19 Summer Weekend Getaways from NYC That 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. Summertime in the city brings with it hot, sticky, humid and hazy weather that even die-hard New Yorkers need to escape from. 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. Get the R&R you deserve and spend a few days unwinding at one of these local getaways.

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1. Yo1

  • Time from NYC: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Location: 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 gourmet vegetarian fare from their kitchen, cafe and juice bar. Then, de-stress with YO1’s newly launched Restorative package, including a massage, mud therapy, 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

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours
  • Location: Washington, CT

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 forest bathing and a naturalistic hike. For fancy foodies, there’s even a private dining experience curated by their 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

  • Time from NY: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Location: New Paltz, NY

Outdoorsy types will dig Mohonk’s 40,000 acres of forest to frolic in, in Ulster County. There’s rock climbing, archery, horseback riding and a nine-hole golf course to enjoy. After a busy day in 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 you and your crew up.

4. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Location: Hunter, NY

If you know, you know: Scribner’s is the spot in the wintertime (not to mention all the Instagrammable locales, like their 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 with epic views. Pro tip: Golden hour is best enjoyed from their epic West Deck.

5. Shelter Island House

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Location: Shelter Islands Heights, NY

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 in a sophisticated atmosphere.

6. The Surf Lodge

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Location: Montauk, NY

Visit this Montauk gem and be spoiled with sweet amenities such as wellness classes, continental breakfast, on-site parking, complimentary bike rentals and a beauty mini bar (available on weekends). But the most chill thing ever is the 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 literally a half-mile away.

7. The Roundtree

  • Time from MYC: 2 hours and 55 Minutes
  • Location: Amagansett, NY

If you haven’t been on vacation in a while, why not be a big, big baller 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.

8. The Villa at Saugerties

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours
  • Location: Saugerties, NY

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 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 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. Boathouse Bed and Breakfast

  • Time from NYC: 3 hours and 40 minutes
  • Location: Bolton Landing, NY

Head north to the town of Lake George for this super cute waterfront BnB. It’ll be easy to score a charming room with a view of the lake and even easier to canoe or fish in it. Or, hop aboard “Miss Boathouse” for a private tour. And there’s lots more to get into because the boathouse is within steps of a quaint downtown area filled with beaches, shops and restaurants.

10. Hero Beach Club

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Location: Montauk, NY

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. Make your pals jealous by taking selfies at their pool, which has decor flown in from Bali. There’s even a sweetheart deal of a package: couples get a complimentary bottle of champagne, room upgrade and 1 p.m. checkout.

11. Room At The Beach

  • Time from NYC: 1 hours and 45 minutes
  • Location: Bridgehampton, NY

Exit Montauk Highway and enter this tranquil Bridgehampton oasis. The 10-room boutique hotel, which is also within walking distance of the 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 Wolffer Estate Vineyard and hotspot Almond.

12. Ocean House

  • Time from NYC: 3 hours
  • Location: Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Maybe you want to ditch the Empire State altogether temporarily. We get it. Consider Ocean House in Rhode Island. The Relais & Châteaux property features a saltwater pool, yoga studio and a complimentary fleet of Mercedes Benz convertibles for you to cruise around in. You’ll also be waited on hand and foot because 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

  • Time from NYC: 45 minutes
  • Location: Greenwich, CT

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 nosh on French fare and mingle with monied guests who arrive in sailboats or yachts. NY residents get an added perk. Delamar offers a 15 percent discount on its daily rate, which includes continental breakfast and free parking.

14. The Lodge at Woodloch

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Location: Hawley, PA

This secluded Poconos chalet is another option, especially if you’re a foodie. Included in your all-inclusive package are gourmet, locally-sourced meals from a talented team of chefs. You can also participate in cooking demos to up your kitchen game. You can burn off the extra vacation calories by 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

  • Time from NYC: 4 hours
  • Location: Barnard, VT

The storied Vermont resort and spa is as five-star 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. And boredom isn’t on the menu. Experience a tour of their honeybee hives or buzz about with a game of croquet, tennis or canoeing.

16. Allegria Hotel

  • Time from NYC: 1 hour
  • Location: Long Beach, NY

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.

17. The Asbury Hotel

  • Time from NYC: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Location: Asbury Park, NJ

If socializing and good music are on the top of your list for a successful vacation, 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 renowned DJs.

18. Hotel LBI

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours
  • Location: Ship Bottom, NJ

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 that has a retractable roof that is removed during sunny weather. If headed to 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

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Location: Greenport, NY

Head to the North Fork on Long Island for a weekend of tranquility on the water. Less than 10 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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