From relaxing seaside retreats to beautiful country inns, New Jersey offers many romantic places to stay. Plan a summer weekend trip to relax and rejuvenate at one of these unique properties which offer comfortable accommodations, attentive service and easy access to fun attractions in the area. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Wooden Duck Inn
2.Weekend Getaways in NJ: The Gables
3.The Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast
4.NJ Weekend Getaway: The Island Guest House
5.NJ Getaways: Widow McCrea House
6.Romantic Getaways in NJ: Alpine Haus B&B
7.Weekend Getaways in NJ: Carisbrooke Inn
8.Romantic Weekend Getaways in NJ: Beauclaire's Bed & Breakfast
9.Couples Resorts, NJ: Sea Scape Manor
10.Romantic Weekend Getaways in NJ: Northwood Inn
11.Weekend Getaways in NJ for Couples: The Spring Lake Inn
12.NJ Vacations: The RoseMary Inn
13.NJ Vacation Spots: Carroll Villa Hotel
14.Weekend Getaways Near Me: Chimney Hill Estate Inn Bed and Breakfast
15.Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast
16.Couples Getaway NJ: Inn at Glencairn
17.Places to Relax near Me: The Whistling Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast
18.NJ Honeymoon: The Summit DeBary Inn
19.NJ Honeymoon: The Scarborough Inn
20 Best Romantic Getaways in New Jersey
- Wooden Duck Inn, Photo: Wooden Duck Inn
- Weekend Getaways in NJ: The Gables, Photo: The Gables
- The Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast, Photo: The Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast
- NJ Weekend Getaway: The Island Guest House, Photo: The Island Guest House
- NJ Getaways: Widow McCrea House, Photo: Widow McCrea House
- Romantic Getaways in NJ: Alpine Haus B&B, Photo: Alpine Haus B&B
- Weekend Getaways in NJ: Carisbrooke Inn, Photo: Carisbrooke Inn
- Romantic Weekend Getaways in NJ: Beauclaire's Bed & Breakfast, Photo: Beauclaire's Bed & Breakfast
- Couples Resorts, NJ: Sea Scape Manor, Photo: Sea Scape Manor
- Romantic Weekend Getaways in NJ: Northwood Inn, Photo: Northwood Inn
- Weekend Getaways in NJ for Couples: The Spring Lake Inn, Photo: The Spring Lake Inn
- NJ Vacations: The RoseMary Inn, Photo: The RoseMary Inn
- NJ Vacation Spots: Carroll Villa Hotel, Photo: Carroll Villa Hotel
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: Chimney Hill Estate Inn Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Chimney Hill Estate Inn Bed and Breakfast
- Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast, Photo: Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast
- Couples Getaway NJ: Inn at Glencairn, Photo: Inn at Glencairn
- Places to Relax near Me: The Whistling Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast, Photo: The Whistling Swan Inn
- NJ Honeymoon: The Summit DeBary Inn, Photo: The Summit DeBary Inn
- NJ Honeymoon: The Scarborough Inn, Photo: The Scarborough Inn
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More Ideas in NJ: Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant in Cape May
The Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant is a charming seaside getaway that offers beautifully appointed accommodations and gourmet dining. Built in 1907 in the Georgian Revival style, the elegant mansion is set on Cape May’s Beach Avenue just a few steps from the beach and boasts breathtaking sea views from all the guest rooms and the sunny front porch.
Regarded as one of the finest examples of Georgian Revival architecture in the country, the Peter Shields Inn features nine comfortable oceanfront guest rooms with fireplaces, private bathrooms and a wealth of amenities to pamper and indulge. Complimentary gourmet breakfasts are served each morning and wine and cheese in the afternoons on the ocean front porch against a backdrop of sweeping views. Guest amenities range from the complimentary use of beach chairs, towels and umbrellas for a day in the sun, to bicycles and helmets for exploring the region.
The Peter Shields Innfeatures nine comfortable oceanfront guest rooms with fireplaces, private bathrooms and a wealth of amenities. Every room features comfortable king or queen size beds with luxurious linens and down pillows, and private bathrooms with walk-in showers, soaking bathtubs, thick towels andGilchrist & Soames bath products.
Spacious sitting areas have comfortable seating and modern amenities, including LED/LCD televisions, Bose radios, individual climate control with heating and cooling functions, and complimentary wireless Internet. Additional guest services include a nightly turndown service, fresh flowers in each room, complimentary breakfast, afternoon cheese and wine and a 24-hour hospitality room with free snacks and soft drinks. A concierge service and free parking are also available for guests.
The Peter Shields Inn Restaurant serves a creative menu of traditional and contemporary cuisine in one of five dining rooms or on the front porch against a backdrop of stunning sea views. Executive ChefCarl Messickprepares dishes from locally sourced ingredients in inventive and exciting ways and presents them with finesse and flair. The superb cuisine is accompanied by aselection of wines from the Cape May Winery &Vineyard, or guests are welcome to bring their own.
The Peter Shields Inn is the perfect venue for a romantic wedding with stunning viewsover Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining and modern amenities. Couples can choose between holding their wedding in the iconic Georgian Revival mansion, thePeter Shields Inn Restaurant, or on the beach in front of the inn. The elegant restaurant offers several different private dining rooms for more intimate events,or the entire venue can be hired for larger parties of up to 100 guests. Each private dining room is stylishly decorated with gorgeous chandeliers, ornate ceiling moldings, and a cool, neutral color scheme.
Nine beautifully appointed guest rooms to allow the wedding party to soak up the beauty of Cape May’s stunning scenery, followed by award-winning cuisine atThe Peter Shields Inn Restaurant. Special wedding services include an onsite wedding coordinator, an executive chef and professional staff to take care of every detail. The Inn is also one of Cape May's premier private event venues and caters for a range of special events and functions, such as private dinners, birthday parties, anniversaries, and other celebrations.
In addition to luxurious accommodations and modern amenities, The Peter Shields Innand Restaurant offers guests the use of complimentary use of beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas for a day in the sun, to bicycles and helmets for exploring the region.
Cape May offers a wealth of attractions, activities and interesting things to see and do. Enjoy a day of shopping at the Washington Street Mall, take the hotel’s trolley or enjoy guided walking and historical tours of the small seaside town, or explore the local wildlife at the Cape May Bird Observatory. Cape May is surrounded by pristine beaches that are dotted with lighthouses and offer lovely long walks, rock pools to discover and beachcombing to enjoy. Other attractions in the Cape May area include the Cape May Marina, the South Jersey Marina, the Corinthian Yacht Club, the Canyon Club Resort Marina, the Miss Chris Marina, and Fishing Center and the Harbor View Marina.
1301 Beach Ave., Cape May, New Jersey, Phone: 609-884-9090
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More Ideas: Howell Living History Farm
The Howell Living History Farm, also known as the Joseph Phillips Farm, is an open-air museum and living history farm in Hopewell Township. Set on 130 acres of beautiful landscapes near Titusville in Mercer County, New Jersey, the Howell Farm stands as a museum in its rural setting that showcases farm life and how farming was practiced in New Jersey from 1890 to 1910. The Howell Farm features the remnants of over 250 years of agricultural practice and life in the region and offers a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.
Established in 1732 by Joseph Phillips, the Howell Living History Farm began as a 125-acre property which later grew to more than 250 acres with the help of his son, Henry Phillips. The farm catered for all types of farming from crop to dairy and changed family hands several times over the decades. The property was donated to Mercer County in 1974 as a public museum and educational facility and is listed on the National Historic Register of Places. Today, the Howell Living History Farm operated by the Mercer County Park Commission and is a member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).
The Howell Living History Farm offers a range of educational programs for visitors of all ages, including public programs, class trips, farmhands, internships, and summer camps. Public programs for students and adults range from sheep-shearing, corn-planting, and hay-riding to tours of the Pleasant Valley House and hog slopping and weighing.
‘Farmhands’ introduces children between the ages of six and 12 years old to a variety of farm activities and operations, such as chores, crafts, games, and seasonal activities. Activities are led by seasoned farm staff and may include feeding and watering animals, collecting eggs, mixing animal feeds, bottle feeding lambs, planting potatoes, bottle, and digging the garden, among others.
Farm Camps offer unique experiences where campers can enjoy all the farm activities over a week, such as hands-on animal care, planting, cultivating and harvesting seasonal vegetables, helping with chores, gathering eggs, mixing feed and more. Campers also head out into nature search for animal tracks, collect natural treasures, and explore different habitats, as well as enjoy arts and crafts, stories, games and a hayride.
The Howell Living History Farm is located at 70 Woodens Lane in Lambertville, New Jersey and is open to the public from Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, February through November. It is also open Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, from the end of January through the beginning of December; and Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm, April through November.
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70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ 08530, Phone: 609-737-3299
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More Ideas in NJ: Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison’s New Jersey home, Glenmont Estate, and the adjacent laboratory complex comprise the Thomas Edison National Park in West Orange, New Jersey. The Laboratory Complex Visitor Center is the gateway to the park. Visitors begin here to pay their fees and watch a short movie on the history of Thomas Edison and his inventions.
Additional films include Edison’s black and white “Great Train Robbery,” a 1903 Western considered a filmmaking milestone. The Laboratory Complex itself, however, is perhaps Edison’s most important invention. At the laboratory, which is preserved today by the National Park, Edison received over 1,000 patents for inventions including the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, black and white motion pictures and alkaline batteries. The complex consists of the visitor center, which is located in the physics laboratory, a chemistry laboratory and metallurgical laboratory, a machine shop, library, and Edison’s office. Additional buildings include Black Maria, used as a film studio, and vaults 8, 12 and 33. The complex also served as a factory where components of phonographs, projectors and cameras were made. Money earned through these businesses helped support future inventions. Over 400,000 artifacts make up the collection at the laboratory complex. Included among these are close to 50,000 sound recordings, over 10,000 rare books in Edison’s library, and 60,000 photographs, and upwards of 5 million documents.
The Glenmont Estate is a 29-room Queen Anne style home in Llewellyn Park, New Jersey. The 13.5 acre property consists of a greenhouse and potting shed, stables, and barn. A poured concrete garage on site is the result of Edison’s experiments in pouring concrete buildings. Edison moved into the home in 1886, shortly after marrying Mina Miller. The couple raised three children in the home. The home was built in 1880 by the architect Henry Hudson Holly, who also designed the laboratory complex. Hudson was instrumental in bringing the Queen Anne style of architecture to the United States and the Glenmont Estate is considered the crowning jewel of his career. The asymmetrical façade features a wrap-around porch and rooftop balcony on the steeply gabled roof. A glass conservatory is featured at one end of the home. Interior elements include painted ceilings, hand-stenciled walls, stained glass windows and elaborate chandeliers, woodwork and wainscoting. The home’s décor offers a rare look at the design of Pottier & Stymus, a New York firm, which lost all its historical records in a fire in the late 1800’s. The home is outfitted with modern Gothic style furniture and Victorian era decorative arts. Over 40,000 artifacts in the home include Tiffany and Company clocks, paintings by Hudson River School artists, Persian rugs and French porcelain. Edison family memorabilia, photographs and documents are on display, along with his inventions.
History: Thomas Edison (1847-1931) is known as ‘America’s greatest inventor.’ Among his most well-known inventions are the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph and the motion-picture camera. His most enduring legacy, however, is perhaps his invention of the research and development laboratory itself. Over 100 employees worked at the laboratory complex at the turn of the century, with Edison overseeing small teams on different projects. The Laboratory complex closed shortly after Edison’s death in 1931. Mina, who owned the Glenmont Estate outright to prevent it from being taken by Edison’s creditors, remarried and lived in the home until her death in 1947. In 1948, the site opened as a museum. In 1955, the home was established as a National Historic Site, while the laboratory was established as a National Historic Monument in 1956. By 1962, the Edison National Historic Site was established to encompass both sites, and became the Thomas Edison National Park in 2009.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Educational programming at the National Park includes guided ranger tours of both the home and laboratory complex. Cell phone audio tours are available for those who prefer a self-guided pace. The laboratory welcomes school groups, scout groups and others. Children can earn the Junior Ranger badge at either of the sites. The park is one of the stops on the Washington Rock and Roll Tour, a cycling tour sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Events include Holidays at Glenmont, when the estate is decked out in Victorian holiday décor. Harry’s Magical Invention Bag is a monthly program in which Harry Roman, who established the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame, discusses Edison’s role in history, and New Jersey’s ongoing role in the national invention scene.
211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ 07052, Phone: 973-736-0550
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