10 Best Weekend Getaways from New York City
By VacationIdea Staff..
[Mohonk Mountain House]
Fresh country air, food prepared with veggies picked from a farm and long lazy mornings are just what we all need once in a while to reset our systems. That’s where weekend getaways come in and there is plenty to choose from. Whether you are looking to hike and rejuvenate surrounded by nature, check into a five star spa for a weekend of pampering, or go on a quick romantic getaway, this list was designed as a starting point for planning your trip. From affordable day trips to luxury inns and full service resorts, we included ideas for all budgets.
1. Getaways from New York City
Mohonk Mountain House – 1 hour 40 minutes
Located in the picturesque Hudson Valley only 90 minutes from New York City, Mohonk Mountain House is a historic resort surrounded by 26,000 acres of woodlands and the scenic Lake Mohonk. Guest accommodations are location in a beautiful castle-like building with a Victorian character and sweeping views. The property is a year-round getaway offering an array of activities for all ages. The hotel has a tennis center, stables, a 107-year-old 9-hole Scottish golf course, spectacular gardens, 18,000-square-foot Skating Pavilion and 85 miles of hiking trails. The spa has an indoor pool, 16 treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, a solarium with a fireplace, an outdoor heated mineral pool and a fitness center. The wellness center measures 30,000 square feet in size and connects to the main building by an enclosed walkway. There are 251 guest rooms and suites decorated in Victorian style with carved woodwork, period furnishings, and fireplaces. If you are planning a romantic trip, book one of the luxurious Tower Rooms which feature antique furnishings, balconies and working fireplaces. Three meals daily and Afternoon Tea are served in a turn-of-the-century ambiance. The resort chefs serve modern American cuisine with seasonal, local ingredients. Healthy and vegetarian options are also on the menu. Doubles start at $389 per night, including three meals daily, Afternoon Tea and many resort activities. There is a two-night minimum stay on most weekends.
#2. Getaways from New York City
Castle Hotel in New York – 45 minutes from NYC
Castle Hotel & Spa is a romantic spa getaway from New York City. The hotel has a new 8,700 square-foot THANN Sanctuary Spa, the first in the United States. Spa facilities include separate locker facilities, women’s relaxation lounge, steam rooms for men and women, seven treatment rooms, and a VIP treatment suite with its own deep tub and private outdoor gazebo. Furnishings from Thailand complement the holistic philosophy of the spa. Plan a romantic trip to this historic hotel which offers guest accommodations with four poster beds, fireplaces, turret alcoves and Hudson Valley/Manhattan Skyline views. If you are looking for a romantic place to propose, this castle hotel is a great idea. The property is just 45 minutes north of Manhattan. Have a romantic dinner at the award-winning Equus, and take a stroll in the woods. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, fitness center, and offers in-room spa services. The restaurant offers several distinct dining rooms. The historic Oak Room was originally owned by Louis XIV and was brought intact to New York a hundred years ago. The Garden Room is bright with plenty of natural sunlight and offers views of the surrounding gardens. The Tapestry Lounge has a unique ceiling and a collection of paintings.
#3. Getaways from New York City
Shinn Estate Vineyards & Farmhouse – 2 hours[Shinn Estate Vineyards]
Set in a historic 1880s homestead on the magnificent Shinn Estate Vineyards, Shinn Estate Farmhouse offers an elegant and charming wine country escape. Surrounded by undulating farmlands in Mattituck, NY, this beautifully restored farmhouse offers a tranquil and secluded escape from the city. Four well-appointed guestrooms are spacious and light, with antique pine floors, luxurious country-chic décor and modern en-suite bathrooms with deluxe amenities. Queen-sized beds are dressed in crisp linens and down duvets, and vast floor-to-ceiling windows embrace breath-taking views of the countryside. Start the day with a sumptuous farmhouse breakfast in the sunny breakfast room overlooking the vineyards, where a huge table is laden with seasonal creations and homemade delights, such as freshly baked scones, savory biscuits and slow-cooked eggs. Spend the day exploring the farm – stroll through the vineyards or take a scenic bike ride down Oregon Road. Mattituck offers a variety of museums, theaters and outdoor activities, including fishing, sailing, horseback riding, and kayaking. Rooms start at $169 per night.
#4. Getaways from New York City
Homestead Inn in Greenwich, CT – 45 minutes
An artful assimilation of architectural innovation and contemporary interior design creates a masterpiece in the luxurious Homestead Inn. Surrounded by acres of manicured gardens on the Belle Haven peninsula in Greenwich, this timeless boutique hotel epitomizes elegance and sophistication. In an effortless blend of old and new, sumptuous suites are individually designed to create contemporary-chic abodes, adorned with plush décor, exotic Persian carpets, and beautiful artworks ensconced in alluring color. Deluxe facilities such as cable television and complimentary wireless Internet add creature comforts, while imported linen, Bulgari amenities and bespoke bathrobes add a glamorous touch. The hotel is home to the renowned four-star Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant, famed for its exceptional contemporary French cuisine and seasonal specialties. Two private dining rooms are available for special occasions and the extensive wine list will delight wine-lovers and aficionados alike.
# 5. Getaways from New York City
The Inn at Shelburne Farms – 5 hours
[The Inn at Shelburne Farms]
The Inn at Shelburne Farms in Vermont is a historic getaway located on a 1,400-acre working farm where visitors can learn about sustainable agriculture in a beautiful setting. Accommodation options include individually decorated guest rooms, historic cottages and houses. If you are looking for privacy, ask about the Treehouse, a 1890s bungalow surrounded by trees and views of Lake Champlain. The inn restaurant is one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the United States, featuring a seasonal menu made from locally sourced ingredients, including organic fruits and vegetables from the Market Garden, pasture-raised lamb, beef & veal, pastured eggs and delicious maple syrup.
The Shelburne Farms campus is made up of several distinct areas, including the Farm Barn which houses the Children’s Farmyard, an organic bakery, cheesemaking facility, a furniture maker and an elementary school. The Coach Barn hosts the Art Exhibition & Sale in September and other nonprofit events. The Solar Orchard behind the Coach Barn generates enough power for 25 houses, in line with the farm’s commitment to renewable energy. Rooms at the Inn at Shelburne Farms start at $155 per night.
6. Getaways from New York City
The Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa – 4 hours 20 minutes
[The Dan’l Webster]
The Dan’l Webster Inn is a historic Cap Cod spa weekend getaway with 48 rooms and suites, perfect for couples or girlfriends. The Jarves Suites have romantic hand-carved beds, gas fireplaces, oversized whirlpool tubs, and heated tile floors. Amenities include eco-friendly 300-count cotton triple sheeting, micro-fiber bathrobes, and Olive Branch Botanical bath products. Relax at the Beach Plum Spa with a massage, body treatment, manicure or pedicure. In the summer, swim laps in the outdoor pool which is surrounded by beautiful gardens, or rejuvenate in the heated whirlpool. The restaurant serves traditional favorites such as filet mignon and tender prime rib in four different dining rooms. The Music and Webster Rooms are candle-lit, and the Conservatory serves meals in the sun or moonlight
#7. Getaways from New York City
Five Star Family Trip at Nemacolin Woodlands
Resort – 5hours 25 minutes
[Nemacolin Woodlands Resort]
From 6 accommodation options, spa, golf, the Wildlife Academy, a choice of pools and children’s programs, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Southwestern Pennsylvania is a family getaway from NY that’s all about choice. The resort is situated on 2,000 acres with 36-holes of championship golf, a 140-acre sporting facility and an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing school. The Adventure Center offers many fun activities for the whole family, including an animal nursery where you can see tigers and black bears. There is also horseback riding, daily art tours of the multi-million dollar Hardy Family Art Collection, cooking classes, wine tasting and 14 boutique shops. Head to the indoor kids’ pool, just three feet deep, with your younger children. Or play on water slides at the Paradise Pool. Children have many programs available to them, although some may be seasonal. Choose from full day and half day sessions filled with supervised activity and entertainment. Kids ages 4 through 15 have the most options, including Summer Olympics, day at the beach, the great outdoors and other themed programs. Get away for a well-deserved treatment at the wellness center which offers nearly 100 treatments and services, including Hydrotherapy tubs, aromatherapy, customized facials, body wraps and more. Kidz Spa is open to children ages 5-15, offering manicures, pedicures, salon cuts and styles, massages and facials. The spa for children combines relaxation with learning, a fun combination on a family trip.
#8. Getaways from New York City
Land’s End Inn in Provincetown – 5 hours from New York City
Land’s End Inn in Provincetown, Massachussets offers spectacular ocean views and romantic sunsets. The inn is set on Gull Hill in the town’s charming West End. The property has beautiful gardens which are in full bloom during the warmer season. Take romantic walks through the garden, have a cup of tea surrounded by flowers, and stroll on the beach just steps from the inn. Activities include dune tours, biking, trolley tours, sailing and whale watching. If you are planning a romantic trip, book the Bay Tower room which has soaring ceilings and panoramic ocean views. If it wasn’t for the lavish decor and art, you would feel like you are sleeping in a lighthouse high above the ocean. The Tower Room has two decks for relaxing outdoors with a view. Guest rooms overlook the water and are individually furnished in different styles. Rooms start at $300 per night.
#9 Getaways from New York City
Weekend on Nantucket
[Nantucket Island Resorts]
Famous for its picturesque beaches, pretty lighthouses, and historic homes, the small and beautiful island of Nantucket off the coast of Cape Cod offers a peaceful and relaxing escape. Nantucket Island Resorts offers an array of accommodations on the island, all of which boast first-class amenities, delectable cuisine, outstanding service and a variety of fun activities. From the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Wauwinet and the popular White Elephant that overlooks Nantucket Harbor, to the historic inn of Jared Coffin House in the heart of town and deluxe waterfront cottages at the Boat Basin, there is plenty of choice. A wide range of excellent restaurants, offering everything from casual fare to fine cuisine, can be found throughout the hotels, so you will never be a loss for delicious food. For spa enthusiasts, The Wauwinet and White Elephant offer exclusive seaside spas for a day of pampering. To get to Nantucket from NYC, drive to Hyannis and take the 1-hour ferry. Alternatively, you can catch a flight from LGA or EWR .
# 10. Getaways from New York City
Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington – 2 hours
Located in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, Hotel du Pont is a historic getaway offering romantic wedding venues and gourmet dining. The property originally opened in 1913 and showcases European craftsmanship. There are many dining options, including the Four-Diamond AAA award Winning Green Room serving French cuisine in a grand setting. The more informal Grill offers cafeteria-style seating. Light snacks are served at Java Corner and at the Bar. There is a choice of venues for an elegant wedding, holiday party, shower and other celebrations. The staff can help you plan the perfect event from start to finish. For lavish weddings, book the Gold Ballroom which features rich wood and the hand-crafted medallions of twenty famous women, from Helen of Troy to Cleopatra