When you’re swept up in the chaos of city life, it’s easy to feel disconnected from that special someone. The traffic, the crowds, and the constant hustle and bustle of the city can begin to wear down even the most competent of city dwellers. If that happens to you and your partner, consider planning a romantic weekend away from NYC for the two of you to reconnect and spend some quality time with each other. There are so many romantic things to do it can almost become overwhelming in itself to find the perfect place for you and your partner. The good news is, you don’t have to go too far to get a breath of fresh air outside of the city. As a matter of fact, it may be surprising what kind of romantic getaways are right at New York’s doorstep. Check out these five cities that are a few hours outside of the Big Apple by car.
If you and your partner have a passion for music, you can spend a couple of nights in the place that was originally intended for the monumental concert gathering that paved the way for the ever-popular music festivals of today. Woodstock’s community is the ideal getaway for those who appreciate an artsy and bohemian experience.
Romantic Things Do in Woodstock
Take a peek inside the world’s largest kaleidoscope, with a record-breaking height of 56 feet and a width of 38 feet. Lovers of the arts can visit Opus 40 Sculpture Park & Museum, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, or watch a play at the Woodstock Playhouse. You can also visit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, where you’ll find music exhibits through the decades, immersive experiences, and the original site of the very first Woodstock Music Festival. To get your outdoor fix, head to Overlook Mountain where you can hike, rent bikes, and see the beautiful views of the Catskills.
Favorite romantic thing to do: Overlook Mountain offers a fantastic romantic getaway for any couple. Take in the absolutely beautiful scenery of the Hudson valley while taking a hike (or stroll) along a mostly gravel path. After a short while, find yourselves amazed at the astonishing beauty that makes up the Catskill Mountains.
Where to Stay in Woodstock
Ready to head to Woodstock? August was when the iconic festival took place and we recommend picking a time to go that closely mimics it as the endless amount of activities offered by the region truly come alive during this time of year. Find a cute cottage in Woodstock to truly make this romantic experience one to remember.
Bridgehampton, New York
Roughly 100 miles from NYC, you’ll find luxurious vacation homes in the Hamptons. The Hamptons are made up of several seaside communities, including the town of Bridgehampton. Expect a weekend of romance and lounging in comfort with your partner.
Romantic Things to Do in Bridgehampton
You can treat yourselves to four-star spa services at Blue Ocean Spa, beach walks, cafes, and a handful of museums including the Dan Flavin Art Institute, and rotating installations at the Art Market. Rent a bicycle to spend quality time exploring the Hamptons along Montauk Highway, all the way to the National Historic Landmark known as the Montauk Lighthouse. Finally, you too can enjoy a wine tasting at Channing Daughters Winery or Wölffer Estate Vineyard.
Favorite romantic thing to do: For a truly romantic experience the Montauk Lighthouse is the Bridgehampton area’s premier destination. Stroll along the gorgeous New York coastline until you and your partner find yourselves ascending a 110-foot 200-year-old lighthouse that once at the top a romantic point of view will appear that will create a memory to last a lifetime.
Where to Stay in Bridgehampton
If you decide to visit during the winter months, you can take this time to cozy up together near the fireplace for a weekend of rest and rejuvenation together. Indulge in a lovely vacation rental for two in Bridgehampton.
Hudson Valley, New York
Choose to really pamper your partner by planning a personalized romantic weekend getaway to Hudson Valley, which is especially beautiful in the fall. Drive out from the city, or opt to take the train for maximum comfort and relaxation, but in order to see all the most breathtaking sites, we should let you know that many of them are a drive away.
Romantic Things to Do in Hudson Valley
South of Hudson Valley you’ll find Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Take a moonlit walk over the Hudson River, or enjoy it in the daytime for optimal views as far as the eye can see. If you brought a car, you can drive up 45 minutes north to the Kaaterskill Falls. Before you visit, be sure to read up on the newly enforced regulations from the state of New York. You’ll also find that Hudson Valley is home to many extravagant estates and mansions, including Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Home, which has now been converted to a library and museum.
Favorite romantic thing to do: When it comes to Romantic things to do in the Hudson Valley there can almost seem as if there are too many different prospects to choose from. Our favorite however would be a moonlit walk on the Walkway Over the Hudson. This bridge offers some of the most awe-inspired natural romance that few other places in the world can match.
Where to Stay in Hudson Valley
Escape city life and head to Hudson Valley now. Any time of the year is a good time to go visit for romantic things to do in the Hudson Valley. However, the Autumn months offer some world-class leaf-peeping. As you and your partner reconnect while spending time in nature the colors will almost make it seem as if the two of you have been painted into a living picture.
New Paltz, New York
Just 30 minutes south of Hudson Valley is New Paltz, New York. If you and your partner love being outdoors, you’re going to adore this place. Whether it is taking a bike ride along a tree-lined path or dining at a world-class yet seemingly hidden farm-to-table restaurant. This beautiful little village offers some of New York’s finest outdoor getaway options.
Romantic Things Do in New Paltz
To start, make your way to the Shawangunk Mountains, also known as The Gunks, which is part of the Mohonk Preserve where folks come to hike, bike, and rock climb to their hearts’ content. Atop the mountain, you’ll also find the grand Mohonk Mountain Reserve, a Victorian castle transformed into a resort surrounded by lush trees and glistening waters.
Traveling in the winter? Venture outside and go tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even skating on an ice rink in the winter. If you want to stay indoors, enjoy indoor swimming or a cocktail tasting. Speaking of libations, 30 more minutes south of New Paltz, you’ll find Brotherhood Winery, the oldest winery in America established in 1839. Enjoy a wine tasting while soaking in all the history that came long before the Prohibition Era.
Favorite romantic thing to do: For a truly memorable romantic escape The Testimonial Gateway is one of the most romantic things to do in the Hudson Valley. Explore 110 acres of beautiful valley scenery as well as multiple historical structures built hundreds of years ago making it a perfect place to get lost with your loved one.
Where to Stay in New Paltz
Get started on planning a romantic getaway to New Paltz! This place is packed full of amazing places to eat, see, and enjoy and will have you wanting to come back as soon as possible. Take a trip to New Paltz during the Fall season for a spooky twist to a beautiful region that will be perfect for you and your partner. Complete the package with a fabulously furnished cabin to act as the icing on the cake to a romantic vacation.
Ithaca, New York
This is another smart option for nature lovers. Ithaca is located on the south tip of Cayuga Lake, the largest lake out of the 11 bodies of water that make up Finger Lakes. With out-of-this-world scenery and an amazing community to add to it when it comes to romantic things to do in Ithaca, NY the list could potentially be endless. Prepare yourselves to be immersed in a world that seems thousands of miles away from the Big Apple yet, is only a short drive away.
Romantic Things Do in Ithaca
Pack a picnic and enjoy serene views of Cayuga from Stewart Park, or rent a kayak from Puddledockers and have a date out in the water. Another place you can get a nice perspective of Cayuga Lake is from Taughannock Falls State Park, offering campsites that overlook the water. At Taughannock Falls State Park, you’ll also have access to a gorge and bustling waters of Taughannock Falls, pictured above.
Taughannock Falls isn’t the only waterfall you’ll get to witness in this city. Next stop: Ithaca Falls! The trail to Ithaca Falls is an easy route accessible for all skill levels, and dogs on a leash are allowed to. Once you get there, you’ll be greeted by a 150-foot tall and 175-foot wide roaring waterfall. Visitors are prohibited from swimming, but it’s truly an incredible sight to see. If you were hoping to swim by a waterfall, you could do so at Buttermilk Falls State Park, where you can also camp, picnic, and hike! Ithaca is a paradise for a romantic outdoor adventure.
Favorite romantic thing to do: There truly are so many romantic things to do in Ithaca, NY. It can really be quite a challenge to choose just one favorite activity to enjoy there. However, one that truly stands out and may take the cake is Ithaca Falls. Out-of-this-world views coupled with careening waterfalls make for one of the most picturesque landscapes you may ever encounter. a perfect romantic destination for any couple.
Where to Stay in Ithaca
Is Ithaca calling your name? Find an affordable place to stay now. There are a variety of options to choose from and it really all depends on what season you’re going and what style you’re looking for. Whether it be a cabin in the winter or an adorable cottage in the middle of a seemingly enchanted forest Ithaca has it all. Find your perfect romantic retreat here.
New York Romance is Calling!
Whether it be biking along tree-lined paths surrounding yourselves with the colors of fall in Ithaca. Or getting lost in a winter landscape in the Catskills. New York proves itself to be much more than just a city. There are more than enough romantic things in the Hudson Valley for you and your lover to escape the madness of the city and get reconnected with both each other as well as nature. Book a stay here now! Enjoy the natural beauty that this state is quickly becoming famous (again) for.