Romance blooms this winter with these Garden State date night ideas.

  • Romance in New Jersey

Remember the fun of weekend sleepovers? Staying up late, dishing over tasty food, sipping hot chocolate nightcaps, and the utter bliss of sleeping in. Recreate that magic this winter with a "date night" overnight in New Jersey. Here are ideas to get you thinking and planning.

Inn love and B&B bliss

Is there any accommodation that better captures romance than a country inn or a Victorian bed and breakfast? (We didn't think so!) New Jersey abounds with charmers from top to tip. Like wine? Visit the Bernards Inn in Somerset County, which features a wine inventory of 12,500 bottles and 20 well-appointed rooms. Can't decide between hiking and hibernating? Enjoy both at the comfy Whistling Swan Inn, conveniently near 14 miles of marked trails at Allamuchy Mountain State Park.

You'll also find plenty of choices near the banks of Delaware in Lambertville, Stockton, Frenchtown and Milford, sophisticated river towns where you can combine R&R with antiquing, boutique shopping and fine dining. Or why not experience "down the Shore" in a different season? Cozy inns and B&Bs are set in seaside towns like the laid-back Beach Haven, elegant Spring Lake, historic Ocean Grove and, of course, Cape May, a National Historic District with nearly 600 Victorian buildings for those of you who like your romance with a touch of history.

Diamonds are a couple's best friend

Winter is also an ideal time to hide away at one of New Jersey's AAA Four Diamond–rated hotels. Add a little nightlife bling to your escape with an overnight at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Transform date night into a luxurious spa day at the Hilton Short Hills' eforea. Visit the home turf of the Cake Boss on a Hoboken Food & Culture Tour and then stay on trend at the city's W Hotel. For sophistication close to home, check out The Westminster Hotel in Livingston. And you'll forget all about man caves when the two of you escape to the cave-themed steam room at the 10,000-square-foot tropical indoor pool complex at the Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg.

Sure beats pizza and a movie

Not that there's anything wrong with the typical date night fare, but originality will win you points. At Old York Cellars in Ringoes, there are a number of events throughout the year from festivals, the Wine & Chocolate Trail in February, Wine & Music Under the Stars, or just drop in for a tasting. At Newark's GlassRoots Studio, share your passion for creating art at a glass-blowing workshop. Nurture your inner lovebird with a winter birding excursion. Liberty State Park is the only place where you could possibly spy a snowy owl and the Statue of Liberty in the same outing. Or double date with a pair of well-mannered steeds. Legends Riding Stable in Vernon offers trail rides over 350 scenic acres.

For more date night ideas, order or download a free NJ travel guide or sign up for e-news from New Jersey Travel and Tourism. You'll find plenty of suggestions for summer at the Jersey Shore, too!