New York is a beautiful state filled with natural scenery, bustling cities, quaint small towns and intriguing folks from all around the globe. Whether you’re looking to book a cozy cottage overlooking Niagara Falls or spend time with your sweetheart in the Big Apple, there are plenty of New York vacation rentals perfect for an unforgettable romantic getaway. From strolling through Central Park to soaking up the sun in The Hamptons, the Empire State offers an abundance of activities to fill up a weekend. If you’re contemplating a weekend getaway with your special someone, these top eight locations are sure to impress.

1. Niagara Falls

Known as an oasis for honeymooners, Niagara Falls is an ideal location for a romantic getaway. Vacation rentals in the area are just minutes from the famous falls, where you can view the cascading water from the observation deck at Niagara Falls State Park. In addition to the falls, the city also houses the Aquarium of Niagara, a non-profit aquatic center with over 2,000 species and live exhibits. When you’re ready to step away from the water and enjoy an intimate meal, stop by Michael’s Restaurant for some hearty Italian fare.

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2. Lake George

For beautiful views of the Adirondack mountains and a touch of small town charm, consider a romantic weekend vacation rental in Lake George. Located in the Adirondack region, Lake George sits on the lake of the same name, surrounded by lovely lake homes and lush greenery. Enjoy a picnic or boat ride at nearby Million Dollar Beach, or have some old-fashioned fun at the Magic Forest fun park while rubbing elbows with oversized statues of Uncle Sam, Paul Bunyan, Santa Claus, and more. For a romantic meal overlooking the water, book a table for two at Lake George Shoreline Restaurant.

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3. New York City

If you’re in the mood for excitement, consider a getaway to New York City. The Big Apple has something for everyone, from romantic picnics in Central Park to the latest shows on Broadway. Check out a musical, peruse the shops on Fifth Avenue, or take in the views of Times Square from the window of your high rise vacation rental. Tour the Empire State Building and take a selfie from the observation deck, then snuggle up in a private booth over Japanese cuisine at Zenkichi.

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4. Rochester

For a weekend filled with history, reserve a vacation rental in Rochester. Located on Lake Ontario, Rochester is surrounded by historic industrial buildings and museums. Visit the George Eastman House and Museum to learn more about the founder of Kodak, then spend an afternoon at the Seneca Park Zoo. The zoo first opened in 1894 and offers African safari tours and exhibits of over 90 animal species. After you’ve worked up an appetite after a day of sightseeing, enjoy a romantic meal at Pane Vino on the River, an Italian bistro complete with courtyard seating, a warm fireplace, and live music.

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5. Peekskill

Enjoy great views of the Hudson River paired with historic architecture and friendly residents when you book a romantic weekend getaway in Peekskill. Located on a bay along the east side of the Hudson, Peekskill is home to several museums, including the Lincoln Depot Museum, a historic rail depot where Abraham Lincoln stopped in 1861. Hop on the Metro and spend the afternoon strolling along Water Street checking out the shops, then take in some live music over dinner and wine at 12 Grapes restaurant. For a romantic cruise along the river, sign up for a Trinity River Cruise, a one-hour trip up the water, complete with snacks and beverages.

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6. Scarsdale

Step back in time when you choose a vacation rental in Scarsdale, a quaint village and town with architecture that dates back to the 1700s. Take a romantic walk along the Bronx River Parkway, the first linear park in the country, and stop at the historic Kensico Dam for an afternoon picnic.

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7. Long Island

Located along the Atlantic coast, Long Island is an ideal location for a weekend getaway, with beaches, amusement parks, delicious restaurants, and vacation rentals just a few minutes from the water. If you’re visiting during the warmer months, spend the day at Jones Beach State Park with a picnic and a few beach chairs, or visit with the painted horse in Garden City, a unique landmark dedicated to a 1665 horse race. For an intimate dining experience with some of the best skyline views in the city, make reservations at SHI, a popular Asian-fusion restaurant.

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8. The Hamptons

If you’re interested in a classy location away from the city, head to The Hamptons. Book a cozy beach vacation rental just steps from the Atlantic ocean and breathe in the fresh salt air while you walk along the sand, then take a trip into town for a meal. 1770 House on Main Street features an intimate dining room and a tasty comfort food menu, while the Bay Kitchen Bar sits along the harbor and serves fresh seasonal seafood. For a bit of sightseeing, check out the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibit Center or the Parrish Art Museum, known for its contemporary pieces.

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