Post # 1
Fiance & I have only 4-5 days after our October wedding. Originally were thinking about upstate NY for a quick getaway, but now having second thoughts. Any recommendations for a relaxing, private getaway within driving distance of NYC (max 8-9 hours)? We are looking at Adirondacks, VT to the north and also VA, WV to the South. We’d love a relaxing location with a fireplace, jacuzzi and/or hot tub, & both spa & outdoor activities (hiking/horseback riding) nearby. Any advice??
Post # 2
The North Fork of long island has awesome beaches and wineries along a bikeable road. Also, shelter island has lovely inns.
Post # 3
There’s great hiking and whitewater rafting in West Virginia!
Post # 4
JenGirl: We were thinking about WV but any ideas where to stay? We looked at the Greenbrier, which could be fun but I’m nervous it will be too expensive once we pay for food and other activities.
Post # 5
What about the Outer Banks in North Carolina? October is a great beach month in NC… not as many tourists, lower rates, and the weather is usually very nice. I used to live on the southern part of the coast and would frequently go to the beach well into November! I think it’s about 8 1/2 hours from NYC too, so within your limit!
ETA: I just reread your post and realized that my suggestion doesn’t really apply to what you’re looking for. The beach can be relaxing though & the OBX does have wild horses roaming around! 🙂
Post # 6
Hm, I’ve usually camped when I go, but I’m sure there are cabins around the New River Gorge. i just did a quick google search and found this: http://www.adventurewestvirginia.com/site/cabin-rentals.html
Post # 7
hopscotch: What about the Berkshires?! Or southern Vermont. Either would be BEAUTIFUL at that time of year, with all of the foliage out. FI and I got engaged in southern Vermont last October and it was prime foliage season. Absolutely gorgeous and so many cute little towns and hotels. Very romantic.
Post # 8
What about the cabins that are in the mountains of eastern NC? I always thought they looked romantic and relaxing. THey usually have jacuzzis, lakes, outdoor activities, etc and should be within a decent driving distance from here (NY).
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
When we were researching minimoon and 1st anniversary spots, I saved all of these links for future reference.Everything is in PA.
And a NY option that made me swoon
Post # 10
hopscotch: What about Assateague/Chincoteague – horse back riding on the beach?
Post # 11
The Greenbriar in WV? It’s gorgeous, has an awesome spa, and several activities.
Similar to that is The Homestead in VA.
Otherwise, I’d say the mountains of NC? Ashville? You could rent a cabin, visit the Biltmore Estate, Winery Tours, lots of craft brewed beer, etc.
Post # 12
How about St. Michaels in Maryland? Bed and breakfast kind of place with spas, little shops, wineries and good food.
Post # 13
We went to Pokono Palace. It totally is one of the old school uber cheesy love resorts, but we had tremendous fun (and knew what we were getting into). We went on some really pretty hikes and were able to ride horses. Our room had a heart shaped jaccuzi, but others have a wine glass shaped one! If cheesey romantic and fun is your thing, I highly recommend.
Also it was all inclusive, bar lunches and alcohol.
Post # 14
hollyberry4: Great suggestion!
OP, I’ve been a few times..lovely area with B&B’s, a small winery, cute shops, restaurants, and the water!
Post # 15
hopscotch: Couple of Suggestions:
Charlottesville, VA-GORGEOUS in the Fall, lots of activities-wine tasting, great restaurants, you can visit Monticello.
Just outside of DC (I’m from that area)-Leesburg, Va area and west. There are a couple of really nice resorts-Lansdowne Resort and Salamander Resort and Spa. Should have some great foliage and if you’re into Wine-PLENTY of wineries!