A honeymoon doesn’t have to be an extended trip to an exotic destination. Enjoy your first few days of marriage in one of these romantic upstate NY mini-moon locations, all within driving distance of Buffalo.

Finger Lakes and Southern Tier

Aurora, Ithaca and Watkins Glen

Spend a few days on the shores of Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Aurora is home to charming shops selling locally produced art and food, as well as lots of history thanks to nearby Wells College. In Ithaca, take in waterfalls and visit the farmers’ market. As you drive from Ithaca to Watkins Glen and back to Buffalo, stop at a few of Seneca Lake’s many wineries.

Ellicottville

Just a short drive from Buffalo, this small town feels worlds away, nestled among the Alleghany Mountains. Cozy restaurants, outdoor shops and welcoming bars are perfect for relaxing after skiing or hiking. Romantic inns and Aspen-style chalets welcome honeymooners looking for a few relaxing days post-wedding.

Skaneateles

The clean, clear water of Skaneateles Lake invite honeymooning couples to swim, kayak and sail. Stay in one of the town’s romantic bed and breakfasts, inns, boutique hotels or suites. Walk along the shores of the lake to take in rolling hills, visit nearby wineries and shop along downtown’s streets.

Hudson Valley

Rhinebeck

Journey to the southern ends of Upstate NY to beautiful Rhinebeck, located on the Hudson River about five hours from Buffalo. Romantic accommodations abound here. Restaurants with waterfront patios, farm to table menus and international cuisine are perfect after a day of exploring or the spa.

Saratoga Springs

This romantic town is filled with history, gorgeous parks and gardens, galleries and of course, the Saratoga Race Course. Craft breweries, rustic wineries and renowned restaurants are the perfect place to unwind after a busy wedding weekend. Inns, suites and spas all welcome honeymooners with open arms.

Adirondacks

Lake George

In Lake George, you’ll have plenty of beautiful accommodations to choose from; bed and breakfasts, inns, secluded campsites and resorts are all romantic options. Enjoy the lake, take in mountain scenery and hike nearby trails. Waterfront restaurants, breweries and distilleries are all part of a Lake George mini-moon.

Lake Placid

With plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts surrounding Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake, there are lots of options for accommodations during your romantic getaway. Adventure-lovers can hike, kayak and bike on the trails, lakes and streams surrounding the picturesque downtown. There’s plenty to do here no matter what season you’re honeymooning in!

Take a short, winding drive to nearby Saranac Lake for artsy shops, manageable mountain hikes and picture-perfect lakes.

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