Romantic weekend getaways close to Long Island, NYC

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Finding the right hotel is the key to a romantic weekend getaway. Choose your location (shore? mountains? woods?) and then book a room with a fireplace. Bring a bottle of Champagne, order room service and your work is done. The following spots offer all of the atmosphere and required amenities.

Northwestern Pennsylvania

The Lodge at Glendorn, adjacent to Allegheny National
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The Lodge at Glendorn, adjacent to Allegheny National Forest, was originally designed as a family retreat. Its cozy stone, brick and log cabins provide lots of space and privacy for a romantic weekend getaway. The pine-paneled Forest Hideout has a king-size bed, kitchen, slate floors and a fireplace. Dale's Cabin is similarly equipped and overlooks a bubbling brook. The resort offers many winter activities on-site, including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and curling. Take a Jeep tour of the property's 1600 acres (Jeeps are equipped for off-roading in the deep snow).

Warm up with cooking classes in the Main
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Warm up with cooking classes in the Main House's kitchen, or in front of one of Glendorn's 40 wood-burning fireplaces. The Forest Spa specializes in treatments with ingredients foraged from the nearby woods. Dinner is a four-course affair in front of the fireplace in the Big House dining room. Or have the chef prepare a customized meal delivered to your room. The Lodge at Glendorn, 1000 Glendorn Dr., Bradford, Pennsylvania; 814-362-6511, glendorn.com.

Montreal

No need to trek to Paris to surround
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No need to trek to Paris to surround yourself with all things French. Montreal is a quick (just over an hour) and cheap (from $250 round trip on American or Air Canada) flight from LaGuardia. Romantic activities abound. Ice-skate on the lake or take a snowshoe excursion at nightfall in Parc du Mont-Royal. Enjoy afternoon tea in the cafe at tony Maison Birks jewelry store. Dine decadently on a plate of spaghetti with lobster and bacon at the iconic Joe Beef.

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Stay at Auberge du Vieux-Port, an intimate 45-room
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Stay at Auberge du Vieux-Port, an intimate 45-room hotel in a 19th-century building overlooking the St. Lawrence River on one side and the cobblestone streets of the Old Port neighborhood on the other. Rooms are furnished with antique wrought iron beds; bathrooms have rain showers or jetted tubs. Full a la carte breakfast is included in the rate and can be delivered to your room. Auberge du Vieux-Port, 97 rue de la Commune Est, Montreal; 514-876-0081, aubergeduvieuxport.com.

Lower Hudson Valley

Just an hour away from the city, the
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Just an hour away from the city, the lower Hudson Valley offers plenty of romance for lovers who don't want to travel far. Stroll through the atmospheric galleries of the former factory complex that is now contemporary art mecca Dia:Beacon. Sample local wine, cider, fruit brandies and liqueurs at nearby Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

But plan on spending most of your time
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But plan on spending most of your time luxuriating in your accommodations at the Glenmere Mansion in Chester, where you'll feel like a houseguest at a Gatsby-era estate. Built as a country retreat in 1911 for industrialist Robert Goelet, this Tuscan-style villa is now a splendid escape within easy reach of Long Island. Marble staircases lead to sumptuous rooms overlooking lawns and sunken gardens. A library is paneled in mahogany and stocked with books for every taste. A living room has flowing drapery, dueling marble mantels and a grand player piano. There are two restaurants, the refined Supper Room and the more casual Frog's End tavern. In addition to the requisite spa, there is a hammam (Turkish bath) for two where you can steam away your stress. Glenmere Mansion, 634 Pine Hill Rd., Chester, New York; 845-469-1900, glenmeremansion.com.

The Berkshires

For culture-minded couples, winter in the Berkshires is
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For culture-minded couples, winter in the Berkshires is a stimulating place. Ventfort Hall, a grand mansion in Lenox, houses the Gilded Age Museum. Shakespeare & Co. performs a rotating selection of the Bard's work throughout the year. There is a Sunday film series at Edith Wharton's home, The Mount. A short drive will get you to world-class contemporary art gallery MASS MoCA in North Adams or the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown. Stockbridge, Lenox and Great Barrington offer plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.

Book a room at The Red Lion Inn
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Book a room at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA, which has been hosting travelers for more than 200 hundred years -- and has the antiques and memorabilia to prove it. But it's far from a dusty relic. The Inn's chef Brian Alberg is a dedicated locavore who raises his own pigs, buys cornmeal from Dutchess County and sources salad from a local greenhouse. Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge, Massachusetts; 413-298-5545, redlioninn.com.

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St. Michaels, Maryland

This lovely Victorian village two hours from Baltimore
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This lovely Victorian village two hours from Baltimore on the Eastern Shore is jammed in the summer but moody and quiet in winter. In town, browse antique shops along Talbot Street. Visit the tasting rooms of the Eastern Shore Brewing Co. or the Lyon Distilling Co. It may be too cold to take a sailboat onto the bay, but the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has plenty of historic watercraft to admire.

Check into the Inn at Perry Cabin by
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Check into the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond in St. Michaels, Maryland, a colonial mansion two hours by car from Baltimore. Enjoy the manicured gardens overlooking the bay. Indulge in a couples massage at the on-site Linden Spa before dinner at the Inn's restaurant, Stars. The top-rated seafood spot boasts a stunning waterview location and plenty of dishes featuring the local specialty, including cream of crab soup, crab salad and crabcakes. Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, 308 Watkins Lane, St. Michaels, Maryland; 410-745-2200, belmond.com.

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