16 Top Romantic Getaways In New Jersey

What turns you and your honey on? Is it Einstein, shorelines, sunsets, gardens, beaches, Hamilton, Bon Jovi, glowing rocks, art, great food, Ferris wheels, goats, Doo Wop? Whatever gets you jazzed, you’ll find excitement and respite on these surprisingly romantic getaways in NJ.

Just click on the link for fully outlined weekend getaway itineraries. For even more weekend getaway ideas, follow the link to our list of 110 romantic destinations in the Northeast US.

Asbury Park Boardwalk Murals

Jersey Shore Getaways

ASBURY PARK

Bruce Springsteen made this Jersey Shore town famous, but over time, it lost its luster. Until recently. With great downtown restaurants, creative murals, artisanal ice cream, and that big, clean, sandy beach, Asbury Park is coming back to its Glory Days.

WHERE TO STAY: The Asbury Hotel

CAPE MAY

The Atlantic Ocean beach town of Cape May 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.

WHERE TO STAY: Stay at the upscale oceanfront Montreal Beach Resort, built by gutsy Holocaust survivors in the 1960s.

ATLANTIC CITY

Although best known for its famous casinos, Atlantic City has plenty to offer non-gamblers. There are many fun things to do on the iconic Boardwalk, outstanding fine dining, and over-the-top lodging.

PLAN A GETAWAY: 10+ Things to Do in Atlantic City: A Weekend Getaway Guide

WHERE TO STAY: Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel

WILDWOODS

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.

WHERE TO STAY: The Starlux Hotel

LONG BRANCH

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

WHERE TO STAY: Stay at the Novogratz-designed Bungalow Hotel, a block from the beach, and a stroll away from shops and great restaurants.

POINT PLEASANT NJ

Come off season and the normally family-crammed boardwalk at Point Pleasant turns quiet and dreamy.

WHERE TO STAY: We believe The Tower Cottage to be the most romantic bed and breakfast on the Jersey Shore, bar none.

SOMERS POINT

Somers Point is the little-known culinary hot spot on Great Egg Harbor Bay just a bridge away from Ocean City NJ.

With a couple of decent hotels and amazingly good food, this southern NJ town is off the grid in cooler months, thus making it a getaway for couples who “vant to be alone.”

Jersey City on the Hudson River

Romantic Getaways In New Jersey On the Hudson

JERSEY CITY NJ 

The view. The food. The reclaimed golf course. The youthful, collaborative, entrepreneurial energy. And it’s all just one subway stop from downtown Manhattan in Jersey City.

I cannot emphasize the vitality of this Hudson River city enough. 

You thought you knew “The City?” See it with your honey from a different perspective. Then chow down on some of the best food in the tri-state area.

WHERE TO STAY: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson

Discover where Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler met in Morristown NJ at this historic home

Historic Getaway In New Jersey

MORRIS COUNTY 

Romantic history buffs – take heed. Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuyler fell in love in what’s now the historic district of Morristown. Discovering where their relationship blossomed is but one fascinating aspect of the community that saw not one, but two Revolutionary War Winter Encampments.

WHERE TO STAY: The Westin Governor Morris, Morristown

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

New Jersey Gardens

SOMERSET COUNTY

It’s no surprise that the Garden State would boat impressive gardens. But Somerset County NJ made this list of Best Romantic Getaways in New Jersey because rich people of the Daddy Warbucks variety left legacies of lavish gardens and Green farms –beaucoups land – for the rest of us to enjoy.

WHERE TO STAY: 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.

Wedding spot overlooking Sussex County NJ at Mountain Creek Vernon NJ
Wedding Way Mountain Creek Vernon NJ

Mountain Getaways In New Jersey

SUSSEX COUNTY

Do you and your mate pan for gemstones, or otherwise go gaga over mother nature’s geological features? A getaway in Sussex County is for true rock-hounds – I know, a very niche group.

But amore comes in all shapes, sizes, and passions. New Jersey’s Northwest region, near the origin point of the Delaware River, happens to claim the largest concentration of fluorescent rocks and minerals in the world. You can see a critical mass of these glowing objects at a decommissioned zinc mine, which is now an indescribably awesome museum complex.

Be as active as you like. The Appalachian Trail runs through here along the Kittatinny Mountain Range, but there’s a wide range of easy to challenging hikes. Plus, there’s golf, ski, or zipline.

WHERE TO STAY: The Appalachian at Mountain Creek

WOODEN DUCK Bed & Breakfast (Newton NJ)

If the two of you are into bird-watching, sitting by the pool, or just, “hanging out,” in a place that provides serenity and peace just an hour from New York City, you won’t find much better than this 10-room inn in rural New Jersey. The Wooden Duck may be idyllic and charming, but it’s also forward-thinking – with a charging station for your electric car.

Romantic vignette Grounds for Sculpture NJ

Cultural Getaways In New Jersey

RED BANK, NJ

Red Bank NJ is the perfect spot for culturally savvy 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. 

WHERE TO STAY: The Oyster Point Hotel

PRINCETON NJ

Do you and your beloved snuggle in to watch the Big Bang Theory? Then, head to the place where Albert Einstein found sanctuary from certain death in Nazi Europe.

Soak in the aura of genius on the campus of Princeton University, and then peruse the exhibits at The world-class Princeton University Art Museum. The nearby Grounds for Sculpture make for a most fanciful and fun afternoon’s foray in Princeton NJ.

WHERE TO STAY: Stay at the Peacock Inn – formerly a Prohibition speakeasy frequented by some literary greats – to round out this Romantic NJ Getaway.

MONTCLAIR

Montclair NJ is known as the diverse, and welcoming suburban home to Stephen Colbert, Bobby Brown, and other boldfaced names. So, is Montclair (“Clear Mountain” in French) interesting, fun, and trendy enough for couples to enjoy a few days of great food, boutique hotels, and engaging attractions? Absolutely, yes!

WHERE TO STAY: The MC, Autograph Collection

Fire pit and property view of Woolverton Inn NJ

Romantic Farm and River Getaways in New Jersey

Hunterdon County

If the two of you consider a weekend full of charming Delaware River-set main streets, farm vineyards, tubing or paddling on lazy rivers, hugging goats, and eating true farm-to-table food, romantic, Hunterdon County NJ – an hour from both Philly and NYC – makes for the perfect nearby getaway.

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  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen

    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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