The Temple of Love, Untermyer Park
If the name doesn’t get you, the setup surely will: Climb the dramatic winding staircase built directly into the rock outcropping until you reach the dome-topped temple, which showcases sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. A rough-hewn stone bench makes a perfect seat for asking that most important of questions.
Where better to start a fairytale marriage than at a castle? The historic Lyndhurst estate (once the home of financier Jay Gould) offers 67 acres of property rife with proposal-worthy spots, including a rose garden, a fern garden, the darling Rose Cottage, and the stately home’s Veranda, which affords views of the Tappan Zee Bridge peeking out over the tops of the former orchard’s original apple trees.
Sometimes you have to work a little to get the perfect view (not to mention the perfect marriage), but the scene at the summit of this popular trail overlooking the Bear Mountain Bridge is well worth the climb. At some 900 feet up, you’ll feel like the King and Queen of the Hudson Valley, becoming officially betrothed with the Hudson River stretching out right under your feet.
42 The Restaurant
Start your married life off on a high note—42 stories high, to be exact—by proposing atop the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, with the city lights of White Plains shimmering beneath you. To up the romance factor, reserve 42’s most secluded spot—a table for two on its open-air enclosed deck, surrounded by candles and lanterns—and enjoy an exclusive 11- to 15-course tasting menu.
42 The Restaurant
Manor Park (above)
Full disclosure: One of our writers got engaged here, so we may be biased, but this pretty waterfront park on the Long Island Sound is undoubtedly a beautifully romantic spot for a proposal. Choose a secluded park bench or the old stone gazebo, get down on one knee, cue the sunset and gentle waves lapping the shore—who could say no? Back <<