Romantic Couples Getaway in Upstate New York

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Planning an Adirondack getaway for you and your loved one? The Fern Lodge offers the perfect setting for your romantic couples getaway in Upstate New York! Nestled on the shores of beautiful Friends Lake, our luxurious lodge is the perfect place to rekindle your love. Warm stone fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, a theatre, sauna, inviting hospitality, and wine cellar stocked with exquisite wines are just some of the few amenities that make The Fern Lodge unique among Adirondack resorts.

Whether you’re planning an anniversary, honeymoon or getaway “just because”, The Fern Lodge is the perfect place to relax with your loved one. Our private Adirondack resort combines natural beauty and with unbeatable indoor Adirondack charm. Our photo gallery tells it all!

When staying at our Adirondack lodge, you can choose between five intimate guest rooms that include:

  • An unforgettable breakfast
  • Evening hors d’oeuvres and wine with a boat tour of Friends Lake or fireside (depending on the season)
  • Honor Bar, Wine Cellar
  • Nightly turndown service with chocolate truffles
  • WiFi throughout the lodge

Romantic Couples Adirondack Getaway Package

Looking for a romantic Adirondack birthday or anniversary package? Our Birthday/ Anniversary Package includes the following:

  • One or Two nights lodging in an ultra luxurious Adirondack style guest room with king size bed, fireplace, Jacuzzi, steam shower, porch with view of Friends Lake
  • Multi-course breakfast each morning
  • Choice of red, white or sparkling wine waiting for you in your room
  • Your choice of a cheese & fruit plate or chocolate covered strawberries
  • Late afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine fireside in the Great Room
  • Turn down with chocolate truffles
  • S’mores in front of the evening fire
  • Boutique birthday or anniversary cake to celebrate your occasion
  • Pastry Chef Melissa DiPasquale from Belle Dolci will call you personally to customize
  • Everything you need for a romantic getaway in the Adirondacks!

Book Your Romantic Adirondack Getaway Today!

For the ultimate couples getaway, check availability at our cozy Adirondack resort today. Browse our getaway packages and things to do in the Adirondacks. We look forward to welcoming you and your loved one soon!

11 romantic summer destinations in Upstate NY

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11 romantic summer destinations in Upstate NY

Breathtaking sunsets, intimate dinners, luxurious accommodations and serene surroundings.

From a weekend in Finger Lakes wine country to an Adirondack adventure, the recipe for a romantic retreat in Upstate New York couldn’t be simpler.

Check out these destinations for a memorable getaway this summer.

By Alaina Potrikus | Contributing writer

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Niagara Falls

Romance is everywhere in the Honeymoon Capital of the World. Fireworks illuminate the falls every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 31; bring a chair and blanket to watch the show from Niagara Falls State Park. Get an up-close falls experience with a Cave of the Winds or Maid of Mist tour; dry off and enjoy dinner at Top of the Falls Restaurant, where floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of Horseshoe Falls. Stay at the historic Red Coach Inn, a bed and breakfast where the romance package includes scattered rose petals, a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates.

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Thousand Islands

Begin your getaway with a sunset toast overlooking the St. Lawrence River at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton. Book a romantic cruise along the river; be sure to stop at Heart Island to explore Boldt Castle, six-story, 120-room castle built at the turn of the century by the owner of the Waldorf Astoria as a gift for his wife. Grab brunch at The Kitchen, the newest gourmet farm-to-table restaurant in Alexandria Bay, followed by wine tasting at Thousand Islands Winery and other stops on the Thousand Islands Seaway Wine Trail for a taste of the area’s flourishing vineyards.

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Hudson Valley

Retreat to Buttermilk Falls Inn, a 75-acre Hudson River estate with well-appointed rooms in the main house with river or garden views or more secluded guesthouses and cottages. Spend an afternoon in the on-site spa, with a sauna, steam room, enclosed pool and a full menu of massages, facials and body treatments; dine at Henry’s at the Farm, which serves up farm-to-table cuisine (and cocktails) from the kitchen garden and working farm. A network of trails includes breathtaking views of the Hudson River, flowering gardens and the property’s namesake waterfalls. Take a short drive to watch the sunset from the Walkway Over the Hudson, a 1.28-mile pedestrian bridge in Poughkeepsie.

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For an indulgent romantic getaway, stay at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, a 12-acre estate designed to evoke the paintings of renowned French Impressionist Claude Monet. Rooms and guest cottages feature private fireplaces and over-sized bathrooms equipped with walk-in showers and soaking tubs; guests can book spa treatments and enjoy the heated foot pool, herbal infused saunas, steam rooms and heated whirlpool spa with private bar in the Aqua Terrace. Spend an afternoon in picturesque community of Skaneateles, and stop by the White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room for a sample of Finger Lakes wine; for lakeview dining, check out the Blue Water Grill, where the menu includes seafood and local favorites.

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Finger Lakes

Share a romantic toast in the Finger Lakes, Upstate New York’s wine country that has been called the “Napa Valley of the Northeast.” Suites at the Inn at Gothic Eves in Trumansburg feature cathedral ceilings, spacious bathrooms, fireplaces or Jacuzzi tubs; a spa features a Serenity Room with oxygen bar, sauna, private outdoor Jacuzzi hot tubs and a full menu of massage services. Romantic stops on the Finger Lakes wine trails include Belhurst Castle in Geneva, Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua and Seneca Falls, the picturesque village that served as inspiration for Bedford Falls, the fictional town in Frank Capra’s film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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There’s more to Cooperstown than baseball. Check into the historic Otesaga Resort, and watch the sunset over Otsego Lake while enjoying a glass of wine at the Fire Bar outdoor patio. Book a couple’s massage at the resort’s new Hawkeye Spa, or take an afternoon to explore the area’s growing beverage trail, including Brewery Ommegang and Cooperstown Distillery. Hold hands as you explore the grounds of Hyde Hall, a 50-room mansion on the National Register of Historic Places, and bring a picnic to share at the beach at Glimmerglass State Park.

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Lake George

Built in 1883, the Victorian-era Sagamore Resort offers accommodations in the historic hotel or private lodge suites and condominiums. Resort amenities include a world-class spa, 18-hole golf course, a 10,000-square-foot terraced pool deck and infinity pool and waterfront activities from kayaking to parasailing. Take a sunset dinner horseback ride, a two-hour guided trail ride to the top of Beech Mountain, where you can dine with a spectacular view of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George and Lake Vanare. Book a scenic cruise through the iconic Lake George Steamboat Company, which offers firework cruises Thursday evenings in July and August.

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Lake Placid

Begin your Adirondack getaway at the Lake Placid Lodge, where overnight accommodations at the remodeled hotel and private cottages include farm to table breakfast and turn-down service. Reserve an intimate meal in the resort’s Wine Cellar, a vaulted brick candlelit dining room that houses more than 6,000 bottles; finish your evening with s’mores at the resort’s bonfire on the shore of Lake Placid. Plan an afternoon at High Falls Gorge, a 22-acre private park on Whiteface Mountain with access to four waterfalls and the AuSable River; bring a picnic and comfortable shoes for hiking on groomed trails and bridges with glass platforms, perfect for romantic photos.

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Saratoga Springs

Check into the historic Saratoga Arms boutique hotel, located in the heart of the quaint community and just steps from ample dining and shopping. Book a spa visit at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa for hydrotherapy featuring mineral water captured from underground springs known for their healing properties, then stroll down the Avenue of the Pines at sunset and dine at the historic Hall of Springs, where the grandeur of marble columns will take your breath away. For a laid-back evening, enjoy a concert or performance on the lawn of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center; for a more fast-paced date, place a bet on the thoroughbreds at the Saratoga Race Course.

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Glamping in Ithaca

For outdoor lovers, plan an “elevated camping” experience at Firelight Camps in Ithaca. The “glamping resort” is located on the grounds of La Tourelle Resort and Spa; visitors sleep in platform tents are furnished with hardwood floors, a king or queen bed with plush linens and a private balcony. Evenings feature happy hour by the campfire and gourmet s’mores. Follow trails from Firelight Camps to Buttermilk Falls State Park, including the waterfall and swimming hole, or take a short drive to Taughannock Falls State Park for views of the iconic Ithaca gorges. lan an afternoon in downtown Ithaca for shopping and dining on the Commons, including wine tasting at the Cellar D’Or and sweet and savory treats at Waffle Frolic.

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Stay at the historic Mansion on Delaware, where a signature 24-hour butler service is on-call to arrange an intimate dinner in your suite, run a whirlpool bath or light your room’s fireplace. Guests can also enjoy complimentary downtown chauffeured transportation and evening cocktails in the Billiards Salon. Take a picnic lunch to Chestnut Ridge Park for a hike to Eternal Flames Falls, where a small grotto emitting methane gas can be lit to produce a small flame (bring a barbecue lighter with you). Watch the sunset over Lake Erie from the park’s scenic overview before returning to the city for a candlelight dinner in the patio courtyard at Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant.

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Cozy and Romantic New York State Winter Getaways

Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway without the kids or planning a dreamy Valentine’s Day trip, New York State has got you covered. Fall in love with these cozy and romantic winter getaways that offer breathtaking scenery, swoon-worthy accommodations, and fresh adventures—many with discount packages to make your stay even more affordable!

1. Lake Placid Lodge (Adirondacks)

In the heart of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid Lodge embraces the rustic elegance of Gilded Age great camps. Rated a world’s best hotel by Travel+Leisure, the resort features uniquely designed rooms with plush featherbeds, stone fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, and refreshing mountain views. Windows wrap around the Treetop Suite, a luxe hideaway high in the pines with a twig-thatched king bed. The romance package offers sumptuous dining for two, the classic sparkly and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and complimentary late check-out.

2. Mohonk Mountain House (Catskills)

Live beyond your dreams at Mohonk Mountain House, high above the Hudson Valley. Rooms in this grand Victorian castle feature wood-burning fireplaces and soul-stirring views. Special Occasion packages celebrate with wine, flowers, and breakfast in bed. After that, decide if you want to ski pristine trails, frolic in the pool amid treetops and underwater music, or glide hand-in-hand at the ice-skating pavilion. Find more bliss in the spa that inspired Conde Nast Traveler to rate Mohonk America’s No. 1 Resort Spa.

3. The Inn at Cooperstown (Central New York)

It’s love at first sight. Character meets charm at the Inn at Cooperstown, designed by the same architect as NYC’s Plaza Hotel. The Select Registry property invites romance amid stunning rooms and suites. It’s a short walk to America’s best-loved main street, with delightful shops and restaurants, and a quick trolley ride to the Fenimore’s captivating art. Take your main squeeze to explore Cooperstown’s main attraction: Hot winter packages include delicious breakfasts, souvenirs, and special deals drawing on two of Cooperstown’s most famed attractions, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Brewery Ommegang.

4. The Roxbury (Catskills)

Nestled amid the snow-covered Catskills, the Roxbury delights with fine-linen luxury and whimsical fun. Themed rooms inspired by 1960s and ’70s TV series create fantasies, from dreams of magic genies to cavemen (à la Fred & Wilma). If you’re trying to light a fire or rekindle a flame, the Rad Romance package features champagne, gourmet cheeses, and exotic flowers, plus a couple’s massage and chill time in the Shimmer Spa. Bonus: It’s near Belleayre Ski Resort and other winter activities.

5. Belhurst Castle (Finger Lakes)

Write your own fairytale with a stay at Belhurst Castle. On sparkling Seneca Lake in Finger Lakes wine country, the 1880’s stone castle and winery was named a top 10 small romantic inn by ShermansTravel. Guestrooms have dreamy four-poster beds, stained-glass windows, marble fireplaces, and enchanting lake views. Toast to togetherness with wine from the complimentary spigot (for those staying in the castle) or partake in spa treatments and the chef’s six-course food and wine pairing for two (which must be booked in advance).

6. 10 Fitch (Finger Lakes)

The lush décor of 10 Fitch happily marries antiques with fanciful furnishings like cushy overstuffed armchairs from nearby MacKenzie-Childs’ studio. Explore magical Finger Lakes landscapes via skis or snowshoes, visit Auburn’s historic sites or cozy up by the blazing fire with a local wine or Sally’s home-made cookies. Dream-come-true Valentine’s Day (or any occasion) packages ignite sparks with chauffeured winery tours, candlelight dinners, whirlpool baths, and silky lavender-scented linens. Wake to tantalizing breakfasts delivered to your suite so you can sleep late and eat in your fluffy spa robes.

7. Mirbeau Inn & Spa (Finger Lakes)

Near the storybook village of Skaneateles, Mirbeau Inn & Spa evokes old world charm in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Rooms in the chateau-style inn have cozy fireplaces, over-sized soaking tubs, and cloud-soft beds with down comforters. The centerpiece spa has pools, waterfalls, and services like a Blushing Valentine couple’s massage that promises to leave you relaxed and radiant. The Calm & Cozy Overnight package includes a winter warmup body treatment and $50 toward dining on property, while the Romance package for two includes a couple’s massage, full breakfast, a wine pairing dinner, and rose petal turndown. Condé Nast Traveler rated Mirbeau one of America’s top 20 small resorts.

8. Red Coach Inn (Greater Niagara)

Overlooking the majestic upper rapids, 500 yards from the brink of Niagara Falls, the inviting Tudor-style Red Coach Inn charms with warm English country ambiance. Winter romance packages set the mood with rose petals scattered throughout your room, champagne, chocolates, and a tempting menu for fireside dining in the award-winning restaurant. Nearby, Niagara Falls State Park, even more magical in winter, beckons with frosted trees and glistening ice flows illuminated in rainbow colors at dusk.

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Are you looking for the perfect place to host romantic weekend getaways in NY? The Spencer Hotel & Spa is the ideal destination. With beautiful accommodations, fantastic specials and packages, and a wonderful location, there’s no better place to have an intimate escape in Upstate New York.

Are you looking for fun activities to do during romantic weekend getaways in NY? Access our free Vacation Guide! Our online, easy-to-read guide lists our favorite restaurants, museums, historic sites, and wineries in the area. Whether you’re looking for a fine-dining experience or beautiful hiking trails, you’ll find it in our Vacation Guide! Best of all, our guide is entirely online, so you can access it from any mobile device. Ditch outdated and bulky travel books. Plan your trip to Chautauqua with our online Vacation Guide.

The Best Hotel for Romantic Weekend Getaways in NY

Are you looking for that perfect romantic getaway packages in NY? The Spencer Hotel & Spa has plenty of specials that are sure to set the mood.

Kiss & Tell

If you’re looking for cheap romantic getaways in Upstate NY, look no further than the Kiss & Tell Package. For just an extra $35, you’ll arrive to a beautiful room at The Spencer adorned with six flameless tea lights, four chocolate-covered strawberries, and rose petals strewn romantically across your bed.

Gourmet Dinner Package

If you and your loved ones are foodies then book our Gourmet Dinner Package. Enjoy a dinner at one of the area’s best restaurants before returning to The Spencer to a special treat! This package is just $75 and includes a dinner voucher, gourmet breakfast in bed, and a box of fine chocolates in your room upon your return.
Classic Romance

There’s nothing like the classics! For just $29, enjoy a champagne or sparkling cider and gorgeous rose petals romantically strewn across the bed when you arrive. This package is simple, timeless, and always delightful!

Food and Mood

Another great package for foodie couples is the Food And Mood package. For just $39, you’ll receive six flameless tea lights, two incredible desserts, hot chocolate with your choice of Baileys or Kahlua, and rose petals romantically strewn across your bed.

Couples Renewal

The Couples Renewal package is one of our more elaborate specials. It includes a couple’s massage at our on-site spa, your choice of bottle of wine from Mondavi Reserve, a cheese and cracker platter, and rose petals and six flameless candles waiting for you in your room.

Inn the Mood

Set the mood with Inn the Mood! Enjoy a candlelit breakfast each morning, champagne, chocolates, and rose petals in your room at check-in, and complimentary snacks and beverages.

Stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa

The first step to planning romantic weekend getaways in NY is booking a room at The Spencer Hotel & Spa! Our beautiful rooms and suites are the perfect for any intimate escapes.

Consider booking Isak Dineson, our beautiful second-floor suite. It features a king bed, JACUZZI® tub with a European hand-held shower, and a kitchenette that’s perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or a delicious dessert.

Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.

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