When you think of romantic things to do with your loved one, what comes to mind? A fine dining experience with breathtaking views? Taking in the skyline from a private yacht? A picnic for two away from the crowds? A horse and carriage ride through scenic landscapes? Probably at least one or two – if not all of these activities popped into your head. And if that is the case – and I suspect it is – I have just the city that can offer you all of these – and more!
Yes, yes, it’s New York City. I am assuming the title gave it away? In any case, the Big Apple is arguably one of the most romantic cities out there thanks to the countless opportunities for idyllic rendezvous throughout. And not just any romantic experiences – I am talking luxurious romantic experiences. Intrigued? I thought so. Before you book that romantic trip to New York City, take a peek below at some of our heart-fluttering suggestions.
The Brooklyn Bridge and Jane’s Carousel
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a magical experience. Just being on the storied bridge – which was an engineering marvel at the time of its construction – is awe-inspiring. From the views of the New York City skyline and Lady Liberty, to the parade of boats on the East River below, to getting up close to those always recognizable cabled towers – it is an attraction of another level. So, picture walking across this beautiful span – hand in hand with your partner. At the end you descend into Brooklyn Bridge Park where you are greeted by the elegant (and historic) Jane’s Carousel situated in a glass pavilion along the Brooklyn waterfront. After taking a carefree ride you are then seated right there on the pavilion at a table next to this magnificent piece of art for a romantic dinner for two overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Who knew that merry-go-rounds could make for such an amorous backdrop?
Secret Rooftop Picnic at Rockefeller Center
Walking through Rockefeller Center – which features 19 commercial buildings covering six square blocks – it feels as if the very air around it is filled with excitement – and romance. The skating rink, the observation deck, the studio tours, the shopping, the dining (Rainbow Room anyone?), the fountains, the sculptures and that iconic Christmas tree – it’s hard to think of New York City without thinking of one of Rockefeller Center’s famous adornments. But there is one feature here that you may not be aware of – and that is a very secret garden sanctuary that sits on the sixth floor of the most well-known building in Rockefeller Center – 30 Rock. Imagine a picnic lunch catered to your taste with drinks of your choice, served among the flora and fauna with the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral towering next to you and amazing Fifth Avenue views below. There’s even a reflecting pool making this venue’s ambiance hard to beat. This is what I call Rockefeller romance!
New York Harbor Cruise
I don’t care what anyone says – the best vantage point to take in the Manhattan skyline from is the water that surrounds it. Be it the Hudson River or the East River or the New York Harbor – there is nothing quite like that view. And there are plenty of opportunities to get those marvelous photo ops thanks to harbor cruises, sailboats, speed boats and even kayaks! But can you think of a more romantic way to take it all in than a private yacht for you and your sweetie? That’s right – you can take your romance game to the next level with a private harbor cruise and lunch aboard a yacht with your very own tour guide. Enjoy a delicious meal while you cruise by One World Trade Center then head down past the Statue of Liberty, under the Brooklyn Bridge and a host of other popular landmarks. Cue the romantic music – this is one cruise that is sure to have cupids’ arrows flying.
Horse Carriage Ride in Central Park and Picnic
It seems that horse carriage rides have always been associated with romance – thanks to fairy tales like Cinderella (although hers was an unfortunate carriage incident – but it had a happy ending). And for as long as horse carriage rides have been associated with romance – they have also been synonymous with New York City’s Central Park. Climb aboard a charming carriage (and cuddle beneath a blanket if it’s chilly) and be wowed by all of the splendor that is Central Park. You’ll quickly recognize many of its landmarks – some made famous by television and film and others from photos and word of mouth. From Strawberry Fields to Belvedere Castle to The Ramble and the Mall and Literary Walk – the carriage ride isn’t the only thing that invokes passion in the park. And then to top off the perfect sightseeing excursion – end the ride with a personalized butler service picnic in the romantic spot of your choice. Now that’s a guaranteed way to impress your guy or gal!
Private Culinary Experience
Nothing says love like a home cooked meal. And nothing says togetherness like preparing it with your partner. So, what if you took it one step further – ok actually a few steps further – and prepared it alongside your love in a private culinary class in NYC’s Little Italy? Little Italy itself is one of the most romantic areas in Manhattan with its narrow streets filled with authentic Italian restaurants, cafes and bakeries along with quaint buildings that take the place of the skyscrapers the city is normally associated with – giving it an old-world vibe. Now envision a cozy studio, a classically trained chef and the two of you learning how to create amazing cuisine in a hands-on experience. And of course, the meal that you are helping prepare will only include the finest in-season ingredients. The best part? Once you have helped create this delectable three-course meal you get to sit down and enjoy it together over a glass of wine. (Oh – that and no one has to do the dishes!) Buon Appetito!
Yes indeed – love and romance are alive and well in Gotham. And this is just a small sampling of the exclusive experiences that are available for your romantic trip to New York City. Endless opportunities for romance await you both. PS – There’s no time like the present to start planning how you’re going to celebrate the love of your life on a trip filled with fabulous memories that are guaranteed to last a lifetime. Now that’s amore!