12 of the Most Romantic Things to Do Near New York City
Greenwich is an ideal introduction to Connecticut.
It’s bucolic, peaceful, and sophisticated. It’s also easy to get to from New York City.
Hop on a Metro North train from Grand Central Station and you’ll be here in less than an hour. Or escape city traffic and arrive here just as quickly by car.
And planning last-minute getaways here are just as simple.
Below is our list of absolute favorite romantic things to do in Connecticut. All are close to our romantic bed and breakfast, the Stanton House Inn.
Be sure to read our full guide on romantic things to do in Greenwich, CT, if you’d like to see more.
The quiet and charm of a small town boutique inn close to Greenwich’s main street is the perfect spot to explore the area for a long weekend.
Be sure to download our free Greenwich, CT, Visitors Guide for all our favorite things to do around our romantic CT bed and breakfast near NYC.
A Romantic Connecticut Day Trip for Weekend Getaways from NYC
Greenwich is the perfect location for quick romantic weekend getaways from NYC.
Here is just one of our favorite romantic itineraries for just one full day visiting here. This is a wonderful romantic Connecticut day trip for weekend trips anytime of the year.
Click over to our guide to the best date ideas in Connecticut for more helpful tips. Or read our guide to romantic places for getaways in CT to explore more of our little state.
A Romantic Morning in Connecticut
Wake-up at your leisure in what feels like a country inn and join us for breakfast. You and your significant other can chat with us and get some last minute tips before you head out for the day.
Spend the morning enjoying a horseback riding lesson at Mead Farm in Stamford. More experienced riders can explore together the extensive horseback riding trails in backcountry Greenwich, Stamford, and other adjacent towns.
Lunch and Early Afternoon Along the Long Island Sound
After you’re out of the saddle, continue your drive along the Long Island Sound towards New Haven. We’re happy to supply you with plenty of restaurant recommendations along the way in any of the cute, quaint, Connecticut towns you’ll be passing:
- New Canaan
Afternoon Exploring the Connecticut Wine Trail or the Coast and Mystic, Connecticut
Continue your driving tour up the coast towards the quaint former whaling towns of Mystic and Stonington. There are plenty of romantic attractions and activities to enjoy in Mystic, Connecticut.
You can even head over to Rhode Island from there.
If you’re interested in wine and wineries, the Connecticut Wine Trail starts close to the Stanton House Inn and winds along the coast. Check-out our list of Connecticut wineries that are all an easy drive from Greenwich.
Late Afternoon and Evening in Greenwich
Depending on when you make it back to the Stanton House Inn, you’re welcome to enjoy afternoon tea in the common areas of the house or outside on the patio or gardens. You and your significant other are also welcome to enjoy some rest and relaxation in your room before dinner.
Walk from the Stanton House Inn to Greenwich Avenue. There, pick any of the top downtown Greenwich restaurants either on Greenwich Avenue, or nearby. Regardless of the fare you choose, your taste buds will delight in the powerhouse that is Greenwich’s culinary scene.
But there are plenty of other options to choose from, including French restaurants in Greenwich, Connecticut. If the weather is warm, you can choose any of the waterfront restaurants near Greenwich so you can dine along the second largest estuary on the East Coast.
Where to Stay at the Most Romantic Connecticut Bed and Breakfast Near NYC
There’s no question that the Stanton House Inn is the most romantic bed and breakfast near NYC. Just over the border in bucolic and elegant Greenwich, our bed and breakfast inn is the perfect spot to experience the area together. All our accommodations feature private baths and concierge services from our staff to help plan your visit with a local’s advice.
A few of the romantic Connecticut suites perfect for your visit include:
- The Brush Suite, an expansive and private suite, and the original master bedroom of the house. This room includes an antique clawfoot tub in the bathroom and beautiful views of the gardens.
- The Sackett Suite, which offers beautiful views of the surrounding grounds as well as a 2-person Whirlpool tub in the room.
And a few other options, rooms with amenities that are particularly romantic
- Room 28, with a deck overlooking the pool, patio, and south side of the House; and a gas fireplace
- Room 14, with its private entrance on the western side of the house, it’s windows look onto the surrounding gardens, and the gas fireplace is delightful
Be sure to explore our vacation specials and packages before your plan your romantic weekend getaways in Connecticut.
Even More Romantic Things to Do in Greenwich
A few more of our favorite romantic activities include more seasonal ones, such as:
- Visiting apple orchards near NYC
- A beach day at the great beaches near Greenwich, CT
- Exploring gorgeous Greenwich mansions
- Spectacular hiking in Connecticut and the many other hiking trails near NYC
- Enjoy a romantic dinner and a cruise along nearby Greenwich harbor
Our romantic Connecticut bed and breakfast is close to all the best things to do in Greenwich and Stamford, as well as most attractions in Westchester County and the Hudson River Valley.
5 of the Most Romantic Things to Do in NYC
While planning a romantic Connecticut getaway, we highly recommend a visit to New York City. If you’re not already visiting us to escape daily life in NYC!
The Stanton House Inn is the perfect bed and breakfast outside NYC. It is close enough to easily take a day trip to the Big Apple. You’ll be sure to find countless romantic places and things to do in NYC.
Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan is only a 40-minute express ride from the Greenwich Train Station. The station is only a mile walk away from the Stanton House Inn. Avoid the stress of driving and travel by train into New York with all the commuters from Greenwich. A train ride is only about an hour from NYC to Greenwich, CT, or vice versa.
Enjoy a romantic day in New York with one of the best bed and breakfasts in Connecticut as your chosen accommodations. Some of our favorite romantic things to do in NYC are listed below.
Dine at Romantic New York City Restaurants
There are so many restaurants in New York City that it’s said one can eat at a different one every day for 65 years without repeating! Of the many restaurants, some are world renowned for being the most romantic restaurants in New York City. Barbetta NYC is one of the oldest restaurants serving Italian in an area that knows how to prepare Italian exceptionally well. The Central Park Boathouse, meanwhile, offers exquisite food in exceptional surroundings on a lake in the middle of Central Park. Just across the Brooklyn bridge from Manhattan is the River Café. This landmark restaurant offers a New American menu and stunning views back at the Manhattan skyline.
2. Explore Central Park either on foot or from a carriage ride
During your romantic visit to New York City, one of the most iconic locations in the City. Central Park is:
- one of the most filmed locations
- the most visited urban park in the world
- one of the most famous places to propose in New York City
Central Park is the most famous creation of Frank Law Olmstead. It features a wide variety of locations and smaller parks within the larger park for all sorts of activities. Wandering around the meandering paths of the park is one of the most romantic things to do in Central Park (besides proposing, of course). Be sure to experience:
- The sculptures
- The people-watching
- A carriage ride
Exploring Central Park is by far a favorite on the list of cheap romantic things to do in New York City.
3. Rockefeller Center
If you are looking for romantic things to do in New York City in the winter (especially around the Holidays), be sure to visit Rockefeller Center. This is the place to go to see the holiday tree and go ice-skating. If you come the rest of the year, Rockefeller Center is still a fantastic place to experience the pulse of the City. Be sure to see the Prometheus statue and other art situated throughout the Center.
4. Empire State Building
It may no longer be the tallest skyscraper in New York, or even the world, but the Empire State Building is definitely one of the most famous. A first-time visit to New York City wouldn’t be complete without seeing the view from the top of what many consider an American cultural icon.
5. Metropolitan Museum of Art
On the eastern edge of Central Park sits the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or “the Met” as it’s known locally. It is the largest art museum in America, and one of the largest in the world. It features extensive collections of:
- American and modern art
- African art
- Asian art
- Oceanic art
- Islamic art
- Byzantine art
Interiors of major examples of architecture are installed throughout the museum, including an ancient Egyptian temple.
There are plenty more romantic things to do in New York City besides this abridged list, such as:
- Seeing romantic Broadway shows
- Taking Spirit Cruises around New York harbor
- Visiting Lincoln Center
- Walking along the High Line Garden
Even just finding fun things to do in New York City with your loved one can be enough to be romantic. But staying at one of the best bed and breakfasts near New York City can be pretty romantic, as well.
For many more NYC attractions, activities, events, restaurants, and things to do near NYC for couples or families, be sure to download our Greenwich, Connecticut, Visitor’s Guide!