The Most Romantic Getaways in New York
Planning a little escape in the Big Apple? Here are the best places for a romantic break in New York.
A romantic getaway in the diary? If you’re reading this then it’s safe to assume you’ve not found the perfect spot yet. But don’t fret – here at Plum Guide, we have all you need to know about places to go and things to see. Of course, the idea of an infuriated native New Yorker (probably some big time wolf of Wall Street) huffing and cursing behind you as you struggle to swipe through your subway ticket for the 8th time is not that romantic. But trust us, there are plenty of romantic spots in what feels like the capital of the world. By the end of this article, you’ll be ready and prepped to whisk your other half away on a romantic break in the Big Apple.
A designated National Heritage Area, Hudson Valley is full of history, natural beauty, culture and a thriving food and drink scene. In other words, it’s one of the top romantic getaways in NY. Just a two hour drive out of NYC, it’s an ideal location for a romantic rural getaway.
There’s plenty going on in Hudson Valley, whether you want to head out on an outdoor adventure or attend the numerous festivals and country fairs. If your other half is a culture vulture, then they’ll love you for taking them here. Hudson Valley is where America’s first arts movement started, and you’ll find numerous art galleries such as Dia:Beacon and Storm King Center. More into film and theatre? You’ll find plenty of options, from the oldest theatre in New York to drive-in theatres under the stars.
Hudson Valley is known for its vineyards, orchards and farms, so it’s the best place to be for foodies. Many of the farms, such as Greig Farm, offer unique cultural experiences including pick-your-own, farmers markets and farm-to-table experiences. Wineries, distilleries and breweries also offer tours and tasting experiences, helping you blur the lines between giddy in love and giddy on drink.
Situated on eastern Long Island’s South Fork, the Hamptons is a favourite summer destination for affluent New Yorkers. From eating at great restaurants to visiting wineries and lounging on the beach, it’s the perfect place to escape the city for a romantic getaway.
One of the main draws is the range of beaches. Cooper’s Beach in the village of Southampton is one of the most popular ones, with all the amenities you need for a day in the sun. Another favourite is Main Beach in East Hampton. The pristine white sands attract all kinds of people, including A-listers willing to forsake a private beach to tan with lesser mortals. If on the rare occasion you’re tired of the beach, you may want to check out LongHouse Reserve, a 16-acre garden and sculpture park in East Hampton. Walk hand in hand with your other half through vibrant foliage and charming ponds.
Feeling a little thirsty? Sip rosé at Wölffer Estate Vineyard, a 55-acre estate just a short drive from the beach. Before you rush to the tasting rooms (although we won’t judge if you do), take a tour of the winery to learn more about its rich history. Not really a rosé fan? Montauk Brewing Co. may have something for you. Go for a tasting in the taproom (we recommend the Watermelon ale). Sufficiently boozed? Catch a show at the 1930s Art Deco landmark, Suffolk Theatre.
Want to feel like you’re in a romcom? West Village is one of the most romantic getaways in NY. This area of New York feels like a movie set with its 19th century brownstones, towering trees and cobblestone streets. The best way to explore is a romantic stroll through the neighbourhood, stopping at the many coffee shops and cafes like The Elk.
West Village was once the centre of some of history’s most influential social movements, including the development of experimental theatre and beat literature and the national gay liberation movement. There’s plenty of history to explore here, including the iconic Stonewall Inn. This was the site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that launched the gay rights movement. Today you can stop for a drink and catch a drag performance.
Fancy hitting up some more bars and clubs? Check out Comedy Cellar, an iconic venue which has hosted practically everyone with a comedy special on Netflix. Smalls Jazz Club is the best place to get cosy with a dirty martini and enjoy shows from Norah Jones and Sherman Irby. Still not enough for the culture vulture couple? The IFC Centre is a must-visit, as it’s the go-to for foreign, indie and documentary films, with a dash of cult classics. Keep an eye out for live Q&As with industry folk.
When you hear Soho, you think designer boutiques, high-end art galleries and fine dining. If you’re looking for city-based romantic getaways in NY, it’s the perfect spot for it. If your other half is a shopaholic, they’ll absolutely love you for bringing them to Soho. There’s something for all styles and budgets, from renowned designers to vintage treasures. The MoMA design store is the best place to pick up a gift for someone special.
Take a break from shopping and stop by the many bakeries in Soho for a sweet treat. Dominique Ansel Bakery is famous for the Cronut, a hybrid of croissant and doughnut. If you fancy getting your culture fix, there are plenty of interesting spots in Soho that are definitely worth visiting. The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art showcases queer art, whereas Film Forum features foreign films and documents. Plus, it's the only independent, non-profit theatre in the city.
At the end of the day, catch a sunset with unparalleled views of NYC at the One World Observatory, the tallest building in the Northern Hemisphere. Admire the city’s landmarks from above with a cocktail in hand.