Unfair comparisons with neighboring New York state has led New Jersey to be the butt of many jokes. But ignore what you’ve seen on MTV’s Jersey Shore and you’ll find a wealth of romantic destinations and attractions within Frank Sinatra and Meryl Streep’s home state.
City lovers will fall for the brash cityscapes of Newark, Jersey City, and Trenton. Those seeking to commune with nature have ample farmland to explore – New Jersey isn’t called “the Garden State” for nothing. Then there’s 130 miles of often-stunning coastline, alongside the thrills and spills of gambling paradise Atlantic City.
When it comes to places to stay, there’s everything from intimate inns to amazing beachfront accommodation all sure to bring you and the love of your life even closer on a romantic getaway. Easily reached from the Big Apple, these New Jersey destinations are only a train ride away. So why not relax, rejuvenate, and rekindle the romance with your significant other in New Jersey?
Here’s our list of the best 15 romantic weekend getaways in New Jersey:
1. Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
When you’re looking for to reignite the love in your relationship, visit the Grand Cascades Lodge nestled into the northwestern hills of New Jersey. This intimate location gives you and your special someone all the tools to reconnect while describing itself as “NYC’s closest luxury resort.”
Just 47 miles from New York City, this AAA Four-Diamond lodge sits among the breathtaking scenery of the Kittatinny Mountain Range and six—yes six!—world class golf courses. But beyond the golf couples can share an intimate massage and unwind in the indoor and seasonal outdoor heated pools. Cozy up to your own private fireplace in your suite, and dine on the deliciously gourmet fare that Grand Cascades has to offer.
2. Atlantis Inn
Relax in comfort at this Victorian mansion situated right in Ocean City, New Jersey. At over 120 years old, this historic seaside B&B is almost as old as the metropolis itself. However, it has been refurbished to completely suit modern times, with whirlpool tubs for two, therapeutic body spa showers for two, fireplaces, and private rooftop decks with ocean views in each room.
Choose from a wide variety of Spanish, French, and Italian-styled villas for you and your loved one at the Atlantis Inn. Each is named after a different city in Europe. Try the “Seville” room, glowing with bright yellows and rich maroons. My choice is the “Versailles” room, aptly the most spacious suite, with a French king sleigh bed and regal furnishings including a marble gas fireplace. Wake up to a full American breakfast and then spend the day soaking up the sun at the beach just steps away.
3. Spring Lake Inn
Built in 1888, this elegant bed & breakfast is warm, inviting, and only a block away from the Jersey Shore and 2-mile boardwalk. As the owners say it themselves, “time can stand still at [this] European Mansion by the Sea.” The superbly designed rooms are each unique, yet packed with features which will have you swooning for more. But for me, it has to be The Turret room which takes the prize. Sat in the conical pitched roof on the second floor, there are bedside ocean views and en suite with modern glass shower.
To turn the romance up to the max, splurge on the “Ultimate Romantic Getaway” package. You and your loved one will receive a dozen red roses, an assortment of delectable chocolates, dinner for two at a romantic restaurant nearby, an imported cheese platter, gourmet breakfast in your suite, and a bottle of champagne.
4. The Madison Hotel
Get the quiet time you’ve been craving at this grand Georgian style hotel in Morristown, a local landmark for half a century. The timeless elegance of this hotel, combined with personalized service, modern amenities, and gourmet cuisine all make the Madison Hotel the perfect setting for a memorable couple’s getaway.
The 18th century styling continues into rooms, featuring king-sized beds and comfortable seating among their furnishings. The Presidential Suite comes with a two-poster bed. In addition to the classic features of this vacation spot, there’s Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grille onsite. Carve into the meal that garnered this grill with the New Jersey Monthly’s Best Steak award, or savor the velvety richness of Rod’s Signature Crab Bisque, among many more mouth-watering options.
5. Bungalow Hotel
Escape in style with your loved one to the Bungalow Hotel on the Jersey Shore. This authentic boutique, luxury hotel was named one of the top ten chic hotels on Elle.com. Established only a few years ago in 2009, this oasis boasts a modern beach vibe, complete with high-class finishes and focus on art.
Just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, the Bungalow Hotel gives you and your loved one an excuse to lay out under the warm sun all day long. And even better, this classy spot has its own private beach for guests. Pamper yourself with the oversized king bedrooms, flat screen TVs, fireplaces, kitchenettes, and large soaking tubs in each suite. At the Bungalow, all your responsibilities will float away.
6. Woolverton Inn
At the Woolverton Inn in Stockton, New Jersey, let yourself and your loved one relish in the luxury and comfort of a romantic bed & breakfast in the countryside. Looking over the scenic Delaware River and nestled on 300 acres of preserved farmland, the Woolverton is a perfect place to get away and rekindle the romance.
For maximum intimacy, couples can choose to stay in the hotel’s separate cottages. Close enough to the Woolverton for easy access to amenities, but far enough away to take advantage of the privacy, the cottages make for an ideal setting to your love-cation. In the cottages, enjoy a three-course country breakfast, which—get this—can be delivered in bed upon request, a whirlpool tub for two, fresh flowers, afternoon refreshments and sweets, among more luxurious perks.
But as one of the top stays in the area, I’m sure you’ll need to act fast to secure a booking, given it has just 14 cottages and guest rooms to choose between.
7. The Bernards Inn
Wine and dine your partner at this historic AAA Four-Diamond Forbes-recommended hotel and restaurant in the heart of Somerset Hills. Opening its doors in 1907, the Bernards Inn has been dedicated to providing the utmost in elegance and gracious hospitality for over a century.
Whether couples are looking for traditional romantic getaways or fun adventurous getaways, the Bernards has it all mapped out.Let’s face it, the team have more than a century of practice behind them! A hotel in the old style which manages to avoid becoming stuffy or old-fashioned, it’s the simple elegance of a stay at Bernards Inn which will have you returning again and again.
8. The Ocean Plaza Hotel
Only one block from the beautiful Atlantic coastline, the Ocean Plaza Hotel stands strong as the epitome of historic grandeur. Another beautiful century-old hotel, it boasts authentic Victorian architecture (refurbished in 1994) and a warm welcome for all those who pass through its doors.
Relax in the Ocean Plaza’s luxurious accommodations, enjoy home-cooked breakfast on the wrap-around porch with overlooking panoramic ocean views, and bask in the warm sunshine all day long. For romantic walks, there’s obviously the beach, as well as downtown Ocean Grove. This is located just a short distance away, and has a plethora of charming stores and eateries to explore.
9. Ryland Inn
When you’re looking for old charm mixed together with beauty and romance, look no further than the Ryland Inn in central New Jersey. This 220-year-old equestrian estate has been converted into an elegant hotel with a renowned farm-to-table restaurant.
You’ll swoon over the culinary genius that is executive chef Christopher Albrecht’s cuisine at the Ryland Inn. Focusing on local and sustainable ingredients, the dining at this place will make you never want to leave. Slice into some warm grilled Spanish octopus for an appetizer, bite into the house burger topped with white cheddar and bacon jam that melts in your mouth, and top off the evening with the Ryland “Bowl of Chocolate,” a dessert that swirls chocolate ganache, chocolate cake, and crème fraiche gelato all into one. I suggest wearing very stretchy pants.
10. Harrah’s Resort
Romance doesn’t have to cost the earth at the Harrah’s Resort hotel. Here couples can indulge in the ultimate beach resort experience in Atlantic City. During the day, unwind in Harrah’s pool, a 172,000 square-foot complex housed by a mesmerizing glass dome and kept at a consistent temperature of 82 degrees.
At night, test your luck at the hotel’s casino. Choose from 2,172 slot machines, over 40 poker tables, blackjack, and so much more! A whole night—or weekend—of fun is right at your fingertips when you stay at Harrah’s! And with 12 restaurants onsite, you and your loved one will never run out of options for any meal.
11. The Castle at Skylands Manor
As one of New Jersey’s premier wedding destinations, the Castle at Skylands Manor has it all for a romantic getaway. Peruse through the 1,000 acres of natural woodlands that make up this lush property, dotted with formal botanical gardens, rolling lawns, verandas, and stone terraces. And the castle is exactly that: a full granite Tudor revival mansion that looks just like a British castle.
Stay in one of the 24 glamourous suites at the castle, adorned in Gothic and Renaissance décor and architecture. Savor the delectable five-star cuisine and craft beer selection that the caterers at the castle are known for. When you stay at this New Jersey destination, you’ll feel regal from beginning to end.
12. Feather Nest Inn
This place is dedicated to passion. With their slogan as “Let Your Every Fantasy Come True,” the Feather Nest Inn invites couples from all over the area to rekindle their flame.
There are the standard rooms for love birds looking for alone time…but that’s boring. Stay in one of the Fantasy Suites to really rev up the magic. The Natural Cave room envelopes you in beige drapery to mimic the coziness that Mother Earth herself creates. The Treasure Island room features a pirate boat engulfing the king-size bed and wooden décor to make you feel like you’re really on an adventure. The Pagoda room surrounds you in Asian serenity to make you feel your most Zen. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg! The Feather Nest also offers a Treehouse room, a King Tut suite, a Space Odyssey room, and so much more.
Located in Cherry Hill, the Feather Nest Inn is also pleasingly close to Philadelphia on the opposite side of the Delaware River, should the US’ independence history or arts scenes be of interest.
13. Chateau Inn & Suites
In the picturesque seaside village of Spring Lake along the Jersey Shore, the Chateau Inn provides lovers with the quintessential romantic getaway. Stroll along hand-in-hand through the tree-lined streets and onto the ocean pavilions and two-mile boardwalk. Meander through the specialty shops, boutiques, antique stores, and art galleries that await you at every block. And when you want to laze away the day, just minutes from the chateau lie the beautiful beaches of the region.
The Chateau offers something for every couple, with six different romantic “enhancements” to choose from. Opt for the “Sweetheart” package which comes with chilled red or white wine and a dozen roses. Or perhaps you would prefer to indulge in the “Special Evening” package which comes with everything mentioned above plus gourmet chocolates and late check out.
14. Icona Resort Diamond Beach
Overlooking one of New Jersey’s only private beaches, the Icona offers the perfect setting for a romantic weekend away with your special someone. Spend the day on the beach relaxing under the beating sun, and allow the resort’s attendants to serve you fresh cocktails and snacks as you soak up the rays. Or dive into the hotel’s outdoor heated pool, located right on the sundeck. It even has a Beach Bar.
And if you feel rejuvenated enough from your hours basking in the gorgeous weather, explore historic Cape May, only five miles away from the Icona. Top attractions I don’t think anyone would want to miss include the Historic District and famous Cape May Lighthouse.
15. Hyatt Regency – Jersey City
Live out your New York City dreams without the price tag when you stay at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City. Located right across the Hudson River from the Big Apple, you’ll get jaw-dropping views of the city skyline to set the mood for your romantic getaway whichever room you choice.
Visit the Paulus Hook Historic District of Jersey City and make sure to get a picture with the landmark Colgate Clock right on the water. When you want to relax and recharge, rest in the Hyatt’s indoor heated pool with further Manhattan backdrops. This destination will give you all the city-chic ambiance you need without the financial strains that New York pulls.