Illustration by Adrian D’Alimonte
You really don’t need to spend your kids’ college funds or hire a personal orchestra to get “in the mood” this Valentine’s Day. If you want to smooch this February 14, grab your sweetheart and head to one of these romantic spots. (Since they are public, we are only recommending kissing; otherwise, be warned: you’re on your own.)
1) Muscoot Farm in Katonah. Hike to the gazebo at the top of the trail, and kiss when your endorphins are pumping.
2) Pell Hill at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. It’s surrounded by stunning vistas, so make your date swoon by quoting writers also inspired by nature. (Try out some Walt Whitman: “You do not know how longingly I look upon you.”)
3) 42 at the top of the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains. With the stunning views, inspired décor, and sumptuous food, you’re showing that your partner deserves the best of everything.
4) We promised you didn’t need to fork over a lot of cash for these kisses, so if you can’t make it to 42, head across the street to the Renaissance Plaza fountain. The colored lights, crashing water, and ambient music create all the theatricality you need for a sweeping romantic kiss.
5) Atop the Ferris Wheel at Playland in Rye. Okay, you might have to keep this one on hold until summer, but you’ll thank us later.
6) On the wooden bridge at the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. Re-read The Bridges of Madison County lately?
7) The Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Snuggled on a couch near the fireplace in the lounge area, your kiss will be fit for royalty.
8) On the balcony at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers. With views of the Hudson and the twinkling lights of the City in the background, you might almost forget that you’re out (making out!) in public.
9) The gazebo at Manor Park in Larchmont. What’s more romantic, the revitalized Hudson River or the rocky, beachy shoreline of the Long Island Sound? We don’t know—better hedge your bets and try both.
10) Pierson Park in Tarrytown. Just try to keep from puckering up as the sun sets over the water.