Valentine’s Day is around the corner, are you planning to spend it with your riding partner, or alone with your bike? Stop looking at that ringing phone or the never-ending schedule on your desk: it’s time to keep the romance alive with a perfect getaway. Five romantic weekend rides from New York City, just for you.

Pocantico Hills, NY

Want a one-day-only ride? Pocantico Hills is at less than 1-hour distance. There you can wander Beaux Arts-style gardens overlooking the Hudson River and see sculptures by the likes of Calder and Picasso. Explore the charming shops on Main Street, but if you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable evening, chef Dan Barber’s Blue Hill Stone Barns is just the place to do it.

Montauk, NY

At the far eastern tip of Long Island, less than a 3-hours-ride, Montauk is a laid-back beach town. For the best romantic getaway impact, plan your arrival at sunset and start with the picturesque 18th-century Montauk Point Lighthouse, New York’s oldest lighthouse still in operation. Reward the exertion with a lobster roll and glass of rosé on the waterfront patio at Duryea’s or dancing under the twinkle lights at trendy Surf Lodge, with your Patina72 on.

Shelter Island, NY

For a romantic and understated alternative weekend at the Hamptons, board the ferry to Shelter Island (yes, you can take your motorbike with you!). Grab a takeaway lunch at Marie Eiffel Market before exploring the island’s shingled manor houses and untouched beaches. Come evening, the place to be is on the upper deck of Sunset Beach’s Mediterranean restaurant, especially at twilight.

Cape May, NJ

Again, paradise is less than 3 hours away, this time with colourful Victorian homes and all-American charm. Take a slow motorbike stroll, and you will almost hear the ragtime music playing in the colourful houses. At Cape May Point State Park all manner of wildlife will be waiting for you, from dolphins and whales to otters and migrating birds and butterflies, as well as the town’s famed lighthouse.

Lake George, NY

A scenic three-and-a-half-hour ride up the Hudson River, with a spectacular view on the left side. Once on the spot, you can rent a boat to explore the pristine shores of the lake, once a summer playground of elite families, and enjoy a lunch of fish tacos and a shrimp-garnished Bloody Mary. If you are in the mood for sleeping there, the Brentwood Hotel, a revamped 12-room motor lodge with a Brooklyn transplant look, is your Instagram-worthy choice.