Book last-minute getaways close to home
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.