Extravagant Romantic Winter Getaways

Hint: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Whether to celebrate Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or your shared love, a romantic winter getaway to any of these lodgings will create sparks.

Mohonk Mountain House
Built in the style of a Victorian castle, Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz includes wood-burning fireplaces and a spa and wellness center. Conde Nast Traveler rated Mohonk America’s No. 1 Resort Spa. It is the perfect place to unwind together. mohonk.com

The Roxbury
Fun-loving couples should not miss The Roxbury in Roxbury. It is actually two lodgings (the Stratton or the Roxbury Motel) that steep guests in quirky and whimsical themes of 1960s and ’70s culture, among many other styles. Guests can also enjoy the 50-foot waterfall on the property and since it is in the Catskills, skiing and snowboarding opportunities are not far. heroxburyexperience.com

Geneva on the Lake
The historic grounds of Geneva on the Lake offer a perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. The circa 1910 Nester Estate’s style was inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture and offers views of Seneca Lake. Choose from a suite or studio, appointed with handcrafted Stickley furniture, kitchen, wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and cathedral ceilings. Townhouses are also available. Guests enjoy on-site spa services and dining. genevaonthelake.com

The Dutchess Inn and Spa
The Dutchess Inn and Spa in Dutchess County offers elegant, tranquil accommodations without going headlong into the overly sweet, flowery décor that so often typifies romantic lodgings. During your stay, visit a few nearby attractions such as the Hudson Beach Glass gallery; The Dia, a contemporary art museum; Brotherhood Winery; Hudson Valley Brewery; Denning’s Point Distillery; and Beacon Tintype, to have an heirloom portrait taken with the love of your life. thedutchessinn.com

The Inn at Lake Joseph
The Inn at Lake Joseph in Forestburgh offers only 17 rooms, plus a few guest cottages to lend the intimate feel and quiet pace of a B&B but with the amenities of much larger lodgings. The suites include whirlpool, fireplaces and in-room couple’s massage—perfect for sharing quiet moments. lakejoseph.com

Lake Placid Lodge
Cozy cabins beckon from Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid for a getaway in New York’s premier winter playground. The lodge offers feel of a rustic winter camp without sacrificing one bit of luxury and decadence: featherbeds, stone fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, and refreshing mountain views. Travel + Leisure ranked it one of the world’s best. lakeplacidlodge.com

The Inn at Cooperstown
With its diminutive size, The Inn at Cooperstown in Cooperstown puts the “inn” in “intimate.” Though it has only 18 guest rooms, the structure was designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh who also designed as New York City’s Plaza Hotel and boasts historic Second Empire architecture. Enjoy walking hand in hand to the nearby main street dotted with small shops and family-owned restaurants or take a trolley ride to the Fenimore Art Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, or Brewery Ommegang. Trip Advisor named The Inn as a winner of the Traveler’s Choice Award for 12 consecutive years. innatcooperstown.com

Chalet Whiteface
Just the word “chalet” sounds cozy and romantic and Chalet Whiteface lives up to that connotation. With just 10 guest rooms, your stay will be quiet. The chalet is close to numerous mountain attractions, like Whiteface Mountain Olympic Ski Hill, High Falls Gorge, Lake Placid and Ausable Chasm: perfect for couples who enjoy adventures together. But staying cozy to enjoy the view and food from Rudy’s Scar Bar + Grille is also nice. The eatery is a spinoff of Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In in Oswego. rudyschaletwhiteface.com

Belhurst
Who wouldn’t swoon at spending a romantic getaway in an 1880s stone castle? In addition to the castle, Belhurst in Geneva offers the Vinifera Inn and White Springs Manor, plus two restaurants, a spa and a winery, hard cidery and craft brewery. Guestrooms boast four-poster beds, stained-glass windows and marble hearth fireplaces. Perched on Seneca Lake, Belhurst offers romantic vistas and is close to downtown. Enjoy an evening out at the Smith Center for the Arts for a live show and explore Geneva’s unique shops and restaurants. belhurst.com

10 Fitch Romanic Inn
As a couple’s only accommodation with only three rooms, 10 Fitch Romantic Inn in Auburn promotes a quiet, sensual experience for couples. Guests can enjoy in-room Swedish massage, soak in the clawfoot tub or whirlpool, share a European rain shower, get cozy by the fireplace and drift off to sleep in a canopied, four-poster bed. Breakfast is delivered right to the suite—perfect for sleeping late. Appointed with antiques and pieces from the nearby MacKenzie-Childs studio, 10 Fitch represents a getaway couples will never forget. Auburn is also home to Willard Memorial Chapel of Tiffany design; the historic William H. Seward House, home of a former governor of New York; and the Harriet Tubman Home. 10fitch.com

Mirbeau Inn and Spa
Escape to a French chateau-style lodging at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles. Curl up together by the fireplace, soak in the tub and enjoy couple’s spa services, all available in the resort Condé Nast Traveler rated as one of the nation’s top 20 small resorts. The nearby village of Skaneateles offers some of the area’s best “shop local” experiences with unique shops and restaurants. skaneateles.mirbeau.com

Geneva on the Lake, depicted in wintertime 2019. Choose between a suite or a studio and enjoy a view of Seneca Lake at this Italian Renaissance winter getaway.