Sail on Greenwood Lake
Visit South Shore Marina, situated in Passaic County, to take a sail on Greenwood Lake. You can rent a powerboat or pontoon boat for an afternoon excursion. Amenities supplied are a table, radio, Bimini shade and life jackets. You can enjoy your romantic day with up to eight people. However, you are not able to bring pets, alcoholic beverages or grills. Nor can you go tubing, wakeboarding or water skiing. Guests have access to showers and dressing rooms, and can plan a romantic picnic afterwards. In addition, you must have a valid driver's license and watch a video, lasting about 25 minutes, about how to operate the boat.
South Shore Marina 1880 Greenwood Lake Turnpike Hewitt, N.J. 07421 973-728-1681 southshoremarina.com
Tour the Gardens
Schedule a 45-minute guided tour of the Skylands Manor at the New Jersey Botanical Garden, held on designated Sundays. A guide will take you through the first floor of the manor, highlighting the dining room, entrance hall, study, great hall, drawing room and library. You will see mantelpieces made from Scandinavian pine, and a room with American oak paneling, beamed ceilings and stained-glass medallions. After the tour, take a romantic walk to see the specialty gardens. Go view the Crab Apple Allée, to witness the pink blossoms along a slope, sit on the bench under the Lilac Garden or lounge along the Octagonal Pond. With the numerous gardens, there are many places you can go to have a romantic getaway.
Skylands, New Jersey Botanical Garden P.O. Box 302 Ringwood, N.J. 07456 973-962-7527 njbg.org
Eat at Bella Notte's Restaurant
Walk into the two-level Bella Notte's restaurant, located in Little Falls, to have a romantic dinner for two. Bella Notte's resembles an Italian village with stained-glass windows, large arched doorways, a balcony, tiled flooring and three charming shops: jewelry, tuxedo and a flower store. Start your evening with a stuffed champignon mushrooms or parma prosciutto broccoli rabe. For your entrée, taste the chicken giambotta, veal Milanese or steak paisan. Other dishes available are veal saltimbocca, soups, salads and a variety of pastas. Complement your meal with your favorite beverage, have a martini or select from the wine lists.
Bella Notte's Restaurant 112 Stevens Ave. Little Falls, N.J. 07424 973-237-2005 bellanottesrestaurant.com