5 Winter Weekend Getaways
Let’s face it – we’ve been reminded by fall’s quick come-and-go appearance that we’re re in for a snowy winter this year. If the cold is not your friend here in New York, warm up to the idea of giving yourself a wonderful winter getaway! Pick a weekend to melt away from those winter blues and enjoy this beautiful season: fluffy white snow, crystal clear icicles, and cozy, warm fireplaces.
Grab your parka and chunky scarf for 5 of our favorite winter weekend getaway spots – all within driving distance of NYC!
For a Luxurious, Romantic Spa Getaway
If you want the ultimate luxury romantic getaway with an amazing spa experience, go to: The Mayflower. Located in Connecticut, it’s quaint, quiet, and the perfect spot for couples to take a romantic weekend escape from reality. The onsite restaurant is top-notch, the library is complete with a fireplace perfect to curl up next to, and the spa is by far one to spend a rejuvenating afternoon in. Cloaked in white decor and floor to ceiling windows, it’s especially pretty when there’s winter snow covering the grounds.
A Historic, Seaside Getaway
While you may think of Newport, Rhode Island as a summer-only destination, we have to show you The Chanler at Cliff Walk. Skip the summertime crowds and take a romantic seaside getaway during the winter. Not only will you bundle up for all the beach walks you can imagine, but you can take in the gorgeous mansions guarding the coast. Set out to explore boutiques and ocean side restaurants, or enjoy an after-dinner drink at The Chanler’s crackling fire pit under a sky of winter stars.
In the Catskills
The North Branch Inn and The Arnold House are sister properties nestled in the Catskill Mountains, and both are amazing. Not only is the decor that cool, rustic chic minimalist vibe, but it feels like a true escape from the city. The restaurants at both are phenomenal – farm to table fresh with locally sourced ingredients. Besides a really hip environment to lounge in, there’s plenty of hiking, fire pits for roasting s’mores, nearby Alpaca farms, and adorable small towns to explore. You’ll want to be at both of these hipster spots at once!
If You Love Vintage Boutiques
Located in Hawley, Pennsylvania, the Ledges Hotel offers modern conveniences without sparing its rustic charm. Nestled in Mother Nature’s rock ledges and gorgeous waterfalls, this Pocono hotel incorporates the area’s industrial history with natural beauty. Enjoy views of both in your room as well as the hotel’s fantastic onsite restaurant. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, and get this, they’re pet friendly! (Just be sure to call ahead for the dog package special.) Besides lounging, check out local small businesses: galleries, indie coffee shops, and of course, vintage stores. The front desk is happy to point you in the right direction.
Hitting the Slopes
If skiing and snow tubing are on your list of favorite winter activities, you don’t have to drive hours and hours upstate to snow-covered mountains. About 45 minutes north of the city lays Hamburg, New Jersey’s Crystal Springs Resort. With options for all travelers, from a romantic getaway for two to a giant suite of a room for a family vacation, you’ll make use of the resort’s 4,000 acre property.
There’s an beautifully designed onsite spa, six award-winning golf courses (for the warmer months!), fire pits to warm up to, and indoor swimming options. Of course, here’s the real reason you’re going: it’s minutes away from Mountain Creek, where you can spend days and nights on the slopes.