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25 Best Romantic Getaways In Upstate New York

By Jessie Festa. This guide to romantic New York getaways features affiliate links to trusted partners!

Looking for the best romantic getaways in Upstate New York?

Then you’re in the right place!

Whether you’re searching for an ambient retreat with your partner, a luxurious trip with friends, or just want to spend some quality time with yourself, this list can help.

Bonus:

Along with sharing truly romantic hotels in Upstate NY, I’ll also provide a list of some of my favorite New York State destinations for a lovely weekend escape or even a week-long vacation. These are the cities, towns, and villages I love visiting time and time again as a native New Yorker who has lived in the state all of my life.

And whether you’re looking for ambiance on a budget, pure luxury, or something in between, you’ll find the best New York getaways for couples below.

Short on time? My top picks for romantic Upstate NY getaways include:

😍 The Lake House on Canandaigua (quiet escape on the water)
🌊 Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern (luxury boutique hotel offering waterfall views)
🎨 The Roxbury Motel (unique with over-the-top themed rooms)

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Best Romantic Getaways In Upstate New York

Okay, now that you know a few romantic places, let’s go over specific hotels and retreats for those looking for romantic getaways in Upstate NY.

To make it easier to find your perfect couple’s getaway in Upstate New York — or treat yourself to a delightful solo travel stay — I’ve separated the properties by region.

Romantic Getaways In The Hudson Valley

1. Glenmere Mansion (Chester, New York)

Distance From NYC: About 65 miles / 90 minutes by car

For couples wanting a 5-star experience, Glenmere Mansion is pure opulence. It’s one of the best Hudson Valley romantic getaways.

Walking into the Relais & Châteaux property, you won’t be surprised to learn that in a past life, it hosted royalty, though today is an 18-room luxury Gilded Age hotel sitting on 150 stunning acres and overlooking Glenmere Lake.

The gardens, marble columns, private art collection, and rolling hills all come together to make you feel like you’ve been transported to Tuscany.

Onsite, don’t miss the spa and hammam, which features a duet suite with adjacent soaking tubs and treatment tables for two.

Additionally, make sure to dine in their onsite restaurants, whether that be a candlelit meal at the Supper Room or food and drinks in the cozy Frogs End tavern.

An onsite pool, library with fireplace, butler service, and staff that you’ll get to know on a first-name basis enhance the experience.

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Romantic Chester experiences:

  • Have a beer at Long Lot Nano Brewery
  • Enjoy New York hiking at Goose Pond Mountain State Park
  • Hike the 15-mile Heritage Trail, which runs through Chester from Hartley Road in Goshen to Mary Harriman Park in Harriman
  • Savor a delicious Italian meal at the Rustic Wheelhouse Restaurant
The Emerson Resort & Spa is one of the best romantic getaways near NYC
Relax with some wine in a romantic Imperial Suite. Photo via Emerson Resort & Spa.

2. Emerson Resort & Spa (Mt Tremper, New York)

Distance from NYC: 118 miles/about 2 hours and 15 minutes by car

Home to comfortable inn and lodge guest rooms, a contemporary restaurant, a sumptuous spa, onsite activities, and even their own shopping quarter, The Emerson Resort & Spa features everything you need at the property while also immersing you in the beauty of the Catskill Mountains.

It also has a very cool claim-to-fame:

It’s home to the world’s largest kaleidoscope, measuring 56 feet in height! You can actually look through the kaleidoscope during one of their timed viewings, which is a trippy experience.

Spend a few hours exploring the area via one of the hotel’s free bike rentals, followed by a 90-minute stone massage for the ultimate romantic getaway in Upstate New York.

While enjoyable any time of year, the resort is extra relaxing when exploring the Catskills in the winter thanks to its plethora of indoor activities, seasonal events and decor, and location near ski slopes and snowshoe trails.

It’s definitely one of the best Upstate New York resorts for couples.

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Romantic Mt Temper experiences:

3. Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern (Saugerties, New York)

Distance from NYC: 110 miles/about 1 hour by car

Diamond Mills offers an opulent experience, from spacious balcony-equipped rooms offering views of the beautiful Espous Creek and Falls to the daily complimentary wine and cheese hour.

The bathrooms are also worth noting, featuring walk-in showers and heated floors.

While there, make sure to have a meal at their onsite tavern, which has indoor and outdoor seating and serves up seasonal cuisine featuring local ingredients.

And don’t forget to savor the morning pastries, made by their onsite master baker!

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Romantic Saugerties experiences:

  • Savor some chocolate-dipped frozen cheesecake at Krause’s Chocolates
  • Take in stunning views from the Huckleberry Point Trail
  • Meet cows, pigs & horses at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Have a romantic meal at The Red Onion
  • Do a free wine tasting at Windmill Wines and Spirits

4. The Dutchess Inn & Spa At Beacon (Beacon, New York)

Distance from NYC: 68 miles/about an hour and a half by car

The Dutchess Inn & Spa at Beacon is a European-style hotel with only 10 rooms, which means more personalized service and attention to detail.

Likely, it’ll be hard to choose which room to book as each offers its own unique features.

For instance, in the spa-themed Serenity Room, you’ll find amenities like aromatherapy, an electronic foot and shoulder massager, and a spa playlist (though you can also listen to the soothing sounds of the in-room fountain).

Alternatively, the Dutchess Suite is all about glamour with lounge seating featuring a settee, a bar cart, and a record player with a growing vinyl collection.

And their retro Camp Beacon Bunk is perfect for Upstate New York getaways for the family!

It’s not just the sumptuous rooms that make it worth the stay though.

Spend time getting cozy with a hot cup of complimentary coffee or tea near the living room fireplace or relaxing in the sunlit solarium.

Or visit their spa for a treatment or private yoga class followed by a hot tub soak.

In the evenings, head up to the rooftop for incredible stargazing and Hudson Valley views.

Plus, you’ll have loads to explore nearby as there are many things to do in Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

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Romantic Beacon experiences:

  • Explore Dia:Beacon, one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the country
  • Savor a romantic meal at Brothers Trattoria
  • Take in a sunset waterfront view at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park
  • See a drive-in movie at Story Screen Theater
  • Hike Bull Hill, Anthony’s Nose, or Breakneck Ridge

5. Beekman Arms Hotel (Rhinebeck, New York)

Distance from NYC: 103 miles/about 2 and a half hours by car

The Beekman Arms Hotel is one of the best romantic weekend getaways in Upstate NY.

This colonial-era inn has been welcoming guests since 1766 and is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the United States.

Today, the property offers historic charm without sacrificing modern comforts and conveniences.

Guests can choose from a variety of cozy and intimate rooms and suites. And if you’re looking for a little indulgence, in-room massages and facials are available.

Hungry? Free breakfast is included in your stay. For lunch and dinner, the Tavern at Beekman Arms is a quaint onsite restaurant on the property with a beautiful ambience thanks to features like exposed beams and a large fireplace.

In terms of the location, this Upstate NY getaway for couples is located in the heart of Rhinebeck’s National Historic Landmark District, one of the top attractions in Dutchess County as it features some of the America’s most stately homes just minutes away.

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Romantic Rhinebeck experiences:

  • Tour historic mansions like the Wilderstein Historic Site
  • Go hiking in Ferncliff Forest
  • Take in the view of Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge from Poet’s Walk Park
  • Have a romantic meal at LePetit Bistro

Romantic Hudson Valley Hotels Map

Looking for additional romantic Hudson Valley hotels?

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Also interested in self-contained stays?

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Romantic Getaways In The Catskills

6. Albergo Allegria (Windham, New York)

Distance from NYC: 144 miles/about 2 hours and 45 minutes by car

If you’re looking for romantic getaways in NY for cheap, the budget-friendly Albergo Allegria should absolutely be on your list.

This Catskills bed and breakfast will make you feel right at home with their cozy old-world charm-meets-modern-comfort atmosphere and welcoming hospitality.

Spend your days immersing yourself in the outdoors and your evenings snuggled with a movie from their collection of over 3,000 films — all of which pair perfectly with a few homemade cookies from their pantry.

Speaking of food, their homemade seed-to-plate breakfasts are not to be missed!

Love supporting local?

You’ll be happy to know the property consciously sources products made in the USA, from their flatware to their toiletries and beyond.

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Romantic Windham experiences:

  • Enjoy some adventure travel at Windham Mountain where you can ski, golf, bike, geocache, and more
  • Sip local wine at the Vineyard at Windham
  • Hike up the Windham High Peak for a moderate hike and a stunning view
  • Savor a romantic French country meal at Bistro Brie & Bordeaux
The Roxbury Motel is one of the best romantic getaways in Upstate NY with Jacuzzi
How sweet is this Fabulous Firkin Factory room bathroom? Photo via The Roxbury Motel.

7. The Roxbury Motel (Roxbury, New York)

Distance from NYC: 156 miles/about 3 hours by car

Looking for some quirky romance?

The Roxbury Motel is a where luxury meets fun, as you can choose from one of their very, very imaginative themed rooms.

Stay in a coconut cream pie-themed room where the ceiling literally looks like whipped meringue, or sleep in The Fabulous Firkin Factory where you and your beau can soak in a giant wooden firkin cask tub.

Another romantic option is the Amadeus’ Bride Room, a bridal suite-themed room with two floors attached by a spiral staircase, crystal chandeliers, handmade 18k gold leaf moldings framing over 27 mirrors, and an enormous painting of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s wife.

What is neat is that the Roxbury Motel actually has another property just down the road in Stratton Falls — which means double the amenities and double the themed rooms to choose from.

And if you’re searching for romantic getaways in Upstate NY with Jacuzzi, both properties feature spas with hot tubs and dry saunas!

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Romantic Roxbury experiences:

  • Fly through the air with NY Zipline Adventures
  • Savor simple yet delicious recipes that have stood the test of time at Brushland Eating House
  • Hike the easy and beautiful 19-mile Catskill Scenic Rail Trail
  • Book a historic walking tour of the Hamlet of Roxbury and Kirkside Park, both of which are on on the National Historic Register
Hotel Kinsley is one of the top romantic getaways in Upstate New York
Hotel Kinsley offers stylish and comfortable rooms in Kingston, New York. Photo via Hotel Kinsley.

8. Hotel Kinsley (Kingston, New York)

Distance from NYC: 100 miles/about 2 hours and 10 minutes by car

Hotel Kinsley is a stylish hotel with 42 rooms spread across four historic landmark buildings. In fact, these buildings used to house the federal bank of New York — and the check-in desk sits in the former vault!

While there are many things to do within walking distance of the hotel, you may never want to leave.

Spacious rooms with design at the forefront can be experienced through thoughtful decor, plush Frette linens and towels, and carefully chosen toiletries from Lake & Skye, a sustainably-minded New York brand.

Don’t miss a meal at the onsite Restaurant Kinsley, which allows you to explore local culture through seasonal farm-to-table dishes.

At the end of your day exploring, cozy up with your love at their wood-paneled bar for a Kinsley Martini featuring gin, vodka, vermouth, and olive oil.

Romantic Kingston experiences:

  • Walk along the water on the Kingston Point Rail Trail
  • Go back in time while wandering the Kingston Stockade District which dates back to the mid-17th century
  • Book a scenic and informative Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise
  • Have a waterfront seafood meal at Mariner’s Harbor

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Mohonk Mountain House is one of the most weekend getaways in New York State
Enjoy a romantic escape while immersing yourself in nature. Photo via Mohonk Mountain House.

9. Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz, New York)

Distance from NYC: 91 miles/about 2 and a half hours by car

For the ultimate in luxury hotels in Upstate New York, Mohonk Mountain House is a stunning Victorian castle that originally opened in 1869.

The 1,325-acre property sits above the glacial Mohonk Lake, meaning you’ll have loads to do right onsite.

First of all, if you and your beau are into wellness, you can partake in a spa treatment, a private forest bathing session, or even daily complimentary meditation and yoga classes each day!

Of course, there are also plenty of ways to explore wellness by getting active outdoors, like swimming in the pool or lake, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, archery, golf, tennis — not to mention a schedule of countless activities.

Now, if you’re looking for all-inclusive couples resorts in New York, you’ll be happy to know that three delicious daily meals are included in the rate. Plus, you’ll have a variety of restaurants to choose from.

In terms of guest rooms, couples can opt for a room or suite in the main house — many of which have fireplaces, balconies, and/or incredible views — or in a private cottage.

Additionally, you have the option to stay in the grand six-room Grove Lodge, which is an excellent choice if you’re traveling with other couples as you can book the entire building up to one year in advance.

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Romantic New Paltz experiences:

  • Enjoy local wine — and live music on weekends — at Robibero Family Vineyards
  • See a show at the DENIZEN Theatre
  • Go back in time on Historic Huguenot Street, a National Historic Landmark District
  • Go hiking in Mohonk Preserve and take in the beauty of the Shawangunk Mountains
  • Savor delectable Italian meals and creative cocktails in a romantic ambiance at A Tavola Trattoria

10. Inn at Lake Joseph (Forestburgh, New York)

Distance from NYC: 96 miles/about 2 and a half hours by car

The Inn at Lake Joseph is a romantic bed and breakfast in Upstate NY tucked away in the Catskill Mountains.

With just 17 guest rooms and suites, this inn offers complete privacy and tranquility. All rooms have fireplaces and whirlpool baths, and many of them also offer private sun decks to add to the relaxed atmosphere of your romantic getaway.

A delicious country-style breakfast is included in your stay, and made-to-order picnic lunches are also available.

When it comes to amenities, there are plenty to choose from at this romantic getaway in New York. Free bike rentals and a swimming pool are available to guests in search of a more active adventure, while spa services like hot stone massages are available if you’re seeking rest and rejuvenation.

In the winter, enjoy complimentary snowshoeing and cross-country skiing onsite.

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Romantic Forestburgh experiences:

  • See a show at the Forestburgh Playhouse
  • Have a romantic meal at Solaia
  • Do a waterfall hike within the Neversink Unique Area

Romantic Catskills Hotels Map

Looking for additional romantic Catskills hotels?

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Also interested in self-contained stays?

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Romantic Getaways In The Finger Lakes Region

Woodcliff Hotel & Spa is perfect for couples wanting romantic getaways in Upstate NY with Jacuzzi
The two-story Ontario Suite features a sumptuous spa tub, balcony, and luxe master bedroom. Photo via Woodcliff Hotel and Spa.

11. Woodcliff Hotel and Spa (Rochester, New York)

Distance from NYC: 322 miles/about 5 and a half hours by car

If you’re looking for romantic getaways in New York State, Woodcliff Hotel and Spa is a top pick!

First of all, there are so many amenities and activities onsite you could easily never leave and have an incredible trip.

Play a round of golf while taking in stunning views of the region on their onsite golf course, get a sumptuous massage or facial in the spa, enjoy creative comfort food and cocktails at Horizons Lounge, or relax with some coffee and pastries at The Craftsman Café.

Pro tip:

If you’re searching for romantic getaways in Upstate New York with a Jacuzzi, their Jacuzzi Suites deliver. Plus, each comes with its own unique decor and amenities so you can choose your own romantic adventure.

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Romantic Rochester experiences:

The Lake House on Canandaigua is one of the top weekend getaways in New York State
The lobby of The Lake House on Canandaigua. Photo via Chris Mottalini.

12. The Lake House on Canandaigua (Canandaigua, New York)

Distance from NYC: 284 miles/about 6 hours by car

Want some wellness with your romantic getaway in the Finger Lakes?

Then you’ll love The Lake House on Canandaigua, a curative escape featuring candlelight yoga, guided Upstate New York hikes, an outdoor pool, rejuvenating spa, and wellness center — not to mention a tranquil lakefront setting.

The design-forward hotel is the creation of Post Company in collaboration with developer The Brooklyn Home Company.

In terms of accommodation, choose from 124 rooms and suites featuring handmade furniture, rain showers, and plush linens so soft you and your partner will want to stay in bed all day! It’s one of the best New York resorts for couples.

When you get hungry, relax with an outdoor picnic in the gardens, a candlelight dinner made with seasonal ingredients in their Rose Tavern, or, in the summer, shrimp cocktail and oysters from their Sand Bar.

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Romantic Canandaigua experiences:

Belhurst Castle is one of the best weekend getaways in New York State
Have a romantic stay in an Upstate New York castle! Photo via Belhurst Castle.

13. Belhurst Castle (Geneva, New York)

Distance from NYC: 275 miles/about 5 and a half hours by car

Belhurst Castle is one of the most romantic hotels in New York State you can imagine, as it allows you to stay overnight in a real-life castle!

The 19th century castle has all of the amenities needed for one of the most romantic weekend getaways in New York State you can imagine.

First of all, beamed cathedral ceilings, mosaic-tiled fireplaces, and elegant period decor immerse you in opulence, while three lodging options — the castle, a Georgian Revival mansion, and an inn — allow you to choose your own luxurious adventure.

In terms of accommodation, the castle and inn both overlook Seneca Lake while White Springs Manor, the historic mansion, offers views of vineyards and a pond.

Don’t miss the chance to have a glass of vino at their onsite winery or enjoy it with your meal during a food and wine pairing dinner at the scrumptious Edgar’s Restaurant in the Castle.

And when you really want to relax, head to the onsite spa for their True Bliss Romantic Retreat, a romantic spa package that includes multiple treatments and ends with a full body massage for both of you.

Belhurst Castle truly offers one of the best romantic getaways from NYC.

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Romantic Geneva experiences:

  • Sip local wine at the Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, one of many wineries and breweries nearby
  • Have a picnic on the water or cycle the bike paths in Seneca Lake State Park
  • Savor a wood fire oven pizza made on local wood at Halsey’s Restaurant
  • Interact with animals during a therapeutic Horse & Cow Experience at Horse Farm Mountain
  • Book a Japanese-inspired forest bathing experience
couple kissing during a romantic getaways in Upstate New York at Gilbertsville Farmhouse
Stealing a kiss on my wedding day at Gilbertsville Farmhouse. Photo via Redfield Photo.

14. Gilbertsville Farmhouse (Gilbertsville, New York)

Distance from NYC: 185 miles/about three and a half hours by car

Looking for couples retreats in NY? Then you’ll love Gilbertsville Farmhouse, which is actually where I got married!

I’ve also gone on a few different retreats with them, too, including their NY Goat Yoga Retreat as well as their Food Wine & Foliage Retreat, both of which were incredible.

The property immerses couples in rustic luxury, from stylish barn spaces to gorgeous glamping tents that feature all of the comforts of home.

Other highlights include playing with baby goats and other farm animals, savoring delicious farm-to-table food and wine, paddle-boating to a gazebo island on their 1-acre pond, relaxing in a hammock park, taking in gorgeous countryside views, and savoring s’mores by the nightly bonfire — among other romantic activities.

If you’re looking for a couples retreat in Upstate NY, you really can’t beat Gilbertsville Farmhouse!

Use code “jessie” for $100 off one of their upcoming retreats!

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Romantic Gilbertsville experiences:

  • See a movie at the Unadilla Drive-In
  • Go on a retro date at the Village Soda Fountain
  • Hike the trails in Pettus Hill Preserve
  • Have a romantic meal at Alfresco’s Italian Bistro

15. The Inns of Aurora (Aurora, New York)

Distance from NYC: 248 miles/about 4 and a half hours by car

Luxury and tranquility await you at the secluded Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.

Guests can choose from 54 rooms set across five historic estates, each of which is tastefully appointed and offers lakefront access.

This property has everything you need to make your couples getaway in New York unforgettable.

For instance, there are two onsite restaurants offering al fresco dining, as well as an onsite grocery and convenience store.

The hotel’s top-notch spa offers rejuvenating services like massages, facials, and hydrotherapy, while complimentary kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards are available for guests to use on the lake.

In the winter months, you can try snowshoeing on the property’s scenic nature trails.

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Romantic Aurora experiences:

  • Sip wine with a lake view at Long Point Winery
  • Wander the Sherwood Equal Rights Historic District
  • Take a waterfront stroll in Long Point State Park
  • Have a romantic meal at Rick’s On Main

Romantic Finger Lakes Hotels Map

Looking for additional romantic Finger Lakes hotels?

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Romantic Getaways In The Adirondacks

Whiteface Lodge is a rustic romantic getaway in Upstate NY
Rustic luxury at its finest in Upstate New York. Photo via Whiteface Lodge, one of the best resorts in New York for couples.

16. Whiteface Lodge (Lake Placid, New York)

Distance from NYC: 292 miles/about 5 hours and 45 minutes by car

Whiteface Lodge is a luxurious yet rustic romantic getaway in Upstate NY.

There is so much to be enjoyed right onsite, and you and your love will find special touches at every corner — from in-suite cast-iron fireplaces to an outdoor lean-to where you can stargaze while sipping cocktails to the many complimentary resort amenities.

In fact, you’ll snag free access to their ice skating rink with equipment (in winter), an expansive game room with a bowling alley, an indoor and outdoor pool and hot tub complex, activities like evening s’mores under the stars, and more.

Head to the spa for a relaxing treatment, take in views of the surrounding high peaks in their indoor/outdoor workout space, savor an upscale farm-to-fork meal in their KANU Restaurant, have a cocktail by the fire while listening to live music at Peak 47, and enjoy a lakefront lunch with a view of Whiteface Mountain at their Canoe Club Grill.

These are just a few of the many romantic experiences to be had at Whiteface Lodge.

Looking for Upstate New York getaways for the family?

Whiteface Lodge also has a number of children’s programs!

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Romantic Lake Placid experiences:

  • Hike Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York State at 5,344 feet
  • Hike Mount Van Hoevenberg for stunning views of the High Peaks Region
  • Grab sandwiches from the Big Mountain Deli & Crêperie and have a picnic in Mid’s Park on the stunning Mirror Lake
  • Book a romantic and informative tour with Lake Placid Boat Tours & Marina
  • Sip local wine at Goose Watch Winery Lake Placid
Lake Placid Lodge offers romantic cabins in Upstate New York
The romantic Owl’s Head Cabin. Photo via Lake Placid Lodge.

17. Lake Placid Lodge (Lake Placid, New York)

Distance from NYC: 294 miles/about 5 hours and 45 minutes by car

The Lake Placid Lodge is a luxurious lakefront property dripping with romance.

Take a trip around the lake on a vintage wooden boat, go kayaking or canoeing, or relax with a bottle of wine or a snack from your (complimentary) stocked fridge and enjoy the views.

When it comes to rooms, you’ve got numerous options — romantic private cabins, lakeside accommodations, spacious guest rooms in their main lodge, and stunning Overlook Rooms offering a private porch, fireplace, and views of Lake Placid and the Whiteface Mountains.

Another romantic room option is the secluded Owl’s Head Cabin with a private Jacuzzi, dry sauna, steam shower, fireplace, and lakefront patio.

Hungry?

Enjoy a farm-to-fork meal in their onsite Artisans Restaurant or Maggie’s Pub, or book a private dinner in their wine cellar.

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Romantic Lake Placid experiences:

  • Hike Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York State at 5,344 feet
  • Hike Mount Van Hoevenberg for stunning views of the High Peaks Region
  • Grab sandwiches from the Big Mountain Deli & Crêperie and have a picnic in Mid’s Park on the stunning Mirror Lake
  • Book a romantic and informative tour with Lake Placid Boat Tours & Marina
  • Sip local wine at Goose Watch Winery Lake Placid

18. Elk Lake Lodge (North Hudson, New York)

Distance from NYC: 260 miles/about 4 and a half hours by car

For those looking for romantic getaways in NY with all-inclusive packaging, Elk Lake Lodge is a wonderful option, as delicious meals featuring local organic ingredients are included in the rate. Best of all, you’ll enjoy them while taking in stunning views of Elk Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Speaking of mountains, Elk Lake Lodge is all about wilderness and immersing guests in nature.

In fact, the eco-friendly lodge is set on 12,000 acres of private forest surrounded by mountains and high peaks, and the lodge itself was crafted over 100 years ago using local timber. Oh, and you won’t find television or cell service here.

But, you will find loads to do outdoors.

If you and your partner love hiking, explore their 40+ miles of trails accessible only to guests — meaning you’ll likely have the paths to yourselves.

There is also kayaking, fishing, and boating in the crystal waters of Elk Lake, which is home to a number of smaller islands you can visit.

In terms of accommodation, choose between renting a room in their main lodge or booking your own cottage — all of which offer some of the most incredible views to be had in Upstate New York.

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Romantic North Hudson experiences:

  • Have a local beer at Paradox Brewery
  • Hike up Grace Peak, one of the Adirondack High Peaks at 4,012 feet
  • See a waterfall on the Blue Ridge Falls Trail
The Alpine Lodge is great for romantic weekend getaways in Upstate NY
The luxurious Eagles Nest suite. Photo via The Alpine Lodge.

19. The Alpine Lodge (North Creek, New York)

Distance from NYC: 236 miles/about 4 hours and 10 minutes

This chic alpine accommodation includes exceptional hospitality and puts a luxury twist on a rustic getaway, with decor, toiletries, and bedding being carefully curated.

And if you and your partner like to enjoy the outdoors while still staying connected, you’ll be happy to know this Upstate New York getaway is a “smart hotel” featuring ultra high-speed Wi-Fi, cellular network extenders, and other modern tech touches.

The property offers a variety of room types of fit every budget, though for the ultimate romantic experience consider booking the Eagle’s Nest Apartment, their grandest room with a stone gas fireplace, large Adirondack chair-adorned porch, full kitchen, Jack and Jill-style bathroom, and luxury bedding from the local Kassatex NY.

Alternatively, you can book a Luxury King Room which features a Jacuzzi and fireplace.

Pro tip:

Ask for a room with a river view!

When you’re ready to explore offsite, the lodge is in an incredible location. Along with being a short drive to unforgettable New York attractions like Gore Mountain and Lake George, you’re walking distance to supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

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Romantic North Creek experiences:

  • Partake in Gore Mountain’s many adventure activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and downhill mountain biking
  • Go white water rafting on the Upper Hudson
  • Hike Crane Mountain for an epic view of the Southern Adirondacks
  • Dig into delicious Adirondack comfort food at Basil & Wick’s
  • Do a wine tasting at the Adirondack Winery Bolton Landing Tasting Room

20. Friends Lake Inn (Chestertown, New York)

Distance from NYC: 229 miles/about 4 and a half hours by car

If you’re looking for a romantic and secluded getaway in Upstate New York, this boutique hotel is one of the best Upstate NY resorts for couples.

With 18 rooms to choose from, some including fireplaces and hot tubs, guests will enjoy a tranquil getaway in the midst of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.

Hungry? Taste the region through their onsite restaurant, which serves delicious farm-to-table meals in a cozy setting.

Additionally, there is a spring-fed pond and hiking trails onsite, or you can just relax with a book by the outdoor fireplace.

All the activities of the Adirondacks are at your fingertips too: horseback riding, whitewater rafting in the summer, and skiing in the winter.

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Romantic Chestertown experiences:

  • Savor a romantic Latin American meal at The Bullhouse
  • Hike Cougar Hill for scenery and solitude
  • See a performance at the Carol Theatre

Romantic Adirondacks Hotels Map

Looking for additional romantic Adirondacks hotels?

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Also interested in self-contained stays?

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Romantic Getaways In The Greater Niagara Region

The Giacomo Hotel is one of the top romantic getaways in Upstate New York
Have a drink at The Giacomo Hotel’s opulent bar. Photo via Niagara Falls USA.

21. The Giacomo Hotel (Niagara Falls, New York)

Distance from NYC: 409 miles/6 and a half hours by car

Known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World”, Niagara Falls is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. This is especially true if you choose the Giacomo Hotel, one of the top hotels for an Upstate NY weekend getaway from New York City.

Built in 1929 as the United Office Building — which, fun fact, was once the largest skyscraper in Niagara Falls — today The Giacomo is a 44-room boutique property offering lovely views and an equally lovely experience.

First of all, the location in Downtown Niagara Falls and near to Niagara Falls State Park means you won’t just have loads to do offsite, but onsite.

In fact, you and your partner can take in panoramic views of the Upper Niagara Rapids and the Niagara River Gorge from the property’s upper floors.

Moreover, onsite you can visit their opulent Giacomo Lounge, a craft cocktail bar also serving up wine, beer, and even live music on Saturdays.

A few of the many other onsite amenities to look forward to include a full complimentary European breakfast, a small fitness center, Italian linens, delicious turndown cookies, and, in certain rooms, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.

Note: It’s recommended to book a room on one of the upper floors for better views and less traffic noise from the street.

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Romantic Niagara Falls experiences:

  • Book a Niagara Falls tour
  • Hike in Devil’s Hole State Park and descend into Niagara Gorge
  • Explore the top things to do in Niagara County beyond Niagara Falls
  • Dine at the upscale Savor, which is owned and staffed by the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s (NFCI)
  • Sip your way through the Niagara Wine Trail
Butler House Bed & Breakfast in Niagara Falls is one of the most romantic getaways in Upstate New York
Stay in a romantic B&B near Niagara Falls. Photo via Butler House Bed & Breakfast.

22. The Butler House Bed & Breakfast Niagara Falls, New York)

Distance from NYC: 409 miles/about 6 and a half hours by car

Looking for a romantic bed and breakfast in Upstate New York?

The Butler House B&B is not only charming, but it’s walking distance to Niagara Falls!

Choose from one of three cozy rooms — each equipped with modern amenities like highspeed internet, high definition TV with streaming services, a private bathroom, and climate control.

When not in your room, play a game in the parlor room, relax on a giant swing on the front porch, and dig into a hearty home-cooked breakfast featuring sweet and savory options.

Along with being accessible to Niagara Falls itself, the property is located in the architecturally lovely Park Place Historic District, which is the perfect setting for a bed and breakfast rich with old-world charm.

Note: The Butler House B&B is an adult-only property, which is great for couples wanting some quiet romance, though is important for parents to know beforehand.

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Romantic Niagara Falls experiences:

  • Book a Niagara Falls tour
  • Hike in Devil’s Hole State Park and descend into Niagara Gorge
  • Explore the top things to do in Niagara County beyond Niagara Falls
  • Dine at the upscale Savor, which is owned and staffed by the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s (NFCI)
  • Sip your way through the Niagara Wine Trail

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Romantic Getaways In The Thousand Islands-Seaway Region

Harbor House Inn is one of the romantic hotels Upstate NY
My comfortable room at the Harbor House Inn in Sackets Harbor. Photo via Jessie Festa.

23. Harbor House Inn (Sackets Harbor, New York)

Distance from NYC: 316 miles/about 5 hours by car

While many romantic Upstate NY getaways offer rustic luxury, Harbor House Inn feels more like a trip to the beach!

Fun fact:

This family-owned inn is actually housed in a former dog biscuit factory, though you’d never know unless you were told.

You and your partner can relax in a sea-themed room complete with inspired decor, plush bedding, incredibly comfortable bathrobes, and Italian tiled showers with rain shower heads, among other amenities.

Note that when it comes to the rooms, they’re not all exactly alike. For instance, Room 209 is particularly romantic as it features a king Farmhouse canopy bed and a Henley pedestal soaking tub with English faucet.

Also enjoy board games, a 24/7 Keurig machine, fresh baked pastries in the morning, and outstanding hospitality throughout your stay.

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Romantic Sackets Harbor experiences:

  • Book a local 1000 Islands tour
  • Go on a sunset boat ride on Lake Ontario with Sail Ontario
  • Savor an al fresco brick oven pizza and wine meal at Good Fellos
  • Have a local beer and a delicious meal at Sackets Harbor Brewing Company

24. 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel (Clayton, New York)

Distance from NYC: 338 miles/about 5 and a half hours by car

The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is one of the most romantic hotels in Upstate New York, especially if you stay in one of their deluxe guestrooms or suites featuring balconies and panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River.

That’s on top of in-room amenities like free highspeed WiFi, luxe bedding, plush robes, and nightly turndown service.

This AAA Four Diamond property sits right on the water, and you’ll be immersed in natural beauty, thoughtful touches, and outstanding hospitality at all turns.

Spend time picnicking in the gardens, cozying up near the outdoor firepit, unwinding in the pool and whirlpool, working out in the fitness center, or just enjoying the beautiful water views with a complimentary coffee or from their onsite Riverside Patio Restaurant.

Other restaurant options include the Seaway Grille and 1000 Islands Bar, allowing you to have numerous dining experiences right onsite.

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Romantic Clayton experiences:

25. Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina (Alexandria Bay, New York)

Distance from NYC: 345 miles/about 6 hours by car

If you’re looking for inexpensive romantic weekend getaways in Upstate New York, the Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina is the perfect place to stay.

Despite being one of the best affordable romantic getaways in New York, you’ll still enjoy luxury, as their 128 guest rooms offer views of the St. Lawrence River and Alexandria Bay.

Moreover, this New York couples getaway boasts three seasonal onsite restaurants, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and two bars where you can sip drinks while watching the boats pass by in the harbor.

Nearby, there are plenty of romantic things to do, including visiting Boldt Castle and Singer Castle, sampling the local wine on the 1000 Islands Seaway Wine Trail, or taking a boat tour in Alexandria Bay.

Overall, Bonnie Castle is among the top Upstate NY getaways for couples on a budget.

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Romantic Alexandria experiences:

Romantic Thousand Islands Hotels Map

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Planning A Romantic Getaway In Upstate New York: Logistics

Now that we’ve gone over some top Upstate NY romantic getaways, I want to quickly go over some logistics, including:

NYC To Upstate New York By Train

One way to get to your destination is via the Metro-North. In fact, many of the destinations mentioned above are walkable from the train — like Cold Spring and Peekskill — while others would simply require a quick Uber from the station.

That being said, for a weekend getaway I highly recommend renting a car.

Upstate New York has so much to do and see, and if you don’t have a car you’ll be very limited in terms of your travel itinerary.

Renting A Car In New York

Luckily, renting a car to get to your romantic Upstate New York getaway doesn’t have to be expensive.

For instance, Discover Cars lets you quickly compare your car rental options.

Their comparison tool does the homework for you, so there’s no need to have up 10+ tabs trying to figure out which company is the most affordable. Actually, you can save up to 70% using their tool!

New York Travel Insurance

If you’re from out of state, make sure to get travel insurance.

In my opinion, the best travel medical insurance for travelers is SafetyWing as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage — including coverage if you’re traveling for months as well as limited coverage in your home country).

Additionally, SafetyWing is budget-friendly and offers $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.

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Upstate New York Tours

No romantic weekend upstate NY getaway would be complete without a few local experiences mixed in.

Click here for a full list of New York State tours.

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What romantic getaways in Upstate New York would you add to this list?

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About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is an New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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