19 Summer Weekend Getaways From NYC You Should Book ASAP

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It’s okay to admit that sometimes you need a break from the rise and grind of New York City. While winter brings with it a plethora of snow-covered destinations, summertime in the city brings with it hot, sticky, humid and hazy weather that even die-hard New Yorkers need to escape from. (Hello, summering in the Hamptons.) So, when you find yourself in need of just such a break, we’ve found 19 summer weekend getaways—all within driving distance of the Big Apple—where you can get a much-needed change of scenery while soaking in the sun. From Memorial Day onward, get the R&R you deserve and spend a few days unwinding at one of these local getaways.

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1. Yo1 in Monticello, NY

Take thee to the Catskills for more greenery and lots of yoga at the zen-inducing retreat that is YO1. You can splash in their indoor pool and dine on organic, sustainably-grown (and locally-sourced) fare from their kitchen, cafe and juice bar. Then de-stress with YO1’s newly launched Restorative package, including a massage, mud therapy or hydrotherapy and two yoga sessions. And you won’t have to charm your way to a lovely room upgrade: Every one of YO1’s rooms has a view of Baileys Lake.

2. Mayflower Inn & Spa

Relax in the lap of New England-style luxury at the five-star, sumptuously appointed 28-room Mayflower Inn & Spa. Nature lovers will appreciate THE WELL, a supercharged experience that offers sound meditation and a variety of luxury spa treatments. For fancy foodies, there’s even a private dining experience curated by the resident chef. Bridgerton fans will probably get a kick out of Mayflower’s storybook-like Shakespeare Garden. (Sorry, ladies...the dreamy Duke of Hastings is not included.)

3. Mohonk Mountain House

  •  Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: iconic Hudson Valley destination; farm-to-table dining; countless on-site activities like hiking trails, spa treatments and family programs
  • Rate: from $1,057/night
  • Top Things to Do: Historic Huguenot Street, Testimonial Gateway, Main Street Bistro

Outdoorsy types will dig Mohonk’s 40,000 acres of forest to frolic in. There’s also rock climbing, archery, horseback riding and a nine-hole golf course to enjoy. After a busy day with Mother Nature, kick back and nosh on farm-to-table fare either at the main dining room or The Granary which overlooks the lake. If you don’t have wheels to get you there, no worries: Mohonk is located near a bus stop (accessible via Port Authority), and the hotel will send a shuttle to scoop up you and your crew.

4. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: curated local dining experience; serene indoor spaces; unique barrel sauna; peaceful walking trails; majestic views
  • Rate: from $285/night
  • Top Things to Do: zipline and ride the Kaatskill Flyer at Hunter Mountain, Hunter Mountain Brewery,

If you know, you know: Scribner’s is the spot in the wintertime (not to mention all the Instagrammable locales, like the ice rink), but there’s also plenty of summer fun to be had. There’s outdoor yoga, a seasonal outdoor pool and epic mountainside sunsets to enjoy. If you can stand the heat, sweat it out in the outdoor sauna pod. The Lodge also recently launched The Rounds, a group of 11 luxury cabins with outdoor soaking tubs, decks with panoramic views and an oculus where you can spend the evenings stargazing. Pro tip: Golden hour is best enjoyed from their scenic West Deck.

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5. Shelter Island House

If it’s the beach you crave, trek east to Shelter Island House. The cozy hotel was one of the first on Shelter Island and is located just a block away from Sunset Beach. Guests can enjoy complimentary bicycles, beach umbrellas, chairs, towels and an outdoor pool. Their new restaurant, Chez Marie, offers small plates and a lounge with a sophisticated atmosphere.

6. The Surf Lodge

Visit this Montauk gem and prepare to be spoiled with sweet amenities such as wellness classes, continental breakfast, on-site parking, complimentary bike rentals and a beauty mini bar (available only on weekends). But perhaps our favorite amenity is the chill hammock you can hang in on the private deck of your standard king room. If you don’t have a car to transport you to this slice of weekend heaven, no worries, the Montauk LIRR station is only a half-mile away.

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7. The Roundtree

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 55 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: intimate setting with quiet cottages and barn rooms; dog-friendly; winery tours; family programming
  • Rate: from $395
  • Top Things to Do:

If you haven’t been on vacation in a while, why not go big and book your own luxury cottage? This Amagansett property takes luxe to a new level with Frette linens, rainforest showerheads, a Nespresso machine and a mini bar stacked with complimentary snacks and beverages. If you can bear to pry yourself away from all that amazingness, hop on a beach cruiser for a ride into town or for a day of sun and sand. Bonus points: The Roundtree is pet- and family- friendly.

 8. The Villa at Saugerties

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: exquisite interior design; dreamy atmosphere; lush gardens and rolling hills; convenient distance from Woodstock, Kingston, Hudson and Rhinebeck
  • Rate: call to inquire
  • Top Things to Do: Saugerties Lighthouse, Miss Lucy’s Kitchen, shop on Partition Street 

If ultra-exclusive is your vibe, you’ll fall hard for The Villa at Saugerties in the Hudson Valley. You’ll awaken on luxurious linens and are sure to fall in love with the Moroccan tiled bathrooms that feature marble sinks, walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs. Let’s not forget that each room as a beautiful (and functional) fireplace as well. There’s a 40-foot pool to do a few laps in and 3.6 picturesque acres to explore. You’ll be hashtagging all about that #villalife before you know it.

9. The Sagamore Resort

  • Distance from NYC:  3 hours and 45 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: elegant atmosphere; varied accommodations including hotel, lodge, houses and condos; sweeping view of Lake George and Adirondacks; excellent culinary experiences, diverse seasonal activities
  • Rate: from $492/night
  • Top Things to Do: Lake George Expedition Park, Adirondack Winery, Fort Ticonderoga

Plan a summer weekend getaway to the serene Lake George, a hamlet just north of Albany. There are plenty of accommodations to choose from, including the hotel, lodge, houses and condos. The property is set on a sprawling 70 acres, offering sweeping views of the lake and surrounding Adirondack mountains. The resort is family-friendly, offering myriad seasonal activities, including a mammoth, 10,000-square-foot indoor entertainment complex for the moments when you need respite from the humid summer air. Inside you’ll find mini golf, a movie theater, board games and more. As for outdoor activities, try a swim in the zero-edge pool or take a lake cruise on board The Morgan, a 19th-century touring boat.

10. Hero Beach Club

Here’s how you do Montauk without breaking the bank. Famed for its super-easy beach access, the chic Hero Beach Club puts you close enough to all the Montauk action, but not too close—vacationers rave about how quiet and relaxing Hero is. But quiet doesn’t mean boring: The area has a reputation as an artists’ enclave, drawing a diverse group of personalities. The hotel is an easy walking distance from the town, but with a slew of complimentary wellness events on site, you might find you don’t want to leave.

11. Room At The Beach

Exit Montauk Highway and enter this tranquil Bridgehampton oasis. The ten-room boutique hotel, which is also within walking distance of the LIRR train and Jitney station, charms guests with soaking tubs and heated floors. A sprawling lawn, scene-y pool and bonfire pits await outside your room. And beyond that, Bridgehampton is your oyster. You’ll be steps away from local favorites like Wölffer Estate Vineyard and the French comfort food hotspot Almond.

12. Ocean House

For those looking to leave the Empire State entirely, consider Ocean House in Rhode Island. The Relais & Châteaux property features a saltwater pool, yoga studio and children’s programming, in addition to movie screenings and history tours. You’ll also be waited on hand and foot as Ocean House treats vacationers to a butler service that aims to meet your every need from your room to the beach.

13. Delamar Greenwich Harbor

  • Distance from NYC: 45 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: waterfront views; pet friendly; European-style spa treatments with Biologique Recherche and Valmont; afternoon tea; chocolate tasting with Belgian master chocolatier
  • Rate: from $445/night
  • Top Things to Do: Putnam Cottage, Byram Shore Park, Greenwich Audubon Center

Looking for a faster way to ditch NYC? Head to this waterfront Greenwich spot—only a 45-minute train ride from Grand Central and blocks from the New Haven train station—for a mini vacay. Most rooms overlook all the Greenwich Harbor’s action down below, like L’Escale, where you can enjoy classic French fare. Plus, NY residents get an added perk. Delamar offers a discount on its daily rate, which includes continental breakfast and free parking. Just show your ID upon checking in.

14. The Lodge at Woodloch

This secluded Poconos chalet is another great option, especially for foodies. The all-inclusive package features gourmet, locally-sourced meals from a talented team of chefs. You can also participate in cooking demos to up your kitchen game. Between meals, you can enjoy hiking one of many trails around the lodge. Then, treat your sore muscles to a spa with an “Aquagarden,” which features a swoon-worthy waterfall and an outdoor “horizon-edge” whirlpool that are perfect for melting stress away.

15. Twin Farms

  • Distance from NYC: 4 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: set in secluded, bucolic town; customized culinary experiences; classic outdoor activities
  • Rate: from $3,500/night
  • Top Things to Do: hike the Appalachian Trail, visit Woodstock, Barnard General Store

This storied Vermont resort and spa is as ritzy as they come. The adults-only property, which sits on 300 lush acres, offers 30 luxuriously appointed cottages and suites and plenty of unique amenities. The resort, renowned for its customizable culinary experiences, can also whip up a picnic for you and your guests upon request. Experience a tour of their honeybee hives or buzz about with a game of croquet, tennis or canoeing.

16. Allegria Hotel

  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour
  • Why We Recommend It: Long Beach’s only oceanfront hotel; rooftop views; easy access to the boardwalk and city
  • Rate: from $427/night
  • Top Things to Do: stroll on the boardwalk, see the races at Belmont Park, see a performance at Jones Beach Theater

Hop on the Long Island Railroad and head to Long Beach for a quick getaway that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. This beachfront property is just steps away from the sand where you can spend the day tanning or swimming in the ocean. Guests can also enjoy a gorgeous rooftop heated pool where you can take in views of the surrounding area. Nightlife is just minutes away where you can hop around to fun bars and delicious restaurants to cap off your evening in style.

17. The Asbury Hotel

  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: eclectic design with rock ‘n’ roll flair; rooftop movie theater; bowling alley; on-site concert venue; retro diner
  • Rate: from $414/night
  • Top Things to Do: dine at Pascal & Sabine, meander the historic boardwalk, Silverball Museum Arcade, blow glass at Hot Sand

If socializing and good music are on the top of your list, you are going to want to spend a few days at The Asbury Hotel. Guests can enjoy a retro outdoor movie theater, a vintage bowling alley, a pool deck and the Soundbooth bar where you’ll find live music, karaoke and open mic nights. Cocktails and small bites at Salvation are a must on the hotel’s rooftop bar where you can sit back and watch the Asbury Park sunset or dance the night away listening to a rotating cast of renowned DJs.

18. Hotel LBI

Hotel LBI will feel like your summer home away from home with 102 guest rooms to choose from and distinguished dining right at your fingertips. Guests can spend the day lounging by the indoor pool and hot tub with a retractable roof that’s opened during sunny weather. If the beach is more your thing, the hotel provides complimentary bicycles, beach chairs, boogie boards, towels and beach badges so you can enjoy a day on the sand, which is only a few minutes away.

19. Sound View Greenport

Head to the North Fork on Long Island for a weekend of tranquility on the water. Less than 100 miles from NYC, this waterfront property includes 14-acres of land including a private beach where guests can take a leisurely stroll or bask in the sun. Each room has two sets of doors, one that leads to the outside path system and one that leads to the private beach. Guests can enjoy local seafood at the Halyard, casual food at Jack’s Shack and listen to musicians a few nights a week at the Piano Bar.

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