The 20 Coziest Winter Weekend Getaways from NYC
As the temperature starts to drop into hibernation territory, your first instinct might be to hop a plane to the nearest tropical destination. But don’t bust out the flip-flops just yet: These 20 charming winter weekend getaways from NYC—all within a few hours’ drive of the city—might make a winter believer out of you.
1. 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.
2. CEDAR LAKES ESTATE (1 HOUR 30 MINUTES FROM NYC)
This former summer camp has been transformed into a luxurious adult retreat with a variety of accommodation options. Our favorite? The snuggly log cabins featuring fireplaces, outdoor patios and heated floors. There are also camp-style houses with bunk beds if that’s more your vibe. Singing “Kumbaya” is optional, roasting s’mores is not.
3. Hotel Kinsley (1 hour 45 minutes from NYC)
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.
4. 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. 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.
5. 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.)
6. 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.)
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. GREENWOOD LAKE LOG CABIN (1 HOUR 15 MINUTES FROM NYC)
Looking to get out of town with your squad? This cabin sleeps eight and boasts magical lake views.
12. 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. 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 slopes.
13. 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).
14. White Hart Inn (2 hours 15 minutes from NYC)
You might not want to leave your room at this luxurious property (hello, four-poster bed and clawfoot tub), but make time to stroll downstairs to sample the excellent British fare with a local twist. (The restaurant was dubbed one of America’s best by Bon Appétit).
15. Farmhouse Catskills (2 hours from NYC)
This cool getaway is all about midcentury modern furniture and farm-to-table dining, set against a backdrop so lovely it’ll make you feel like you’re living in a fairy tale—minus the poison apples and wicked stepmothers, of course.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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, all served in the property’s gorgeous dining hall, where you can take in its breathtaking mountain views.
20. 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.
Additional reporting by Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley