Ignore what you’ve seen on MTV’s Jersey Shore and check out these Garden State gems. The intimate Inns and stunning beachfront accommodations will bring you and the love of your life even closer on a romantic getaway.
Here’s our list of the best 15 romantic 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.
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. Share an intimate couple’s massage and unwind in the indoor and 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 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. Try the “Seville” room, glowing with bright yellows and rich maroons. Or the “Versailles” room, aptly the most spacious suite, with a French King bed and regal furnishings. 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.”
At this charming hideaway, splurge for 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 Georgian grand hotel in Morristown. 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.
In addition to the classic features of this vacation spot, set the mood with the Madison’s “Romance” Package, including a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and dinner for two at Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grille on-site. 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.
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 over-sized king bedrooms, flat screen TVs, fireplaces, kitchenettes, and oversized 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 cottages on-site. 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.
7. The Bernards Inn
Wine and dine your partner at this historic AAA Four-Diamond hotel and restaurant in the heart of Sumerset 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. Love birds can enjoy the hotel’s “Date Night” Package, inclusive with two movie passes to the local cinema, a seasonal gourmet set-up done by Executive Pastry Chef Elizabeth Katz, and $100 credit towards food and beverages at the hotel’s famed restaurant.
For lovers seeking more of an adrenaline rush, Bernards provides a “Go! Fly” Package, which comes with a romantic 30-minute sunset helicopter ride, champagne for two, and $100 credit towards food and beverages at the hotel’s famed restaurant.
8. The Ocean Plaza Hotel
Only one block from the beautiful Atlantic coastline, the Ocean Plaza Hotel stands strong as the epitome of historic grandiose. This beautiful century-old hotel boasts authentic Victorian architecture and gives a warm welcome to 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.
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 Craig Polignano’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
Indulge in the ultimate beach resort experience at Harrah’s at 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 own 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 on-site, 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 European 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.
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 packages to choose from. Opt for the “Sweetheart” Package that comes with chilled wine, one dozen roses, breakfast for two, and a box of gourmet chocolates. Or perhaps you would prefer to indulge in the “Special Evening” Package that comes with everything mentioned above plus scented candles and bath oils for the private Jacuzzis inside the suite.
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 with 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. The hotel has teamed up with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts in Cape May to provide guests with discounted tickets to some of the town’s most popular attractions. Visit the famous Cape May Lighthouse for only $5, or take a trolley tour through the Historic District for only $8, among other activities.
15. Hyatt Regency – Jersey City
Live out your New York City dreams without ever having to leave the mainland 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.
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 a Manhattan backdrop. This destination will give you all the city-chic ambiance you need without the financial strains that New York pulls.