Tired of working over the weekend?
These touristy weekend getaway spots will help you rejuvenate and spend some quality time with your better half.
1. Hamptons, NY
Distance from NYC: 94.2 miles (1 hr 40 mins by road)
Hamptons, located on the eastern long island is the hot spot vacation destination for couples in the summer. There are beaches with interior villages, towns, and farmland and the place is very historical and long known for its celebrity tourists. If you are looking for a beachy weekend getaway with your partner then this is the place for you. The tourists tend to find “Magic in the Hamptons” on their visits.
Things to do: stay in a luxurious lodge, hop on restaurants for delicious seafood, go surfing or bike-riding along the shore, visit the Parrish art museum, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum, Mulford Farmstead.
Distance from NYC: 128 miles (2 hrs 10 mins by road)
Hudson is known for its two very distinct things. The historic buildings and the modern culinary art. If you are a lover of history and food then Hudson shall be a really fun getaway for you. You’ll find 19th Century historic buildings, art houses, vibrant streets, exclusive shops, and great food to devour.
Things to do: visit beautiful art galleries and boutiques like Art House Hudson, take strolls on the streets, visit restaurants that serve specialty food like Wm. Farmer and Sons, and enjoy the nightlife.
Distance from NYC: 120 miles (2 hrs 3 mins by road)
Catskills are a group of mountains situated in the Appalachian Mountain range in southeastern New York. Catskills is perfect for a romantic getaway for couples. Catskills provide a mellow and casual locality which makes it a relaxing spot for many tourists. It is famous for the scenic beauty it holds. The beautiful mountains become very vibrant during falls and the lakes and rivers make the view picture-perfect. Phonecia, Hunter, Woodstock, etc. are a few of the famous spots in the Catskills. There are a lot of things to do there.
Things to do: relax and rejuvenate at the Overlook Mountain or Minnewaska State Park Preserve and capture memories, hike and do adventurous sports like ziplining at the Hunter Mountain, satisfy your appetite at local Ambrosia Diner or french restaurant Bistro Brie and Bordeaux.
4. Cape May, New Jersey
Distance from NYC: 160 miles ( 2hrs 30 mins by road)
Cape May is a small city or you could say a huge resort. This place has everything that a beach city has to offer. There are beautiful beaches, restaurants, and promenades at Cape May. The seashore city is no less in its architectural development and historical places. You can visit Cape May for a weekend and completely get lost in the charm of this city. The Victorian houses and the oldest beach resort make Cape May different from other coastal cities.
Things to do: sunbath at the beach, visit the Cape May County Park and Zoo, Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Historic District, do various activities like beach yoga and kayak, have dinner at the Cape May cruise with dolphin and whale watching.
5. Sleepy Hollow
Distance from NYC: 31.9 miles (40 mins by road)
Located in the town of Mount Pleasant, Sleepy Hollow is one of the most mysterious vacation spots. Ever heard of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? It is a folklore tale that put Sleepy Hollow on the map. It has become very famous because of the myths, tales, and past stories it has to tell. Well, it is much more than that. You will find historic churches, colonial estates, and mesmerizing park reserves. You and your partner can visit this place for a spooky Halloween weekend. It is worth visiting!
Things to do: pray at the Old Dutch Reformed Church, visit Rockefeller State Park Reserve or Kingsland Point Park, visit the spooky Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, have a unique experience at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture.
6. New Hope, PA
Distance from NYC: 85.1 miles ( 1 hr 31 mins by road)
Situated in eastern Pennsylvania, New Hope is a gem that every person wants to visit once. The place is full of enchanting indie boutiques and restaurants. The cherry on the top is the nature you get to see in New Hope. The city is home to many painters, artists, and actors and it is reflected in the artistic beauty of the city.
Things to do: stay at the resorts with panoramic views, visit the New Hope Arts for the quaint local art, enjoy nature at Goat Hill Overlook and Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, visit the historic Bowman’s Hill Tower.
7. Lake Placid
Distance from NYC: 290 miles (4 hrs 40 mins by road)
The jaw-dropping view of Lake Placid is enough to attract tourists. The lake is located in the Adirondacks mountains; the whole location creates beautiful scenery. A weekend in nature will give you and your partner time to connect while also having fun swimming and shopping.
Things to do: go boating/skiing at Mirror Lake or Jackrabbit Trail and visit the historical museum at Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society.
8. The Berkshires
Distance from NYC: 145 miles (2 hrs 45 mins by road)
Berkshires is the Hamptons of the Massachusettes, a perfect holiday destination full of luxury, art, and culture with the mellowness of a small city. The Berkshires is the preference of many couples for a weekend getaway.
Things to do: watch the performing arts at MASS MoCA, go camping and auto racing at Lime Rock Park, visit the historic museums like Hall Art Foundation and Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.
9. Philadelphia, PA
Distance from NYC: 97.4 miles (1 hr 50 mins by road)
Philadelphia is situated in Pennsylvania, well-known for its Liberty Bell & Independence Hall is a perfect weekend getaway spot for couples. The small city offers you the chance to learn about the history of America with its monumental museums and architecture. There’s a lot more to do…
Things to do: click some pictures in front of the gigantic liberty bell, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Franklin Institute, see the wold-class art exhibits at Barnes Foundation, visit the Adventure Aquarium with theatre and hippos.
Distance from NYC: 118 miles (2 hr 36 mins by road)
While Montauk may be a part of the Hamptons, it feels like being in a whole different world. This farthest point of Long Island’s South Fork is a secluded place and is the best place for couples to enjoy their time together. The places might not have many tourist attractions but is a great place for relaxation and recreation. Isn’t that what weekend getaways are all about? There are many beaches and state parks for you to visit on your weekend in Montauk.
Things to do: Ditch Plains Beach is a must-visit, also visit Kirk Park Beach, play golf at the best-ranked golf course at Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course, visit the Montauk Lighthouse Museum for the history and the best view, visit Montauk Point State Park with a unique rocky beach.
Distance from NYC: 193 miles (3 hrs 45 mins by road)
Cooperstown is situated in Famous for its museums and breweries, Cooperstown is no less in its scenic beauty.
Things to do: see the American Indian and folk art at the Fenimore Art Museum, know about the 1840’s farm life at The Farmer’s Museum, visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum if you love baseball, go cider tasting at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, play golf at the Leatherstocking Golf Course with a magnificent view, go cruising with Glimmerglass Queen Tour Boat Company Inc.
When you come back home after a weekend getaway with your partner you will be high spirited, happy, and ready for the weekday grinding. Choose from these getaway spots and you’re set for another weekend getaway with your partner.