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A New Jersey Weekend Getaway Guide for Romantic escapes

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Author: Greg Mattson, Excellent Romantic Vacations Editor

By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: July 10, 2023   

New Jersey remains one of the top retreats for 2 in the Northeast USA. Up and down the famed Jersey Shore, you'll still find miles and miles of clean beaches, boardwalks, resort towns and summer retreats.

Couple Walking in the Sand on a Scenic Area of the New Jersey ShoreIt's Easy to Find a Relaxing and Romantic Getaway Spot in NJ

And inland to the north and in Western New Jersey, historic small towns are ready to offer you a peaceful & secluded escape from the stress of city life.

  • The Best Time to Visit New Jersey: July and August can be crowded in many resort towns, especially on weekends. That makes May, June and September as the best times to see Cape May, the coast and the rest of New Jersey's top attractions. For affordability, in high season, weekday travel is probably slightly better for a cheap New Jersey getaway or vacation. You'll find less traffic on the Turnpike as well.   

atlantic city romantic escapes

hard rock hotel

Atlantic City Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoHard Rock Hotel, Atlantic City
King Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New JerseySuite at the Hard Rock Hotel
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Still known for their luxury lifestyle brand, Hard Rock Hotels remain popular. The Atlantic City Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is set on 17 acres right near the famous Boardwalk, and boasts an entertainment vibe like no other. Catch a show at the Hard Rock Live stage, explore the area’s thrill rides, or just enjoy some quiet time in a lavish suite with breathtaking ocean views. What Other Guests Liked: Multiple restaurants; 1.5 miles from Atlantic City Aquarium. Worth Knowing: Wi-Fi not free. Quite a long walk from the parking garage elevators to the hotel check-in area. 2023 ERV Rating*: 84% - Very Good. Room/Suite Prices: From $255/Night(1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ 609-449-1000)

borgata hotel & Casino

Romantic King Bed Suite at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New JerseyLuxury Room, Borgata Hotel & Casino
Indoor Pool at the Borgata Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City NJIndoor Pool at the Borgata
  • Borgata Hotel Casino - A luxury hotel overlooking the marina, and just over 2 miles from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. There are 6 indoor and outdoor pools for guest use, plus a poolside bar, with many of Atlantic City’s tourist attractions nearby. Rooms and suites offer marble bathrooms with 2-person showers or deep soaking tubs. Make use of their fitness center, spa and performance theatre. What Other Guests Liked: Great buffet restaurant. Worth Knowing: Resort fee is applied. 2023 ERV Rating*: 80% - Very Good.  Room/Suite Prices: From $282/Night(1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City NJ 609-317-1000)

New Jersey Romantic Getaways Near nyc

envue, weehawken nj

Envue Hotel in Weehawken, NJEnvue Hotel, Weehawken NJ
Scenic Views of Manhattan from the Envue Hotel in New JerseyRomantic Evening Views of Manhattan
  • Envue, Autograph CollectionGet a load of this chic hotel along the Hudson River in Weehawken! Great views of the Manhattan skyline are yours from your room and the rooftop terrace (while sipping a cocktail or two). There is a gym and restaurant, as well as a lounge, free Wi-Fi, small refrigerators and sitting areas. What Other Guests Liked: Ferry terminal to NYC right across the street...The outdoor terrace not only has awesome views of NYC, but you'll love the fire tables for warmth and “snow domes” that you can rent for a private experience. Worth Knowing: Parking cost is $22/day. 2023 ERV Rating*: 92% - Excellent. Room/Suite Prices: From $251/Night(550 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawken NJ 201-758-7920)

long branch nj: bungalow hotel

Romantic King Room at the Bungalow Hotel in Long Branch, NJBungalow Hotel Romantic Jersey Shore Room
Luxury Spa-Style Master Bath at the Bungalow Hotel in Long Branch, New JerseySpa-Style Bath, Bungalow Hotel
  • Bungalow Hotel - Authentic Jersey Shore boutique hotel located in Pier Village, and just a 3-minute walk from the Atlantic Ocean. Every room includes a fireplace, wet bar, and refrigerator. The property is filled with modern art, and the floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light throughout. Guests have access to the amenities at the hotel’s nearby sister property: gym, pool, restaurant, beach bar and nightclub. You may also make use of the oceanfront lounge chairs and umbrellas. What Other Guests Liked: Some suites include ocean views...Assortment of games in the lobby, including a foosball table and pool table. Worth Knowing: Resort fee is applied. 2023 ERV Rating*: 80% - Very Good. Room/Suite Prices: From $408/Night(50 Laird St, Long Branch NJ 732-229-3700)

asbury park: asbury ocean club hotel

Asbury Ocean Club Hotel Pool Terrace and Ocean ViewsSweeping Views of the Atlantic from Asbury Ocean Club Pool Terrace
  • Asbury Ocean Club HotelIntimacy and luxury combine to create a beach-house feel at this Asbury Park Hotel. Wonderful views, 11-foot high ceilings, private balconies (and kitchenettes in the suites) provide all you need for a romantic New Jersey vacation at the beach. This location is a one-minute walk from the boardwalk and beach, and 3 minutes from the Paramount Theatre. You'll also have access to their terrace & outdoor pool, fitness centre, and restaurant/ bar with terrace. What Other Guests Liked: Plush robes and slippers...Loft rooms...Cocktails and panoramic ocean views from the terrace. Worth Knowing: Resort fee of $41.58 per night. 2023 ERV Rating*: 88% - Very Good. Room/Suite/Loft Prices: From $267/Night(1101 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park NJ 732-481-0706)

ocean city NJ

scarborough inn

Attractive Common Area Downstairs at Scarborough Inn, Ocean City NJScarborough Inn, Ocean City NJ
Romantic King Bed Suite at the Scarborough Inn in Ocean City, New JerseyRoom at the Scarborough Inn
  • Scarborough InnThis Victorian gem is the oldest hotel/B&B in Ocean City. Built in 1895, it’s been renovated to reflect the Jazz Age of the 1920s. From rocking chairs on the wraparound porch, to the lounge with fireplace, and dining room where breakfast is served daily, you won’t be able to resist its romantic charm. The Scarborough is a 5-minute walk to the Ocean City Boardwalk, and Asbury Avenue shopping district. Unique rooms feature free Wi-Fi and mini-fridges, with suites offering sitting areas (and some have Whirlpool tubs). There’s even a 1-bedroom apartment with kitchenette. Breakfast, snacks and parking are included. What Other Guests Liked: Open all year. Worth Knowing: Minimum stay rules may apply. No children under the age of 10 during peak season. 2023 ERV Rating*: 96% - Excellent. Room/Suite Prices: From $191/Night(720 Ocean Ave, Ocean City NJ 609-399-1558)

Romantic Getaways in Cape May, NJ

Historic Cape May is the nation’s oldest seashore resort. For honeymoon and weekend getaways, you’ll find lots of hotels, inns and romantic restaurants to choose from.

la mer beachfront resort

Romantic La Mer Cape May New Jersey ResortRomantic Beachfront La Mer Resort in Cape May, New Jersey
  • La Mer Beachfront Resort - Cozy rooms feature 40-inch flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, microwaves, refrigerators, wet bars and private balconies. Condos are also available, and add full kitchens. The spectacular setting at the edge of the beach in Cape May is 4-1/2 miles from the Cape May Lighthouse, and less than 1-1/2 miles from the shops and restaurants at Washington Street Mall. There’s an outdoor pool with poolside food and drink service, as well as a gym, cocktail lounge, and restaurant with terrace dining. What Other Guests Liked: Free onsite covered parking...Beach cabanas...Live music concerts on the lawn in summer months. Worth Knowing: Minimum night stay requirements may apply. 2023 ERV Rating*: 84% - Very Good. Room/Suite Prices: From $160/Night(1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May NJ 609-770-4810)

virginia HOtel

Victoria Hotel Veranda, Cape May NJBeautiful Veranda, Virginia Hotel
Romantic Room at the Victoria Hotel in Cape May, New JerseyRomantic Room in Cape May NJ
  • Virginia HotelAn historic guest house originally constructed in 1879, this luxury Victorian style building is located a short walk from the beach and from vibrant Washington Street Mall. Complimentary breakfast can be delivered to your room, or eaten on the heated porch or “Virginia Seating Room”. Check out evening cocktails by the fireplace, or live music from the dining room. Twenty-four airy rooms include free WiFi, Flat screen TVs, minibars, and some have private balconies. Guests have access to a nearby pool, fitness center and spa. What Other Guests Liked: Upscale restaurant onsite...Private cottages also available. Worth Knowing: Adults only - no children. 2023 ERV Rating*: 86% - Very Good. Room/Suite Prices: From $119/Night(25 Jackson St, Cape May NJ 609-884-5700)

Things for Couples to do in Cape May:

  • Food & vineyard tours
  • Carriage rides
  • Trolley tours through downtown Cape May
  • Picnics by the Cape May Lighthouse

The scenic drive from Atlantic City to Cape May is a collection of beaches, boardwalks, places for hikes and romantic picnics. A rather scenic way to travel to Cape May is the ferry from Lewes, Delaware to North Cape May, NJ.

romantic new jersey Beaches:

Romantic and Secluded New Jersey BeachFind a Romantic & Uncrowded New Jersey Beach
  • Avon-By-The-Sea - Clean, uncrowded, with a peaceful town behind it. Requires a beach badge during summer daytime hours, available on-site. (Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ)
  • Strathmere Beach - Relaxing spot with no boardwalk or shops nearby. Street parking and the beach itself are free. (Tecumseh Ave, Strathmere NJ)
  • Sunset Beach - Beautiful sunsets (unique for NJ beaches!), plus a shipwreck in the distance, make this quiet southern NJ beach a must-see for roaming romantics. (Lower Township NJ) 

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more Romantic New Jersey Inns

wolverton inn

The Romantic Wolverton Inn Near Lambertville, NJRomantic Woolverton Inn near the Delaware River
  • Woolverton Inn - Set amidst 300 acres of farmland and forest, and high above the Delaware River, the romantic Wolverton Inn offers 14 cottages and guest rooms, a 3-course breakfast, free parking and much more. It’s just a short drive to Frenchtown and Bucks County PA, and provides the perfect base for exploring this scenic area. What Other Guests Liked: Large, comfortable jetted soaking tubs...Cozy gas fireplaces...Coffee and fresh baked cookies....EV charger for electric cars. Worth Knowing: Certain rooms a bit on the small side. 2023 ERV Rating* for Romantic NJ Country Inns: 96% - Excellent. Rates from $299/night(6 Woolverton Rd, Stockton NJ 609-372-5672)


Nestled in the scenic country between NJ and Pennsylvania (and only 70 miles from NYC). Lambertville is a peaceful spot to explore antique shops, check out the flea market on Saturdays, or rent a bike and ride the trails along the Delaware River.

The Romantic Lambertville Station Inn & RestaurantRomantic Lambertville Station Inn Along the Delaware River
  • Lambertville Station Inn - Lambertville’s historic train station has been converted into an elegant restaurant and 46 room hotel. It’s conveniently located within walking distance of both Lambertville and New Hope, and on the banks of the beautiful Delaware River. All rooms include complimentary internet, continental breakfast delivered to your door, and morning newspaper. Many feature fireplaces and spectacular river views. Bike rental available on request. What Other Guests Liked: Wood and stone wine cellar...Gas fireplaces...River views. Worth Knowing: No in-room mini-fridge. 2023 ERV Rating* for Romantic Lambertville NJ Inns: 84% - Very Good. Rates from $309/night(11 Bridge St, Lambertville NJ 609-362-5224)

Spring Lake - hewitt wellington hotel

You'll find Spring Lake less "touristy" than other NJ beach towns. Attractions here include unique shops, a great boardwalk, and a pristine stretch of beach just east of the village.

Front of the Hewitt Wellington Hotel in Spring Lake, New JerseyHistoric Hewitt Wellington Hotel
Pool Area at the Hewitt Wellington Hotel, Spring Lake NJHeated Pool - Hewitt Wellington Hotel
  • Hewitt Wellington Hotel - 100+ years of being a romantic destination, the recently-refreshed Hewitt Wellington is one of the most desired inns along the Jersey Shore. Gorgeous rooms come with marble baths, Wi-Fi and A/C, and selected suites include a private balcony and lake views. Beach badges are included with your stay, and there's a nice choice of shops and dining nearby. What Other Guests Liked: Heated pool...Romantic "Whispers" restaurant on-site...Beach a short 5 minute walk away. Worth Knowing: Historic property so no ramps or elevators available. 2023 ERV Rating*: 82% - Very Good. Rates from $299/night. (200 Monmouth Ave, Spring Lake NJ 732-974-1212)

*ERV Rating: our unique, non-scientific ratings for romantic accommodation include:

  • Amenities: including Whirlpool bath or JACUZZI® Tub, scenic view, fireplace, lounge, etc
  • Location: proximity of hotel to restaurants, pubs, downtown, etc
  • Clientele: demographic the hotel attracts (couples, families, business travelers, etc)
  • Popularity: based on social media & crowd-sourced reviews 
  • Value: product offered compared to room rate 
  • Please Note: percentage ratings are not absolute but for comparative use only  

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