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What is up my party people? Okay, yeah, that probably wasn’t the best opening line imaginable since none of these amazing romantic getaways in upstate New York are hardcore party destinations.

So yeah, imagine fewer jello shots and fist-pumping to techno music and more scenic walks through the woods with a glass of pinot noir in hand – a fine, oak aged red wine from the Finger Lakes region with a mild nutty flavor and a few subtle earthy tones to cleanse your palet.

And…now I swung a bit to far in the other direction since I don’t drink wine and know next to nothing about it.

But what I do know? That upstate New York is EPIC and that it’s filled with a ton of amazing destinations that you need to check out…STAT!

No really. My dad has a house in the Adirondacks and I’ve spent nearly every single summer there since I reached the ripe old age of two. 

Which is why…I know A LOT about upstate New York and am the perfect person to discuss 21 of the most romantic getaways in upstate New York with you!

So, let’s stop chatting and start frollicing through the grape filled vineyards of the Finger Lakes while we hardcore chase Waterfalls (a la TLC) in Ithaca.

Because this ridiculously long post? Yeah, it’s filled with a wealth of insider tips and tricks that will help you plan the perfect romantic getaway in upstate New York. 

And the fun…starts…NOW. Especially since this post really is all that AND a bag of chips. And might be filled with more shameless 90s reference than you can shake an Adirondack chair at.

Which makes sense since, well, I’m a 90s girl at heart. 

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Romantic Getaways in Upstate New York – within 100 miles of NYC

1. Chester

The plush beds and luxurious interior of the bright rooms inside Chester's Glenmere Mansion.

The plush beds and luxurious interior of the bright rooms inside Chester’s Glenmere Mansion.

If I’m being brutally honest here, there really isn’t all that much at all to do in Chester. Because the real reason you come to Chester is to stay at the Glenmere Mansion. Which, as the name suggests is a mansion and will make you feel like literal ROYALTY for the night, while you enjoy one of the many romantic weekend getaways in upstate New York.  

Yes, It’s hella expensive, but trust me, if you can afford to stay here, it’s 100% worth every penny. You’ll also probably never need to leave the premises since onsite amenities include everything from spa treatments to couples massages to a full-on Hammam experience (AKA a traditional Turkish bath).

Additionally, the grounds of the mansion itself are brimming over with exquisite private gardens that all guests have access to. So yeah, in total, that’s 150 acres of resplendent gardens that come complete with several fountains and a pool pavilion. Therefore, you could easily get lost walking through the gardens, gazing into each other’s eyes and day dreaming about becoming the latest and greatest Disney princess. Or maybe that last one’s just me.

Additionally, several dining options are also available (as are day trips to the nearby wineries, just as an FYI) here too. I particularly enjoyed Frog’s End, which is a cozy little tavern where you can relax by the fireplace and have an intimate chat with your partner. First-class food is also made available to you throughout the day, and wine can even be brought to your room for an uber-lux, romantic AF nightcap.

In total though, Glenmere Mansion has 18 rooms available, all of which are the very height of luxury, making them the ideal place for a bit of romance. Especially since, well, even the most “basic” rooms here come fully outfitted with marbled baths, a view, and basically any amenity you can dream up. 

Distance from NYC: 64 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: Visit from mid-April to early June or from September to October. The spring is beautiful because everything is in bloom, and the fall colors are just downright stunning. Summers also offer great weather. Avoid November, though, if you don’t like rain as it’s the wettest month.

Where to stay:

Book a stay at Glenmere Mansion – Prices start at $850 per night. 

2. Beacon

A beautiful view of the Hudson River in Beacon, NY.

A beautiful view of the Hudson River in Beacon, NY.

Beacon is an up-and-coming, uber-trendy area that you can actually reach via the Hudson Line if you’re willing to sit on a MetroNorth train for about an hour and a half.

So yeah, definitely one of the many easy peasy, romantic upstate New York getaways for all the uber-chic couples out there.

Now, the main thing to do once you’re here is to visit the Dia Beacon, a considerably giant former factory that has now been transformed into an awe-inspiring, modern art museum. I mean, no joke, there are pieces here from famous modern artists like Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, and even Andy Warhol.

Also, because there’s so much space here, all of the pieces are super spread out. Therefore, you can easily take this time to enjoy a nice leisurely stroll and marvel at the fact that you do not have to elbow your way to a decent view of some of the museum’s most iconic art displays. Plus, there’s LOADS of natural light, so you’ll definitely be able to procure more than one amazing photo.

Of course, if modern art just goes right over you. head – and I totally get it since some of it I like and some of it I just think WHY?! – then there’s still plenty to do… most of which consists of food, shopping, and/or hiking, depending on your personal preferences.

And if you’re interested in books, music, and anything vintage, then Beacon totally has you covered. Because you’ll fall head over heels in love with local hidden gems like Binnacle books, Jake’s Main Street Music Shop, the Hudson Valley Vinyl Record Shop, and the AfterEden Gallery.

Now, for all my fellow foodies in the house, you MUST visit Glazed Over Doughnuts (100% customizable, 150% delicious), the All You Knead Artisan Bakers (love a good name pun!), or ISAMU for tasty AF Japanese food. Or, just walk along Main Street and eat at every place you can find. Because although you won’t be able to move afterward, your stomach will definitely thank you. 

And to walk off all those delicious calories that you just ingested, mosey on over to nearby Hudson Highlands State Park for some sick views of the surrounding area. You can also stop by Breakneck Ridge for even more stunning views. However, the hike here is a bit steep and definitely strenuous, so be sure to come prepared with sturdy shoes and lots of water.

Distance from NYC: 68 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 1 hour and 40 minutes (also accessible via the Hudson Line)

Best Time of Year to Visit: Honestly Beacon is a great place to visit year-round. It’s a great romantic winter getaway from NYC, but I’m also a big fan of visiting in the fall or spring. Summers have the hottest weather, of course, but also the biggest crowds. 

Where to stay:

Beacon Hermitage (mid-range) – This B&B is the perfect place for a romantic couple’s getaway. Run by local couple Jim and Joe, the Beacon Hermitage is a rural sanctuary surrounded by wooded countryside with a peaceful on-site garden. The house is also located just outside of Beacon, so you can easily get to other nearby towns from here Or, you can just walk around the property and take an easy hike to a nearby waterfall! In the evenings,  settle in for a night of board game-inspired fun in the shared lounge before heading upstairs to your private room. They start at just $120 per night and come fully outfitted with Netflix, WiFi, heating, and air conditioning. The only downside to staying here is the shared bathroom, but all of the other amenities more than makeup for that.

Roundhouse (mid-range) – Located in downtown Beacon, Roundhouse is a great way to enjoy a bit of luxury without breaking the bank. All the rooms here come with a flat-screen TV and satellite channels, a private bathroom with bathrobes and complimentary toiletries, heating and air conditioning, and of course WiFi. Many of the rooms here, which start at $175 per night, also feature charming brick decor that enhances the overall ambiance of your romantic vacay. Heck, some even come with a plush sofa too! And if you want to really amp up the romance, just ask about their honeymoon suite.

3. Kingston

By: James of Travel Collecting

Kingston's beautiful waterfront area.

Kingston’s beautiful waterfront area.

Kingston and the surrounding area is just one of the many romantic weekend getaways in upstate New York. Briefly the capital of New York, Kingston now has a small historic center (the Stockade District) where you can wander past stone houses, admire historic churches, and find a bargain at the farmer’s market (only on summer weekends). There are also several lovely restaurants and cafes here, including Le Canard Enchaine and Diego’s Taqueria. The Kinsley, a boutique hotel spread over four 19th Century buildings in the Stockade district, is also a wonderfully romantic place to stay.

If you like historic homes then you’ll love Hurley, a neighboring town that has a Main Street comprised of nothing but old stone houses, as well as the Hurley Mountain House – a classic country diner that makes for a perfect brunch spot.

Another lovely spot is the Kingston Waterfront. There are several antique and home goods stores to wander through and restaurants where you can enjoy lunch and dinner. A highlight is the Mariner’s Harbor Hotel, where you can enjoy their outdoor patio, savor a delicious meal, and admire some lovely views of the water. The Hudson River Maritime Museum and Trolley Museum of New York are also just a short walk away.

And if you like hiking, there are several great Hudson Valley hikes nearby. So, drive15 minutes down 9W and to Black Creek Preserve, where an easy trail will take you across a suspension bridge and to the shores of the Hudson River and Shaupeneak Ridge, where there are many scenic lookouts over the Hudson Valley and the quaint beauty of the lily-filled, Louisa Pond.

River cruises also regularly depart from Kingston during the summer season – a lovely activity that is the perfect way to round off your fun-filled romantic weekend getaway.

Distance from NYC: 100 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: For the best weather, try to visit any time between May and July.  

Where to stay:

Courtyard Kingston (mid-range) –. With rooms that start at just $120 per night, Courtyard Kingston is an affordable but comfortable place to stay for anyone looking to plan one of the best romantic weekend getaways in upstate New York. Not only is this hotel just 2 miles from I-87, but modern/informal rooms here all come with coffeemakers, desks, free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV. And if you want to splurge a little, go with a suite since they have a nice little living room area. There’s also an uber-cas American bistro on-site that serves breakfast, dinner, and…wait for it…Starbucks coffee. There’s also an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a fitness room that I personally would never use on vacay. But yeah, I’m all about the hot tub. 

Mirbeau Inn and Spa (Luxury) – Located just twenty minutes down the road in Rhinebeck and just 2 miles from the Rhinecliff train station, this plush AF inn and spa has a wealth of premium quality rooms that all start at $240 per night. And while the price tag may seem steep to some, the sophisticated, super chic suites here are well worth the expense since they include snazzy things like claw-foot tubs, fireplaces, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms even have woodland views, with room service available upon request. Other plush amenities include a delicious breakfast spread, an outdoor pool, an elegant restaurant/bar, an on-site gym with yoga and fitness classes, and a ginormous spa with steam rooms and salt saunas.

4. Cold Spring

By: Stella Jane of Around the World in 24 Hours

The natural beauty of Cold Spring, New York.

The natural beauty of Cold Spring, New York.

Visitors to New York State are spoiled for choice when it comes to adorable, romantic getaways. The Hudson Valley alone has many wonderful options – one of the most romantic of which is the charming town of Cold Spring.

After all, this is a place that is so quaint that it actually has its own trolley and gazebo. Plus, no matter what your interests are as a couple, you’ll easily be able to find something to do here. 

Couples who love the great outdoors will want to go hiking on the stunning trails of the Hudson Highlands State Park. And if you’re looking to walk hand in hand, then try the Bull Hill Short Loop. Otherwise, the Breakneck Ridge trail will be perfect for anyone who wants a slightly more challenging excursion.

Now, for anyone who would rather decorate their love nest back at home, Cold Spring is home to many wonderful antique shops like Vintage Violet. And for something more indulgent, try the spa at the Cold Spring Apothecary. 

Also, because Cold Spring is located near the Culinary Institute of America, many great chefs end up opening restaurants here. So, for a romantic evening filled with delicious French cuisine, try the brasserie Le Bouchon. And for a more secluded spot, feast on delicious local seafood at Riverview. And If you’re celebrating a truly special occasion, go all out and splurge on a glamorous meal at The Valley at the Garrison.

And while Cold Spring does have several bed and breakfasts to choose from, the best is the Pig Hill Inn. You can either enjoy your made-to-order breakfast in the greenhouse or have it delivered right to your room. Best of all, complimentary pie or cake is served every evening that guests are free to enjoy. 

Distance from NYC: 59 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: You can visit year-round, however, August and September are the best months to visit in terms of weather. .

Where to stay:

Roundhouse (mid-range) – Located in downtown Beacon, Roundhouse is a great way to enjoy a bit of luxury without breaking the bank. All the rooms here come with a flat-screen TV and satellite channels, a private bathroom with bathrobes and complimentary toiletries, heating and air conditioning, and of course WiFi. Many of the rooms here, which start at $175 per night, also feature charming brick decor that enhances the overall ambiance of your romantic vacay. Heck, some even come with a plush sofa too! And if you want to really amp up the romance, just ask about their honeymoon suite.

Hilton Garden inn (Luxury) – Offering a selection of rooms that start at just $100 per night, this contemporary hotel in Poughkeepsie offers guests plush, modern rooms with custom-designed beds.  Flat-screen TVs with premium cable, microwaves, minifridges, and free WiFi are also included with your stay here, as is access to an on-site bar, cooked-to-order continental breakfast (for an additional fee), evening room service, an indoor pool/hot tub, and fitness center. 

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Upstate New York – Less than 200 Miles from NYC

5. Woodstock

The panoramic view from Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, NY.

The panoramic view from Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, NY.

I bet when you read, “Woodstock” you imagine a bunch of hippies smoking weed and listening to Grateful Dead albums blaring in the background.

But, the reality of this quaint, New York town is very different from what most people think. Sure, thousands of tourists flock to Woodstock every year to see where it all happened (the locals call them “pilgrims” – and actually, the Woodstock festival of 1969 was held in Bethel, New York NOT Woodstock).

However, the real attraction of Woodstock these days is the picturesque mountains. That’s why, it’s easily one of the best romantic getaways in upstate New York for couples who want to enjoy the outdoors AND for anyone who loves the arts. Because Woodstock? Well, it’s full of charm and a wealth of fun things to do for such a small place – although admittedly, some of these local attractions actually aren’t IN Woodstock itself. 

So, feel free to take in not one, but TWO shows at the Woodstock Playhouse, for a great romantic evening out in this sleepy little town. Trust me, they have a little bit of everything here including plays, musicals, comedy shows, and musical performances. I also recommend Bearsville Theater for live music – a place that really comes alive during the annual film festival that is typically held here around October.

Another popular place that you might want to visit is the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) Monastery. And as long as there are no teachings sessions being held at the time of your visit, you’re welcome to visit the main shrine which is open to the public. Plus, this facility is known for housing the single largest indoor Buddha statue in the entire Western Hemisphere. Sio yeah, this place is well worth your time.

Finally, don’t forget to take a scenic hike up Overlook Mountain, which is home to miles upon miles of trails and beautiful wilderness areas. So yeah, be sure to get all Bear Grylls up in here and pack a compass if you’re as hopeless with directions and maps as I am.

Now, when it comes to foodage, I fell in love with the (totally meat-free) starters at the Garden Cafe. Their red bean sweet potato rice burger with chipotle aioli is also divine. But, if you’re craving meaty goodness, I’ve heard great things about Sharkie’s which serves meatballs in a variety of different styles.

Distance from NYC: 107 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: You can visit year-round, however, summers can be a bit hot and sticky and crowded with “pilgrims.” Spring and autumn are the best time to visit and offer great hiking weather.

Where to stay:

Morning Glory B&B (mid-range) – Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and the feel of crisp mountain air before rolling out of bed for a hearty breakfast (Full English/Irish or Asian breakfast). Sound ideal? That’s because Morning Glory B&B is a fantastic place to stay for couples visiting Woodstock. The setting is idyllic and the beds are comfy. Some of the rooms have shared bathrooms though. So, if this is an issue, be sure to book one with a private bathroom. All the rooms have free WiFi though, as well as a garden view. Prices also start at $115 per night which is pretty dang reasonable IMHO. 

Tentrr in Shady Knolls (mid-range) – Just outside of Woodstock is this little piece of paradise. It’s the perfect place to stay for outdoorsy couples who are looking for a romantic getaway since you’ll basically be glamping out in the wilderness. There’s no TV or bathroom (this is still camping after all!), but the luxury tents come with all your linens, a heater, a personal balcony, and a comfy queen-sized bed where you can cuddle up together for warmth at just $150 per night.

6. Saugerties

By: Eileen of FamilieGo!

The charming brick exterior of the Saugerties Lighthouse in Saugerties, NY.

The charming brick exterior of the Saugerties Lighthouse in Saugerties, NY.

Start your romantic weekend in Saugerties by booking a room at the Diamond Mills Hotel. It is designed with stunning, panoramic views of the enchanting waterfall that powered a local paper mill that once stood on this very spot.

All the rooms here also have balconies with views of the falls, and high-top tables where you can sit with a morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine. The rooms here also include high-thread-count sheets, fluffy bathrobes, and radiant-floor heat in the bathrooms to help make your weekend getaway feel extra special.

Additionally, the hotel’s on-site Tavern restaurant features an airy, modern main room, as well as a large patio area with fabulous views of the falls. The seasonal food and cocktail menus here are also divine and feature a selection of local meat, produce, and distilled spirits – making it an ideal place for a romantic dinner.

If you want, you can also head right next door to Krause’s, where they’ve been making chocolate since 1929. I dare you to try and resist the fresh truffles, chocolate-covered caramels, nut clusters, and candied fruit that regularly come out of their amazing kitchen.

Additionally, Partition and Main streets both line the town’s center and are filled with artisanal coffee roasters, delicious bakeries, locavore gastro-pubs, vegetarian-friendly cafés, and even a classic, upstate New York diner. Also check out some of the funky shops (like the eclectic Inquiring Minds Bookstore & Café) and galleries here that represent the area’s artsy personality.

However, if you’re a more outdoorsy couple, then definitely reach out to I Paddle New York, which rents kayaks and SUPS and even offers daily guided boat trips through the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve (from May to October).

Although, you can always bike or drive to the preserve instead and try exploring the area’s many trailheads by foot, keeping an eye out for deer and indigenous forest birds along the way. Just don’t forget to take the preserve trail that leads to the Saugerties Lighthouse.

Because like Chester, one of the main reasons to visit Saugerties are the stellar and overtly romantic accommodations.

I mean, If staying in an old lighthouse isn’t your idea of romance, then maybe romance is just dead for you, I dunno. Because a stay at the Saugerties Lighthouse is hands down one of the most romantic getaways in upstate New York.

To get to the lighthouse, you’ll first have to take a scenic half-mile walk along the aforementioned trail or travel by private boat to the building, which has delightful rooms with sweeping views of the Hudson River.

Built-in 1869, the decor here has plenty of personality, with a wealth of period-piece touches that add to the hotel’s overall ambiance. And while there’s no air-conditioning, the winds off the water help keep the building cool throughout the summer.

A hearty breakfast is also included with your stay, as is heating for the long, cold, winters. There’s even a communal fireplace where you can relax with your partner and enjoy the quiet solitude that the lighthouse offers. Or, feel free to take a drive to Opus 40, an epic 6.5-acre sculpture park in an abandoned quarry with some cool AF art.

Distance from NYC: 115 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: Ideally, you should always visit during autumn. Summers are great, but the heat and tourists can be a lot. Plus, you’re gonna love those fall colors for your insta photos. But spring is also beautiful and winters can be magical, too.

Where to stay:

Get in touch to book a room at the Saugerties Lighthouse for $525 per night or at the Diamond Mills Hotel for $325 per night!

7. Hudson

An aerial view of Hudson NY covered in snow in the winter.

An aerial view of Hudson NY covered in snow in the winter.

First up on your list of the most romantic things to do in Hudson? Why, embark on a scenic river cruise from the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. I mean, this alone makes it one of the most romantic getaways in upstate New York.

Because believe it or not, this is actually the northernmost lighthouse on the Hudson River – a building that is still fully operational even though it was first built way back when in ye olde 1874!

Now, once you’ve completed your cruise, soak up some culture at one of the numerous art galleries along Warren Street. Seriously, there are so many of them! Because if you’re in the market for some high-quality art, then this place will totally knock your socks off.

Plus, if you’re a fan of the performing arts, then Hudson has two great options, the Basilica Hudson or Time and Space. I mean, between the two of them, you really can enjoy a little bit of everything, including arthouse cinema, plays, literary events, music, and more. And this makes sense since the Basilica Hudson was partially set up by none other than Melissa Auf der Maur (formerly of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins). So yeah, you know your girl’s got mad connections!

And if you get a little hungry after all that theatrical goodness, then you can check out the local Farmer’s Market and get some tasty treats there. You also definitely HAVE to try out Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar. Because, no lie, I may or may not have left with several bags full of delicious tea and decadent chocolate.

However, they also make some wicked awesome smoothies and I’m personally hardcore obsessed with their chunky monkey espresso smoothie. For actual food though, the Cascades does delicious wraps and sandwiches for lunch and Baba Louie’s serves up some mean pizzas!

Distance from NYC: 122 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: Summers in Hudson are popular, and thus crowded and expensive. While there are more things to do and longer days, I would recommend a visit in April, May, September or October. If you enjoy winter activities, Hudson is also an awesome winter getaway since you can go ice skating and check out the winter festivals.

Where to stay:

The Inn at 34 (mid-range) – The Inn at 34 exists to make sure that you have the most comfortable stay possible. Because hospitality is the name of the game here, and the staff are more than willing to go the extra mile to ensure their guests’ are beyond happy. The beds are also super comfortable, and the beautiful decor will have you wishing you could move in permanently! Additionally, The Inn at 34 is well located and within close proximity to all of the best eateries in town – your only challenge will be deciding where to eat first! For a romantic getaway to remember, I recommend booking the Deluxe King Room, which comes with a full-size bathtub for maximum relaxation. But all rooms come with free WiFi, bottled water, toiletries and on-demand movies for $150 per ngiht.

The Wick (luxury) – This 4 star home away from home sits just a stone’s throw away from the Hudson River. It also has all the amenities you could ever need, and couples staying here can enjoy all manner of romantic activities, including beautiful river cruises, super relaxing massages, and even horseback riding (yee to the haw)! You can also sample a delicious farmhouse breakfast in the hotel restaurant during your stay, which starts at $200 per night. And if you don’t feel like driving, then you’re in luck – the hotel is just around the corner from the train station, so you can literally walk straight to your room.

8. Wolcott/Sodus

Beautiful mountain views in Wolcott, NY.

Beautiful mountain views in Wolcott, NY.

Okay, I know it’s kind of a cheat to group them together like this, but hey, it’s my list of romantic getaways in upstate New York and I’m just gonna go with it!

Also, I’ve NEVER visited one without the other. So, in my mind, they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Which is an apt analogy, I guess, since we wound up “discovering” Sodus after we couldn’t find anywhere we wanted to eat in Wolcott.

So, Wolcott is great for outdoor junkie couples because it has one of the coolest national parks in upstate New York: the Chimney Bluffs State Park. If you’ve never been, this is a must. The bluffs are some of the coolest looking things ever and are almost alien-looking. Which is why it basically feels like you’ve actually left New York itself. This is also a perfect spot for insta-awesome photos at sunset, so do come prepared. 

Also nearby is Thorpe Vineyard. It’s a great place to stop if you want to get a little wine education – and drinking in – after working up a sweat. They also have a fantastic selection of wines to choose from and have an incredibly knowledgeable staff on hand to help you select the perfect wine for a romantic date night at home!

And Sodus? Well, there isn’t really all that much to do except head out to Sodus Point Beach Park, or take a romantic stroll along the bay. Conversely, you could try renting a boat at one of the Marinas to go out on the water, see the nearby islands, and maybe even go fishing.

Now, contrary to what you may think, Sodus actually has a surprising number of Mexican restaurants, and they’re not bad! I personally like Made in Mexico best and always get the huaraches and a mango jaritos. Six50 on the Bay is another great place to eat if you’re looking to enjoy a romantic meal on the water.

Distance from NYC: 198 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 4 hours

Best Time of Year to Visit: Since the aim is to go hiking and the bluffs, by their very design, can be slippery, I don’t recommend a winter getaway. And summers can be crowded and hot since it’s a main attraction in the area. Instead, aim to visit between April to mid-June or September to early-November.

Where to stay:

Black Creek Farm Bed & Breakfast and Barn Venue (mid-range) – Black Creek Farm is all about getting back to a simpler time, but with high standard hospitality thrown in. Couples coming here can enjoy breathing in the fresh air, sharing a drink in the beautiful gardens, and watching the sunset from the wooden gazebo. The rustic aesthetic runs into the rooms as well, which start at $175 per night and feature soft, cozy beds and bespoke furnishings that are sure to make you feel right at home. Free WiFi is available throughout, and a hearty buffet or American breakfast is provided. The B&B is also located just five minutes away from Little Sodus Bay by car, with its sprawling country parks – perfect for a romantic evening stroll. 

Burnap’s Bed & Breakfast and Beyond (luxury) – If a beautiful period setting is your idea of a dream come true, then Burnap’s Bed & Breakfast and Beyond has got you covered! This 19th-century building is just a 5 minutes drive from Lake Ontario and comes with 120 acres of vineyards, orchards, and gardens for you to explore. Step inside and you’ll discover bespoke period decoration throughout the house and in every single room. But don’t worry – all the modern amenities are here, including flat-screen TVs and wifi in every room. Just glide up the sweeping staircase in the foyer and dive into one of the gorgeous, four-poster beds found in all of their private rooms, which start at $200 per night! Champagne and chocolate cookies are also available for an additional charge.

9. Owego 

By: Megan of Bobo & ChiChi

View of a bridge across the Susquehanna River in Owego, NY.

View of a bridge across the Susquehanna River in Owego, NY.

One of the most charming and adorable places for a romantic getaway in upstate New York is the town of Owego.

Nestled on the Susquehanna River in the Finger Lakes region of the state, this charming town is full of historic storefronts that welcome you into an assortment of cute eateries, cafes, boutiques, and antique shops.

One of our favorite things to do in Owego was to take the Riverfront walk along the water since we were able to admire the pretty buildings that were perched atop the hill and that overlook the river.

However, these are a variety of other scenic viewpoints scattered throughout the city, including the view from a local bridge that looks out onto the iconic town hall.

And while you’re in the area, plan a stay at one of town’s many charming Bed and Breakfasts, like the historic and gorgeous Belva Lockwood Inn that was featured in an episode of House Hunters.

Owego is also the perfect place from which to enjoy everything that the Finger Lakes has to offer, including nearby hiking trails, wineries, and beautiful lakes, 

We recommend spending a full day in and around Owego, during which you can enjoy a night at a romantic Inn and a delicious dinner in a downtown restaurant.

Afterward, drive to nearby Ithaca where you visit Cayuga Lake, explore the Ithaca Commons, go waterfall hunting, and take a journey along the Cayuga Wine Trail.

In the morning, enjoy a nice breakfast basket at Belva Lockwood Inn or eat your fill at the lovely Owego Kitchen before heading off to Watkins Glen for more waterfall chasing in Watkins Glen State Park.

You can also have lunch in downtown Watkins Glen before making your way around the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, eventually driving past the roadside waterfall attraction of Hector Falls.

Fially, end your day sipping on wine at Wagner Vineyards or sampling some fine craft beer arTwo Goats Brewing before heading back to Owego. 

Distance from NYC: 198 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 3 and a half hours

Best Time of Year to Visit: For the best weather, try to plan your visit between May and October. 

Where to stay:

Hampton Inn Owego (mid-range) – Yes, it’s kind of lame that this is a chain hotel. But, the price is right at just $115 per night and the hotel actually overlooks the lovely, Susquehanna River. Guests here also get to enjoy comfortable, simply furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi, custom-designed beds, desks, HDTVs, and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms also include sofa beds and/or whirlpool tubs while suites features sitting areas, microwaves, and minifridges.

Quality Inn & Suites (mid-range) – Another chain hotel but you can’t beat the price, which is just $75 per night. Guests will also enjoy relaxed rooms that include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, tea and coffeemakers, microwaves, and minifridges. Some rooms even come with balconies or patios that offer lovely river views. You can also opt for an upgraded room, which can sleep up to six people and includes a sofa bed, a kitchenette, and an in-room whirlpool tub. There’s also a low-key restaurant on-site as well as a heated indoor pool,  a bar, and a game room.

Romantic Getaways in Upstate New York – Less than 300 miles from NYC

10. Lake George

A beautiful panoramic view of Lake George in NY.

A beautiful panoramic view of Lake George in NY.

Looking for one of the most idyllic romantic getaways in upstate New York? Then look no further than Lake George – and the beautiful lake for which the town is known for.

Because whether you’re searching for some peace and quiet out on the lake, would like to go hiking in the mountains, want to lavishly wine and dine your partner, or want to thoroughly scare the crap out of yourself, you’ll find something to love at Lake George.

Start by going for a walk, hand in hand, around Battleground Park before taking a swim at Million Dollar Beach. It can get crowded when the weather is good, so be sure to get there early and secure your spot! If you want, you can also go parasailing over the lake, so long as you’re not scared of heights! If you are, then may I recommend something more grounded and relaxing like one of the lake’s authentic, steamboat cruises? It’s a fan favorite and for good reason!

Nearby you also have the Great Escape and Magic Forest amusement which is advertised as “for the little ones” but they have dinosaurs inside and you know ya girl has to get in on that! Plus, aren’t we all just kids at heart? But if you’re looking for more exciting rides, then definitely ride the roller coasters at the Great Escape and check out the view from atop the ferris wheel for an extra special date night/afternoon.

And for anyone else out there who enjoys doing totally weird and quirky things (like the activities listed in this guide to some of the most unusual things to do in NYC), the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum is a fun and totally random attraction that sits right in the middle of town. Besides, who among you doesn’t want a photo op with Frankenstein? Am I right? Of course, I am! Besides, It’s not just Frankenstein since you can see plenty of other spooky characters here too, including Beetlejuice and Hannibal Lector.

However, If you fancy some slightly more outdoorsy adventures, then there are plenty of hiking trails and Adirondack forests just waiting to be explored, including the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course and white water rafting in nearby Warrensburg. But, definitely do not miss out on the unique opportunity to go rail biking at Revolution Rail where you can pedal along the tracks in an open-topped, pedal-powered cart called a railbike.

In terms of food, there are a wealth of fantastic food and drink options in Lake George. For wine tasting, head to Adirondack Winery Lake George Tasting Room, or try out some local craft beers at 163 TAPROOM. And when you need some seriously delicious food to absorb all that alcohol, try Giuseppe’s for authentic Italian food or travel back in time to the 1950s at Prospect Mountain Diner. Don’t forget dessert at Ben & Jerry’s, where you can get ALL the flavors!

Distance from NYC: 212 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: May through September is the ideal time for a romantic getaway to Lake George. The weather is hottest in the summer months, but still warm in late spring/early fall. Avoid the summer months if you don’t like crowds as the Adirondacks can be quite busy.

Where to stay:

Roaring Brook Ranch and Resort (budget) – Arrange to go horseback riding, cuddle up at the bar, or just sit by the fireplace in the shared lounge looking out over Lake George. Because this is a great, budget-friendly hotel for couples. I mean, all except the most basic rooms, which start at $65 per night, come with a bathtub, satellite TV, WiFi, ironing facilities, heating, and air conditioning. Most of the rooms also come with a desk and/or seating area and a fridge. All the rooms here are also sound-proofed, so if you are a ridiculously lite sleeper like me then you can still have a quiet and relaxing romantic getaway.

The Inn at Erlowest (luxury) – The Inn at Erlowest deserves its exceptional rating and more, really. Starting at $210 per night, the rooms are freaking HUGE, with separate seating areas and nooks for relaxing, reading, and savoring the fantastic views. Some of the rooms even include fireplaces or jacuzzis, perfect for your romantic getaway! There’s also free WiFi available throughout, but no TVs, which makes this the perfect place to unplug and relax with your partner.

11. Watkins Glen

By: Mark and Kristen of Where are Those Morgans

Some of the beautiful waterfalls you'll see in Watkins Glenn National Park in upstate New York.

Some of the beautiful waterfalls you’ll see in Watkins Glenn National Park in upstate New York.

Nestled at the base of Seneca Lake is the charming village of Watkins Glen – a fantastic destination that packs a mighty punch and that easily one of the best romantic getaways in upstate New York. 

The obvious and unmissable highlight of any trip here is, of course, a 3-mile roundtrip hike along Watkins Glen State Park’s incredibly photogenic Gorge trail.

Arrive early and beat the inevitable crowds in order to fully appreciate the out-of-this-world aura that is exuded by this enchanting place.

Rainbow Falls – the spectacular climax of this mesmerizing trail- is like pure poetry in motion. So, don’t be at all surprised if your vows are impulsively renewed!

And yet, Watkins Glen is no one-trick pony.

On the contrary, Seneca Lake is at the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region – a popular wine tasting destination that boasts a trail of 31 wineries that are all competing to showcase the most flavorful grape that you’ve ever tasted. 

Additionally, upstate New York is also a major player in the booming, craft beer scene and brewery business, making this an excellent alternative for anyone who prefers the grain to the grape.

However, hiking in the midst of such spectacular scenery and sampling some of the best booze in the Finger Lakes will definitely develop a thundering appetite.

So, feel free to enjoy the fabulous array of dining options that Watkins Glen has to offer. Because if a hearty BBQ sounds like music to the ears, look no further than Nickel’s Pit – but book early to avoid a long wait. Jerlando’s Italian and Pizza is also highly rated and Thai Elephants is a fantastic eatery as well.

Stuffed, exhausted, and ready to unwind – take your pick between Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and Idlwilde B&B. Both offer luxury and stellar vies of the lake.

But wait, are we forgetting something? Of course, the lake!

How about this for an idyllic romantic weekend crescendo: Charter a historic 67 ft sailboat on Seneca Lake with Schooner excursions.

Can you guess the boat’s name?

‘True Love’.

Distance from NYC: 242 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 4 hours and 30 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: Avoid the crowds and enjoy mild weather by visiting from mid-May through early June or from September (after Labor Day) through late October. 

Where to stay:

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel (Mid-range)With reasonably priced rooms that start at just $125 per night, this stylish hotel offers its guests a wealth of contemporary rooms and suites that include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and charming sitting areas. Some suites even include patios, balconies with sweeping views of the lake; and private Jacuzzis. 24-hour room service is also available, as is access to a complimentary coffee station on each floor of the hotel. There’s also an upscale American restaurant and casual bar onsite, as well as a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, and a fitness center. 

Idlwilde B&B (Luxury) – Set inside a Victorian-era mansion from 1892, this charming bed and breakfast is just a ten-minute walk from Seneca Lake and a 1.6-mile drive away from Watkins Glenn State Park. However, in addition to the hotel’s amazing location, the 18 rooms here are outfitted with traditional style furnishings and retain many of the home’s original features, like beautiful decorative fireplaces. And although some rooms do have shared bathrooms. this minor inconvenience is outshone by stunning views of the lake, exquisite 4-poster beds, pull-out sofas, and private decks. Breakfast is also included with your stay and served daily in the formal dining room. Guests are to explore the property’s 2.5 acres of lawns and gardens, as well as a panoramic veranda – all for just $175 per night. 

12. Syracuse

View from a gazebo in Upper Onondaga Park in Syracuse,, New York.

View from a gazebo in Upper Onondaga Park in Syracuse,, New York.

A lot of these romantic getaways in upstate New York and amazing New York road trips involve the outdoors because, well, there’s something kinda intimate about getting all hot and sweaty together.

But if you’re not THAT kind of super outdoorsy couple (I hear you!), or just don’t feel like hiking, then visiting a bigger city like Syracuse might be just the romantic getaway for you! I mean, Syracuse has a wide array of activities for couples to enjoy, including everything from couples massages to museum hopping to hiking.

Okay, so, on second thought, Syracuse is actually a great destination if you’re a couple who loves the outdoors! Because you can head to Lake Onondaga for something more lowkey and chill or go for a leisurely nature walk at Clark Reservation State Park. And just outside the city, you have Beaver Lake Nature Center and Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area which are perfect for hiking or snowshoeing in the winter!

But for those of you who DON’T like the outdoors, Syracuse actually home to quite a few massage and wellness centers where you can book a relaxing couples massage for the afternoon, or treat yourself to a full spa day! In particular, Mettā Therapeutic Massage & Wellness actually offers special couple rates for massages if you book ahead. Although I personally love Armory Massage Therapy, which is just downtown.

Now, for all of my fellow museum nerds out there, Syracuse has got some great options. Personally, I highly recommend the Everson Museum of Art for art lovers. However, the Niagara Mohawk Building is pretty rad since it features awesome Art Deco design. And for history buffs, the Erie Canal Museum and the Onondaga Historical Association are also worth a wander.

And in Syracuse, well, you definitely won’t go hungry since Francesca’s Cucina serves some wicked awesome Italian food and is great for a quiet romantic meal. Or, you can always mosey on over to Strong Hearts which has an epic Wild West Burger than is perfecto for all my fellow vegans or vegetarians out there.

Distance from NYC: 247 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 4 hours and 10 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: Most people prefer Syracuse in the Summer or Fall due to the warm weather. However, as it is a city, it can get busy in summer (and quite hot!), so keep this in mind. So, if you want one of the best romantic getaways in upstate New York, consider visiting during the winter so that you can do some skiing.

Where to stay:

Scholar Hotel Syracuse (budget) – The Scholar Hotel offers comfy rooms, with a ton of extra space, that start at just $75 per night. All rooms also come with a bathtub and shower, so you can run a bath after a long day of sightseeing. Follow that up with a fun film on their large, flat-screen TV with satellite channels and you have the perfect, romantic night in. Rooms here also include free WiFi, a sitting area, a desk, toiletries, a hairdryer, a closet, heating, and air conditioning. 

Hotel Skyler Syracuse Tapestry Collection by Hilton (mid-range) Entering this hotel feels a bit like stepping inside a castle, or a rather large, semi-exclusive museum. Because guess what? This hotel actually has uber-plush, treehouse suites! So yeah, If they’re available, definitely snag one of those bad boys for an EXTRA roomy, totally one of a kind stay (However, all of their rooms are spacious so don’t panic if you can’t get a suite), Never fear though because all the rooms here, which start at $130 per night, are lux AF and come fully outfitted with a plush seating area (normally a sofa), a microwave, a fridge, free WiFi, satellite TV, a private shower, air conditioning, heating, iPod docking station, ironing facilities, coffee making facilities, daily newspaper,  a closet, and a free premium selection toiletries. Complimentary breakfast is also available, and all guests have access to the on-site fitness center. You know, just so that you can work off that ginormous breakfast you just ate. 

13. Seneca Falls

An old fashioned building and clock in Seneca Falls, New York.

An old fashioned building and clock in Seneca Falls, New York.

Okay, so one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies is It’s a Wonderful Life. And just in case you haven’t watched this Christmas classic on repeat about 10,000 times, it’s set in Bedford Falls, NY. And believe it or not, Bedford Falls was partially designed to resemble the town of Seneca Falls.

Yup, good old Frank Capra even visited the town for inspiration – with his cinematic classic now forever immortalized at the local, It’s a Wonderful Life Museum.

Sure, this fact alone might not make Seneca Falls sound like one of the most romantic getaways in upstate New York to you. But, hey, I absolutely adore the film so it’s an easy sell for me. Plus I get to look at a bunch of photos of Jimmy Stewart and, well, er, umm…let’s just say I have a not-so-low-key obsession with the man.

However, history enthusiasts will also love it here and might even remember that Seneca Falls is often referred to as “the birthplace of women’s rights”. Because yes my friends, this is the city (I use that term loosely here since this town is pretty small) where the first women’s rights convention was held in the US in July 1848 – an important historical event that signaled the start of the American women’s suffrage movement.

As a result, several places in Seneca Falls now memorialize this facet of the region’s history, with top attractions like the Women’s Rights National Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and more. Although truth be told, you will definitely find monuments and references to women’s rights scattered all throughout the town.

But, If you actually want to get out of the town itself, then you can always go birdwatching in Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge or head up to Cayuga Lake for a quick dip!

Now, the one downside of my visit here is that I didn’t totally fall in love with any of the food. Although, I can still recommend the orange sesame crispy cauliflower and pasta saute at 84 Fall, and El Bajio Mexican had some pretty tasty appetizers.

Oh, wait! I DID for sure enjoy the ice cream at Love’s Italian Ice & Custard. I mean, it’s ice cream. So yeah. what’s not to love? I recommend the Butter Pecan and the Black Cherry. Just maybe not mixed together though since that sounds more than a little gross.

Distance from NYC: 266 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 5 hours

Best Time of Year to Visit: Seneca Falls is located in the Finger Lakes region, so like many of these romantic getaways in upstate New York, the best time to visit is between late April and mid-October when the weather is warmer. In my experience, Seneca Falls isn’t AS busy as some places in the summers, but it’s definitely not busy, so factor that in if you want the museums to yourself. Seeing as it’s the inspiration for one of the most famous Christmas films of all time, it’s also not a bad option for a winter getaway too. 

Where to stay:

The Gould Hotel (budget) – If you’re on a budget, but still looking for romance, then the Gould Hotel is a great option since rooms here start at $75 per night. And in spite of the reasonable price, the rooms are still incredibly spacious and include extra seating areas, desks, and ensuite bathrooms with showers. Plus, each room comes with a fluffy bathrobe so it still feels like a luxury stay. The beds here also wicked comfy and are only enhanced by the free WiFi, satellite TV, coffee and tea making facilities, safe, iPod docks, toiletries, hairdryer, heating, and air conditioning that come in each and every room.

Barrister’s Bed & Breakfast (mid-range) – I won’t lie to you, I initially decided to stay here because I found out that Carolyn Grimes, who plays Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life, actually stayed here (in the Yellow Room). And, well, why not, right? But this was such a delightful B&B with lovely hosts, Ken and Diane, who serve ridiculously tasty breakfasts. Seriously, their breakfasts alone will make this a romantic getaway to remember! All the rooms here also start at $169 per night and come with fairly standard heating and air conditioning, as well as a hairdryer, private shower, ironing facilities, complimentary toiletries, a closet, and free WiFi.

14. Wilmington

The sweeping mountain views that abound atop Whiteface Mountain, which is a short drive away from Wilmington, NY.

The sweeping mountain views that abound atop Whiteface Mountain, which is a short drive away from Wilmington, NY.

If you visit during the winter, then you can enjoy a romantic getaway amidst the magical wintery backdrop that is Wilmington.

So, after enjoying a day of skiing at Whiteface Mountain ski resort, you can cuddle up in front of a roaring fire and sip on a warm cup of hot cocoa. Plus, if you time your visit just right, you can also visit Santa’s workshop and see his eight tiny reindeer in North Pole, NY, which is just outside of Wilmington (this place is primarily for little kids and would be an ideal stop for families). 

Of course, even you don’t want to stop by during the winter season, Wilmington is still one of the most romantic getaways in upstate New York for outdoor couples. That’s because Whiteface Mountain sits just eight miles away from Wilmington and is an amazing hiking destination year-round (You can also drive to the top if you’re uber-lazy like me). 

High Falls Gorge is also nearby and is an amazing, 22-acre nature park whose star attraction is a stunning waterfall – complete with wooden glass floor walkways that you can use to get there! Or, take a ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola and admire gorgeous, panoramic mountain views for miles in every direction!

In spite of all its awesomeness though, there really aren’t any great places to eat in Wilmington. However, I do love the Country Bear Bakery and Diner, and ADK Pizza & Pasta is pretty decent too. Otherwise, you can always just drive on over to nearby Lake Placid and grab something to eat there. 

Distance from NYC: 287 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 4 hours and 50 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: Wilmington is an awesome winter destination since you can go to the “North Pole” or go skiing. If you don’t like winter getaways, most people recommend visiting May through August and that’s sound advice if you want to take advantage of the longer days and opening hours. BUT like anywhere in the Adirondacks, summers are busy, so I also recommend spring or fall if you want to do a lot of hiking/being outdoors.

Where to stay:

Hungry Trout Resort (mid-range) – Also accepts hungry humans! Just kidding! But in all seriousness, this western-style fishing lodge is anything but fishy. Although, dropping your line in the nearby Ausable River is just one of the many awesome activities on offer here! Just head over to the Hungry Trout Fly Shop and they’ll outfit you with all the supplies you’ll need. There’s also plenty of hiking, skiing, and horseback riding to be done in the area. And once you’ve enjoyed a romantic dinner for two in the Hungry Trout Restaurant, make sure to check out their seasonal outdoor swimming pool and bar for some pretty decent cocktails by the pool. And all for a mere $90 per night – which I for one think is a total steal. 

Adirondack Spruce Lodge (luxury) – Cozy up by the fireplace as the night draws to an end at this gorgeous forest retreat. This rustic inn oozes over-the-top comfort that is only outmatched only by the area’s breathtaking scenery. Plus, not many hotels can boast of delicious BBQ dinners that come complete with a mountainside view! This lodge is also well located and is within five miles of both Whiteface Mountain and High Falls Gorge, and just a 10-minute walk away from the Ausable River. So, If you’re looking to get active while on your romantic New York getaway, then this is the place to be since rooms start at $245 per night. 

15. Lake Placid

By: Nicole of Affordable Family Travel

Beautiful fall foliage surrounding Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY.

Beautiful fall foliage surrounding Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY.

Lake Placid is without a doubt one of the best romantic weekend getaways in upstate New York.

It is a quaint little town that overlooks picturesque Mirror Lake, in the Adirondacks. And although there are several amazing hotels in the area with stunning views, Mirror Lake Inn would be our top choice for the perfect, romantic getaway.

A Lakeview room here will provide guests with enchanting views that are surrounded by trees while warm blankets will add the ultimate cozy feel to your room so that you can fully enjoy your outdoor balcony on even the coolest nights.

There are also two onsite restaurants and an indoor pool for you to enjoy, as well as e a wonderful spa where you can pamper yourself during your romantic getaway. There are also several communal areas where you can sit, relax, and warm up next to a roaring fire, while enjoying complimentary afternoon cookies as a decadent treat.

And when you’re not tucked away in your hotel, you can spend the day visiting Olympic sights, going for a hike, or just strolling along the paved path that surrounds Mirror Lake. You can also stop by the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery for lunch and sip on a pint of local craft beer before heading into the center of town to do a little shopping.

Distance from NYC: 290 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 5 hours

Best Time of Year to Visit: May through August when the temperatures are warm and many of the sports complexes are still open. Although, if you want to do a bit of hiking, visit in the autumn when the fall foliage is at its most beautiful.  

Where to stay:

High Peaks Resort (Mid-range) – With rooms that start at $130 per night and that overlook Mirror Lake, guests will love the central location of this hotel. Bright rooms and suites also feature a selection of sophisticated, Adirondack-themed decor that includes stone-tiled walk-in showers, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minifridges. Splurge on one of their premium suites and you’ll also enjoy direct shore access, an in-room fireplace, and a private whirlpool tub. If you want, you can even borrow one of the resorts free kayaks or paddleboards and go out onto the lake. Afterward, feel free to relax at either their on-site, casual American restaurant or at the refined bar and lounge with a lovely fireplace. Finally, enjoy some of the hotel’s many other amenities, including a fitness center, as well as one indoor and two outdoor pools. 

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa (Luxury) – See above for a full description of this luxurious establishment, where rooms start at $374 per night. 

16. Cooperstown

The beautiful marina at Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY.

The beautiful marina at Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY.

Alright sports fans, strap in cause we’re gonna go visit Cooperstown and see none other than the National Baseball Hall of Fame!

Because baseball is America’s favorite pastime for a reason, and in Cooperstown, it’s revered and straight-up venerated in all its sweat-inducing, tobacco chewing glory! So, learn more about this sport of kings at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, snap some quick pics with your fave players at the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, and take in the air of greatness that surrounds historic Doubleday Field.

Because yes my friends, I think it’s totally safe to say that Cooperstown is easily one of the best romantic getaways in upstate New York for baseball fanatics of every variety!

However, these are a ton of things to do in Cooperstown that don’t actually have anything to do with baseball. I mean, Otsego Lake is literally RIGHT there. And although it’s quite popular, this lake definitely doesn’t get the same amount of love that Lake George and the Finger Lakes region receive- and it should!

So, live it up lakeside and go swimming, rent a boat, or just enjoy suntanning along the lake’s idyllic shores. Alternatively,  you could also head to nearby Glimmerglass State Park, just a short 15-minute drive away, and visit Hyde Hall, a stunning 19th-century mansion that you do not want to miss.

Although, if you’re not super keen on the outdoors, or the weather is just miserable, I recommend stopping by the local Farmer’s Museum, where you can see live reenactments of 19th-century village life. You’ll also find the Fenimore Art Museum right down the road. Sure, it’s not filled with super famous paintings, but it is home to a ton of unique Native American art and folk art that you’ve probably never seen before.

And for some glorious food, try the Hawkeye Bar and Grille inside Otesaga Resort for a nice, romantic night out. The food is divine, and you can go all-out by ordering some delicious wines and some even better desserts. You can also start your mornings (or refuel during the day) at Stagecoach Coffee. They serve great coffee (AKA nectar of the Gods), organic smoothies, and also do tasty sandwiches and wraps for breakfast and lunch.

Distance from NYC: 288 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 5 hours and 10 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: While you can visit in summer, I personally love Cooperstown during the spring or fall just because it’s less crowded and I can enjoy the sites without all the people. The city is fine in winter since it’s not as outdoors driven, but you won’t get to enjoy the Lake in its full glory!

Where to stay:

Landmark Inn B&B (mid-range) – Landmark is the perfect place for a romantic, upstate New York getaway! I mean, the house is warm, inviting, full of charming personal touches, and features friendly staff who are only too happy to help you in any way possible! All rooms are also beautifully decorated and include a private ensuite shower, bathrobes, toiletries, satellite TV, free WiFi, heating, air conditioning, and even come with an awesome complimentary breakfast. Make sure you get a room with a balcony though because it’s the perfect place to relax and cuddle up with your bae while watching the sunset (or if it’s winter, get one with a fireplace!). Also, personal aside, I just love having access to a good bathtub during all of my romantic sojourns – especially when the room starts at a reasonable $200 per night. 

The Otesaga Resort Hotel (luxury) – If you’re an adventurous, ghost living couple, then the Otesaga is the perfect place for you. Because believe it or not, this is supposedly one of the most haunted hotels in New York. But, don’t let thta fact deter you! Because this beautiful resort is worth the minor inconvenience of a few supernatural children running through the halls. Yeah, GHOSTLY apparitions are just child’s play if you’re a weirdo like me who is totally into this sort of thing. And in addition to cool, ghostly beings, guests also have access to on-site tennis courts, a fitness center, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, and an onsite entertainment center. So yeah, you technically don’t even need to leave the resort to have an amazing time. Especially since rooms here start at $179 per night and come with a wicked awesome view, a flat-screen TV, coffee making facilities, a private shower, and WiFi. A generous continental breakfast is also included with your plush AF stay, as is a decadent breakfast in bed…for a nominal fee of course.

17. Keuka Lake

By: Taima of Poor in a Private Plane

Taima at Hunts Country Vineyard in Keuka Lake, NY.

Taima at Hunts Country Vineyard in Keuka Lake, NY.

A weekend spent in the finger lakes easily makes for one of the most romantic weekend getaways in upstate New York since a mixture of waterfalls, wine, and scenic lakefront views awaits you.

However, if you are looking for a truly romantic getaway in the Finger Lakes, skip the crowds and check out one of the lesser-known areas in the region, Keuka Lake.

Located approximately five hours from NYC, Keuka Lake is one of the smaller of the Finger Lakes. However, do not let the size of the lake on a map deter you since can still enjoy amazing sunrises and sunsets over this picturesque body of water.

And while you have many options for places to stay in and around Keuka, including the hotels mentioned below, our pick for both location and comfort was the Hampton Inn and Penn Yan. This hotel is relatively new, overlooking the lake and is a great place to spend a romantic weekend. You can even spend an evening in the hot tub, overlooking the lake, or warm up next to their amazing outdoor fire pit.

That being said, one of the absolutely best things about Keuka Lake is the wealth of stunning wineries in the area. There are literally hundreds of them spread throughout the region, with the ones in Keuka Lake being some of the most intimate. Be sure to check out Rooster Hill Vineyards, Vineyard View and, Hunts Country – all of which have amazing wines for you to sample and even more incredible views for you to enjoy.

Distance from NYC: 282miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 4 hours and 40 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: May or September when the weather is nice but it still isn’t peak season in the region, which typically falls between June and August. 

Where to stay:

Trimmer House Bed and Breakfast (mid-range) – Nestled along a tree-lined street is this refined, family-run bed-and-breakfast. It’s set inside a restored, 1891 home with a turret and is a mere three miles from Keuka Spring Vineyards and six miles from The Windmill Farm & Craft Market. Step inside and you’ll find five warm, individually decorated rooms, some with fireplaces, that start at $170 per night. All rooms here come with free Wi-Fi,  a flat-screen TV, and a private or ensuite bathroom – with some suites featuring a living room, a claw-foot tub, a minifridge, a microwave, and tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a private porch. Full breakfast is also included with your stay so yeah, don’t forget to pack some insanely comfy, elastic waist pants!

The Laurentide Inn (Luxury) –  First built in 1820 and recently renovated to maximize guest comfort (while stll retaining the building’s historic charm), this chic, upscale hotel features a wealth of upscale amenities that elevate the bed and breakfast experience to the next level of luxury. So, feel free to play pool in the billiards room, take a stroll through the scenic on-site gardens, or cozy up next to the fire in the building’s refined parlor room. Regardless of what you do though, all guests will enjoy staying in one of five totally unique, well-appointed guest rooms and suites (in addition to the Carriage House Loft) that start at $250 per night and are meticulously outfitted with antique furnishings and chic décor that is expertly paired with luxurious bedding and thoughtful, modern amenities.

Romantic Getaways in Upstate New York – More than 300 Miles Away from NYC

18. Canandaigua

A beautiful gazebo on Lake Canandaigua in Canandaigua, NY.

A beautiful gazebo on Lake Canandaigua in Canandaigua, NY.

Canandaigua provides easy access to the Finger Lakes. So much so that it actually sits right at the top of Canandaigua Lake. Accordingly, couples here can go for a romantic stroll along Canandaigua City Pier.and admire the wealth of cute lakeside houses that you’ll find along the way.

Kershaw Park is also another great nearby spot where you can go for a lovely, scenic picnic. Just BYOB (bring your own blanket) and spread out on the grass. Or, feel free to eat at one of the many vacant picnic benches that can be found in the area.

Afterward, meander through the gorgeous Sonnenberg Gardens, a historic home that showcases a wealth of beautiful flora in their on-site, Japanese garden.

Oh, and if you visit during the winter, be sure to stop by Bristol Mountain for a little bit of skiing and snowboarding action. 

Now, for anyone who is a lover of all things beer, you’ll be delighted to know that Canandaigua is actually home to SEVERAL different brewing companies. Among the best are Young Lion and Twisted Rail – which is why craft beer lovers can easily count this among their favorite romantic getaways in upstate New York.

That being said though, I personally fell in love with the Dalai Java coffee shop while I was here. And, I mean seriously, who wouldn’t with an awesome pun like that in their name? Plus, they do tiramisu lattes and Nutella frappes…which is basically like pure heaven in a cup.

However, for something slightly more substantial, venture on over to Simply Crepes Cafe, a women-run, LQBT+ friendly establishment with a range of tasty sweet and savory crepes (and more). I personally recommend ALL the sweet ones (#sorrynotsorry), but especially the Pistachio Chai one. And added bonus? All of the crepes here can easily be made gluten-free upon request.

Oh, and If you love Thai food almost as much as I do, then you need to try Thai By Night, where you can have a tasty and romantic Thai meal with a glass of regional wine (oh yeah, the whole Finger Lakes region is famous for its wine, too!), or a stein full of local craft beer.

And last but certainly not least? Rio Tomatlan, a Mexican restaurant with cool decor and delicious food. The staff here are also super friendly and accommodate pretty much any dietary needs you can think of. I’ve had (and loved) the bocadillo with beets, arugula, and goat’s cheese salade, and the hongos quesadilla. They also do great margaritas and agave cocktails since I got the Mezcal Ginger Paloma sans Mezcal and it was delish.

.Distance from NYC: 315 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 5 hours and 10 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: I absolutely love Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes area during autumn. The colors are stunning and most of the tourists are gone. BUT really any time of year is great (except summer if you hate crowds). Even winter can be pretty magical if you don’t mind the cold.

Where to stay:

Sutherland House Victorian Bed and Breakfast (mid-range) – Feel transported back in time at this beautiful Victorian bed and breakfast – a perfect accommodation for couples who need a break from the overwhelming noise and chaos of city life.  Because rooms here start at $150 per night and come with a balcony/terrace, fireplace, satellite TV, complimentary bottled water, free WiFi, toiletries, air conditioning, and a shower. Some of the rooms even have a spa bath, which is ideal for a romantic getaway. And, of course, breakfast for two is available every morning – and is #delicious! 

The Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps (mid-range) – Now, the reason I specifically love this place for a romantic getaway is that they have their own collection of board games (available for guests to use), which is great if you happen to encounter crappy weather and “need” to stay indoors all day…or if you’re the type of couple who love a game of Scrabble in the evenings. There’s also a sun terrace and gazebo that guests are welcome to enjoy. And starting at $180 per night, rooms here include a private bathroom with a hairdryer, a seating area, a large flat-screen TV with cable, WiFi, and complimentary toiletries. Some even come with a fancy smancy fireplace that is only out-shone by the immense (and delicious) Full English/Irish breakfast that is served each and every morning. FYI, the desserts here = heaven on a plate. 

19. Rochester

Sunset at High Falls in Rochester, NY, one of the most romantic getaways in upstate New York.

Sunset at High Falls in Rochester, NY, one of the most romantic getaways in upstate New York.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with Rochester. But, spoiler alert? I totally did and think it’s an incredibly underrated city. I mean, this mini-metropolis is overflowing with beyond quirky things to do – a fact that this hardcore weirdo right here totally loves. So of course, it’s clearly one of the best romantic getaways in upstate New York for couples wanting and needing a city break.

Now, If you can visit in May, for the love of God and all that is holy, please do so. Because that’s, hands down, the best time to visit since the city hosts its annual, Rochester Lilac Festival. So yeah, expect to find plenty of beautiful lilacs in bloom all across the city, as well as cherry blossoms, Japanese maples, and rhododendrons.

And if you’re into insane amounts of PDA, then feel free to get jiggy with it (gotta love a 90s Will Smith reference) in Highland Park, where you can enjoy live music as well as various other festivities. Plus, if you’re not totally flowered out and your allergies behave, then consider a visit to the Lamberton Conservatory, a gorgeous botanical garden with unusual plants from all around the world. Just be careful not to step on the turtles wandering about the place!

Another hot tip is to make sure that your visit coincides with a Saturday evening. This way, you can spend the evening stargazing at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, which is open late and offers visitors the chance to enjoy either an evening laser or star show.

However, no trip to Rochester would be complete with a stop at Warner Castle, which is a replica of an actual Scottish castle. I love it because it’s random, but also because ya girl loves castles! And who can blame me! The grounds of Warner Castle are particularly stunning and include the hidden Sunken Garden, a popular photo spot for couples!

To eat, I highly recommend The Owl House, a veggie and vegan eatery with a fun ambiance and even better food. A wide range of craft beers are also on tap here. so don’t miss out on a chance to get your drinky drank on. Although, if you’re looking for something straight up romantic, then give Pane Vino On The River a try since they pair great Italian food with equally delicious views!

Distance from NYC: 333 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 5 hours and 30 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: Since Rochester is a relatively big city, any time of year can be a great time to visit. Like most cities in New York though, summers are hot and busy. But, summers are also when you’ll find the most activities and events. Fall and spring are also great times to visit too if you don’t like the cold, and still want to enjoy the weather sans crowds. 

Where to stay:

School 31 Lofts (mid-range) – Nestled right in the heart of Rochester, this amazing hotel has all the amenities of modern living, including big flatscreen TVs, hot tubs, room service, and WiFi. There’s even a golf course nearby, with the entire hotel being 100% pet friendly. And if you want to make your experience extra special (and your bank account cry), book a penthouse apartment so can start living your best life right now! Otherwise, all of their other rooms are priced at $150 per night. 

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa (luxury) – It’s pampering time! And there’s no better place for it than the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, where every stay comes with access to a sauna, massage parlor, steam room, full gymnasium, hot tubs, and indoor and outdoor pools. Oh, and a 9-hole golf course, just in case you want to shoot a bogey or two (Yes, I really did have to look up how to spell bogey). There’s also free WiFi in every room, a bar, an on-site restaurant serving 4-star meals, a coffee shop, and room service. The staff here is also super friendly, which means you’ll never want to leave, even at  $201 per night.

20. Buffalo

The McKinley Monument on Niagara Square in Buffalo, NY.

The McKinley Monument on Niagara Square in Buffalo, NY.

Everyone seems to skip over Buffalo in favor of Niagara Falls. And yeah, I get that because I mean, hello, it’s Niagara Falls – a place that is pretty hard be beat when it comes to romantic getaways.

But I think Buffalo is still probably one of my favorite romantic getaways in upstate New York just because of the sheer number of different things that you can do here. Plus, you can make it an extended trip and visit Niagara Falls too since it’s only about 20-30 minutes away by car.

However, all my adventurous couples out there will LOVE Buffalo since it is SURROUNDED by greenery. Therefore, you can go hiking, swimming, picnic in one of the city’s many parks, or spot some wildlife at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

In fact, probably the number one mist outdoorsy/romantic thing to do here sits just 20 minutes outside the city.. So, from Buffalo, drive south past Orchard Park and through the beautiful Chestnut Ridge Park towards Eternal Flame Falls, a secluded waterfall and hiking trail that is the stuff that Instagram dreams are made of. And within the waterfall, itself, there is a natural gas spring that while not always actually on fire, can be lit up with a spare book of matches or a lighter.

Otherwise, if you love the great outdoors but just don’t really want to go hiking, then feel free to embark on a romantic rendezvous to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. Plus, if you hardcore love museums, then there are plenty for you to explore in Buffalo, like the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House or the Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural site where he was first sworn into office in 1901.

If you have time, I would also pop over to Cheektowaga, the town right next door, and visit their Historical Museum to learn more about the area. That being said though, my absolute favorite thing to do in Cheektowaga is visit the House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs there, which features a selection of different spooky attractions like super awesome escape rooms.

Annoyingly though, all the attractions here require at least four players, which works out if you know someone in Buffalo (like I do). However, it can also make for a good double date if you go on a road trip with friends. Because while I HAVE done the “Escape The Serial Killer” scenario with just two people, it was hella hard and nearly impossible to complete. 

Now, before you leave this fly AF city, don’t forget to enjoy some finer than fine dining at The Left Bank, which is known throughout the city for their intimate, candlelit tables. I also really like Mother’s and have heard great things about the Dapper Goose. And while not particularly romantic, Big Mood does serve epic vegan food!

Distance from NYC: 373 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 6 hours and 10 minutes

Best Time of Year to Visit: You know the drill: summers can be unbearably hot and busy, but they’re popular for a reason. I’ll always recommend spring and fall for a romantic getaway to Buffalo. However, as it is a large city, winter is also pretty spectacular because there are so many festival things going on, including sleigh rides for couples and ice skating.

Where to stay:

Garden Place Hotel (mid-range) – Parts of the Garden Place Hotel honestly seem like they come out of a fairy tale, or at the very least a romance film. Because the entryway alone is absolutely stunning. That’s why you could easily have a romantic date night HERE and leave with butterflies in your stomach – the good kind, of course. Guests who stay here also have access to the bar, lounge area, sauna, and on-site restaurants. Plus, complimentary breakfast is served each morning, and room service is available upon request. All rooms here also start at $165 per night and include free WiFi, a private shower, blackout curtains, coffee making facilities, a fridge, satellite TV, and a desk. Heck, some of them even come with a private jacuzzi! Yup, feel free to “ohh” and “ahh” at will. 

The Delavan Hotel (luxury) – Go all out and live luxuriously at the Delavan Hotel – the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring. And for extra swank during your stay, head to the spa center for a couples massages or have a romantic drink at the bar before heading out on the town for the evening. All rooms here also start at $300 per night and include free WiFi, a private shower (some have bathtubs), satellite TV, a mini-bar, coffee making facilities, and blackout curtains so you can both sleep in like you know you want to. 

21. Niagara Falls

A stunning aerial view of Niagara Falls.

A stunning aerial view of Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls is easily one of the most romantic getaways in upstate New York. I mean, you can’t tell me you don’t get serious romance vibes just thinking about it! Which makes sense since this is an immortal proposal spot/honeymoon destination (at least for all the cool kids from the 1880s).

Now, as you probably already surmised, yes, the main thing to do in Niagara Falls is to take in all the gorgeous waterfalls throughout the city. And that could easily fill up your entire romantic vacay. However, there’s more to do in Niagara Falls than just that. For one, the city is surrounded by hiking trails and green spaces. And on the Canadian side? Well, you can frolic through a field of flying creatures at either the Butterfly Conservatory or the Bird Kingdom.

Oh yeah, and you can head to Canada, ehh? An experience I HIGHLY recommend since the views of the falls are WAY better there. So, the first step for any trip to Niagara Falls? Don’t forget your passport!

And when it comes to food, I absolutely love Zaika Indian Cuisine & Bar for anyone craving Indian, and La Cucina Di Mamma, which is a cute little Italian place that’s BIG on flavor. The Canadian side of the Falls is also home to the Antica Pizzeria, which is home to some of the best wood-fired pizzas I’ve had outside of NYC (and Italy too). Alternatively, there’s also a Hard Rock Cafe and Rainforest Cafe if you wanna be a bit more mainstream about your dining choices. 

Distance from NYC: 408 miles

How Many Hours it will Take: 7 hours

Best Time of Year to Visit: Everyone visits in the summer for a reason. The weather is perfect and even when it’s a bit too hot for your comfort, the mist from the falls instantly cools you off. HOWEVER, summers are busy AF, especially if you plan to head to the Canadian side (and you should), so try for late April/early May or late September/early October if you can.

Where to stay:

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino (mid-range) – This luxury resort will make your trip to Niagara Falls one of your all-time favorite romantic getaways in upstate New York. Because rooms here start at just $105 per night and come with fantastic views across the city (and if you’re extra lucky, the falls itself). There’s also an indoor pool and hot tub, as well as a game room, several restaurants with food delivery, a bar, a coffee shop, a casino, shops, and a salon available for guest use. And all rooms come with free WiFi, satellite TV, a game console, a private shower, toiletries, a hairdryer, ironing facilities, a safe, and coffee making facilities. If you can afford it, you should also go all out and get the corner king suite with a jacuzzi!

Hanover House Bed and Breakfast (mid-range) – This charming bed and breakfast will quickly become your new favorite home away from home while in Niagara Falls. Guests are invited to relax in the garden or shared lounge areas and rooms start at $119 per night and come with WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a sofa, a clothes rack, ironing facilities, and toiletries. Each morning a full-English breakfast is also served and included with the price of your stay. 

Insert wicked awesome jazz hands here because that just about concludes this post about 21 of the most amazing and totally romantic getaways in upstate New York.

So tell me, did your favorite place make the list? If not, let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check it out.

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