For whatever reasons, sometimes a honeymoon in a far-flung location just isn’t possible. Here are five destinations that are an easy drive from Buffalo (three in Pennsylvania and two in New York).
Each provides luxury accommodations, interesting activities (for when you tire of staring into each other’s eyes) along with great food and drinks.
We think they can be just as romantic as a Hawaiian getaway. After all, it’s who you’re with that really counts.
The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa. (6 hours)
thehotelhershey.com • (717) 508-1958
The beauty of a honeymoon in “The Sweetest Place on Earth” is that as married adults, you can eat all the chocolate you want.
The Hotel Hershey offers elegant rooms for your stay. Luxurious Woodside Cottages on the property offer more privacy.
Spend time at the adults-only, infinity edge pool (private cabanas available) or enjoy couples treatments at The Spa. With packages like “Chocolate Escape” and “Hershey Kiss,” there is no wrong choice.
Tour the property on a Segway, or challenge your new spouse to bocce, croquet or shuffleboard at the sports and fitness complex. Play for bags of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The serene Hershey Gardens are across the street from the hotel also has a butterfly house.
Hotel restaurants and bars serve chocolate in interesting ways, and all have sinful chocolate desserts, like the Black Forest Truffle served in the Circular. The curved ding room overlooks gardens. The Iberian Lounge serves four versions of chocolate martinis.
If you simply want to be kids again, play the hotel’s “chocolate bingo.” Visit Chocolate World to design a candy bar together or book a chocolate tasting. A hotel stay offers the best price on Hersheypark tickets, where you can ride one of 13 roller coasters.
Also: Complimentary hotel shuttle to Hersheypark with access to nearby Chocolate World, Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Trolley Works (hersheypa.com). The Hershey Country Club and its two 18-hole golf courses are available to hotel guests.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. (4½ hours)
nemacolin.com • (866) 344-6957
In the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania sits the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Among its accommodations, the stunning Falling Rock boutique hotel pays homage to the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and lesser-known Kentuck Knob.
For relaxation, Falling Rock’s infinity pool is exclusive to hotel guests, while The Woodlands Spa and the Holistic Healing Center provide a variety of soothing treatments.
At the Adventure Center you can choose from a variety of fun outings, like zip-lining. The Fatbird Superflyer offers dueling lines. The Fatbird Canopy Tour adds challenges in the tree in addition to zipping. At the Wildlife Academy, sign up for a Jamaican dogsled ride or horseback tour.
Five fine-dining restaurants and several casual restaurants and lounges include Forbes 5-Star/AAA 5-Diamond “Lautrec.” Nemacolin has the largest wine cellar (21,000 bottles) in Pennsylvania. Wine tastings Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4 p.m., wine cellar tours Thursday and Saturdays at 3 p.m.
Also: The Mystic Rock Golf Course, designed by Peter Dye, is one of two onsite. The resort’s Maggie Valley RV Park provides luxurious amenities for avid RVers. Pet boarding available to all guests. Lady Luck Casino is 3 miles away. Fallingwater (fallingwater.org) and Kentuck Knob (kentuckknob.com) are about 12 miles.
The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford, Pa. (1 hour, 45 minutes)
glendorn.com • (800) 843-8568
Set deep in the woods, Glendorn guests enjoy the great outdoors without roughing it. Built as a family retreat by oil magnate C.G. Dorn in 1927, accommodations include sumptuous suites in the Big House or one of the property’s luxury cabins.
Dorn was a fisherman, so fishing is big here. Glendorn takes care of everything, including equipment. For those who prefer leaving the water’s occupants alone, kayaking and canoeing are available. Landlubbers can hike or mountain bike one of many trails on the 1,500-acre property, or take a guided Jeep tour.
For the highly civilized, there’s an outdoor pool, croquet and bocce, or one of the many board games or puzzles.
Breakfast is included in the price of your stay. For lunch, the staff can pack up a gourmet picnic or barbecue for you to take along on one of your treks. Dinners are six-course culinary tours that feature farm-to-table food. With prior notification, enjoy a cozy dinner for two in front of the fireplace in your cabin. A la carte lunches run $12-$29; dinner is $125 per person.
Also: New onsite Forest Spa. Trap and skeet shooting onsite. Golf and horseback riding offsite. Some cabins have private campfires. Pet friendly.
The Hedges in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. (5 hours)
thehedges.com • (518) 352-7325
Tucked away in the woods on Blue Mountain Lake, the Hedges is a unique place steeped in history. Once owned by Civil War Gen. Hiram Duryea, accommodations include lovely cabins with full housekeeping services. For a more private stay, the Main Lodge, Stone Lodge and Moose Lodge are adult only.
The Hedges lists, “relaxing” as its No. 1 activity. Hang out at the private beach or float on Blue Mountain Lake in a kayak or canoe.
Other activities include tennis (on a real clay court) or hiking on nearby trails. Old-fashioned fun includes board games, a weekly ring toss competition and bingo.
The Hedges follows a “modified American Plan.” Price includes full-cooked breakfasts and four-course dinners served in its classic Adirondack dining room.
Also: Nearby Adirondack Museum (adkmuseum.org) and Blue Mountain Lake Livery Boat Tour (boatlivery.com). Tour the Great Camp Sagamore, once owned by the Vanderbilts (greatcampsagamore.org).
The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing, N.Y. (5½ hours)
thesagamore.com • (866) 384-1944
Not to be confused with Blue Mountain Lake’s Great Camp Sagamore, the historic Sagamore Resort located on private Green Island on Lake George was once the luxurious playground to millionaires of the Gilded Age. It was restored in the 1980s after falling into disrepair.
Stay in the luxurious hotel or a gorgeous lodge suite. Lake activities include fishing, boating, parasailing and more.
Set sail on “The Morgan,” a replica of an Adirondack touring boat. Or rent a boat to float away the day on your own.
At The Rec, play games old-school games like wiffleball or new, like Wii.
Two main pools include a gigantic terraced affair or a smaller, sheltered pool. The Quiet Terrace Pool is adult only. Several restaurants provide upscale and casual fare from Italian to steakhouse.
Also: Onsite spa, Donald Ross designed golf course. Fitness center offers rotating class options. Or take guided Adirondack hike. The historic town of Saratoga Springs is 35 miles away.