10 Last-Minute Getaways You Can Still Book for Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend ushers in a few things: the ability to wear white jeans with abandon, those little gems we like to call Summer Fridays and the desire to flee the city as fast as humanly possible. Although the Jitneys are filling up fast, there’s still time to book a trip outside the boroughs for a quick refresh. Whether you’re looking for a hotel, B&B or vacation home, take your pick of these last-minute Memorial Day getaways, all within four hours of NYC.
Editor’s note: Please remember to follow all social distancing protocols as well as local health and safety guidelines.
1. Stockbridge, MA (3 hours from NYC)
Catskills: Been there, road-tripped that. This year, go east of the Hudson to the Berkshires. Not only does it have the same (obvious) cabin-and-trees situation, but it’s also rife with history. (Pssst, Norman Rockwell’s old studio is located here.) The centrally located Red Lion Inn is still taking reservations—we suggest you hop to it.
2. Old Saybrook, CT (2.5 hours from NYC)
This little town on the shores of eastern Connecticut is basically one long Main Street—quaint New England at its finest. Stay at the Saybrook Point Resort & Marina for a home base that epitomizes old-world charm. (It’s also just a 20 minute walk to the beach).
3. Rehoboth Beach, DE (3 hours, and 50 minutes from NYC)
Just one block from the beach, this private condo is ideal for a family reunion (it comfortably sleeps 10 and comes with two parking spots). Be sure to take advantage of the large balcony with views of the Bay. Happy hour, anyone?
4. Cape May, NJ (2 hours, 45 minutes from NYC)
Looking for something right on the water? Check into the La Mer Beachfront Resort in this pretty-as-a-postcard beach town. Located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, Cape May is filled to the brim with pastel-colored bed and breakfasts, antique shops, tennis courts and trolleys. Just think of the Instagram stories!
5. Newport, RI (3 hours, 45 minutes from NYC)
A modern hotel in the heart of historic Newport, The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina is primed for a fantastic weekend escape. Um, have you seen the Marina-dining situation? What about the indoor heated saltwater pool? Take advantage of your Zipcar membership and scoot on up there first thing Friday morning for a real long weekend without too much traffic (fingers crossed).
6. Block Island, RI (3 hours, 15 minutes from NYC)
If you’re the type who likes to unplug on vacation (i.e., phoneless with zero chance of running into Erin from accounting at the Surf Lodge), this secluded isle off the coast of Rhode Island is just the ticket. Take the Amtrak to New London, Connecticut, where the train stops just steps from the Block Island Ferry dock, and you’re golden. Oh, but first, make your reservation at Payne’s Harbor View Inn.
7. Shelter Island, NY (2.5 hours from NYC)
OK, so forget Block Island—you’re dying to go out East. Luckily, there are still a few homes available, like this absolute charmer on Shelter Island. With three bedrooms, two balconies, a fire pit and a charcoal BBQ grill, it’s the perfect retreat for you and your pod. If you need us, we’ll be lounging in the hammock.
9. MAYFLOWER INN & SPA (2 HOURS FROM NYC)
Kick back and take in the New England-style vibes at the five-star, elegant-yet-cozy Mayflower Inn in Litchfield, Connecticut. In December, the Inn debuted THE WELL, a luxe spa experience that you should absolutely take advantage of during your stay. After an arduous morning of relaxation, head to the charming Shakespeare’s Garden for, well, more relaxation.
10. THE ROUNDTREE (2 HOURS 5 MINUTES FROM NYC)
Take things up a notch (or three) at this new Amagansett property where you can book your very own cottage complete with Frette linens, rainforest showerheads, continental room service breakfast and in-room massages. (And those are just some of the super luxe perks available.)