When you think of New Jersey, romance isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. I really don’t know why, because we are overflowing with romantic spots! Compiling a list that didn’t go on forever was almost impossible. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your love, New Jersey is the place to be! If you have any doubts, just read on.
1. Cafe Matisse, East Rutherford
From the decor to the dishes, everything about this restaurant is amazing. The service is spectacular and this spot is the epitome of romance. In warmer months, the outside garden is gorgeous.
2. Rat's Restaurant, Hamilton
This place is pure magic and will make you feel like you've stepped into a painting. The fantastic French restaurant was inspired by Claude Monet and sits on the property of New Jersey's stunning Grounds For Sculpture. This is an ideal spot for art lovers and food connoisseurs alike.
3. Shanghai Jazz Club, Madison
This restaurant and bar was ranked one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by Downbeat Magazine and is offering special shows for Valentine's Day weekend. The restaurant focuses on gourmet Asian cuisine, though a variety of options are available.
4. Ninety Acres, Peapack & Gladstone
Enjoy fresh farm-to-table cuisine on some seriously scenic grounds. Part of the Natirar Estate, there is so much to enjoy. Call for reservations and consider the "Bring Me Food" experience, their take on a tasting menu.
5. Cape May - Lewes Ferry, Cape May
This scenic ferry ride from Cape May, New Jersey to Lewes, Delaware will take you past historic lighthouses, a spectacular selection of birds, and maybe even a few dolphins. They're offering a special Valentine's Day package including ferry fare, fudge, and champagne. This romantic escape is about 3 hours, round trip.
6. Zylo, Hoboken
Located in the W Hotel, this spot offers incredible views of New York City. The food is fantastic, fresh, and locally sourced. Enjoy a special Valentine's Day menu with wine pairings.
7. High Point State Park, Sussex
What's more romantic than incredible views? Pack a picnic and spend some quality time at the highest point in New Jersey.
8. The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast, Cape May
You really can't get much more romantic than our amazing bed & breakfasts. While each one could easily be on this list, The Queen Victoria scored a spot for its Crown Jewel suite. The two-story suite features an incredible Jacuzzi in the loft and a stocked refrigerator. Guests can add on chocolate covered strawberries and in-room massages.
9. Lambertville Station, Lambertville
Though the pictures pretty much speak for themselves, I could go on and on about this amazingly romantic restaurant & inn. Guests will enjoy incredible views of the Delaware River and delicious dishes that are to-die-for!
10. Grand Cascades Lodge, Hamburg
This place is pretty much paradise. Part of the Crystal Springs Golf resort, there are too many amenities to list. The most romantic spot in the lodge has got to be the indoor Biosphere Pool Complex, pictured.
11. Caesar’s Qua Bath and Spa, Atlantic City
Prepare to be pampered! The services here are spectacular and can easily be enjoyed by singles, but romance is absolutely in the air. You'll find deluxe couples suites and treatments for two including the "Lovers' Kama Sutra" with Shirodarah scalp treatments, full body exfoliation, and side-by-side massages.
12. The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville
Whether you're here for a meal or a weekend, this is the perfect place to fall in love all over again. I highly recommend a stay here as the add-ons are extraordinary. Choose from breakfast in bed, wine, chocolates, or even a sunset helicopter tour for two! You may also be interested in the 3-course Prix-Fixe Valentine's dinner complete with complimentary flower and chocolates. If you'd like to get away for Valentine's Day, the inn is offering a luxurious package deal including accommodations, dinner, breakfast, wine, roses, chocolates and more. Rooms are limited but still available as of press time.
13. Archetypus Cafe, Edgewater
Dine on decadent desserts by candlelight and revel in the romance. The tables here are great, but you're going to want one of the private booths. You'll truly feel as if you're in another world, and the sundaes are spectacular.
14. Colonial Park, Somerset
This park and arboretum is picturesque year-round. Stroll the grounds and enjoy a living tree museum, perennial garden, rose garden, and much more.
15. Martell's Waters Edge, Bayville
The sweeping views of Barnegat Bay make Martell's stand out. Couples will love the spectacular sunsets, exquisite dishes and wonderful wine list.
16. Tuscany House Hotel, Egg Harbor City
What could be more romantic than a hotel located at a winery? Wine, dine, and relax at this truly special spot on the grounds of Renault Winery. In warmer weather, enjoy golf as well.
17. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Barnegat Light
Pack a picnic and stare up at the stars. Just be sure to bundle up, it's going to be cold this weekend. Luckily, you can keep each other warm!
This list is only just the start! There are so many romantic places in New Jersey, which is your favorite?