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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 11 charming winter weekend getaways from NYC— are all within a few hours’ drive of the city—might make a winter believer out of you. 

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Courtesy of Eastwind Hotel & Bar

1. Eastwind Hotel & Bar (2.5 hours from NYC)

This recently opened 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 that comes with access to an outdoor wood-barrel sauna.

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Nicole Franzen

2. 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 renovated 18th-century country estate where Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Ralph Waldo Emerson once stayed.

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© Laura Moss

3. The DeWitt Oak Hill (2.5 hours 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). 

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Deer Mountain Inn

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.

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Hasbrouck House

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.)

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Red Cottage

6. WILDCAT MOUNTAIN CABIN (2 HOURS 15 MINUTES FROM NYC)

There’s nothing like admiring the snow from your own private hot tub.

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Foxfire Mountain House

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.

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Courtesy of Scribner's Catskill Lodge

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.

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Audrey's Farmhouse

9. AUDREY’S FARMHOUSE (1 HOUR 45 MINUTES FROM NYC)

Like your own personal tree house. (But, you know, with Wi-Fi.)

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Airbnb

10. 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.

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Airbnb

11. 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.

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