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The 8 Best Romantic Getaways In New York

Yes, New York City is the greatest city in the world, but eventually you’ll come down with a case of cabin fever. That’s where these romantic getaways in NY come in — start planning a weekend getaway to these eight spots. They’re the perfect places to relax and escape from the few hundred square feet of the NYC apartment you call home, including everything from idyllic upstate locales to romantic hotels, all less than six hours away. By Jordi Lippe-McGraw

1. Chester: The Glenmere Mansion

If you want to feel like royalty for a weekend, stay at this Hudson Valley hideaway where legit kings and queens have rested their heads. That’s right, this adult-only country estate was once a private retreat for members of the royal family. There are only 18 rooms and suites — and a grand piano player willing to take requests — so you’ll feel as if it’s your own private mansion. 634 Pine Hill Rd, Chester (845-469-1900, glenmeremansion.com)

2. New Paltz: Mohonk Mountain House

The only decision you'll have to make at this all-inclusive resort is how many of the activities you want to try. On the list of options is an indoor pool, an ice rink, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and tubing, not to mention additional extensive offerings like a cocktail tasting in a stunning Victorian castle. Most meals are served buffet-style, and afternoon tea and cookies are available in a fireside lounge. 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz (845-765-3286, mohonk.com)

3. Saugerties: Smythe House

There are bed-and-breakfasts, and then there are bed-and-breakfasts with meals made by legit chefs. Your hosts here, Mr. and Mrs. Smythe, are both alumni of the Culinary Institute of America and welcome guests to their Victorian home for exceptional meals. Start your day right with a personalize gourmet breakfast in bed, then mosey out to the Catskills Park to work up an appetitive for your next meal. 158 Burt St, Saugerties (845-246-3788, smythehouse.com)

4. Bridgehampton: Topping Rose House

The Hamptons might be your go-to place for summer fun, but it offers a cozy couples getaway at any time, too. Even when it’s cold out and you can’t lounge on the beach, relax in this beautifully restored 1842 Greek revival mansion. The property includes a main house, four modern cottages, a restaurant, wellness facilities, a one-acre farm and a restored barn. 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton 631-537-0870, toppingrosehouse.com)

5. Cooperstown: The Otesaga Resort Hotel

This quintessential American town is the perfect destination for a cozy weekend that’s not overly lovey-dovey. Sports fans will be satisfied after hitting up the Baseball Hall of Fame, then you can focus on your bae during an intimate candlelight dinner at this hotel's Hawkeye Bar and Grill, which offers locally sourced, organic food and sweeping views of the famed Glimmerglass Lake. Finally, retire to your federal-style room to hit your own home run. 60 Lake St, Cooperstown (607-547-9931, otesaga.com)

6. Rochester: Edward Harris House

Indulge yourself with culture and rejuvenation at this fully restored 1896 bed-and-breakfast. The boutique inn offers guests a romantic sanctuary right next to the heart of the Rochester Arts/Cultural district, which is packed with urban village shops, fine dining, cafes and galleries to explore. Seriously — they’re all just one block away! 35 Argyle St, Rochester (585-473-9752, edwardharrishouse.com)

8. Finger Lakes: Geneva On the Lake

You’ll feel like you're in another world at this Italian-style villa perched on the edge of Seneca Lake. Every little detail will transport you back in time, from the elaborate Lancellotti Dining Room and marble columns to the 17th-century chairs, wall tapestries and four-poster beds. As a bonus, the elegant lakeside resort is situated on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail in upstate New York’s lush wine country, making it very easy to grab a glass. 1001 Lochland Rd, Geneva (315-789-7190, genevaonthelake.com)

8. Lake Placid: Lake Placid Lodge

Okay, fine, it seems a little counterintuitive to cure cabin fever by staying in an actual cabin. But this waterside retreat features 30 polished wood-and-stone rooms in cottages furnished with local antique furniture. You probably won't want to leave your comfy abode, but if you do, there's the romantic Artisans restaurant serving up exceptional regional cuisine with the towering Adirondacks mountains as a backdrop. 144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid (518-523-2700, lakeplacidlodge.com)

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