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Cheap romantic getaways near NYC

Set the mood without breaking the bank when you book these cheap romantic getaways that are an easy trip from NYC

By Hannah Streck and Collier Sutter
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Valentine’s Day, important anniversary dates or special occasions deserve a lot of hoopla. When you want to save some money but still impress the person that puts up with you, our cheap romantic getaways will make them swoon. While a night out at the most romantic restaurants in NYC is always exciting, shake things up with a trip upstate to antique shop, tour nearby wineries or spend an afternoon at a luxurious castle. Our cheap romantic getaway suggestions prove that you don't need to drop all your dough to make your partner feel extra special. 

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Cheapest romantic getaways near NYC

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1. Tarrytown, NY

1hr by car; 35 mins by Metro-North 

For a budget-friendly lets get away for a night vacation, Tarrytown, an easy train ride on Metro-North, is where to head. With a quaint main street packed with antique stores and coffee shops to breaks, it's a laidback respite from the big city. 

Stay here: Tarrytown House Estate 

Grab a room in the King Mansion of this sprawling 26 acre estate. All 10 of the guest rooms are Bohemian-style renovated, and your stay includes free breakfast made with local Hudson Valley ingredients. Rates start as low as $149/night.

Do this: Tarrytown Music Hall

Pick from a melange of acts at the oldest operating theater in Westchester County, built in 1885 and beautifully restored in 2015. On any given night there is something cultural going on here not to miss from music gigs, theatrical shows, film and performance-arts that has beefed up it's rep. 

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2. Bethlehem, PA

1 hr 30 mins by car 

If your valentine is a history buff, flock to the town of Bethlehem in Lehigh Valley. It’s home to one of the oldest colleges in America, Moravian on the town’s Northside, Lehigh University which looks something like Hogwarts on the Southside, and SteelStacks, a cultural campus amidst the former Bethlehem Steel plant. In your downtime, you can stroll up and down Main Street for shopping and cafes.

Stay here: The Sayre Mansion

While there are chock-full-of-cozy hotels within Bethlehem, the gothic revival-style of the Sayre Mansion will really set the mood. At the majestic bed and breakfast you can stay in one of the 19 guest rooms or restored Carriage House suites. There's also a fabulous Conservatory room with 180-degree bird’s-eye view of Bethlehem, spanning the full depth of the house. What more could you ask for when planning a romantic stay than waking up to morning light and tree-lined views? Guest rooms begin at $116 a night.

Do this: The Bookstore Speakeasy

Enter through a nondescript door and be transported into a romantic Prohibition-era speakeasy, on the South Side of Bethlehem. You and your person can enjoy live jazz music going on every Thursday through Saturday night and snack on small plates, and pick from 50-plus specialty cocktails. The space fills up quick, so be sure to make a reservation in advance for a table.

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3. Woodstock, NY

2 ½ hours by car

We know what comes to mind when you hear Woodstock: You automatically think of the peace and love music festival that took place at Bethel, NY dairy farm during the summer of 1969. Honor all those nostalgic feelings of the past by spending a romanitc 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. Rooms run about $150 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 to get outdoors (even if it's chilly) eat at the delicious restaurant, juice bar or deli on the premises.

Sag Harbor
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4. 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 travel 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 12 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 $112/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.

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Table On Ten
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5. Bloomville, NY

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 around 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.

Montauk Point State Park- Montauk Lighthouse
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6. Montauk, LI

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 your beau 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. 

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, NY
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7. 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).

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8. Deerfield, MA

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.

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9. Burlington, VT

6 hrs 4 min by car

Grab your ski buddy and hit the slopes in the funky and happening town of Burlington, VT. If skiing isn’t really your vibe, there’s loads to do like tasting innovative craft beers from cult-followed local breweries (Zero Gravity Craft BreweryFoam Brewers and Switchback Brewing Co.), exploring the booming music scene, and eating local cheese and farm-to-fork meals.

Stay here: Willard Street Inn

This Bed and Breakfast, side a gorgeous country mansion, is exactly the romantic spot you'd hope to come back to at the end of your day of extravaganza. You'll stay in one of the 14 guests room each with private baths and get a free spread of breakfast. Rates start as low as $215/night.

Do this: Higher Ground Ballroom

Burlington is home to a booming live music scene as many musicians stop through to play gigs on their way from Montreal to big east coast cities. You can find a constant stream of great local talent and heavy-hitters that have played  at this particular rock club, like MOE., Jimmy Eat World and Big Thief. Before a show, grab a bite at Honey Road, with a menu entirely of mezze, dips, and hearty breads.

Cape Cod, MA
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10. 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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