Known as the Garden State, New Jersey is a virtual treasure house of scenic places which make for lovely romantic getaways. With mountains, valleys, rivers and the Atlantic coastline, New Jersey has plenty of attractions for couples looking to spend time amidst beautiful surroundings. Add to these historic places and cosmopolitan centers and New Jersey has something for couples of every taste and preference.
Wineries of New Jersey
The state of New Jersey is home to over 35 Wineries and Vineyards. Most of them offer wine tasting tours for couples and many different types of special events during the year including festivals, concerts, grape-crushing parties and holiday themed celebrations. At The Grape Escape winery you and your partner can make your own premium wine using the most sophisticated equipment from grapes that are imported from prestigious regions. Here you can crush your own grapes with the options to personalize your wine by choosing the region, grape type, barrel type, and the amount of aging it will receive. but if you cannot afford that long a stay, look for their one day events which offers various kinds of couples activity like Make Your Own Mozzarella, Bottle Your Own Olive Oil and Bottle Your Own Balsamic Vinegar. Then there is another beautiful Vineyard in Southern New Jersey, the Plagido's, which boasts of a Tuscany theme tasting room and where you can try their plethora of Estate Bottled Wines. Also in southern New Jersey are the Amalthea Cellars, Coda Rossa and Southwind Vineyard. Sharrott Winery is a family owned vineyard and winery located in the beautiful pine forests of New Jersey. Yet another romantic option is to explore scenic New Jersey on the Vintage North Jersey Wine Trails. Cava Winery, Ventimiglia Vineyard and Westfall Winery are all located in the beautiful Sussex Skylands. The soil mineral content found in the area is ideal for growing grapes. This coupled with each owners desire to transform old world family traditions into distinct wines from New Jersey is a winning combination and a huge attraction for vacationing couples.
The Delaware River
The Delaware River passing through New Jersey not only makes for some superb scenic spots much favored by couples as romantic retreats but also lends to several enjoyable activities. The Delaware River Family Campground is a great place to go tubing in the Delaware River Water Gap area. But even if you are looking for something fun to do with your beloved, here you can go tubing, rafting, kayaking, or canoeing trip on the Delaware River. There are rentals of various time periods and you can even can stop and explore the small islands and sun bathe. If you would like to prolong your romantic getaway, you can spend a cozy evening in any of the picturesque inns or quaint bed and breakfasts at the Historic Delaware River Village of Frenchtown in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
When it comes to picking the most romantic getaway destination in all of New Jersey, many would say that Cape May wins hands down. Known as “The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort”, Cape May is offers romancing couples beautiful pristine beaches, awesome seafood eateries and Victorian Architecture. Here you could spend all your time just sitting on the beach and a particular favorite of couples is the Sunset Beach which covers the expanse from the Concrete ship to Cape May Point. While this makes for a lovely spot to walk hand in hand with your sweetheart and watch the sun go down, the Sunset Beach can be equally great for an early morning walk. Make sure you stop and search for the fabled Cape May diamonds along the way. Other than this you can go birding, surfing or shopping together at all the little boutiques. Surfing, parasailing, kayaking, boat ghost tours, golfing, tennis, and biking are other activities that couples enjoy here. A special attraction at Cape May is whale watching and you can book a tour. When they set sail, you actually become a part of the research team. Careful instructions are given in the "spotting techniques" for particular species by their naturalist. There are museums, art galleries, antiques, lovely house tours for culture enthusiasts where you can even book a romantic carriage tour to romance your sweetheart. But for an out and out romantic experience, head to the wineries of Cape May; additionally you can make an appointment for the both of you at the Cape May Day Spa where you can pamper yourselves with a variety of massages and treatments. Finally a visit to Cape May is not complete without a visit to the Zoo which acts as an oasis of wildlife so near the ocean.
The highland Lakes in New Jersey are the perfect spot if you are looking to pack the bags and get away to a secluded spot with your beloved. Located in northern New Jersey, Highland Lakes is a community that focuses on outdoor activities. The area, once rolling dairy farm hillsides, became a summer retreat for families in the New York City Metropolitan area. Most of the homes are lake style or log cabins, retaining most of the architecture of the original community. Many of what were once summer homes, are now full-time homes to many of the people in Highland Lakes. Even then you can find several resorts as well as bed and breakfasts which promise you a romantic experience. Among the must-see spots in Highland Lakes are the surrounding Wawayanda State Park and the Pequannock Watershed. Here you can take part in a wide range of activities like fishing, swimming and boating, whether from a public park or your own private dock if you check in at a lakefront resort. Again facilities for hiking, skiing and snowmobiling are all nearby for couples looking for a more exciting time on their romantic vacation.
For history lovers, a trip to Smithville and Village Greene could be the perfect way to go back to the romantic times of the past. The historic 1700’s Village is open every day of the year except Christmas. Whether you want to dine at a café, tavern or restaurant, shop at one of the more than forty unique shops and boutiques or simply stroll along the cobblestone paths and enjoy the beautiful and neatly manicured grounds, there is something for everyone! Dine in the Historic Smithville Inn then stroll around town and hit the old time Taverns. Go boating in the quaint Swan Boat or romance your beloved on a train ride along the historic Smithville Railroad. Indeed chances are that you will fall in love with this small picturesque town and even decide to stay for the night – if so, Smithville and Village Greene features the Colonial Inn and the Barn at Smithville which are sure to take you back in time.
Finally what New Jersey romantic vacation can be complete without a trip to the Atlantic City? This is a seaside resort and gaming capital of the east coast that hosts thirty million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Here you and your partner can explore world-renowned casinos resorts, brand name restaurants featuring famous chefs, headline entertainment, extravagant spas, championship golf, elite shopping and so much more. A romantic dinner is a must-do in this exciting city. The Foundation Room at the Showboat Resort’s House of Blues offers the ultimate experience for couples, with private rooms. The Steakhouse at Harrah’s is another option for gourmet food and cozy booths. Arturos at Bally’s is a fine Italian restaurant in an intimate setting that offers ocean views. When you are done with all the city attractions, you can head with your partner to a frequently overlooked destination of Atlantic City – the beach which is praised for its hip, new image. In summer, here you can enjoy volleyball, sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and surfing with your loved one. Only feet away from the beach are amusement piers and a Boardwalk that buzzes with activity all day long and into the night, adding to the excitement of a romantic getaway to Atlantic City.