The 26 Coziest Winter Weekend Getaways from NYC
In the Before Times, as soon as temperatures started to drop into hibernation territory, you would hop on a plane to the nearest tropical destination. But if the “grounded” days of pandemic travel have taught us anything, it’s that getting out someplace local and into nature—somewhere particularly cozy with lots of hygge vibes — can be just as enjoyable for a winter escape. These 26 charming winter weekend getaways from NYC are just that, and they are all within a few hours’ drive of the city.
Editor’s note: The listings below are all operating with COVID safety measures in place but in light of the current Omicron surge, it's a good idea to check with the specific property about their current protocol.
1. THE LODGE AT WOODLOCH IN HAWLEY, PA (2 HOURS 15 MINUTES FROM NYC)
This Lodge takes the cake when it comes to comfy, wrap-me-up-in-a-blanket winter feels: It boasts 11 cozy fireplaces or firepits throughout, an indoor HydroMassage Waterwall to melt any stress away and a year-round, Horizon Edge Whirlpool with both forest and lake views. That’s before even mentioning the primo, well-celebrated spa and all the access to wintertime activities. Of the latter, some of our faves in the area include eagle watching (yup, it’s a thing), ice fishing and snowshoeing. The property also recently opened a salt sauna, cold water bucket shower and snow room, designed to be used together in order to melt away stress and boost wellness.
2. OCEAN HOUSE IN WESTERLY, RI (3 HOURS FROM NYC)
The ocean may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a winter getaway, but in the treasured Rhode Island hideaway of Watch Hill (also frequented by the likes of Taylor Swift, who owns a home here), something about the environs and this splendid hotel make it feel just right. Plus, what’s more eerily romantic than seeing the ocean waves crash against the sand during chilly temps from the safety of your warm cocoon? Featuring a piano, a grand stone-faced fireplace, architectural columns and antique furniture in the lobby, rooms upstairs are coastal cozy with plush beds and tasteful décor. Bonus: Many rooms feature soaking tubs.
3. URBAN COWBOY LODGE IN BIG INDIAN, NY (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. Tip: Book one of the two Alpine bathing suites with a black and rose gold gilded soaking tub to really elevate the experience.
4. FOXFIRE MOUNTAIN HOUSE IN MOUNT TREMPER, NY (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. It’s worth knowing that a select number of Foxfire’s rooms have shared bathrooms, but there are also 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
5. SCRIBNER’S CATSKILL LODGE IN HUNTER, NY (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. The well curated common areas, filled with books, tchotchkes and a contemporary fireplace are always a hit with guests, as is the outdoor fire pit. There is even a beautiful garden that guests can walk through regardless of season, called Old Man Scribner’s Garden, where some of the restaurant’s produce is selected.
6. THE BEAR LODGE IN INDIAN LAKE, NY (4 HOURS FROM NYC)
Peace, tranquility and plenty of solitude, Indian Lake is quieter in the winter months, when the popular wilderness camping area thins out. At Bear Lodge, you can enjoy the vibe of camping—with stunning forest views—and keep warm and cozy in a log cabin, complete with cathedral chandeliers, plenty of wood details, antler chandeliers, taxidermy, a wood stove and three (!) outdoor fire pits. The home has vintage cabin decor and plenty of nostalgia to warm up your soul, too. A furry pup (or up to four, actually) can accompany you on your trip since the property is pet-friendly. The home is located on 11 acres backed by state land, meaning it has phenomenal sledding hills, and guests can ski at the nearby Gore Mountain in winter months, too.
7. THE AMELIA IN HUDSON, NY (2 HOURS 15 MINUTES FROM NYC)
A brick fireplace, dark wood moldings, crisp white and cream walls, reading nooks with packed bookshelves and plenty of comfy chairs to slink into are just a few of the details that make this property in Hudson, NY a charmer. Woman-owned, the expertly converted Queen Anne-style property has an emphasis on feng shui, which we of course appreciate, and luxe details like Frette bath towels and Lockwood New York bath products. With just eight airy, well-appointed rooms, you can keep to yourself or make friends with the neighbors.
8. THE WILLIAMS INN IN WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (3 HOURS 15 MINUTES FROM NYC)
The bucolic town of Williamstown 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. Alongside fireplaces and fire pits and other places to keep warm, The Williams Inn has quick access to nature and lots of cycling, canoeing, kayaking and rock climbing if you’re so inclined.
9. KENNEBUNKPORT INN IN KENNEBUNKPORT, ME (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 transport 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 the bleak winter months, the hotel turns 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.
10. TROUTBECK IN AMENIA, NY (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. The Barns at Troutbeck is Troutbeck’s sparkling new wellness facility offering guests a suite of treatments, from trauma resolution to movement and meditation. The Barns also feature facial acupuncture, dry saunas, yoga, guided meditation and more. Natural beauty and a woodland paradise surround the historic property, all of which can be enjoyed from the outstanding on-site restaurant and cocktail bar.
11. CEDAR LAKES ESTATE IN PORT JERVIS, NY (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 and groups of friends, and camp-style houses with bunk beds if that’s more your vibe. Singing “Kumbaya” is optional, roasting s’mores is not. And 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.
12. HOTEL KINSLEY IN KINGSTON, NY (1 HOUR 45 MINUTES FROM NYC)
There are four distinct buildings that make up this luxurious hotel. The main building of this sleek escape in the historic uptown of Kingston was notably 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. The vibrant hotel restaurant is led by a James Beard-award winning restaurateur and guests can now co-work through a partnership with Barnfox, which means you can take advantage of lower mid-week rates and get some work done too.
13. DEER MOUNTAIN INN IN TANNERSVILLE, NY (2 HOURS 15 MINUTES FROM NYC)
We don’t know how we got through winter 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). 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 through fall only), so your exposure to other guests will by default be more limited than at a larger property. This means plenty of time to chill with your special person, or just by yourself with a book on a solo trip.
14. HASBROUCK HOUSE IN STONE RIDGE, NY (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—actual chef’s kiss.) As a bonus of staying here, you can take complimentary yoga classes at Whole Sky Yoga Studio, walking distance from the property, or set up a private open air session with their guest services team.
15. BEACH PLUM FARM IN WEST CAPE MAY, NJ (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 snuggliest 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.)
16. THE MAKER IN HUDSON, NY (2 HOURS 20 MINUTES FROM NYC)
A newer 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, snuggly blankets and stained glass. 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.
17. RED LION INN IN STOCKBRIDGE, MA (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. Not that you’ll want to leave your cozy abode but if you so choose to venture outside, the Berkshires is teeming with adorable shops, farm-to-table restaurants and seasonal activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and fairytale-esque horseback riding.
18. AUDREY’S FARMHOUSE IN WALLKILL, NY (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. Guests rave about the friendly hospitality, beautiful environment and homemade breakfast. The best way to enjoy the provided s’mores kits? Book the Woodstove room, named as such thanks to its working wood stove. (Although cozying up around the firepit is also a very nice way to spend the evening.)
19. EASTWIND HOTEL & BAR IN WINDHAM, NY (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 rustic-luxe with a Scandinavian-style A-frame cabin. Last year, the property launched three posh, 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.
20. Albergo Allegria Hotel & Breakfast Restaurant in Windham, NY (2 HOURS 20 MINUTES FROM NYC)
This family-owned Catskills getaway is popular with visitors thanks to the friendly staff, impressive breakfast selection (the homemade butter and fresh bread are divine) and spacious rooms. Visitors to this Victorian-style accommodation also appreciate how clean and COVID-safe both the hotel itself and the individual rooms feel. The Albergo Allegria helpfully provide a detailed map of the area, complete with information about the many beautiful hikes nearby plus local restaurants.
21. CASTLE HOTEL AND SPA IN TARRYTOWN, NY (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. While the popular Sankara Spa & Equus restaurant are still unfortunately closed, there are private dining options and massages for guests who inquire.
22. SHANDAKEN INN IN SHANDAKEN, NY (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.
23. THE SAGAMORE IN BOLTON LANDING, NY (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.
24. THE DEBRUCE IN Livingston Manor, NY (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. As of publication, guests can once again take advantage of the provided breakfast and dinner, 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. (Note: As the Omicron variant becomes more rampant, it’s wise to double-check dining options with the property before you book.)
25. Grand Duchess in Red Hook, NY (2 HOURS FROM NYC)
That would be the town of Red Hook upstate, not the Brooklyn ’hood. Step back in time at this Victorian B&B featuring charming rooms, a vintage formal parlor and antique details. While the noted bed and breakfast spot has stopped serving breakfast due to COVID, they are providing guests with certificates to other small business restaurants that do offer breakfast. COVID notwithstanding, this is definitely the spot to visit if you’re looking for some peace and quiet.
26. Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, NY (5 hours from NYC)
Offering you charming rustic vibes in a serene setting is this beautiful, handcrafted lodge nestled in the Adirondack mountains, overlooking Lake Placid. Find your desired calm and tranquility in the new Main Lodge, private cabins or newly remodeled Lakeside suites. Treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at Artisans and wind the night down with a relaxing night cap courtesy of Maggie's pub.
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