Five romantic jaunts for the time-deprived newlywed.
There are no heart-shaped Jacuzzis at the Lodge at Woodloch, an all-inclusive spa (866-953-8500; thelodgeatwoodloch.com). Instead, expect massaging waterfalls and outdoor whirlpools, all within two hours of the city ($58 round-trip; coachusa.com). The Complete Spa package starts at $349 per person per night and includes three meals a day, guided excursions, and a $120 spa credit.
The Clark House Bed & Breakfast (from $115; 518-678-5649; catskillsbb.com), a 110-year-old Victorian in Palenville, New York, is run by a French-English couple happy to clue in guests on everything from great antiquing spots to secret swim holes. Pick up sandwiches at the Circle W, a newly restored 1908 general store, then hike to the Palenville Overlook for views of the distant Berkshires. Back at Clark House, order in-room massages (from $80) before driving ten minutes to Tannersville, where the recently opened Curran’s serves local wines and seasonal fare (entrées from $17; dineatcurrans.com).
The rustic Wigwam Cabins (from $125; 413-664-0400), slated to open this summer five miles outside North Adams, Massachusetts, is the latest project from the people behind the retro-modern Porches Inn. Sitting on a ridge overlooking the valley, the cabins offer easy access to MASS MoCA ($15; 413-662-2111; massmoca.org) and nouveau contemporary eatery Mezze (entrées from $12; mezzerestaurant.com). Head home via Northampton, where the Japanese- inspired East Heaven Paradise Spa (413-587-0000; eastheaven.com) rents private outdoor hot tubs (from $50).
Aside from the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art ($10; risdmuseum.org), the real draw here is the food—specifically, new gastropub Cook & Brown Public House (entrées from $13; 401-273-7275; cookandbrown.com) and the five-course tasting menu at Gracie’s ($75; 401-272-7811; graciesprovidence.com). Check in at the antiques-stuffed Hotel Providence (from $169; 401-861-8000; hotelprovidence .com) before setting out to explore WaterFire (waterfire.org), a bonfire spectacle in the city’s three rivers, or new downtown spot the Salon (401-865-6330; thesalonpvd.com), a beauty parlor turned bar.
Jersey’s Tower Cottage (from $275; 732-892-2070; thetowercottage.com), which opened in 2008 following a renovation, offers guests complimentary passes to a nearby private beach. Enjoy a relaxed dinner at recent shore addition Daniel’s Bistro (entrées from $25; 732-899-5333). A bus gets newlyweds to Point Pleasant in about three hours from the city ($40 round-trip; njtransit.com).
From the Summer 2011 New York Wedding Guide