The 22 Coziest Winter Weekend Getaways from NYC
Last year, as soon as temperatures started to drop into hibernation territory, you hopped on a plane to the nearest tropical destination. This year? Not so much. But don’t despair: These 22 charming winter weekend getaways from NYC—all within a few hours’ drive of the city—might make a winter believer out of you.
Editor’s note: All of the getaways listed here are currently open and have social distancing guidelines and other sanitation procedures in place to help stop the spread of Covid-19. At some hotels, on-site restaurants and other activities are limited or closed. As information and guidelines change daily, we recommend calling the accommodation for the most up-to-date info. And don’t forget to read the latest CDC’s safety guidelines here.
1. Urban Cowboy Lodge (2 hours 30 minutes from NYC)
A wilderness retreat reminiscent of a dude ranch you might otherwise find in Montana—with a decidedly contemporary and trendy twist—this special property boasts 28 guest rooms, plus an adorable freestanding chalet and cabin. Taxidermy details, weathered woods, mixed prints, pot belly stoves, roaring fireplaces and picture windows exposing views of the surrounding Catskill mountains make this one a charmer.
Know before you go: Book one of the two Alpine bathing suites with a black and rose gold gilded soaking tub to really elevate the experience.
2. Foxfire Mountain House (2 hours 10 minutes from NYC)
If you’re looking for a place to get deep into a new book, we think we’ve found it. Grab a blanket, cozy up next to the stone fireplace and be amazed at how quickly the stress of city living melts away.
Know before you go: Prior to the ongoing health crisis, a select number of Foxfire’s rooms had shared bathrooms, but for the moment the house is only welcoming guests in the six queen rooms with their own ensuite bathrooms. Either way, with plenty of places to spread out (including our fave, the outdoor glass house atrium overlooking a fire pit), you’ll feel like you have the place to yourself.
3. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge (2 hours 20 minutes from NYC)
This is what we call peak hygge. This upstate favorite is convenient to Hunter Mountain, but we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to skip the slopes and go straight for the après-ski menu of hot pretzels, crab dip and a burnt-maple old-fashioned at the on-site restaurant Prospect.
Know before you go: The well curated common areas, filled with books and tchotchkes and a contemporary fireplace are currently open to guests, with social distancing guidelines in place; travelers can also get housekeeping if they request it. Luxurious.
4. The Williams Inn (3 hours 15 minutes from NYC)
The bucolic town of Williamstown, MA is surrounded by forested paradise, and the obvious setting for a boutique property modeled after a classic American farmhouse. Come for the warm, welcoming lobby and Adirondack chairs stationed outside a big red barn (aka the namesake restaurant, The Barn). Stay for the contemporary art, which includes photography, paintings, pottery and sculptures sprinkled throughout.
Know before you go: Limits on occupancy for the hotel are in place, and the restaurant is currently requiring reservations and operating on a reduced, Wednesday to Sunday schedule for dinner only. Luckily for you, the property gives you quick access to nature and lots of cycling, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing if you’re so inclined. So go ahead—strap on your favorite face covering with a mask chain (We’re currently diggin’ this one from Pretty Connected) and feel free to let the strap down if other people aren’t in sight so you can breathe in the magic of the Berkshires.
5. Kennebunkport Inn (5 hours 15 minutes from NYC)
No matter the season, Kennebunkport is one of those towns in coastal Maine that will just charm your pants off and transform you to a different world, especially when a roaring fire is in view. Located in the “downtown” area surrounding Dock Square, guests here will find a resort that goes the extra mile for the holiday season—in fact, you might even turn up to find a Christmas tree and other festive decorations in your guest room. To further brighten up a bleak 2020, the hotel is turning into a Christmas Village, complete with a curling rink, festive decor, intimate igloos and private gondolas on the outdoor patio, where you can scoop up warm Maine lobster dip, Rockefeller oysters, or chocolate and peppermint hot chocolate. Yum.
Know before you go: Recently updated guidelines changed after the summer months and residents from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now required to have a negative Covid-19 result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the state, so plan accordingly.
6. Troutbeck (2 Hours from NYC)
When we dream about having our very own reading nook, this is what we picture. And it happens to be inside a renovated 18th-century country estate where Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Ralph Waldo Emerson once stayed. Not too shabby.
Know before you go: Natural beauty and a woodland paradise surround the historic property, where temperature checks are currently mandatory at check-in and turn down services are suspended until further notice; some property offerings are reservation only, and the sauna is not surprisingly closed ATM. On the plus side, the very, very yummy on-property restaurant and cocktail program is reserved solely for guests so you can get your fill of innovative twists on the classics without pre-planning a ressie.
7. Cedar Lakes Estate (1 hour 30 minutes from NYC)
This former summer camp has been transformed by a sister duo into a luxurious retreat with a variety of accommodation options. Our favorite? The snuggly cabins featuring fireplaces, outdoor patios and heated floors. There is also a picture-perfect, secluded lakefront cottage, plus a large farmhouse for bigger families who are quarantining and safe-cationing together, and camp-style houses with bunk beds if that’s more your vibe. Singing “Kumbaya” is optional, roasting s’mores is not.
Know before you go: Cedar Lake Estate’s 18 cottages are available for four-night weekend stays again starting January 7, with social distancing both encouraged and naturally built-in to the experience. This winter, the property’s garden will transform into an ice skating rink, which will double as a place for magical private dinners, with tables set on a carpet right on the ice, surrounded by twinkling white lights.
8. Hotel Kinsley (1 hour 45 minutes from NYC)
The main building of this sleek escape in historic uptown Kingston was once the federal bank of New York. Its stately vibe remains, but chic details like the wood-paneled bar, plush velvet sofas and lush greenery make it significantly more inviting than a trip to your local branch.
Know before you go: Social distancing guidelines, sanitation stations and a reduced headcount in the vibrant hotel restaurant—led by a James Beard-award winning restaurateur—are just a few of the ways that the hotel is keeping its guests safe at the moment.
9. Deer Mountain Inn (2 hours 15 minutes from NYC)
We don’t know how we got through January without a personal fireplace before, but we don’t intend to do it ever again. Most rooms at Deer Mountain Inn have them, meaning the only thing that’s missing is a glass of wine ... oh wait, just call the concierge and they’ll bring a bottle up (along with a cheese plate). Pure bliss.
Know before you go: The snug, rustic-yet-refined boutique hotel is set on 168 acres and only has six rooms, plus two independent cottages and an Airstream (available Spring-Fall only), so your exposure to other guests will by default be more limited than at a larger property. Even still, Deer Mountain Inn is requiring a two-night stay for guests on weekends, administering daily temp checks, and offering the included breakfast dropped off to the room to keep guests comfortable.
10. Hasbrouck House (2 hours from NYC)
We’d drive the two hours for the hot air balloon wallpaper alone. (Then we’d stay for the hyperlocal, farm-to-table dining at the on-site restaurant, Butterfield, where weeknight dining is finally back in action.)
Know before you go: Both the restaurant and hotel are operating at limited capacity, so book out as early as you can. Contactless check-in is available, and those looking to do some socially distanced fitness can now take up their offer of complimentary yoga classes at Whole Sky Yoga Studio, walking distance from the property, or by setting up a private open air session with their guest services team.
11. Wildcat Mountain Cabin (2 hours 15 minutes from NYC)
There’s nothing like admiring the snow from your own private hot tub. (The fire pit and claw foot tub aren’t too bad, either.)
Know before you go: We highly recommend staying at a private property such as this one to keep your exposure to others low and you and your loved ones safe during this time; and as an extra precaution, you can download New York State’s contact-tracing app.
12. Beach Plum Farm (2 hours 45 minutes from NYC)
Staying on this working farm in Cape May, a popular summer beach destination that doubles as a holiday time favorite, offers visitors a tranquil experience and a chance to get up close and personal with both animals and produce. For the snuggest of stays, look into renting out Beach Plum Farm’s Whaler’s Cottage, which dates back to the 1700s when the whaling industry brought an influx of settlers to the region. It features a storybook white picket fence, wood burning fire pit, personal BBQ and a cozy outdoor screened-in porch outside; inside, there’s an original, winding staircase, plenty of exposed beams, creaky (in the best way) floors, an adorable gas-burning stove, and a large kitchen with a Smeg refrigerator to keep all your provisions fresh from the on-site farm market. (Speaking of which, you’ll want to stock up on their out-of-this-world BBQ Ketchup.)
The property is currently running Rooted—a highly interactive multi-day farm-to-fork experience for cottage guests—to highlight its bounty, as well as American Harvest, in which fresh, farm ingredients and meals are delivered to the cottage doors of its many adorable accommodation options. You can also experience the farm-fresh ingredients by booking a table at the charming Ebbitt Room, a restaurant at sister hotel The Virginia Inn that uses ingredients directly from the farm in its dishes.
Know before you go: Like the rest of New Jersey, Beach Plum Farm is taking Covid-19 precautions seriously, so best to read up before you book.
13. The Maker (2 hours 20 minutes from NYC)
A new addition to Hudson, the booming Hudson Valley town packed with one-of-a-kind design shops, farm-to-table restaurants and charming gift boutiques, The Maker Hotel is quickly making its mark. Boho touches are complemented by dark, wood paneling, tufted leather couches and high-backed chairs, dimly lit chandeliers, ornamental fireplaces, cozy blankets and stained glass with the intention of getting you into that slumber trance. Cozy up in this intimate property’s beautiful restaurant, which is housed under an atrium and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and greenery, or one of the 11 uniquely defined guest rooms.
Know before you go: Opened during the pandemic, The Maker plans to expand its offerings in the coming months based on guidelines and regulations regarding Covid-19. Currently, eateries are operating at a 50 percent capacity with a three-night minimum required for weekend stays.
14. Red Lion Inn (2 hours 45 minutes from NYC)
Soak up that New England charm in this historic inn complete with rocking chairs, pastoral decor and Norman, the resident purring feline.
Know before you go: The storied hotel with a famous front porch will be familiar to those who watched The Real Housewives of New York this season. Actual New Yorkers don’t need to quarantine before arriving into Massachusetts as of the time of this publication.
15. Audrey’s Farmhouse (1 hour 45 minutes from NYC)
Once a 1950s commercial flower nursery, this boutique inn now gives guests and their four-legged pals (it’s very pet-friendly) the opportunity to unwind in country chic digs. Pro tip: Book the Woodstove room, named as such thanks to its working wood stove.
Know before you go: Contactless check-in is the norm here these days, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t think it should be that way after all this is over.
16. Eastwind Hotel & Bar (2 hours 30 minutes from NYC)
This gorgeous Catskills property is a “choose your own adventure” of sorts: Opt for a well-appointed hotel room or go semi-rustic with a Scandinavian-style A-frame cabin. The property just launched three new luxe, loft-style Lushna Suites, which are available year-round and are Instagram gold. Any accommodation gets you access to an outdoor wood-barrel sauna and the oh-so-hygge bar with a fireplace view. Be sure to wake up in time for the homemade German pancakes before a day on the nearby ski slopes.
Know before you go: Contactless check-in, regular sanitation and social distancing policies are in place, and cocktails from the popular communal bar in the main building are now available to order to your room. Fire pits where people used to gather together are now reserved privately for guests.
17. The Dewitt Oak Hill (2 hours 30 minutes from NYC)
Opened by two friends who worked in NYC publishing in their former lives, this pet-friendly Catskills retreat boasts gourmet farm-to-table breakfasts and vintage furnishings for sale (should you want to take a piece of the charm home with you).
Know before you go: The alluring charms of this B&B-style inn, which is available to rent on Airbnb, are making it book up super fast, so what are you procrastinating for?
18. Castle Hotel and Spa (45 minutes from NYC)
Live like royalty at this sumptuous hotel that’s perched high above the Hudson Valley. If the towers and turrets aren’t quite grand enough for you, then maybe the stained-glass windows and crystal chandeliers will do the job.
Know before you go: The property reopened to guests this fall, but it's luxe, popular Sankara Spa & Equus restaurant are still unfortunately closed.
19. Shandaken Inn (2 hours 15 minutes from NYC)
Rustic decor? Check. Sweeping mountain views? Double check. In-room fireplace? If you need us, we’ll be here until spring. With fifteen guest rooms—each with their own personality—and 12 acres of surrounding Catskills country, it’s easy to see why the property is always in high demand.
20. The Sagamore (3 hours 45 minutes from NYC)
Escape the island of Manhattan for a significantly more tranquil oasis. Nestled on Green Island, this elegant property boasts views of Lake George, luxurious amenities and its very own glacier ice bar (yep, an outdoor bar literally made of ice). Cozy never looked so cool.
Know before you go: The resort is open on weekends only and effective December 4 to May 1, a two-night minimum will be imposed.
21. The DeBruce (2 hours 30 minutes from NYC)
This Catskills retreat is all about the food. Each room includes a nine-course tasting menu featuring only local produce, normally served in the property’s gorgeous dining hall, where you can take in its breathtaking mountain views.
Know before you go: As of publication, guests can pick up their individually pre-packaged breakfast each morning, and there is plenty of room for indoor and outdoor dining, so you won’t have to miss out on the promise of a good meal.
22. Red Hook Barn (2 hours from NYC)
That would be the town of Red Hook upstate, not the Brooklyn ’hood. And this eclectic spot is in an actual converted barn. Seriously, it’s painted red and everything. Like many too-good-to-be-true vacation rentals, it’s also quite popular this season, so move fast.