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An easy way to escape the city
Clockwise, from top: Vermont's Mountain Top Inn, Connecticut's Winvian Resort, Massachusetts's Elm Court Estate.

We'd love to hit the road at a moment's notice, but spontaneous travel often translates to hotels that too closely resemble the Bates Motel.

Our icky-lodging anxiety has abated thanks to TripGram, a free website offering exceptional deals on last-minute getaways in the New York area.

Every Monday, TripGram emails its members a list of high-end local destinations with availability for the upcoming week, plus a roundup of activities, transportation options and distances from NYC by plane, train or automobile.

Bookings can be made through the site as late as the night before check-in, with suggestions ranging from the shockingly affordable (a waterfront room at the Harbor View Hotel in Martha's Vineyard for $150 a night) to the ultraluxe (a sprawling private cottage at Connecticut's Winvian Resort with a nightly price tag of $700). We also found several moderately priced options, including a suite with marina views at one of our favorite local spots, Forty 1° North, for $320 a night.

For those who are already stressing about holiday presents, TripGram offers brilliant spur-of-the-moment gift cards, good for any trip at any time.

You'll be in the lap of luxury in a New York minute.

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