The EliteSingles Guide: Romantic Weekend Spots Outside NYC
If you’re dating in New York, are not with someone who’ll jet off to Paris or Rome at a moment’s notice (if you are, never let them go!) and fancy something a bit closer to home, here’s our guide to romantic getaways near NYC. Singles, you have no excuses! All within a 3 hour drive, you’re sure to find somewhere to suit you…
1hr from NYC
Need to know: Easy to get to, Bear Mountain is great even if for just a day trip. But to really make the most of the incredible hiking trails, bike routes and lake activities, plan in a whole weekend!
Good to know: From fishing to boat hire to shady picnic spots, the Bear Mountain State Park is a New Yorker’s natural playground, and by far the easiest choice when you’re looking for romantic getaways from NYC. Within an hour, you and your partner could be frolicking in the great outdoors, reconnecting with nature in the most fun and fitness-oriented ways possible. Besides everything you might expect from a State Park, Bear Mountain also has its own zoo and swimming pool for your entertainment too. In the winter months, the park is home to a must-try outdoor ice rink, and visitors can also follow the cross-country ski trails.
Because of how easy it is to get to – and the family-friendly nature of most of its activities, Bear Mountain does get very busy. If you’re looking for a secluded weekend away, this may not be the place for you. That said, if you’re the kind of couple who thrive and feed off of other people’s energy, getting stuck into an active weekend away is just the ticket. Good fun, after all, is infectious.
The North Fork
1hr 30mins from NYC
Need to know: Gaining in popularity every summer for years, North Folk has still managed to keep its reputation as 'The Quiet Fork'. Don't be fooled by this rural farming community though, with fantastic wineries and tons of top restaurants on offer, it's the perfect spot for a getaway to Long Island.
Good to know: Home to mile after mile of beautiful coastline, there’s nothing nicer than lapping up the sun on or by the water on The North Fork peninsula. With a bunch of fun activities to enjoy on the gentle waters, choose something that suits your desired level of exertion; with everything from relaxing boat tours to paddle boarding (harder than it looks!) there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The North Fork’s charm extends well beyond summer activities on the water however. The region’s reputation for wineries is also pretty impeccable, and there are plenty of options available for couples wanting to delight in their produce. Head to either the Kontokosta Winery or The Old Field Vineyards and sample their supply – both come highly recommended. Otherwise, consider booking a tour that’ll take you around the region’s wineries and deliver you – after a glass or five – safely back to your hotel.
1hr 30mins from NYC
Need to know: A mere 90 minutes from central Manhattan, the beautiful beaches of this small New Jersey community are perfect to visit in the summertime. Built in 1896, be sure to visit Sea Girt's ornate Lighthouse - the perfect spot to cozy up and enjoy the views!
Good to know: With a population around 2,000 people and just a handful of bars and restaurants in this small town, it’s not the most obvious choice for romantic getaways near NYC. But the fact that it’s so quiet, and so different from New York, makes it perfect for big city-dwellers who long for some peace and serenity. Anyone expecting something close to MTV’s Jersey Shore series prepare to be thoroughly disappointed.
One of New Jersey’s most sought-after Zip-codes, property – and staying here for a weekend – does get expensive. Staying in nearby Wall Township or Brick is an alternative option. And, if you’re around for a long weekend, it pays to be adventurous and explore the rest of New Jersey’s diverse coastline – from Asbury Park in the North, all the way down to the iconic delights of Atlantic City in the south.
1hr 30mins from NYC
Need to know: Settled in the late 17th Century, New Paltz is as beautiful as it is historic. Lush woodland surrounds this tiny village in the Hudson Valley and - besides the terrific views available to visitors - being here just feels like a breath of fresh air. History buffs rejoice, and take in the impossibly sweet stone houses built by the Huguenots over 300 years ago.
Good to know: Around 80 miles north of NYC, New Paltz is perhaps best known for its hiking trails. With simply stunning views of the Hudson Valley from high-up vantage points, the trails around New Paltz are almost certainly the best available anywhere on this list of romantic getaways from NYC.
It’s not the only kind of trail worth following here though; the Shawangunk Wine Trail traces the area’s history back 300 years, since it was the French Huguenots who first established the tradition here. Their winemaking expertise is still felt here today. Exceptional local winemakers – and farmers, bakers and chefs – ensure that the meals you’ll have when staying here will not only be delicious, but an authentic taste of New York State too.
1hr 30mins from NYC
Need to know: Long a hot choice for tourists hoping to escape the city for a weekend, this quaint borough is almost purpose-built for a romantic weekend away. Not only is it home to some of the region's highest-priced real estate, New Hope also has a string of trendy bars, restaurants and boutique shops primed for good living. Strolls down the Delaware Canal towpath come highly recommended.
Good to know: With a population below 3,000 you might be forgiven for thinking that New Hope, PA was just another sleepy town like Sea Girt. Not quite. Small though it might be, New Hope’s popularity means the locals have become tourist savvy, meaning there are plenty of things to do on a romantic weekend away here.
However you like to keep yourself entertained, there’s something for everyone here. Both foodies? Take a food tour around Bucks County! Nature lovers? Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is not to be missed. For evening entertainment, you can usually catch a band or a show at Bucks County Playhouse or the New Hope Winery – also a great place for a casual drink. Or, of course, just take it easy and enjoy the good food and clean living of this pretty Pennsylvanian town. Either way, you’re sure to love it.