7 reasons for a Romantic Getaway

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2010

Who needs Valentine’s Day as a reason to celebrate the love you share with a special someone? Make a date now for a romantic getaway to add a little spark to your love life. We’ve come up with seven of the coziest, most romantic inns and B&Bs in the Hudson Valley to make planning your next mini-vacation a snap.


1. Castle on the Hudson

400 Benedict Ave., Tarrytown. 914-631-1980. castleonthehudson.com


If price is no object, consider this very European inn and restaurant overlooking the Hudson River. Choose from 30 luxuriously appointed rooms. Rates: $245-$1,700 (packages may include prix fixe meal, couples massage, split of champagne and more).


2. Minnewaska Lodge

3116 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-1110. minnewaskalodge.com


This cozy 26-room lodge is more like a big B&B, with views of the forest or Shawangunk Ridge cliffs. The lodge is just minutes from Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park, with their miles of carriage trails perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Rates: $135-$255


3. Olde Rhinebeck Inn

37 Wurtemburg Rd., Rhinebeck. 845 871-1745. rhinebeckinn.com


This 18th century farmhouse inn has an air of early America, with its rustic furnishings and homemade breakfasts using local ingredients. This “green” inn even offers a $50 gift certificate to any local restaurant for guests who arrive in a hybrid or biodiesel vehicle. Now that’s a business to support! Rates: $195-$275


4. Glenwood House B&B and Cottage Suites

49 Glenwood Rd., Pine Island. 845-258-5066. GlenwoodHouse.com


This Victorian farmhouse is just minutes from historic Warwick. Choose from deliciously romantic rooms in the main house, guest cottage, or “Jean’s Bird Haven.” With cozy down comforters, Jacuzzi whirlpool baths and in-room fireplaces, once you settle in, you won’t want to leave!

Rates: $110-$325


5. The Guest House Bed and Breakfast

408 Debruce Rd., Livingston Manor. 845-439-4000. theguesthouse.com


Six adorable cottages on the Willowemoc River with 2-mile on-site cross-country skiing trails. You and your sweetheart can even get Swedish massage, body realignment and reflexology right in your room. The Guest House is a pet-friendly destination, if you think Fido deserves to get away too. Rates: $195-$245


6. Scribner Hollow Lodge

Rte 23A, Hunter. 800-395-4683. scribnerhollow.com


With an award-winning restaurant, top-notch skiing and views you’ll find only in the Catskills, Scribner Hollow Lodge could be the romantic getaway you’ve been looking for. The cavern-like Grotto has waterfalls, a Jacuzzi, sauna and a heated pool to melt away the outside world so you can focus on your loved one.  Rates: $240-$460


7. Inn the Woods

32 Howard Blvd. Extension, Hyde Park. 845-229-9331. innthewoods.com


What better time to snuggle up with your honey than during these long winter days and nights? Through March, Inn the Woods B&B is offering a buy one get one free stay – you pay for one night and get the second night free! If that’s not enticing enough, the inn cooks up a sumptuous homemade breakfast and invites guests to warm up in its whirlpool spa. This spacious, contemporary inn is nestled in a natural setting for peace, quiet and privacy. Rates: $145-$208

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