From the waterfalls of New Hampshire to the vineyards of Virginia, and the white, sandy beaches of Florida, the possibilities for a romantic getaway on the East Coast are endless. Let’s take a trip from north to the south, and you’ll find there’s a romantic escape for you and yours in every state on the East Coast! Choose your ideal getaway, below, and find more ways to surprise your loved one in our Romantic Getaway Guide.
14 Romantic Getaways on the East Coast
1. Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, ME, is a romantic seaside town where towering granite cliffs meet the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Take it easy with a casual lobster bake and a cold, local craft beer. And, elevate the evening with a fine dining experience in one of the town’s award-winning, oceanfront restaurants. When it comes to great food, Bar Harbor has it all. Outdoor enthusiasts: visiting in the spring or summer is always a special treat! Schedule a puffin or whale watching cruise for an unforgettable experience, and take your time to explore the crown jewel of the North Atlantic Coast, Acadia National Park.
Stay at Ullikana Inn
In Bar Harbor, ME
Ullikana Inn is a secluded and romantic cottage in central Bar Harbor. Here, Bar Harbor Village is a brief stroll away, where you’ll find boutique shops, local restaurants, and more. After a day on the town, relax on the inn’s terrace, and watch the boats sail by on Frenchman Bay. Daily, gourmet breakfast is always included in your stay!
2. Albany, New Hampshire
Get away from the hustle and bustle of city living, and reconnect with your partner in Albany, New Hampshire. This small town offers boundless mountain views and seemingly endless natural wonders. It is home to the most photographed mountain in the northeast, Mount Chocorua. Here, every season welcomes a new adventure. Hike to the area’s stunning waterfalls, enjoy leaf peeping in the fall at White Mountain National Forest, and take on miles of snowshoeing trails in the winter.
3. Falmouth, MA
Falmouth is a historic, cozy, coastal town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is home to over 68 miles of coastline, peppered with lighthouses and ten beautiful beaches. The natural scenery of this New England town is ideal for kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing. And, when your sun-soaked days work up an appetite, there are a plenty of seaside restaurants to choose from. You can even surprise your sweetie with a boat tour! Enjoy a romantic sunset sail or cruise to Martha’s Vineyard for a day trip.
The Palmer House Inn
In Falmouth, MA
The Palmer House Inn is in the heart of Falmouth’s historic district. Pristine beaches, quaint shops, ferry shuttles, and excellent restaurants are only a short stroll away. The property is set on nearly one acre of land with cherry trees, dogwoods, and hydrangeas, creating the perfect atmosphere for a romantic getaway. Gourmet breakfast is included with your stay.
4. Newport, Rhode Island
The historic allure and coastal charm of Newport draws countless visitors each year. The seaside city’s cobblestone streets create the perfect contrast against the marinas’ sparkling waterways. Rent a boat and set sail for the harbor! From there, you’ll have access to an excellent selection of dock-and-dine restaurants. The Cliff Walk is another must-see attraction in Newport. This walkway along the eastern shore offers gorgeous views of historic homes and mansions, blooming wildflowers, wildlife, and more.
The Francis Malbone House Inn
In Newport, RI
The Francis Malbone House Inn is a historic inn on Newport’s harborfront. Each guestroom offers Italian linens, plush robes, fireplaces, and modern baths. Enjoy afternoon tea and gourmet breakfast in the inn’s manicured gardens. The Francis Malbone House Inn is Newport’s only Five Star Diamond, award-winning property.
5. Old Wethersfield, Connecticut
A trip to Historic Wethersfield, Connecticut, can feel like taking a step back in time. This historic district’s commitment to preserving history is evident in everything you’ll see, from village farms to brick-paver sidewalks to ancient trees and 18th-century architecture. Launch your boat at the cove and explore the Connecticut River, or wander the village’s lush gardens with your partner. There isn’t a better way to discover the classic beauty of New England!
Stay at Silas W Robbins House
In Historic Old Wethersfield, CT
Silas W Robbins House is a newly restored, Victorian-style house in the heart of Old Wethersfield. This boutique bed and breakfast offers gorgeous views of the scenic Broad Street Garden and proximity to the village’s best restaurants and cafes. Relax in the inn’s music room, sit back on the covered porch, and indulge each day with a gourmet breakfast.
6. Saratoga Springs, New York
There are so many ways to spoil your loved one in Saratoga Springs, New York. This town’s namesake comes from the numerous mineral-rich, natural springs that dot the landscape. Slip into relaxation with a Saratoga mineral bath. Afterward, take your time to browse all the boutique shops of downtown. Grab a sandwich at the deli and a cappuccino and pastry at a local cafe. Freshen up for the evening, and plan for an exciting night in downtown Saratoga Springs with local spirits and live music. Or, simply wander, hand-in-hand, admiring the town’s historic architecture.
Stay at Saratoga Arms
In Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Arms is a Second Empire boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs. In 2018, it was voted the No. 2 hotel in the United States by TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards! Shopping, restaurants, museums, and more are only a short stroll away. After a day of exploring downtown, sit back and relax on the inn’s wrap-around porch. Enjoy gourmet breakfast each morning, and wind down your evenings with a glass of wine and hor d'oeuvres by the fireplace.
7. Cape May, New Jersey
Soft, sandy beaches, scenic lighthouses, maritime history, and charming character await you in Cape May. This seaside town is a National Historic Landmark and one of America’s oldest resort destinations. Whether you’re driving, walking, or riding a bike down the street, 19th-century architecture greets you at every corner. Cape May is the perfect destination for lazy beach days and romantic walks on the boardwalk. This seaside resort is also the culinary capital of New Jersey, so indulge accordingly!
Stay at The Queen Victoria
In Cape May, NJ
The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast Inn is centrally located in Cape May's historic district. Park your car and forget about it. Here, guests are only one block from the Atlantic Ocean and the town’s best restaurants and shops. Complimentary bike rentals and buffet-style breakfast are a few amenities to enjoy during your stay. For your true Victorian enjoyment, fifty rocking chairs fill the inn’s porches, gardens, and rooftop sundeck.
8. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach welcomes all couples to come and indulge in the best of what Delaware offers. It is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the United States and is also known as one of the most popular LGBT-friendly getaways on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Lovely beaches, stunning boardwalks, award-winning restaurants, craft beer breweries, and boutique shops are just a few ways to have fun with your beau!
Stay at The Bellmoor Inn & Spa
In Rehoboth Beach, DE
The Bellmoor Inn & Spa is a resort hotel in the heart of Rehoboth Beach. Here, couples can look forward to an upscale lodging experience with beachside accommodations, spacious suites, a luxurious spa, two outdoor pools, and a relaxing indoor hot tub. Enjoy homemade breakfast each morning during your stay, like French toast, fresh fruit, and made-to-order omelets.
9. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, is the ideal getaway for couples who love exploring the great outdoors. This four-season destination offers hiking, biking, skiing, and more! Spring and summer provide the perfect conditions for boating and paddle boarding on the lake. Fall beckons hiking in the area’s several state parks when the cooler temperatures set the landscape ablaze with ruby red and brilliant orange. Winter sports enthusiasts will feel equally at home in Deep Creek Lake. The holiday season comes with blankets of white snow, providing some of the best skiing conditions in Maryland.
Stay at Lake Pointe Inn Bed & Breakfast
In Deep Creek Lake, MD
Lake Pointe Inn Bed & Breakfast is nestled on the edge of Deep Creek Lake. The inn is only 13 feet from the water's edge where a relaxing hammock awaits you. During the spring, summer, and fall, the outdoor fireplace welcomes couples to roast marshmallows and unwind beneath the star-filled skies. During the winter, snuggle up with your partner and your favorite book by the gas fireplace in the privacy of your own room. Full breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres are always included with your stay.
10. Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
They say that “Virginia is for lovers,” and we suspect that the waterfalls, mountains, and vineyards of Shenandoah Valley may have something to do with it! Make your way to the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail for an unrushed wine country experience. Here, you’ll find beautiful vineyards, peaceful mountain views, award-winning restaurants, and boutique wine shops that welcome all with warm hospitality. Complete your romantic getaway with a sunset at Shenandoah National Park, where breathtaking waterfalls and scenic trails invite you to fall in love all over again.
Stay at Steeles Tavern Manor
Inn and Cabins in the Shenandoah Valley
Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Steeles Tavern, Virginia on 50 picturesque acres is Steeles Tavern Manor. This 1916-built Virginian manor house is located in a peaceful country setting with a spring-fed pond, walking grounds, babbling creek, and in-ground swimming pool. Situated midway between the historic towns of Staunton and Lexington, guests can visit many attractions such as Crabtree Falls and the Blue Ridge Parkway, historic Lexington, Staunton’s theater, renowned wineries, The Virginia Horse Center, and the Natural Bridge.
11. Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Take your partner on an unforgettable road trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway, and discover the natural beauty of the NC Mountains. Picturesque mountains with lush trees and cascading waterfalls flowing over boulders will make you feel like you’ve jumped into the page of your favorite storybook. A variety of waterfall hikes are available, ranging from easy to difficult. And, when it’s time to wind down for the evening, Blowing Rock Brewery and Grandfather Vineyard & Winery are just two of the area’s great places to sip and savor the best of North Carolina.
Stay at Gideon Ridge Inn
In Blowing Rock, NC
There is no place in Blowing Rock that is quite like Gideon Ridge Inn. Intimate walking paths through elegant gardens surround this picturesque inn. Relax in the inn’s library with the grand piano and mountain views. Greet each morning with fine breakfasts to linger over. And, complete your experience with an elegant dining experience on the mountain terrace of the inn’s restaurant.
12. Charleston, South Carolina
Smiling faces and beautiful places await you in historic downtown Charleston. This coastal city is famous for its rich history, fantastic restaurants, gorgeous year-round weather, and Southern hospitality. Remnants of the past are everywhere, from the pastel antebellum homes to the cobblestone streets beneath your feet. Make the most of your experience with a horse-drawn carriage tour or a sunset boat cruise. Not only do tours make for a romantic date, but you’ll also walk away with a new appreciation for The Holy City. Lastly, eat like the locals, and trust that there is nothing as comforting as shrimp and grits, Carolina red rice, and a big slice of pecan pie!
Stay at John Rutledge House
In Historic Downtown Charleston
John Rutledge House is more than a luxury inn, it is a National Historic Landmark. This beautifully renovated, 18th-century home is in the heart of downtown on Broad Street. Parking is available behind the inn, and downtown’s award-winning restaurants are just outside your door. Complimentary breakfast and evening tea with hors d'oeuvres are always included with your stay.
13. Cumberland Island, Georgia
There is something inherently romantic about Cumberland Island, Georgia. Wide, sandy beaches, ancient oak trees draped with Spanish moss, sleepy farming towns, rich history, and lush marshes are just a few reasons to fall in love. Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island; it’s a place where maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, and wildlife thrive. There isn’t a better place to unplug, enjoy the bounty of the land, and reconnect with your partner. At night, you’ll never experience anything like how the stars and passing boats light up the skies on this unforgettable island.
14. Amelia Island, Florida
If you’re searching for a resort-style getaway with the atmosphere of an easy-going beach town, then Amelia Island is a beckoning jewel. This sleepy town on Florida’s subtropical coastline features more than 90 outstanding restaurants, five distinct golf courses, 13 miles of pristine beaches, a rich arts scene, and a vibrant multicultural heritage. Once you set eyes on the island’s sparkling blue waters, you’ll quickly understand why Amelia Island consistently ranks among the “Top 10 Islands in the U.S.” by the Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.
Stay at The Amelia Island Williams House
In Fernandina Beach, FL
Romance, relaxation, and history combine to create a special getaway at Amelia Island Williams House Bed & Breakfast. Here, you and your sweetie are only steps away from the top restaurants and attractions in Fernandina Beach and less than ten minutes from Amelia Island. A two-course breakfast and an evening reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres is included with your stay.
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