With its beautiful beaches, lush forests, and lively, upbeat cities, New Jersey is an ideal destination for a romantic escape. The Garden State’s spectacular natural beauty is the perfect backdrop for a variety of activities and attractions. Whether you’re planning a birthday celebration, Valentine’s Day getaway, or need a few anniversary ideas, Select Registry is here to help! Here are some of the most romantic things to do in New Jersey that are sure to surprise your sweetheart. Treat your special someone to a getaway in NJ with a Select Registry gift card! It’s the perfect way to show your love.
1. Visit New Hope
The charming town of New Hope is just over the New Jersey border in Bucks County, PA. Perfect for a romantic day trip, New Hope boasts a small-town feel with big city attractions. Visitors may enjoy eclectic shopping, scenic riverside dining, vibrant nightlife, and plenty of fun events. Named one of "America's Favorite Towns" by Travel + Leisure, a trip to New Hope is a must when you’re in NJ.
Where To Stay: The Woolverton Inn
Surrounded by 300 acres of farmland and the scenic Delaware River, the Woolverton Inn is a special place to reconnect. This elegant bed and breakfast in Stockton, NJ, provides the seclusion of a grand country estate while being just minutes from New Hope’s many attractions. Guests of the 1792 stone manor may enjoy romantic fireplaces, luxurious whirlpool tubs for two, panoramic views, and more.
2. Explore Lambertville
The City of Lambertville is located on the western edge of Central New Jersey along the Delaware River. Filled with antique stores, art galleries, and cozy coffee shops, this small town is perfect for couples who are interested in art and history. The city was first settled in the 18th century and was a popular stopping point for stagecoaches on the New York to Philadelphia route. Its streets remain lined with well-preserved federal townhouses and Victorian homes to this day.
Where To Stay: Lambertville House
True to the region, the Lambertville House was once a stagecoach stop for travelers on their way to Philadelphia. It’s now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features 26 guest rooms with period and reproduction furniture. The inn also offers every modern amenity needed for travel. Grab dinner or drinks at the fabulous onsite restaurant and enjoy a relaxing getaway in the heart of Lambertville. Cheers!
3. Discover Cape May
Known as America’s oldest seaside resort, Cape May has a rich history and elegant atmosphere that exudes romance. Each year, millions of couples travel to the Jersey Cape to enjoy its pristine beaches and admire spectacular Victorian homes. Tour lighthouses, take a trolley tour, go whale watching, or spend the afternoon at a winery. The options are endless! Looking for winter date ideas? You’re in luck! Cape May has one of the best Christmas celebrations in the country. Cozy up to your significant other and enjoy everything from holiday parades and parties to festive tree lighting ceremonies - all just steps from the sand.
Where To Stay: The Mainstay Inn & Cottage, Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast, the Peter Shields Inn, or the Candlelight Inn
With so many great places to lay your head, romantic getaways in Cape May second to none. The Mainstay Inn is a fabulous choice and offers 12 spacious guestrooms and a historic six-room cottage. Be sure to try some of the inn’s delicious sweets and treats, made fresh each day!
The Queen Victoria is another wonderful accommodation. It’s located in the heart of Cape May’s historic district and is just minutes from all that the city has to offer. Enjoy afternoon tea on the porch or cozy up by the fire at this famous bed and breakfast.
If a quiet escape is more your style, book your stay at the Peter Shields Inn. This charming B&B is located on Beach Avenue and offers a peaceful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle. Guests are treated to beautiful oceanfront views and exceptional service throughout their stay.
The Candlelight Inn is just a few miles north of Cape May on an island that features ocean and bay breezes. Spend the day exploring Cape May, then relax in a rocking chair on the wrap-around veranda. Located in residential North Wildwood, the Candlelight Inn is just three blocks from the boardwalk and the beach.
For more romantic things to do in New Jersey, read our blog about visiting Kittatinny Valley State Park!