Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or an upcoming anniversary, it's always nice to get out of this concrete jungle with your boo thing for a romantic weekend. You can't go wrong with a staycation at some of the best hotels in NYC or grabbing a cocktail at one of the most romantic bars in NYC. But if you really want to show you’re 100% committed, without spending your entire paycheck, a cheap romantic getaway is just what you need. From quick and easy getaways across the Hudson to the full blown romance package in the Pocconos; you’ll be sure to have your partner swooning. Romance is in the air 24/7, 365 days a year.
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1 hr 45 min by train
Intelligence is incredibly sexy, so soak up all the knowledge with your master/mistress of the universe in this college town. Plus, who says reliving the glory days is a bad thing?
Stay here: Inn at Glencairn
This upscale B&B is the perfect retreat after walking the hallowed halls of the Ivy League University. These antique themed rooms are full of history, so it’s time to make your own. Rates start at about $170 a night.
Do this: Terhune Orchards
Go fruit picking! At Terhune Orchards, couples are able to take a tour of this 185-acre farm and schedule a time to pick your own fruit, which you can use to make a delicious treat later. Plus, if you go during in-season months, you can check out the wine tasting room.
2 hrs 22 min by car
With so many adult-only resorts tucked away in these Pennsylvania mountains, this is a top spot to take your special someone for quality alone time. It’s like playtime for adults; only instead of milk and cookies, it’s all champagne and strawberries.
Stay here: Stone Lake Inn
While there are many chock-full-of-love resorts within the Pocconos, the simplistic elegance of the Stone Lake Inn will really set the mood. The Inn only has four suites, which all have private amenities and a view overlooking the lake. What more could you ask for when planning a night of romance? Suites begin at $159 a night.
Do this: Bushkill Falls
Dubbed the ‘Niagra of Pennsylvania’, this park has extensive trails to explore with your hiking buddy. But to make your adventure extra special, pack a picnic and enjoy the wooded views of the waterfall. Admission to the park is $14.50.
2 ½ hours by car
When you hear Woodstock, one automatically thinks of the peace and love music festival that took place at a dairy farm in Bethel, NY the summer of 1969. Celebrate all that love by spending a night in the originally-intended location of the famous concert. This artistic community is home to the famous Woodstock Film festival, farmer’s markets and wonderful mountain terrains for hiking.
Stay here: Hotel Dylan
A bohemian experience from a husband and wife team, Hotel Dylan offers it’s guests a true musical Woodstock experience. Guests are able to indulge in vinyl records and board games while chilling by one of the two on property fire pits. During the off season, rooms can run about $120 a night.
Do this: Sunfrost Farm
Hitting an outdoor farmers market with your partner is the ultimate weekend goal, so make sure to check out this locally owned and fully organic hot spot. Open all year round, this is the perfect spot for pumpkin picking in the fall, and has a delicious restaurant, juice bar and deli on the premises.
Sag Harbor, NY
3 hrs via the Hampton Jitney
Here’s another on-budget hideout for New Yorkers who wish they could have their own compound within the Hamptons. Sag Harbor has been named one of the top romantic towns in the U.S., so it should definitely be on your list for a romantic getaway! To keep things affordable, find another couple to go with!
Stay here: Designer Sag Harbor Home
If you decided to kick it with a few other couples for a quick getaway, check out this awesome home for 10 guests. The full house (which comes with a private heated pool and outdoor fireplace) is great for cooking savory meals to enjoy outside in the summer or fall breeze. Book at the right time, and your stay can be about $105/night.
Eat here: Dockside Bar & Grill
If you are staying in Sag Harbor, a delicious lobster roll must be on your food bucket list. Seriously, these lobsters are so fresh, they were probably eating their breakfast when plucked from the ocean. $11–$30.
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Hank Word
3 hrs 15 min by car
While life in the big city can have its big romantic moments on a daily basis, it’s nice to explore all the smaller towns the state of New York has to offer. Bloomville, NY in the Catskill Mountains is considered to be up-and-coming for the culinary experience. With a population of 213 individuals, privacy is always a given.
Stay here: The Attic above Table on Ten
It’s every food lover’s dream to live above a restaurant that makes gourmet pizza. Check out this private room above the critically acclaimed Table on Ten restaurant. This quaint attic was refurbished from 1860’s, has a claw foot bath tub, exposed beams and high vaulted ceilings. The stay costs about $135 a night.
Do this: Check out a swimming hole
About a 10-minute drive from Bloomville is a secret swimming hole in Delhi, NY. Get in touch with your inner wilderness lover and take in the beautiful scenery while swimming with your boo. Swimsuits are optional. Free.
3 hrs 30 min by Jitney
Going with the theme as the anti-Hamptons, Montauk is a non-stop shop of adventure for thrill seeking lovebirds. From a casual sunset stroll on the beach to getting your feet wet as you try surfing for the first time, Montauk will bring the two of you close together.
Stay here: Daunts Albatross Motel
This shabby chic family-run motel is just steps away from the beach. With it’s very own wellness studio and yoga instructor on the property, stretch it out with your lover before taking on paddle boarding, horseback riding or hiking. Rooms run as low at $59 during the off season.
Do this: Camp Hero State Park
Did you and babe Netflix-binge Stranger Things together? Well, take it one step further and go hiking in the park which inspired it all. A government project at Camp Hero State Park sparked the most popular series of the summer, but it’s also home to the oldest lighthouse in New York State—Montauk Lighthouse. (It was erected in 1796 under orders from George Washington himself.) The best part of this excursion? It’s completely free to visit. You’re welcome.
Finger Lakes Wine Country, NY
4 hrs by car
Wine of any kind is a staple when you are planning a romantic evening with your sweetheart. So take advantage of this fact by spending a weekend in Finger Lakes Wine Country. With 120 historical and critically acclaimed wineries in the area, it’s every vino lover's dream.
Stay here: Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
This waterfront hotel offers a pretty decent romance package all year round. For around $184 per night, it includes deluxe accommodations, a bottle of Finger Lakes wine, chocolate covered strawberries and a half dozen roses during your stay. Excuse us while we go book our own stay.
Do this: Fox Run Vineyard Wine Tour
Saving can be sexy, so check out the year round winery tour at the Fox Run Vineyards. Tours are $5 per person, and after your tour, head on over to the tasting room to partake in their world class wine tastings (also $5).
5 hrs 18 min by car
Grab your ski bunny or snow moose (yes, that’s actually a phrase), and hit the slopes in the historic town of Middlebury, VT.
Stay here: The Middlebury Inn
One of the oldest hotels in America, The Middlebury Inn, has you experience small country charm and modern luxury all rolled into one. Rates start as low as $115/night.
Do this: Otter Creek Brewery
Middlebury is home to seven different breweries and vineyards of beer, wine, cider and spirits. It only makes sense to check out as many as you can. Otter Creek Brewery is a beloved local spot with a kitschy atmosphere. After taking a tour, stay awhile and try a sampler of their tasty IPAs.
5 hrs 22 mins by train
This is rural haven two-hours outside of Boston. Once the heart of colonial America, this small town will surely steal yours.
Stay here: Deerfield Inn
Serving guests since the 1880’s, this cozy inn has kept its roots. In the original build (with updates), get cozy with your lover in this peaceful haven. Your stay includes afternoon tea and morning breakfast. Typical room rates start at $168.
Do this: Mount Toby Trail
Try your hand at snowshoeing! Tiby Trail is considered one of the best hikes in the state. Pack on the furs and strap on those fashionable snowshoes. Take your boo by the hand and lead them out into a wintery wonderland. Rentals are usually no more than $30/day.
Cape Cod, MA
6 hrs 15 mins by bus
When in doubt, hit the beach! Soak up those warm summer rays and get started on that storybook summer romance.
Stay here: Cape Colony Inn
While not directly on the beach, this inn is a prime location nonetheless. Just a short walk from the shore and the center of town, you and babe will never be bored. Plus, the price is just too good to pass up—rates start at $79 a night in the early days of summer.
Eat here: The Net Result
Take the ferry and spend the day in Martha’s Vineyard. Fit in with the by the seaside motif and head to Net Result, which has the best deal on fresh seafood around. This eatery also bills itself as an upscale fish market, so couples can order a mess of food for a very reasonable price. $11-30.
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Prepare to geek out at this temple to beer and vintage arcade games: first at the 35 classic quarter machines (Donkey Kong, Galaga, Contra), then at the ever-evolving beer selection. Opened in 2004, this is the original location of the Barcade franchise that has since expanded to include bars in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The tap list changes regularly, but on a recent visit, included craft beers like Abita Honey Grapefruit Lager, Two Roads Worker’s Comp Saison and Kelso Carollgaarden Wit. Drop by happy hour (Monday through Thursday from 4–7pm and Friday from 2–7pm) for $1 off all beer, wine and well drinks.
Venue says: “Winter Beer Event January 18th starting at 4pm! As always, Join us for Happy Hour: Mon-Thurs 4pm-7pm & Fridays 2pm-7pm!”