7 Couples Retreats That Make for the Perfect Weekend Getaway
Here are a handful of romantic retreats that make for a perfect long weekend trip, whether you’re looking to explore a new destination or cozy up in your hotel room.
1. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge (Hunter, New York)
Located in Hunter right near the popular ski resort, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is one of the more chic and glamorous hotels in the Catskills. Scribner’s, which originally opened in the ’60s, was recently restored into a trendy lodge with Brooklyn-meets-Alpine vibes. While the Catskills have an exciting restaurant scene, don’t miss a meal at Prospect, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, which serves delicious cocktails and rustic fare using locally sourced ingredients. We also love the outdoor firepits, perfect for making s’mores and watching the snow fall. While you might not want to leave the hotel, there’s plenty to do around Hunter, like skiing, exploring Kaaterskill Falls and antiques shopping in downtown Tannersville. The property is also dog-friendly, for those couples whose idea of a romantic getaway includes Fido.
13 Scribner Hollow Rd., Hunter, New York; scribnerslodge.com
2. Shou Sugi Ban House (Water Mill, New York)
Japan may be out of the question this Valentine’s Day, but you can book a four-day trip to Shou Sugi Ban House, a Japanese-inspired wellness retreat inspired by the ryokans of rural Japan. For couples seeking relaxation, self-care and spiritual healing, this luxury Hamptons property is for you. Each of the 13 rooms are light-drenched, minimalist and neutral with wood-framed beds and soaking tubs. Each stay is complemented by a personalized nutrition, meditation and spa program, and couples can enjoy yoga or floating meditation classes, cooking workshops, beach walks, hot and cold hydrotherapy pools, saunas and more.
337 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, New York; shousugibanhouse.com
3. THE OCEAN HOUSE (WATCH HILL, RHODE ISLAND)
For couples seeking an escape from the concrete jungle, consider Ocean House, a romantic beachfront property in quaint Rhode Island. Easily accessible by Amtrak, the Ocean House is not just a summer destination. In the colder months, you can cozy up and experience the beauty of New England. Listen to the crashing waves of the Atlantic from your hotel room, book a detoxing mud wrap or deep tissue massage at the Ocean House Spa, explore the neighboring towns of Newport and Bristol, chow down on chowder and lobster rolls at one of the many nearby seafood shacks or splurge on a multi-course dinner at Coast, the hotel’s upscale restaurant.
1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, Rhode Island; oceanhouseri.com
4. Sound View (Greenport, New York)
Sound View is set on the Long Island Sound at the tip of the North Fork. For couples who want to relax and lie low, it’s easy to spend all day in your ocean-view room, just steps from a private beach. But for those seeking more adventure, the property is close to dozens of wineries, quaint farms, boutique breweries like Greenport Harbor Brewery and lots of small shops worth exploring. At Sound View, there’s The Halyard, a seafood-focused restaurant, and a piano bar perfect for a nightcap, but the town of Greenport also boasts great dining options, from local oysters at Little Creek to shareable small plates at Noah’s.
58775 County Rd. 48, Greenport, New York; soundviewgreenport.com
5. TROUTBECK (AMENIA, NEW YORK)
This newly opened country inn in the Hudson Valley is the perfect mix of laid-back and luxurious. The original Troutbeck dates back to the 17th century, and over time it served as a retreat for big names ranging from ErnestHemingway to Theodore Roosevelt. Today, there are 37 guest rooms complete with Malin + Goetz bath products, heavenly bedding featuring Italian linens and canopy beds. The Hudson Valley offers plenty of things to do too, from hiking to shopping, but you could just as easily stay cozied up in your room in a robe and slippers, reading a book by the fireplace. And thanks to Troutbeck’s delicious farm-to-table restaurant, you really don’t have to leave the property.
515 Leedsville Rd., Amenia, New York; troutbeck.com
6. WHITE BARN INN (KENNEBUNK, MAINE)
During the summertime, the seaside town of Kennebunkport is filled with tourists, but in the colder weather, it’s a peaceful and quiet escape. There’s nothing new or trendy about the White Barn Inn, but the historic property is relaxing, serene and indulgent in that understated New England way. The White Barn Inn is located a short walk from downtown Kennebunkport, which is lined with lobster shacks, boutique shops and great restaurants. You’re also not far from Portland, which has earned itself a reputation as one of America’s greatest food cities. That being said, the inn’s own rustic-meets-elegant restaurant housed in a former barn is reason enough to book a stay.
37 Beach Ave., Kennebunk, Maine; aubergeresorts.com/
7. EASTWIND HOTEL & BAR (WINDHAM, NEW YORK)
Known as “the land in the sky,” Windham is the less buzzy, more relaxed town in the Catskills. The Eastwind Hotel & Bar features traditional rooms and suites (all outfitted with luxe Frette sheets and many with their own private fireplace), but the real showstopper is the property’s A-frame cabins, which let you go glamping no matter how low the temps drop. After a day of skiing, you can lounge in the sauna, then hit up the bar for a turkey and fontina panini and one of the hotel’s signature cocktails, like a Smoky Ginger Mezcal Paloma. Oh, and for an extra $50, you can bring Fido here too.
5088 Rt. 23, Windham, New York; eastwindny.com