Romance blooms this winter with these Garden State date night ideas.

Remember the fun of weekend sleepovers? Staying up late, dishing over tasty food, sipping hot chocolate nightcaps, and the utter bliss of sleeping in. Recreate that magic this winter with a "date night" overnight in New Jersey. Here are ideas to get you thinking and planning.


Nothing captures romance quite like a relaxing inn or Victorian bed and breakfast, especially in New Jersey. Whether you prefer an ocean view or an outside adventure, rest assured The Garden State has the top accommodations for you.

Like wine? Visit the Bernards Inn in Somerset County, which features a wine inventory of 1500 labels and 20 well-appointed guest rooms. Can't decide between hiking and hibernating? Enjoy both at the comfy Whistling Swan Inn, conveniently located near 14 miles of marked trails at Allamuchy Mountain State Park. Like romance with a touch of history? Cape May, a National Historic District with nearly 600 Victorian buildings, leads the way to your perfect stay. Look for other amazing inns and B&Bs nestled in seaside towns, including Beach Haven, Spring Lake and Ocean Grove.

There are plenty of thrilling places to stay along the banks of the Delaware River in places like LambertvilleStocktonFrenchtown and Milford too. These idyllic towns combine R&R with antiquing, boutique shopping and fine dining for exciting days and fun-filled nights. 


Winter is also an ideal time to hide away at one of New Jersey's AAA Diamond–rated hotels. Add a little exhilaration to your escape with an overnight at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Or plan a weekend getaway just steps away from dining, nightlife and cultural attractions at the city's W Hotel. For sophisticated amenities close to home, check out The Westminster Hotel in Livingston. And enjoy a mountain escape complete with cascading indoor pool, spa services and scenic views at the Minerals Hotel in Vernon. 


Ready for an adventure that’s entirely terrific and anything but typical? Located across the highway from The Minerals Hotel in Vernon is Legends Riding Stable, with over 150 miles of inviting scenic trails ready to explore on guided horseback. At Newark's GlassRoots Studio, you and your date can share your passion for creating art during a one-of-a-kind glass-blowing workshop. And everyone knows winter is a great time to nurture your inner lovebird with a birdwatching excursion. One of our top picks: Liberty State Park, where you could possibly spy a snowy owl and the Statue of Liberty in one unforgettable outing. 

For more ideas, request or download a free NJ travel guide or sign up for e-news from New Jersey Travel and Tourism. See all the remarkable (and romantic) destinations New Jersey has to offer.