Choose from a selection of quick getaways on the East Coast, ranging from romantic inns to full service resorts. If you live in a city like New York and Boston, you can find great romantic things to do right in the city, including relaxing spas and weekend packages that include dinner, flowers and chocolate covered strawberries. Most hotel concierges will be more than happy to accommodate a romantic request - just be sure to call ahead of time. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park has a package that includes Champagne, long-stemmed roses, and couples massage in a luxurious suite.
»LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is a beach and spa getaway that lets you relax and rejuvenate in style. The 4,500-square foot spa includes relaxing features such as traditional outdoor Japanese Relaxation Tubs. The spa has seven spa treatment rooms, including four poolside rooms with sliding glass doors that can be opened during spa massage experiences. SpaTerre is decorated with Asian-inspired furniture and white washed wood panel walls. Ask about spa packages and other offers when booking your stay.
Play a few rounds of golf on the scenic LaPlaya Golf Course. Enjoy sunny climate, beachside setting and lush fairways flanked by mangroves and colorful bougainvillea. After enjoying a round of golf, relax in the sun and get a soothing massage at the spa. This oceanfront resort has 189 guest rooms and suites with four-poster beds and scenic views. If you are planning a romantic trip, ask for a Premium Beachfront Guest Room with a whirlpool bathtub. Room rates start at $125 per night.
»Delamar Greenwich Harbor
Just a short drive north of New York City, Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Connecticut is a coastal New England getaway with its own private marina and a relaxing spa. Book a treatment ahead of time because the spa can be busy on weekends.
»Hammock Beach Resort
Hammock Beach Resort on Florida's Northeast Coast offers 90 holes of championship golf, a pristine beach, the Racquet Club and a 80-slip marina. There are also three swimming pools, beautiful jogging trails and the Children's Activity Island. The area surrounding the resort offers numerous wildlife watching opportunities, including 400 different kinds of birds, dolphins, manatees, pelicans, herons, ospreys, eagles, sandpipers and ibis. The resort is a half-hour drive from St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. Nearby attractions include the Bulow Plantation Ruins, Kennedy Space Center, Marineland and the World Golf Hall of Fame.
There are several distinct accommodations to choose from. The 149-room Harborside Inn offers spa bathtubs and waterfront views. The Harborside Villas and Canopy Walk Villas come with a kitchen, washer & dryer, living and dining areas. The Canopy Walk community has a clubhouse facility with pool, spa, fitness center and activity rooms. You can also book one of the 20 luxury rooms at the Lodge or rent a condominium at Cinnamon Beach and Hammock Beach. Dining choices include the Atlantic Grille and Lounge at The Lodge, Flagler's Seafood and Steak Restaurant, and Henry's Harborside Bar. The resort is situated 30 minutes north of Daytona International Airport, 65 minutes south of Jacksonville and 90 minutes north of Orlando. At the Harborside Inn, rates start at $89 per night during the value season; from $199 per night during the high season. The Lodge at Ocean Hammock room rates range from $195-$425 (800-654-6538, 386-445-3000, website).
»Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod
Plan a family getaway to Chatham Bars Inn, an oceanfront resort located in Cape Cod, New England's favorite summer destination. The property offers a great selection of activities for guests of all ages, from complimentary children's programs in the summer to relaxing treatments at the spa. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, you can choose from accommodations located in the historic main building or private cottages set on 25 acres. The property has a quarter-mile private white sandy shore, great for swimming, sand castle building and volleyball. The Activities Center is well stocked with sand toys and games such as wiffleball, frisbee and paddleball.
The outdoor heated pool and a separate kiddie pool are located right next to the ocean. Poolside and beachside cabanas are available for rent. The hotel offers a number of activities for kids and for the whole family: eco-programs, ballroom dancing, twilight cruises, kayaking tours, fishing, tennis, biking and children's etiquette programs. Sign up for one of the pampering treatments at the Health & Wellness Center. Book a Vichy Shower experience or a massage on one of the plush spa rooms with a private shower and a hydrotherapy tub. Doubles start at $150 during the value season; from $200 in early spring and late fall; from $320 in the summer. VacationIdea.com Tip: Ask about packages, especially if your travel plans are flexible (508-945-0096, website).
»Plaza Athenee New York
Hotel Plaza Athenee New York is a luxury getaway, offering stylish accommodations, gourmet dining and a relaxing spa. Choose from 142 luxury hotel rooms and suites with contemporary European townhouse decor. Accommodations on higher floors offer the best city views. All rooms have in-room wireless Internet, plasma TVs with 300 channels, two line speaker phones, large writing desks, and marble bathrooms. Luxury suites have hardwood floors in the living room, one and half bathrooms, sofa beds and full kitchenettes. Guests enjoy complimentary access to the on-site business center and fitness center. Other complimentary services include a choice of morning newspapers, overnight shoe shine, tea/coffee service daily between 5:00-6:30 a.m. The spa features four Asian themed private treatment suites, a great romantic vacation idea. Room rates at the hotel start at $495/night.
»Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate provides a convenient location for visiting the area's family vacation attractions, such as the Walt Disney World theme parks, Sea World Orlando and Universal Studios Florida. The resort has a outdoor heated swimming pool, a family activity pool with water slides and a 850-foot lazy river with tunnels, rapids and canyons. Stay active on family vacation by working out at the health club and playing golf on two championship courses designed by Greg Norman. Or visit the European Spa and beauty salon to indulge in relaxing treatments. There are 730 guest rooms and suites with modern furnishings and scenic views.
If you have to do work while on vacation, each room has an executive work desk with modem outlet and dataports, two telephones with dual phone lines, voice mail and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Dining options include an Asian restaurant, Mediterranean-style eats, and casual American fare. If you don't want to leave the pool all day you don't have to since Croc's poolside bar and grill serves meals throughout the day. Right on the golf course, Clubhouse Restaurant serves full meals and quick snacks.
Fly to Orlando International Airport which is 25 miles from the resort, or to Tampa International Airport, 62 miles away. VacationIdea.com Vacation Tip: If you are flying to Orlando, it's a good idea to rent a car so that you will be able to drive to all of the attractions in the area. The hotel is about 5 miles from the Walt Disney World, and 15 miles from Sea World Orlando and Universal Studios Florida. Busch Gardens and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are about 70 miles away. Room rates with breakfast start at $179, depending on when you go (800-843-6664, omnihotels.com).
Located in a stylish Art Deco building in New York City, the Chatwal is a luxury hotel with design and service inspired by the golden age of travel. 24-hour butlers stand by to attend to your every need at this midtown Manhattan hotel. There is 24-hour room service and 24-hour fitness center with an indoor saltwater pool. The hotel has 50 guest rooms and 26 luxury suites designed by Master Architect and Designer Thierry Despont. Guest rooms measure at least 300 square feet in size with plush finishes. Enjoy the private bar where you can mix your own cocktails.
Luxury amenities include handmade mattresses, Frette linen and custom robes. One Bedroom Suites measure 850 square feet in size and have two full bathrooms. Each luxury suite has an entryway foyer which leads to a spacious separate sitting room and master bedroom. French Doors lead to a spacious outdoor terrace. The Lambs Club serves Modern American cuisine in a luxe Empire Deco setting. The restaurant is named after America's first professional theater club, The Lambs, where the club used to meet, including famous actors like Charlie Chaplin.
The spa offers three spa rooms, three private changing suites with steam showers, and a manicure and pedicure studio. Facilities include a Jacuzzi spa, a saltwater lap pool, a relaxation lounge and a fitness center. Room rates start at $565 USD. This is a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel which means that you can use Starpoints to book your stay (212-764-6200, website).
»Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain
Located on 700 acres overlooking Lake Champlain in Vermont, the Basin Harbor Club is a summer getaway offering a range of outdoor activities. The resort has a 18-hole golf course (greens fees start at $49), five tennis courts and a heated Olympic-size pool. Guests can rent kayaks, canoes and join daily excursions on the 40-foot Dynamyte II ($10 per person). If you like fishing, the lake is home to perch, bass, northern pike, salmon and trout. Bird-watching enthusiasts should bring their binoculars since the Champlain Valley is frequented by numerous migratory birds.
Both easy and strenuous hiking trails can be found in the area. If you prefer, you can explore the valley by bike. In July and August, the Fitness Center offers water aerobic classes, yoga, pilates and other classes. If you are planning a family vacation, the resort operates a Children's Program for kids ages three to 15. The program, available daily in the summer, and on spring and fall weekends, incorporates nature walks, arts & crafts and cookouts. There are 38 rooms and 77 one to three bedroom cottages with views of water, the golf course and the flower gardens. The restaurant serves classic New England fare with fresh local ingredients. The restaurants also offers an excellent wine list. Open from mid-May to mid-October, the inn is located about 4 hours from Boston and 5.5 hours from New York City, which makes it an ideal weekend getaway. If you prefer, you can fly to to Burlington, a 45-minute drive away. Room rates range from $130.00 to $504 per night based on double occupancy (802-475-2311, website).
»Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Cape Cod
Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, offers luxury accommodations set on 22 oceanfront acres. Guests receive golf privileges on a beautiful, members-only championship course.
»The Sagamore in the Adirondack Mountains
The Sagamore Hotel is located on a private island in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, offering romantic suites with fireplaces and terraces.
»The Tower Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Point Pleasant
Couples who don't have a car can get to The Tower Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Point Pleasant, New Jersey using NJ Transit. The inn has four rooms and a suite close to the beach (from $275, thetowercottage.com).
»Surfcomber South Beach
Surfcomber South Beach is a great place to relax in the sun while enjoying stylish guest rooms, a gourmet restaurant and luxury amenities such as a hosted evening wine hour. The property has a heated outdoor pool surrounded by lounge chairs, cabanas and palm trees just steps from the beach (from $280, surfcomber.com).
»Brook Farm Inn in the Berkshires
Brook Farm Inn in the Berkshires is located near many restaurants, galleries and boutique shops. In the summer, there is hiking along the Appalachian Trail and Shakespeare & Co. performances. In the winter, visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and enjoy skiing or snowshoeing (from $189, brookfarm.com).
»Rock Hall in the Litchfield Hills
Rock Hall in the Litchfield Hills has a great spa, outdoor pool, tennis court and elegant guest accommodations. Relax in a country setting surrounded by 23 acres of gardens, meadows and walking trails (from $225, 19rockhallroad.com).
»Topia Inn in the Berkshires
Topia Inn in the Berkshires is a charming hideaway for eco-conscious travelers who will delight in organic bed linens, LED lights and delicious breakfast prepared with organic, locally-sourced ingredients (from $210, topiainn.com).
»High Pointe Inn in Cape Cod
High Pointe Inn in Cape Cod offers uniquely decorated rooms, some with ocean views. Ask for a premium room with a cozy fireplace, deep tub for relaxing baths, and private area on the deck (from $150, thehighpointeinn.com). You'll be close to beautiful beaches and the ferries that can take you on a day trip to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
»The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Near Miami
Located on a barrier island near Miami, Florida, the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is a Florida offers attentive service, modern amenities, a choice of numerous activities and attractive packages. Guests can get pampered at the 20,000 square-foot ocean view spa, play tennis at the Tennis Garden, and relax on the beach, while their their kids spend fun time at the kids pavilion. In line with the brand's Gold Standards of service, the resort offers a number of services to simplify your stay. There is the Technology Butler, available 24-hours a day to fix any computer problems and help you access the Internet or rent a cell phone. Then there is a Tennis Butler, a Travel Butler and a Pool Concierge who make sure that no guest's request remains unanswered.
The 20,000 square-foot spa complex has 21 treatment rooms, including a Couples Suite. The spa offers signature treatments and daily fitness classes, including Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, and sunrise power walks. Browse more spas. The Tennis Garden features one hard court and ten soft-clay Hydrocourts. The facility was designed by Cliff Drysdale, the resident pro. Resort guests can take videotaped tennis lessons. Kids ages five to twelve can participate in full- and half-day programs at the Kids pavilion, where a trained staff organizes numerous activities, including beach relays, shell finding, art classes and pirate treasure hunts.
There are 59 suites and 402 rooms in a 13-story West Indies Colonial-style complex. Rooms have large balconies overlooking the ocean or resort gardens. The rooms and suites feature a multi-line phone, a large desk and high-speed Internet access. Dining is offered at several restaurants, ranging from sophisticated to casual. Cioppino, the resort's signature restaurants, offers award-winning Tuscan cuisine and ocean views. The property is located 25 minutes from the Miami International Airport. The resort offers a number of packages, including spa, golf and romantic getaways. Room rates vary by season, starting at $289 per night. For more information, call the hotel directly at 305-365-4230, or the Ritz-Carlton central reservation number at 800-241-3333 (305-365-4230, 800-241-3333, website).
»W Hotel New York - Union Square
W New York - Union Square is located at Park Avenue and 17th Street in Silicon Alley, New York City. The hotel is situated in the restored 20-story Guardian Life Building, a granite and limestone landmark building. If you are looking for unique trip ideas, try this stylish getaway in NYC. Nearby, guests can explore the famous Union Square Farmer's Market and splurge at boutique shops on Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The is located at the northeast corner of Union Square Park, near many fine restaurants, bars, and theaters. Following the W Hotels credo "Whatever, Whenever," the hotel provides a 24-hour concierge service ready to fulfill even the most unusual requests.
The hotel features the 3,000-square-foot Underbar, one of Manhattan's nightlife hot-spots. The bar offers private "niches" with curtains which provide anonymity, great for couples. There are 270 guest rooms, including 15 suites, with custom designed furniture with a whimsical touch such as an overstuffed velvet armchair, or a purple blanket. Guest rooms have a down feather bed with custom pillow-topped mattress, custom formulated Aveda bath products, bathrobes, and Turkish towels by Portico. Olives restaurant, created by the famed Chef Todd English, has a rustic feel with its wood ovens and open wood fires. It serves Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with American interpretation, using the fresh produce from the Union Square Farmer's Market. The restaurant has wood floors, oriental carpets, and stunning park views. The price for a double room starts at about USD $349 per night (212-253-9119, 877-W-HOTELS, website).