Last Updated on July 14, 2022 by Malerie Yolen-Cohen and Sandra Foyt
New York is full of towns and destinations you wouldn’t ordinarily think of as “Romantic.” But combing through the following 35 ideas for romantic getaways in NY just might open your eyes to new places to explore together.
From snug B&B’s to urban hotels, revitalized cities, and quiet lakeside resorts, you’ll find something just perfect for the quirky, fun-loving, luxury-seeking couple.
Click on the link for weekend getaway itineraries covering fun things to do, romantic hotels, and best restaurants. For even more weekend getaway ideas, follow the link to our list of 150 romantic destinations in Northeast US.
But, before you go, do check current conditions on the official Visit NY website.
Romantic Getaways In NY (Upstate New York Destinations)
1. VISIT: Auburn NY
Does the real possibility that Harriet Tubman helped hide escaped slaves in the thickets behind this luxury inn give you goosebumps? Are you both fans of this American hero and want to pay respects at her grave?
That’s reason enough to make a trip to this Finger Lake town. That, and the Springside Inn is a warm, welcoming and upscale place for couples – of any age – in love.
2. VISIT: 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, this proud city is back. Find a burgeoning brew and culinary scene (far beyond the famous wings), a redone Lake Erie waterfront, and lots of Frank Lloyd Wright charm. There’s plenty of excuses to extend a weekend getaway into a much longer stay.
Or, return because the bucket list of notable luxury hotels now includes the HH Richardson designed Insane Asylum, restored in 2017 as the uber cool Hotel Henry. Do get culinary credits for a candlelight dinner at in house dining room.
3. VISIT: 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.
4. VISIT: Finger Lakes NY
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.
5. VISIT: Ithaca NY
Gorges and waterfalls aplenty. That’s all you need. But there’s so much more. Home to an Ivy League College and the restaurant that inspired a cookbook known as the “vegetarian’s bible, Ithaca’s greatest claim to fame may be that it’s the birthplace of the ice cream sundae.
6. VISIT: 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.
7. VISIT: Lake George NY
There’s nothing like a Lake George sunrise in the Adirondack Mountains to spark (or re-spark) a romantic flame. Doesn’t hurt to watch it from your room at the iconic Sagamore Resort. Sunset views, warmed by stone fireplace and accompanied by the grand piano in the lobby, aren’t half bad either.
Take your beloved on a spin around the lake with 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.
8. VISIT: Rochester NY
Enlightened couples love the college town that also spawned the career of the inventor of the “film camera,” George Eastman. Susan B. Anthony lived here, and like the Eastman Museum, you can certainly visit her home.
But your greatest number of hand-holding hours will be spent in the Strong Museum of Play. Think of every cherished plaything you’ve ever owned, even if it was the original, terrifying, Thomas Edison Singing Doll.
Stay in the Victorian-Romantic Ellwanger Estate B&B, home of a well-to-do horticulturist. Just imagine how beautiful the gardens are there.
9. VISIT: 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.” You can watch future American Pharaohs go through their paces, too.
After a 5 year renovation, the Adelphi Hotel recaptures its original intent: to impress the jaded, to indulge luxury guests, and, most effectively, to please the eye. It’s a place to impress your honey, for sure.
10. VISIT: Seneca Falls NY
Though it might be known as the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 (with a terrific Women’s Rights National Park and Women’s Hall of Fame), Seneca Falls was also purportedly the setting for Frank Capra’s movie, It’s A Wonderful Life. In fact, there’s actually an It’s A Wonderful Life Museum here.
If that isn’t sentimental, I don’t know what is. Stay nearby in Newark NY at the idyllic Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast, an exquisite 5-room inn with a special pedigree. It was the Victorian home of Charles Perkins and headquarters of the Jackson Perkins Rose Co., the floral brokers who brought roses to America.
11. VISIT: Schenectady NY
Schenectady NY is electrifying. Literally. It’s where Thomas Edison founded General Electric in 1892, and it still remains a company town. But of course, for romantics of a nostalgic kind, it’s got rose gardens for wandering, live theater, and Union College – not to mention a picture-perfect downtown.
12. VISIT: Syracuse NY
Yes, it’s a college town. Syracuse was also a Canal Town. As in, the Erie Canal once ran right through downtown. And it’s home to the first ever Dinosaur BBQ.
But venture a few miles away and lovebirds will fall for Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards. “Pick-your-own” and then retire to the on-site 1911 Distillery. Their “Tipsy Cow” (Cold Pressed Coffee Vodka, Chocolate Milk, Coffee, topped with Whipped Cream and half a Cider Donut) is an affair to remember.
12a. VISIT: Utica NY
What’s so romantic about Utica NY? Well, the food culture (diverse), the coffee culture (indie), world cultures (“A City of Refugees”), and a Philip Johnson designed art museum to start. Discover it before the crowds do.
Romantic Getaways Near NYC
13. VISIT: 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 came to town. Measuring up to the standards of those urbane museum and gallery goers, it opened up the perfect overnight arts, shopping, and wine and beer-sipping romantic Getaway.
14. Bedford Katonah
Ahhh. Nothing like a balmy summer night, you and your love beneath the stars, sipping wine and listening to your favorite live music. Caramoor is but one reason to getaway to this suburb of NYC where historic whitewashed buildings circle the central Green – and the local luxury Bedford Post Inn is owned by Richard Gere.
15. STAY: Buttermilk Falls Inn, Milton NY
There’s something divine about the sunrise over the Hudson River and this simple pleasure can be yours on blue-sky mornings at this lyrically set inn. It’s one of the best places to escape New York City with your soulful honey. Bring a book and an appreciation for farm animals, leisurely strolls, and the simple life.
16. STAY: Caldwell House B&B, Salisbury NY.
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.
17. VISIT: 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.
18. VISIT: Eastern Long Island NY
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).
19. VISIT: Hudson NY
If the website Etsy was an actual place, it would be Hudson NY. This artsy town on the Hudson River has managed to out-Brooklyn Brooklyn in cutesie-pie-ity. Couples looking to furnish their nest can fuel a bit of passion while they’re at it.
20. VISIT: 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 Brooklyn shops are moving in. Plus, chic boutique inns and hotels have established a presence – with more to come.
21. VISIT: Long Island City and Astoria Queens
There’s an abundance of lovey-dovey stuff to do in this long ignored borough of New York City. For starters, there’s THE VIEW. Admire midtown Manhattan (UN, 59th St. Bridge, Chrysler, and Empire State Buildings, etc.)
Then there’s the East River esplanade, a museum dedicated to the moving picture industry (now called “Hollywood,” but first studios were actually here), an edgy MoMa, sculptor Noguchi’s first showroom-now-museum, and lots more art.
22. VISIT: New Paltz NY.
If stone homes turn you on, you’ll find your bliss in this Hudson River Valley town. You can tour some of the oldest in the country (Historic Huguenot Street) and stay in one (Stone House B&B). Learn about the Canal Barges that plied the short-lived D&H Canal, and commission an artisanal blacksmith to forge something special for you.
23. VISIT: Great Northern Catskills
You could say that America’s great love affair with the “wilderness” began here. Thomas Cole, father of the Hudson River School of Art, painted Kaaterskill Falls. His artwork spawned a movement, plus a desire for vacations in the wilds of the Hudson Valley.
You can still go hand in hand on a rocky half mile (each way) hike to the Falls, or mountain bike down ski trails. End an adventurous day in Nature with a stay in a lovely historic B&B.
24. VISIT: Nyack NY
Take your favorite gal or guy to the newest edgy boutique hotel to hit the outskirts of NYC on the Hudson River. Hometown of American artist, Edward Hopper, Nyack was also the perfect vantage point from which to watch the progress of the “New NY” Bridge that just replaced the old dangerous Tappan Zee.
Nyack has long been known as a haven for artists, with cool shops and restaurants, but the recent addition of the boutique Time Hotel, added another level of chic to this Hudson River Town.
25. VISIT: 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 dreamed up 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.
26. VISIT: Sullivan County NY (Catskills)
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. Chic inns, like The DeBruce in Livingston Manor, turned old boarding homes into foodie-approved lodging.
27. VISIT: West Point NY
Are you the kind of patriotic couple who salutes each other at home? Then, you’ll want to stay a night or two at the updated and now luxurious Thayer Hotel on the campus of West Point Military Academy. Take a tour, learn about the place that makes officers out of cadets, and moon over each other and the “Million Dollar View” of the Hudson River.
28. VISIT: Phoenicia and Woodstock NY in the Catskills
Grab your sporty, hippy pal for this mountain escape. Hike the state park, go horseback riding, join a drum circle, and then plan to stay at the newly renovated Emerson Hotel and Spa in this artsy part of the Catskills.
Romantic Getaways In NYC
29. VISIT: Brooklyn NY.
BOUTIQUES: NU Hotel, BKLYN House Hotel. 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. 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 either The Tillery Hotel in Brooklyn Heights or NU Hotel in Cobble Hill.
Both are 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.
30. STAY: Dream Midtown, Manhattan NY
This Dream is worth staying the whole night, especially with your loved one beside you. Besides the arts and culture of Midtown Manhattan, couples adore the underground arcade-bar and double-decker rooftop bar (perched far above Late Night With Stephen Colbert Show.)
31. VISIT: Hudson Yards NYC
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.
32. STAY: The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York City
The Pierre sits on what is arguably the most photographed and filmed slice of New York City. Central Park ‘s Southeast corner puts you within steps of Central Park Zoo, Wollman Skating Rink, and the Plaza Hotel. And, for now, it’s where to catch here now, possibly gone tomorrow, horse-drawn carriages.
The Pierre is the epitome of “Romantic New York.” Quiet, lavish without being showy, and eminently elegant rooms and suites. All that, and it’s got a rare commodity: a friendly, anticipatory human touch.
33. VISIT: Times Square, Manhattan NY
Really? That touristy of tourist traps in New York City? Discover the classiest place to stay, most unique restaurants, and adult only entertainment. Plus, the one and only rooftop bar at Times Square will draw out the lovin’ feelings in even the most stoic.
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