Bedford Post Inn
The Bedford Post Inn on a snowy day

Soon enough the holiday madness will subside, and our favorite slow week (the glorious one between Christmas and New Year?s) will finally be here. Take advantage of those extra vacation days--and restore your sanity--with a quick trip.

Relax Scoot up to Westchester to spend a quiet night at the Bedford Post Inn, Richard Gere?s renowned bed and breakfast. (There are still a few rooms available that week.) If an overnighter isn?t in the cards, recharge with an à la carte class at its Yoga Loft or dine at the property?s sustainable restaurant, the Farmhouse (say, for New Year?s Eve dinner).

Ski Relieve some end-of-year stress by hitting the slopes. The Adirondack region has a range of ski packages to choose from--like Gore Mountain's holiday specials, which include both lodging and lift tickets for as low as $70 a day.

Party Ring in the New Year and bring a little business to the Jersey Shore. Atlantic City?s Revel resort is gearing up for 2013 with a trio of performances from Kanye West (December 28, 29 and 30) and plenty of New Year?s Eve dining and nightlife events. Or if you happen to be able to sneak down before December 23, the hotel is offering $149 online rates for its oceanfront rooms.

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