Romantic Winter Getaways on the East Coast

Whether you're looking for a warm-weather retreat or want to embrace the cold in a snowy wonderland, there are plenty of locales across the United States for a dreamy getaway for two in wintertime. The East Coast in particular, offers something for everyone - hit the northern Atlantic shore for to warm up in a cozy New England B&B as the wind bites outside, or head further south for more temperate, tropical climates. Start planning your winter getaway by perusing inns in the following romantic East Coast destinations.

New York City

Rockafeller Center skating rink

Brimming with exciting attractions and plenty of quaint NYC B&Bs, the Big Apple is one of the most popular spots for couples at all times of the year. In winter, this locale transforms into an enchanting paradise - the bright lights of Broadway illuminate the streets as clean snow falls to cover the city in a sheet of white. Visitors can take part in classic NYC activities: Skate hand-in-hand around the Rockefeller Center ice rink, take a horse buggy ride through Manhattan and take in the holiday window displays with a stroll along Fifth Avenue. Indulge in a romantic movie adventure by visiting the top of the Empire State Building, which is the spot of climatic scenes in films such as "An Affair to Remember" and "Sleepless in Seattle."

There's also plenty to do for a less touristy excursion. Grab a slice of authentic New York pizza at Grimaldi's and enjoy it as you take a pleasant walk along the Brooklyn Bridge. Then, step out of the cold and into a one of the world-class institutions, like the Guggenheim or Museum of Modern Art - there are few things more romantic than an afternoon perusing masterpieces by artists of international and historic renown. For a taste of the nightlife, grab a drink at one of the local hotspots, such as Hudson Terrace or The Auction House.

Naples, FL

Naples FL beach scene

For a completely different type of vacation, make your way to the Sunshine State. Naples is home to smooth, white sand beaches and warm waters, and the temperatures stay pleasant all year round. Couples can take advantage of the many Gulf of Mexico activities, like snorkeling to catch glimpses of underwater creatures, dolphin watching or simply taking a swim among the soothing waves. The location is also known for its spectacular sunsets - pack a picnic and lay a blanket out on the Naples Pier to watch the sky turn orange and red as you sip wine with your special someone.

Naples is also the place to find Florida's vibrant arts scene. There are a wide array of unique galleries, such as DeBruyne Fine Art, which focuses on 19th and early 20th paintings, and Four Winds, which features Native American art and jewelry. If you're itching to explore the nightlife of this coastal city, the downtown area is full of ritzy clubs, elegant wine bars and jazzy lounges, all within walking distance. After an exciting evening on the town, you can retire to the comforts of an intimate Naples bed and breakfast.

Outer Banks, N.C.

romantic outer banks

If you're looking for a more central East Coast excursion this winter, make your way to the Outer Banks. Along with an array of exquisite inns along the North Carolina coast, you'll find white sand beaches, rolling farmlands and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic. During your stay, take a trip to one of the offshore islands - Ocracoke, for instance, is a place of stunning beauty and former home to the infamous Blackbeard the pirate - and be sure to visit the Appalachian Mountains - the subtropical climate of the region is ideal for a pleasant afternoon hike.

Another must-see North Carolina spot is Beaufort. This town is steeped in 18th century history and signs of antiquity line the streets with old homes dating back more than 200 years. If you're looking for a little winter sport fun during your visit, head to Blowing Rock, where you can ski the slopes of ranges that reach up to 5,500 feet.

Charlottesville, VA

Ash Lawn home in Charlottesville VA

With gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views, the city of Charlottesville makes for a serene yet stimulating vacation for two. The highlight feature of this locale is its array of vineyards. In fact, founding father Thomas Jefferson, who is credited with spurring the winemaking culture in the United States, started his vino endeavors on his Monticello plantation in Charlottesville. Take a wine tour by exploring the famous Blenheim, Jefferson and Stinson vineyards, and don't forget to stop by renowned breweries like Three Notch'd and James River.

To discover the locale's role in American history, visit the former homes of presidents James Madison and James Monroe. The area is also home to a thriving music scene, and the destination attracts jazz, blues and pop artists from around the world. You can also explore the many art galleries, boutique shops and fine dining establishments lining the streets of downtown before calling it a night and relaxing in one of the several Charlottesville bed and breakfasts.