thought of a crackling fire in the living room of your own luxury cabin sets your heart ablaze, this lakefront resort is a perfect fit.

Holding hands on Monhegan Island path Maine

20. Mohegan Island

Ten miles off Mid-Coast Maine, Monhegan Island is known for its artists and lobstermen, who live, symbiotically, on this tiny crust of land just under a square mile in size.

Warm weather brings artists, writers, birders, nature lovers and curious tourists who don’t mind experiencing a simple life without cars (or paved roads), private bathrooms, or even, in some cases, electricity. But, ah, those views: The views that inspired some of America’s most famed artists.

View of Atlantic from Cliff House Hotel ME
View of Atlantic Ocean from Cliff House Hotel restaurant in Maine

21. Cliff House, Cape Neddick

Starry eyed twosomes seeking the hottest hotel on the East Coast will discover it here. InStyle Magazine called the re-imagined Cliff House on Cape Neddick ME one of the best spots in the world to get engaged.

And when you drive past lovely shore homes, pull into the long drive, and at last enter this Oceanside resort perched on rocky Maine cliffs, you’ll understand why.

Waves crash on rocky overlook at Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park.

22. Schoodic Peninsula ME

Are the two of you in sync about nature and hiking but hate crowds? Infinitely more more secluded, Schoodic encompasses 3,500 additional acres of Acadia National Park, with ferry and bus access to the bulk of it on Mount Desert Island.

The small towns of Winter Harbor, Birch Harbor and Prospect Harbor are all located on Schoodic, so on this Getaway, you’ll experience nature in its rustic glory, and if you’re game – a few “Pickled Wrinkles.”

Older couple holding hands
Romance does not age out

23. Castine and Blue Hill Peninsula ME

And, here’s more for the crowd-averse couple. Far off the well-trod Route 1, visiting Castine ME and the Blue Hill Peninsula is another great escape from the hordes.

Just an hour from booming Bar Harbor, time seems suspended here, especially around Castine’s Town Green and the waterfront, not much more than a couple of restaurants and docks.

Olson House Tour near Rockland ME
Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth’s summer studio at the Olson House, Maine

24. Rockland ME

For the art-aficionados who love Wyeths and lobsters, and a chance to stay in a hot  boutique hotel, 250 Main.

Maine Harvest, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport ME

25. Freeport ME

Love to shop? LL Bean, open 24/7, is headquartered here. And you can stay in Ole Yankee luxury at the Harraseeket Inn.

Boothbay Harbor Footbridge Maine

26. Boothbay ME

Boothbay Harbor ME was the first “off-Route-1 town” that became popular with tourists on the Maine Coast, and, centered in “Mid Coast Maine” is quicker to get to than Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park to the northeast.

Yes, tourists converge here in the summertime, but plan a trip in June, and you’ll get the best of all worlds: temperate weather, phenomenal blooms, uncrowded attractions, and lower hotel rates.

Clam Shack Kennebunk ME

27. Kennebunks ME

In the Kennebunks, you will find the freshest New England cuisine, transcendent ocean-scapes, the light, the sea at play against the rocky shore. All that makes Maine Maine is here, but on a much smaller, less touristy scale.

Plan to go in the warm months of June or September, when sightseers don’t overrun the place and you can find parking and reduced hotel prices mid-week.

Backyard of Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg ME
Autumn view in back of Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg ME

28. Fryeburg ME

There’s not much going on in this New Hampshire/Maine border town, yet it is one of the Maven Favorite romantic destinations. Why? The Oxford House Inn – an upscale, four room B&B with two outrageously good restaurants (one a pub), with one of the most stunning views on this list.

Moosewood Lake from Greenville Inn Porch, Greenville ME

29. Greenville on Moosehead Lake ME

If your love loves to take photos of moose – or criss-cross snow-covered logging roads on a ski-mobile, a visit to this Northern Maine town is in order. Greenville Inn is snug, cozy and luxurious all year long, but particularly lovely in winter.

Couples strolling on the boardwalk in Ocean City MD.
Summer wouldn’t be summer without salt water taffy and long romantic strolls along the boardwalk. One of our favorite walks is the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD.

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Maryland

We’re highlighting a few of our favorites, but for the full list, follow the link to romantic getaways in Maryland.

For those of us who have read every one of Nora Roberts’ romance novels, under her name AND her alias J.D. Robb, her bookstore is a Must See stop. Autographed editions are often available at the shop, but do check the website for scheduled book signings.

30. Washington County

For certain someones, what could be more romantic than the tiny mid-Maryland ‘burg where the Queen of the Romance Novel, Nora Roberts, has chosen to live and work?

In fact, her family owned Inn Boonsboro, subject of her Inn Boonsboro Trilogy, is as real as can be, and one of the most romantic inns in the region.

Chester River Packet Chestertown MD
Chester River Packet Chestertown MD

31. Kent County

If surprisingly excellent cuisine in a pop. 300 town, a golden sunset river cruise, a soft sand Bay Beach, and world-class music in a shabby-chic venue floats your boat, this slow-paced getaway is for you.

Sunset over Kent Island Bridge Queen Anne's County MD
Photographer Kent Island MD

32. Queen Anne’s County

Get all lovey-dovey while experiencing one of the most dramatic sunsets on the East Coast. For a mellow, quick escape from Baltimore or DC, stop, stay a night at a lovely new boutique hotel.

On your getaway, check out one of the region’s last oyster shucking houses, meet a very French turtle, or kayak through unusual sea grass. And, of course, dine on crab cakes overlooking the Chesapeake Bridge at sunset.

Candy Corner kiosk at Glen Echo Park.
Remnants of its former use as an amusement park can be seen in a few of Glen Echo Park’s structures. Today, it houses art studios, performing spaces, and the outstanding Spanish Ballroom.

33. Montgomery County

Couples who adore fine and performing arts, and/or who’d love to dance the night away in a world-famous ballroom (for peanuts!), should make a beeline to this often overlooked area just outside of Washington DC.

Take a dance or photography class, taught by the greats, and possibly pop the question over High Tea with Classical Music accompaniment.

For optimum artsy-cool romance, stay at the just-opened boutique – Canopy Hotel in N. Bethesda – Industrial-chic meets Mid-Century Modern with National Geographic references thrown in.

Guest Room, Antrim 1844, Taneytown MD
Guest Room, Antrim 1844, Taneytown MD

34. Carroll County

In contrast to the sometimes frenetic surrounding areas, particularly the District of Columbia, Carroll County MD is “Zen Peaceful” – in only the way that an agricultural region can be.

But what puts this Maryland County on this Best Romantic Escape List is a phenomenal inn whose owners are so humble, they’ve kept news of their superb establishment, Antrim 1844, a secret, at least to regions beyond the Mid-Atlantic.

Romantic getaways in Maryland list includes the Whitehaven Ferry.

35. Wicomico County 

The “Capital of Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” and the “Crossroads of Delmarva” (Routes 13 and 50), Wicomico County MD, is just a 2 ½ hour drive from DC and Baltimore. To really hide out with your beloved for a few days, make your way to the Whitehaven Hotel, as remote and charming as it gets.

Painting in plein-air on the Chesapeake Bay MD

36. Easton/Talbot County

Lately, prosperous DC, Baltimore and even NY area retirees have been moving to this tony slice of heaven on the Eastern Shore, seeking peace and quiet, spellbinding sunsets, and neighbors, like them, who have a fondness for fine locally sourced dining, unique shops, and the arts.

The County also includes St. Michaels and Oxford, both with exquisite neighborhoods ripe for house-hunting. Or just daydreaming about. Remember the reception scene from the Wedding Crashers where the boat glides by and you wonder how there could be a real place so fantastically picturesque? It was filmed in St Michaels.

View of water from Swanendele Inn Ridges MD St. Marys County
View of water from Swanendele Inn Ridges MD St. Marys County

37. Southern Maryland 

Both Calvert County and St. Mary’s County are perfect for romantics of a particular sort. If hunting for ancient sharks teeth on wide, inviting Chesapeake Bay beaches turns you on, try Solomons and the beaches of Calvert County.

If you are into kayaking, hauling up crab pots, and staying in one of the most idyllic B&B’s on the East Coast, or at a hotel that offers both sunrise and sunset views, check out St. Mary’s. Or do both. The whole S. MD region is very wallet friendly.

Community Bridge at Carroll Creek Park, Frederick MD

38. Frederick MD

Don’t have time to get to Venice? Carroll Creek Park – a mile-long linear park encompassing a canal and landscaped brick walkways – is the next best thing. There are tons of independent shops, great restaurants, and upscale places to stay.

Swan boat at Boston Public Garden
What could be more romantic than riding a swan boat? In operation since 1877 in the Public Garden, these vessels are a Boston icon.

Romantic Weekend Getaways In Massachusetts

The list below is just a taste. For many more suggestions for a weekend away, check out this Romantic Getaways in New England post.

The Man at the Wheel Gloucester MA
The Man at the Wheel Gloucester MA

39. Gloucester MA

Lost in all the “Perfect Storm” commercial fisheries identity is the fact that this coastal New England town was also one of America’s first Artist’s Colonies –  Rocky Neck – and what’s more romantic than that?

Stay in a boutique hotel, tour the eclectic home of one of the very first professional interior decorators, and drink some great beer overlooking the fishing docks on this not-so-fishy getaway.

Temple protecting Plymouth Rock in Plymouth MA

40. Plymouth MA

Lovers of history (and each other) will go gaga over the very first New World sanctuary for “Saints” who were religiously persecuted in Europe in the early 1600’s.

In 2020, Plimoth Plantation celebrated the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock. Much of this went virtual, but expect to see events ongoing well into 2021.

Eleanor Roethke, volunteer, Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
Eleanor Roethke, volunteer, Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

41. Nantucket MA

Islands are just naturally romantic, given that you’ve got to take a boat or ferry to get there. Honeys with a curiosity about American Maritime and Whaling history are sure to find cerebral satisfaction in this preppy place – home to one of the best Whaling Museums in the world, and of course, the iconic Nantucket Lightship Basket.

Stay at the Regatta Inn on a little side-street: what rooms lack in size are more than made up for with impeccably luxurious design.

Romantic Sunset Sea Crest Beach Hotel Falmouth MA
Romantic Sunset Sea Crest Beach Hotel Falmouth MA

42. Falmouth MA – Cape Cod

Falmouth MA, in the extreme southwest corner of Cape Cod, also encompasses the tiny burg of Woods Hole 

But there are things to see in Falmouth as well. There’s a Victorian mansion turned art museum, waterfront gardens with antique anchors as central features, and some of the country’s most awesome sunsets. Plus a newly renovated beachfront hotel resort with rates that won’t drain your bank account.

Sitting on a beach chair with a glass of wine, waves gently tickling your feet as the sun goes down, you might just be inspired to give her that ring.

Girls under umbrellas pose in front of The Connah Store in Boston's North End Neighborhood.
Selfie opp in Boston’s North End Neighborhood, bonus points if you get the pronunciation right.

43. Hidden Boston MA 

Hipster couples will want to check out these secret spots in Boston. And then bed down in the city’s newest rock ‘n roll (slightly bad-ass) boutique hotel – The Verb, right in the shadow of Fenway Park. Even Bostonians don’t know about some of these places.

Gay Head Cliffs - Marthas Vineyard MA

44. Martha’s Vineyard, MA

This New England Island- a ferry ride from Wood’s Hole, MA, delivers on hypnotic sunrises and sunsets, exceptional beaches and intimate hideaways. Even if you aren’t president of the United States, you’ll be treated like one.

Kayaking together on Cape Cod MA

45. Provincetown MA

Live on the edge on this edge-of-the-world resort town. LGBT couples will find nirvana (and a whole lot of choice re: accommodations), but hetero romantics (and families) will also have a great, high-energy time at the tip-end of Cape Cod.

Whether you’re gay or straight, one of the most stylish inns to book is Carpe Diem Guesthouse, with gorgeous rooms, bountiful complimentary afternoon wine and nibbles, a fantastic breakfast spread, and the largest Moroccan Hamam on the Cape.

Yankee Clipper Inn grounds, Rockport MA
Yankee Clipper Inn grounds, Rockport MA

46. Rockport MA

You live in Boston or New York, and you both long for a seaside escape with lots of fresh lobster, but just don’t want to drive all the way to Maine. What to do?

Head to Rockport MASS – which provides LOTS of New England Coast charm without the hassle. Stay at Yankee Clipper Inn – favorite of many celebrities of yore – a few miles from town on a wind-whipped cliff overlooking the Atlantic. It’s as romantic as all get out.

Scenic vista at White Mountains explains why this tops the list of romantic weekend getaways.

Romantic Weekend Getaways In New Hampshire

The list below is just a taste. For many more suggestions for a weekend away in New Hampshire, check out this Romantic Getaways in New England post.

Exterior Chesterfield Inn NH
Exterior Chesterfield Inn NH

47. Southwest Corner/Keene/Peterborough

Lovers with a fondness for unexplored (or less explored) territories will want to escape to the area of New Hampshire that screams “New England” (so much, in fact, the region’s prime publication, Yankee Magazine, is based here).

You’ll find Little Red Riding Hood’s “Grandma’s House,” the boyhood home of “Uncle Sam,” breathtaking hikes, Ken Burn’s restaurant, and one of the most charming Inn’s in the State – The Chesterfield Inn.

Greenleaf Hut - White Mountains
Stellar views of Franconia Notch and glamping accommodations hut to hut hiking in the White Mountains.

48. White Mountain Region

The White Mountain Region in New Hampshire is so vast, the Getaway Mavens broke it down into three sections. Each area encompasses attractions old and new (mostly old.)

They’re perfect for the hiking couple seeking fresh mountain air and classic, old fashioned resorts and hotels. Some, as you will see, score highly on the “Romance” scale.

Summit of Rattlesnake Trail Squam Lake
Summit of Rattlesnake Trail Squam Lake NH

49. Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee NH

The most iconic old-age romance movies of all time – On Golden Pond – was filmed right on Squam Lake (which served as “Golden Pond.”)

Lovers of all ages will appreciate the quiet beauty of Squam or the more active spots around the larger Lake Winnipesaukee. Stay at Manor on Golden Pond for classic elegance, afternoon tea and superb lake views.

Exterior of Ash Street Inn Manchester NH

50. Manchester NH

New Hampshire’s largest city spawned some of the great comedians of our day  – Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers and Sarah Silverman. But it also gave innovators in wine (LaBell Winery) and chocolate (Dancing Lion Chocolate) a place to experiment and thrive.

Sure you can stay in any number of franchise hotels – but you’ll want to bed down in the absolutely adorable Ash St. Inn, just a block from the famed Currier Art Museum.

Martin Hill Inn Portsmouth NH

51. Portsmouth NH 

Perhaps more than in any other New England seacoast town, it’s easy to imagine what life was like in this country when it was new and growing thanks to Portsmouth’s  living history museum, Strawbery Banke.

Just one of the draws of Portsmouth, this romantic seacoast town is also known for great dining, fun shopping and the Martin Hill Inn, voted “Best Garden Lovers B&B in New England” by Yankee Magazine.

Mulit-tiered waterfall in Delaware Water Gap NJ
Buttermilk Falls Delaware Water Gap NJ

Romantic Weekend Getaways In New Jersey

The following list is merely a taste. Find more suggestions about weekends in NJ on this Romantic Getaways in New Jersey post.

Orchid Range, Duke Farms, Hillsborough NJ Somerset County NJ Weekend Getaway
Orchid Range, Duke Farms, Hillsborough NJ

52. Somerset County

In Somerset County NJ, rich people of the Daddy Warbucks variety have died and left lavish gardens and Green farms –beaucoups land – for the rest of us to enjoy.

Stay in the charming Bernards Inn, with rooms right out of George Washington’s “look book” and one of the best restaurants in the state.

From Moreys Pier Ferris Wheel Wildwood NJ
From Moreys Pier Ferris Wheel Wildwood NJ

53. Wildwoods NJ

Duos who groove to Doo-Wop will go wild for the Wildwoods in NJ. It’s got a Jetsons Meets Jersey Shore aesthetic, and more plastic palm trees than any other place on earth.

River and pool view from Molly Pitcher Inn Red Bank NJ

54. Red Banks NJ

The perfect spot for hipster romantics.  Two live theaters, quirky world-known stores (one owned by filmmaker Kevin Smith), some of the top restaurants in the USA, and one of the oldest ice-boat clubs in the country – and oh, yea, Jon Bon Jovi  – draw a certain type of tourist. We’re not talking beach bums here.

Gift from Tower Cottage Point Pleasant NJ

55. Point Pleasant NJ

Come off season and this normally family-crammed boardwalk beach town turns quiet and dreamy. Find out what’s open and what we believe to be the MOST ROMANTIC B&B on the Jersey Shore, bar none.

Cape May Brewing Fireside Chat NJ

56. Cape May NJ  

Outdoorsy beer loving duos will love Cape May  – at the tip of Southern New Jersey’s beaches – especially in the off season when Cape May Brewing presents its “Fireside Chats” outside on the patio.

This Atlantic Ocean beach town swarms with tourists and annual visitors in the summer, but come late fall and winter,  you’ll have plenty of room to walk the sand, visit the famous Cape May Victorian homes and dine well. Stay at the upscale oceanfront Montreal Beach Resortbuilt by gutsy Holocaust survivors in the 1960’s.

England themed guest room Bungalow hotel Long Branch NJ

57. Long Branch NJ

If you are the kind of twosome who wake up at ridiculous hours to watch the sun rise, and appreciate a funky, fantastic boutique hotel, you’re in luck. Long Branch NJ provides.

Stay at the Novogratz-designed Bungalow Hotela block from the beach, and a stroll away from shops and great restaurants.

Tray of cupcakes with white icing that reads "I Love NY."

Romantic Weekend Getaways In New York

New York State is vast. Beyond New York City, the Capital of the World, there are 7,600 fresh water lakes and and 70,000 miles of river and streams. That’s in addition to over 3600 mountains. And NY has the largest park in the contiguous United States, Adirondack Park.

Sunrise on the Hudson River from American Cruise Line from NYC Up the Hudson River NY
Sunrise on the Hudson River from American Cruise Line ship

We’re sharing a few of our favorite destinations, but for the complete list, see romantic getaways in NY.

Colorful garden bed lines walkway at The Darwin Martin House National Historic Landmark.
The Darwin Martin House National Historic Landmark was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1903 and 1905.

58. Buffalo NY

Buffalo as a romantic destination? Yes! Especially if you stay at The Mansion on Delaware  where a personal butler is on call 24/7.

Just 20 minutes from that Newlywed Destination of old, Niagara Falls, with a burgeoning brew and culinary scene (far beyond the famous wings), a redone Lake Erie waterfront, and lots of Frank Lloyd Wright charm, this proud city is back.

Shortest International Footbridge 1000 Islands NY
Shortest International Footbridge 1000 Islands NY

59. Thousand Islands

Explore small maritime towns on the St. Lawrence Seaway on the Canadian border where mansions and castles coexist with spirit-makers, wooden boat designers, and artisans of food and crafts.

Ithaca Falls for Romantic Waterfall Enthusiasts in Ithaca NY
Ithaca Falls Ithaca NY

60. Ithaca NY

Gorges and waterfalls aplenty. That’s all you need. But there’s so much more.

Living room set in the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum at the National Comedy Center.
Recognize this living room set? Find this and more in the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum at the National Comedy Center.

61. Jamestown NY

Is your relationship like a sit-com? Then, plan a trip to the birthplace of Lucille Ball, Jamestown, now home to the fresh (in so many ways) National Comedy Center – an interactive museum you’ll never want to leave.

And if you come during the summer season, plan a few days at the Chautauqua Institute down the road, where brainiacs, activists, politicos, the spiritual minded, and music and art lovers all converge for 9 weeks of lectures, classes, shows, and exhibitions centered around a different theme each week.

Bethel-Woods-Woodstock-Music-Festival

62. Sullivan County NY

What’s sexier than the hallowed grounds of the Woodstock Music Festival? If you’re a Boomer, not much.

But young-‘uns are discovering this reemerging portion of the Catskills, too, with chic inns, like The DeBruce in Livingston Manor,  turning old boarding homes into foodie-approved lodging.

Horizontal view of Kaaterskill Falls.
Kaaterskill Falls, the waterfall that inspired an art movement.

63. Green County NY

You could say that America’s great love affair with the “wilderness” began here, in the Northern Catskills.

Thomas Cole, father of the Hudson River School of Art, painted Kaaterskill Falls and the mountains and wilds of this valley in the early 1800’s, spawning a thirst for travel.

You can still go hand in hand on a rooty, rocky half mile (each way) hike to the Falls, or mountain bike down ski trails, or catch a concert, and then stay in a lovely historic B&B.

Romantic outdoor dining at Stissing House in Pine Plains NY
Romantic outdoor dining at Stissing House in the Northern Dutchess County ‘burg of Pine Plains NY

64. Northern Dutchess County

Guy and gal pals turn positively giddy anticipating a getaway to these small towns in the Hudson Valley. Find unique public-private gardens, one of the coolest drive-in-theaters, horseback riding, a swanky Orvis compound, and some incredible restaurants from fine to casual.

The once slightly tattered Pine Plains, Millerton, Amenia, and Millbrook NY have pulled off a revival of sorts: increasingly, city dwellers have been finding their way here.

Five Swords, one of the monumental works by Alexander Calder at Storm King Outdoor Sculpture Center, seen against fall foliage backdrop.
Five Swords, one of the monumental works by Alexander Calder at Storm King Outdoor Sculpture Center, has commanded a stunning Hudson Highlands hill top for over twenty-five years.

65. Hudson River Valley

There are shamrocks everywhere in the Caldwell House, a beautiful four-leaf-clover of a Bed and Breakfast in the Hudson River Valley. A stately home built in 1803 by a wealthy merchant from Ireland,  you don’t need to have the luck of the Irish to be assured a superb stay here. 

A favorite with honeymooners, you might not want to leave your guest room with fireplace and downy bedding, but if you do, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, The 1839 Brotherhood Winery (oldest operating winery in the USA), Storm King Outdoor Sculpture Center and West Point Military Academy are just minutes away.

ForsythBnB Breakfast spread Kingston NY

66. Kingston NY

Lovers who love Maritime and American History will adore this Hudson River town. Not only is it steeped in Colonial atmosphere – Kingston boasts some of the most beautiful murals in the country, and boutique inns are cropping up all over.

Fresh Picked Veggies on the plate at Pleasant Valley Inn Restaurant Hammondsport NY
Fresh Picked Veggies on the plate at Pleasant Valley Inn Restaurant Hammondsport NY

67. Finger Lakes – Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake

Wine, freshwater lakes surrounded by rolling vineyards, a growing food scene and charming B&B’s – the Finger Lakes in New York are distinctively built for romance amidst the fruits of the vine.

For the ultimate foodie weekend, stay in the adorable Pleasant Valley Inn in Hammondsport. Newly renovated, with just four small but charming rooms (just $158 per night! – includes hot buffet breakfast), it’s got one of the top restaurants two steps from your bed.

68. Beacon NY

It’s got just the right amount of cute and eccentric for you and your artsy companion. When large art-installation museum, DIA:Beacon, opened in 2002, it gave culture hounds a reason to come upriver for the day. As more people came, artists, chefs and aspiring retailers did, too.

And then, in late 2012, the superb boutique hotel – Roundhouse at Beacon Falls – measuring up to the standards of those urbane museum and gallery goers finally opened in Beacon, creating the perfect overnight arts, shopping, and wine and beer-sipping romantic Getaway.

Fall color accents walkway at Blue Hill at Stone Barns near Sleepy Hollow NY.

69. Sleepy Hollow NY

One of the most charming, ivy-blanketed cottages on the Hudson River was actually owned by a confirmed bachelor – and a famous one at that. Washington Irving, who brought us Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman, lived in a home made for romance.

But there are so many other places that lovebirds can explore, and at least one “royal” place to stay in this Westchester County hamlet just 30 minutes from NYC.

Woodstock NY Chamber of Commerce Building

70. Woodstock and Phoenicia

Grab your sporty, hippy pal for this mountain escape. Hike, ski, go tubing, join a drum circle, and then plan to stay at the just renovated Emerson Hotel and Spa in this artsy part of the Catskills.

71. Lake George NY

There’s nothing like a Lake George sunrise or sunset to spark (or re-spark) a romantic flame, especially if you are watching it from your room at the iconic Sagamore Resort.

Take your beloved on a spin around the lake with your private guide through Love is on Lake George Boat Tours. It’s the perfect opportunity to pop the question, or “re-pop” it, as the case may be.

72. Saratoga Springs NY

Soaking in warm mineral water is like “bathing in champagne” – a most exquisite feeling. Saratoga Springs was one of the country’s original “spa” towns, and remains ideal for treatments and health-oriented lovers.

There’s also the horsey aspect – it’s where Carly Simon’s vain, gavotting guy’s horse “naturally won,” and you can watch future American Pharaohs go through their paces, too. Bed down in the ultra-luxe boutique Adelphi Hotel right on main street.

Couple enjoys glass of beer on the lawn next to Omegang Brewery patio.

73. Cooperstown NY

Have you bonded over “America’s Favorite Pastime” (Baseball Hall of Fame) or beer (Ommegang)? Then this town, far from any interstate, will thrill.

Throw in a New York themed carousel with characters carved by history teachers, a pristine lakeside golf course and stunning renovated waterfront hotel (Otesaga), and you’ve got the makings for a heart-felt getaway.

Family enters American Glory BBQ in Hudson NY.

74. Hudson NY

If the website Etsy was an actual place, it would be Hudson, NY, an artsy town on the Hudson River that has managed to out-Brooklyn Brooklyn in cutesie-pie-ity. This escape is for the couple looking to furnish their nest – and fuel a bit of passion while they’re at it.

Lobster lunch at the Port Jefferson Steam Room comes with a view of convertibles riding the strip.

75. Eastern Long Island

What’s your pleasure? The quiet wine region of the North Fork? The remote must-get-to-it-by-boat Shelter Island, the rising hipster cred but ultimately laid back Montauk or the see and be seen Hamptons? Cue There’s A Place For Us from West Side Story, and choose one (or all).

New York City

Hipsters hang out at Roberta's Pizza in Brooklyn.

76. Brooklyn

Ever notice that when any place on earth goes hipster, it’s called “The Brooklyn Of…..” or called out for being “Brooklyn-ized.” Well, there’s a reason for that. Brooklyn, the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, has a special aura. You could call it ruggedly individualistic, artsy-entrepreneurial, a promised land for creatives.

Couple smooches in front of sunset view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

And yes, immensely romantic. And guess what? Boutique hotels to fit every purse and mood are cropping up all over the place. Doing business or visiting your kids nearby?

Book a room at NU Hotel in Cobble Hill – a short subway ride to downtown Manhattan and a mile or so to Barclay Center. For the more adventurous “fringe-art” fan, try Bushwick’s BKLYN House Hotel

77. Central Park South

Really? That touristy of tourist traps in the whole NY City? Well, read on here to discover the classiest place to stay, unique restaurants and the one and only rooftop bar that will draw out the lovin’ feelings in even the most stoic man or woman

The Pierre sits on what is arguably the most photographed and filmed slice of New York City– the south east corner of Central Park. Within steps are the Central Park Zoo, the Wollman Skating Rink, the Plaza Hotel and a slew of here now, possibly gone tomorrow horse-drawn carriages.

Elaborately painted Rotunda room at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

The Pierre is the epitome of “Romantic New York” – quiet, lavish without being showy, and eminently elegant – all with that rare commodity: a friendly, anticipatory human touch.

View of The Vessel seen through Hudson Yard shops window in New York City.

78. Hudson Yards

What was once wasteland on the Hudson is now a zesty tourist zone, reconfigured as a mixed-use neighborhood with exorbitantly priced condos, a massive mall, fantastic restaurants, and interactive attractions.

Key among them are, 1) The Vessel, a basket-weave sculpture made up of grand staircases that visitors climb for optimal views of the Hudson (best at sunset); and The Shed – an off the wall art museum and performance space on wheels. Looking for “date night” ideas? Come here.

Romantic Weekend Getaways In Pennsylvania

The following list is just a taste. Get more ideas about weekends in PA in this Romantic Getaways in Pennsylvania post.

Flowers in Northeast US

79. New Hope – Bucks County

Take your honey through wildflower gardens, along canal paths, plan dinner at a haunted tavern, and then stay trendy at a B&B that purportedly was where Aaron Burr fled after his famous fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton. Get the scoop over a gourmet breakfast – Covid protocols in place, of course.

Desperate-Times-Brewery-Big-Pretzel-Carlisle-PA

80. Carlisle – Cumberland Valley

Does your dearest darling have a thing for craft breweries and hiking? Then, he/she will love Cumberland Valley PA for its beer and hard-cider makers, a terrific and interactive Army Heritage Museum, the Appalachian Trail, and charming restaurants and lodging.

Conservatory Fountain Longwood Gardens PA

81. Brandywine Valley

It’s got one of the most celebrated Botanical Gardens in the world (established by Pierre Du Pont), three generations of Wyeths, several “hidden towns” and The Blob. What more could art, flowers, mystery, and B-Movie aficionados desire?

Outdoor pool Omni Bedford Springs PA

82. Bedford PA

What began over 200 years ago as a healing retreat centered around what was believed to be curative spring water has become one of prettiest golf and spa resorts in the East. With a complete overhaul over 10 years ago, bringing the property from drab to fab, OBS is the place to book when you want to park once and stay. For days. Or weeks.

Rented houseboat on Raystown Lake PA

83. Raystown Lake

You will not find a more pristine, remote, untouched, serene public access lake anywhere in PA. The ultimate Romantic treat: rent a houseboat for a few nights and just be by yourselves. According to those in the know, there is nothing better than sitting on the top deck hot tub in the middle of Raystown Lake on a moonlit night.

“It is heaven on earth,” says one fan. Alternately, book a room at the Gage Mansion in Huntingdon. This stately home of a wealthy railroad executive is now owned and run by Angie and John Thompson, founders of the delightful Thompson Candle Co.

Hershey Lodge check in includes a Milk Chocolate Hershey Bar

84. Hershey PA

Hot Cocoa Baths, Kisses on your pillow.  Nuff said.

Couple walks holding hands past the Philadelphia Love Sign.

85. Philadelphia PA

Philly as a romantic destination? Yes. And why give your special someone flowers when you can get him/her the whole garden. Here’s the perfect getaway for the flora-loving couple.

Breakfast at Inn at Bowman's Hill New Hope PA

86. Inn at Bowman’s Hill

The owner of this estate is an unabashed romantic – eager to make all of your dreams come true. Luxurious and secluded, this farmland-set lodging is perfect for a celebrating twosome.

Bring a hammer to Ringing Rocks Park Upper Bucks County PA

87. Upper Bucks County PA

Ringing Rocks, a Handbell Factory Tour, one of the most innovative restaurants and a luxury inn with the most sensational mosaic showers show lovebirds there’s more to Buck’s County than just New Hope (though that’s great, too).

Breakfast delights - Hotel Fauchere Milford PA
Breakfast delights – Hotel Fauchere Milford PA

88. Milford PA 

Established by a top NYC chef in the mid-1800’s, Hotel Fauchere has drawn hundreds of Bold Faced actors, writers, and politicians (including US Presidents). As a Relais & Chateaux property, Fauchere excels at personal service.

Two in-house restaurants are outstanding and rooms are contemporary and bright with beds topped with cloud-like duvets you’ll never want to leave.

Bathtub at Silver Birches Resort Hawley PA
Sexy curved glass bathtub at Silver Birches Resort Hawley PA

89. Hawley PA

A tiny town, a big lake, an Ice-Carving Factory, and the largest hand-carved bluestone building in the world, Hawley PA is a magnet for families in the summer who recreate in one of the largest bodies of water in Pennsylvania- Lake Wallenpaupak.

But adoring couple will want to visit offseason, though, for greater pleasures. Hawley harbors three upscale inns – The Settler’s Inn, a Craftsman Style beauty, the second- Ledges – a contemporary wonder set inside a whitewater gorge, and the latest – the Lake Wallenpaupak-set Silver Birches.

Feeding wolf at Nemacolin Wildlife Academy PA
Feeding wolf at Nemacolin Wildlife Academy Nemacolin Woodlands Resort PA

90. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort 

What is Nemacolin? A wildlife sanctuary. It’s a small-plane airport ( just don’t ask who’s flying in on his/her private plane). An award-winning golf course (Pete Dye designed Mystic Rock, The Links) and Golf Academy.

It’s a Holistic Healing Center and spa for both humans and animals. An Art Museum with a collection valued at $45 million. Nemacolin is a deliriously wacky, extravagant, homey, friendly, fun whirlwind of a place.

And, along with all of this, it’s got a couple of top luxury hotels on the property (take your pick – Paris Ritz or Frank Lloyd Wright style). To top it off, its just a few minutes drive to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob – two of Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes open for tours.

Kayakers on the river in Pittsburgh PA

91. Pittsburgh PA

Have you forged a relationship over movies? You may be surprised to find that some of your favorite flicks were made in this West PA city. Take a Lights, Camera, Action tour and you may see a Hollywood star at work on another project.

Got a bit of rebel in you? This Pittsburgh escape will thrill. Where to stay? Walk through the door of the newly renovated Renaissance Pittsburgh and the place just oozes amore. It’s lobby, awash in purple light, sets the mood for one rapturous weekend.

Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island boasts 21 working lighthouses, including Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay. See the Rhode Island Lighthouse map for the full list.

Romantic Weekend Getaways In Rhode Island

The list below is just a taste. For many more suggestions for a weekend away in Rhode Island, check out this Romantic Getaways in New England post.

Ocean House rear view Watch Hill RI

92. Watch Hill RI

Victorians came to this seaside town, with their steamer trucks, for a summer of relaxation. Taylor Swift loved it so much, she bought a house here. Plus, there’s an oyster farm, great brews, sand, and surf.

If you really want to impress your sweetheart, stay at the ultra-luxe Ocean House hotel, which has recently updated its rooms.

Castle Hill Inn in Newport RI

93. Newport RI

Newport RI has a flair for the dramatic. The town is both paean to the America’s Cup Yacht Race and the conspicuous consumer lifestyle of the Gilded Age.

Lots of shopping, great restaurants and the prestigious Relais & Chateaux’s Castle Hill Inn. It’s an out of town hideaway with the most enthralling views of the Atlantic Ocean from almost every balcony or deck.

A tugboat nears Conimicut Lighthouse in the ocean near Warwick, Rhode Island. A warming filter and mild vignetting gives the scene a vintage look.

94. Narragansett RI 

Those who believe that New England beach resort towns are dead in the wintertime must visit Narragansett RI in the coldest months.

For starters, January is the best month for surfing (who knew?) and down-filled outerwear is made for brisk strolls on snow-covered sand. Favorite restaurants still buzz with happy eaters, and shops are open. Best of all, rates at the coolest new boutique hotel, The Break, are satisfyingly low.

So bring your Polar Bear honey to the Rhode Island shore for a bracing, romantic getaway.

Backroads of Northern Vermont

Romantic Weekend Getaways In Vermont

The list below is just a taste. For many more suggestions for a weekend away in Vermont, check out this Romantic Getaways in New England post.

Guestroom at Four Columns Inn Newfane VT

95. Four Columns Inn, Newfane VT

Renovated in 2014, and reopened in 2015, this world-renowned New England Inn drew the likes of Mick Jagger (he and Jerry Hall stayed here for his both b’day) and other Boldfaced Names back in the 80’s and 90’s.

Not resting on its laurels, the inn has all the elements necessary for a romantic getaway: fantastic food in on-site Artisan Restaurant, a funky pub, and eclectically charming and luxurious rooms. You’ll never have to leave the stunning property if you don’t want to.

Exterior of Rabbit Hill Inn Lower Waterford VT

96. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford VT

Leave it to the 19-room Rabbit Hill Inn  to make log-pine luxurious. The Cedar Glen room, kited out in Adirondack-chic, is an elegant blend of pine and plaid, and one of the most difficult rooms to leave once settled in.

But this is not the only reason the Rabbit Hill Inn has been among the top lodging establishments in New England: any country inn can be prettied up. No, Rabbit Hill is tops due to its owners, Brian and Leslie Mulcahy, who have been here 23 years, and exude the kind of warmth and good will that radiates brightly around them.

Sure, you can sequester yourselves in a charming room here and never emerge, but RHI is best for happy couples who love to socialize and make friends. It’s got that kind of vibe.

97. Okemo Valley

The bulk of visitors come to Okemo Valley to ski – Okemo is, after all, one of the top ski resorts in the Northeast. But like all other Getaway Maven escapes, this one does not focus on the “One Obvious Thing.” The Okemo Valley Region is comprised of 14 little villages (Ludlow being the largest, followed by Weston and Chester).

There is just one traffic light – in Ludlow – and no box stores. You can sign up for a 2-day crash craft-course, wander the halls of one of the first co-ed Academies in the country (now a great museum), shop like a fiend, eat like a foodie, and stay glamorous in a “castle” built by a Vermont Governor – the very baronial and stunning Castle Hill Resort and Spa.

Farmhouse Inn at Robinsons Farm Property Woodstock VT

98. Woodstock VT

Once a release valve for the Victorian wealthy who’d take the train from NYC or Boston to White River Junction, and then the 14-mile spur into the mountains, Woodstock feels romantically lost in time.

This is the region where where the National Park Service chose to impart the history of land conservation in the US. Add to that great hand-crafted cheese, famous artisans, and a historic luxury inn, and you’re golden for a wonderful cozy weekend.

Plan to stay or at least book spa treatments at the uber-friendly and recently updated Woodstock Inn and Spa – the town’s centerpiece lodging.

Charming bathroom Four Chimneys Inn Bennington VT

99. Bennington VT 

This was Robert Frost’s “Road Less Traveled” and in fact, America’s famed rural poet is buried in this Vermont burg just over the Massachusetts border. The lush, green mountains around are the defining aspect of this region – inspiration for poets and artists like Frost, Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell.

And for poetry-spouting twosomes as well. Stay in finery in a grand Federalist inn, The Four Chimneys Inn – perfect for the couple seeking a Victorian-age “summer in the mountains” experience along with lightening fast wi-fi access.

Romantic Weekend Getaways In Virginia

The following list is just a taste. Discover many more weekend ideas on this Romantic Getaways in Virginia post.

Market at Grelen Somerset VA

100. SHENANDOAH COUNTY 

The ridged mountains of Shenandoah County VA can be moody, whether thick with green foliage, flecked with the colors of autumn, or deep in snow.

But there’s no better place to get lost than on these hills, cycling the back roads of the Appalachian Range, especially with an adventurous loved one who’d be just as excited happening upon a great winery as they would exploring mysterious caverns.

Magpie Diner baked delights Harrisonburg PA
Magpie Diner great lunches and baked delights Harrisonburg PA

101. HARRISONBURG

Beer brewers, cider-makers, and vintners are attracted to Harrisonburg’s heady reputation for craft beverage production. Crafts extend to the hand-made, art focused, kind at the Quilt Museum, art galleries, and an Etsy-like indie-market.

So, if you and your sweetie like to swig some artisanal hard cider, prowl boutiques and galleries for the perfect gift or painting, join fellow foodies at hot new restaurants, and stay in a welcoming B&B, you’ll be well set in this college town.

Well-Hung-Vineyards-Gordonsville-VA

102. ORANGE COUNTY VA  

What’s the story behind that naughtily named winery? Where can you get artisanal pizza and wash it down with excellent craft beer?

Find all these answers and more in Orange County VA – where history and upscale independent shops coexist in a breathtaking landscape.

For all you smitten kittens who like their history with some shopping, sipping, and grand lodging on the side, Orange County VA is the perfect getaway.

Absinthe Experience Mt. Defiance Distillery Middleburg VA
Absinthe Experience Mt. Defiance Distillery Middleburg VA

103. MIDDLEBURG VA

Horses, wine, and absinthe – Eros manifest in a little Virginia town. Oh, and one of the oldest inns in the country, The Red Fox  with all the sentimental feels that an intimate fire-lit tavern conjures up, and you’ve got yourself one lovey-dovey getaway.

Great Falls Park Fairfax County VA
Great Falls Park VA

104. FAIRFAX COUNTY

Just 20-30 minutes from Washington DC, you’ll find some pretty incredible things to do in Fairfax County, which was home to George Washington at his Mount Vernon estate.

There’s the historic home, of course, but also George’s recreated distillery, a Civil War era home filled with some very naughty graffiti, an Air and Space Museum that beats the one in DC, an Arts Center in a former prison, a farm where you can watch baby animals being born and/or milk a cow, botanical gardens, great waterfalls, and compact walkable neighborhoods.

Sometimes, you find a romance where you least expect it.

Loudoun Wine Country VA

105. LOUDOUN COUNTY VA 

Let the spirits move you. If your idea of a starry-eyed getaway involves hitting up lots of wineries, distilleries and breweries, come to “DC’s Wine Country,” just outside of our Nation’s Capital.

While here, stay at the newly renovated Lansdowne Resort, which may look a bit corporate, but has the heart of a much smaller place. FYI – Lansdowne massage therapist, Ismail, at the newly refreshed in-house Spa, is the Best Massage Therapist in the county, according to Loudoun County Magazine.

LOVE sign in sand Cape Charles VA
LOVE Cape Charles VA

106. CAPE CHARLES

This tip of Delmarva Peninsula beach town drips with amore. Walkable main street, indie shops, a European-style coffee house, distillery, and boutique hotel draw lovers of all kinds here.

Pony Statue Chincoteague VA

107. CHINCOTEAGUE, VA

This shoreline town in Virginia is pony-territory, so it’s the perfect place to bring your horse-crazy beloved.  The 1945 book “Misty of Chincoteague,” brought awareness of the wild ponies on Assateague Island to the world.

But while most people know about the horses, many are not aware that this is also a NASA hotspot. So, for a great “otherworldly” getaway, with down-to-earth appeal, stay at the Channel Bass Inn – a vintage home with antiques, quilted bedding, polished wood floors and a lovingly tended large English Garden out back.

It’s airy, friendly, comfy and Victorian-era romantic.

Owner Spender Devon Brewery Fredericksburg VA

108. FREDERICKSBURG VA

If you and your history-loving beau are obsessed with everything George Washington, and want to sleep everywhere that he did, you hit the jackpot here. The Washington family moved to what became known as “Washington Ferry” when George was six years old – and he grew up in this town with so much American history you’d need at least a week to unpack it all.

A living history town, you’ll find one of the most sensual and best-designed B&B’s right on Main St in the thick of a great shopping and dining district – the 1890 Caroline Inn.

Guest Suite Bristol Hotel VA
Guest Suite Bristol Hotel VA

109. SOUTHWESTERN VA

Couples who relish “Roots” or traditional country music will want to spend some time driving the 330-mile venue-studded Crooked Road, flat-foot clog with the locals on a Saturday night at the Carter Family Fold, and listen to the original Bristol Sessions at the Birth of Country Music Museum (a Smithsonian affiliate) in Bristol VA/TN.

This is where that twang began. New this year is the wonderfully chic Bristol Hotel, a boutique where you’d least expect it, with mesmerizing views from the very cool rooftop bar.

Reflecting Pool -Washington DC

Romantic Getaways In Washington DC

Washington DC Monuments

Short on time? See Washington DC in a day. Or go beyond the mall with our expanded DC getaway itinerary.

I know it’s tough to imagine, but even without the Spring Fever rush of Cherry Blossom season, our Nation’s Capital can be a very sexy place, especially if you book a room at the newly renovated Watergate Hotel.

More Romantic Getaways

Looking for more honeymoon spots? We’ve broken down our best picks by region:

For even more travel itineraries and advisories, check out the official Visit The USA website.

110 Fantastic Romantic Getaways Northeast US pin

7 thoughts on “110 Surprisingly Romantic Destinations in Northeast US”

  1. Pingback: Buffalo Named Top "Surpringly Romantic" Spot
  2. This is a great list of vacation destinations. The only problem I have is deciding which ones I want to go to. I kind of want to go to all of them. However, I think I would start with the Virginia destinations. I have only been in Virginia once, but it is a really gorgeous place with the green rolling hills.

  3. Yes, James, it’s tough trying to decide where to go. Each and every place I write about is my “favorite” at the time! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Pingback: Best Locations For A Fall Honeymoon
  5. Thank you for your blog. I have been to Winchester, VA but I will need to get to the rest of your list!

    Have fun finding your new favorite place.

  6. Wow, this is quite the list, I haven’t been to this region in a long time and think it is time for a long road trip to visit some of these spots

  7. Great informational piece! I like how every romantic destination is right here. Thanks for writing.

Comments are closed.