When you live in cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., the weekend getaway is a blissful and very essential retreat. Obviously, these bustling metropolises are built with an electricity that keeps people hooked, but understandably, the buzzy pace warrants a relaxing escape at one point or another. What’s more, in these cities, the getaway crowd can be oddly familiar—ask anyone in New York who frequents Montauk or the Hamptons in the summer and they’ll tell you it’s mostly the same people simply relocated to the beach. The same goes for other popular destinations like Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Berkshires—not always the peaceful retreat everyone is looking for. But there’s a solve: smaller neighboring towns that make for relaxing and romantic getaway destinations whether you’re craving a seaside escape, want to explore a historic city, or enjoy a retreat to the mountains. Ranging from short drives to reasonable train rides and couple-hour flights, these towns are the perfect way to enjoy time away with your loved one whether you’re simply escaping the city, celebrating an anniversary, planning a proposal, or taking a mini-moon.