Top 25 Weekend Getaways from New York City
New York City is famous for its hurried pace of life which makes you wish for a few quiet days in the country. Our list of top 25 getaways includes affordable day trips, luxury inns and full service resorts. Plan a quick romantic weekend getaway or a family trip. Whether you are looking to hike and rejuvenate surrounded by nature, or check into a five star spa for a weekend of pampering, this list provides a great starting point for planning your trip. Many of these ideas are family-friendly, offering diverse activities which guests of all ages can enjoy.
Mohonk Mountain House
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. If you are looking for romantic weekend trips, this hotel has guest accommodations 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. Popular with families, the resort offers a complimentary Kid's Club and a choice of activities designed for specific age groups. 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 (845-255-1000, website).
Castle Hotel in New York
Castle Hotel & Spa (formerly The Castle on the Hudson) is a romantic getaway from New York City. The hotel recently opened 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, wood-burning fireplaces, marble bathrooms, turret alcoves and scenic views of the Hudson Valley and Manhattan Skyline. If you are looking for a romantic place to propose, this castle hotel is a great idea.
The property is just 30 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. Rates start at $410 per night (800-616-4487, website).
Mirror Lake Inn in the Adirondack Mountains
The Mirror Lake Inn, located in the Olympic Village of Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains, offers elegant rooms, a spa and a number of seasonal activities. Located 5 hours from New York City and Boston, the inn is a great year-round getaway. Guests enjoy a number of activities, including a natural private beach, outdoor heated pool, tennis, a spa, a private outdoor ice skating rink, and nearby golf and skiing. The spa offers a range of services from massage, body treatments and facials. There is an indoor 60 foot lap pool with a waterfall and a panoramic view of the water, a jacuzzi, a sauna and a cardiovascular exercise room.
Guided outdoor adventure trips are available at extra cost and include hiking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, or mountain biking in the Adirondack wilderness. Some of the 128 guest accommodations have a view of the water and a private balcony. The split-level suites feature an oversized whirlpool bath, living room area, a custom-made oak spiral staircase leading to a king-bedded loft, and a balcony. Summer is a great time to enjoy a range of outdoor activities. USAirways flies to the Adirondack Airport, 16 miles away. Amtrak service from NYC stops in Westport, 40 miles away. Shuttle bus service must be arranged with a reservation. Adirondack Trailways operates a bus service from New York City (518-523-2544, website).
Affordable Wilderness Cabins at the Mohican Outdoor Center
If you are wondering how to escape the heat of New York City in the summer on a budget, take a look at the wilderness cabins at AMC's Mohican Outdoor Center in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, just 90 minutes from the city. With rates starting at $33 per person per night, smaller private cabins and lodge bunkroom accommodations for larger groups let vacationers relax in a natural setting, surrounded by 70,000 acres of forests and a glacial lake.
The cabins are located next to Catfish Pond where kids and grown-ups can jump in for a refreshing swim, go kayaking or canoeing. The nearby wetlands present great wildlife watching opportunities while the Appalachian Trail offers hiking for all levels of fitness. The cabins are self-service - you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towels (pillows are provided). Guests can also sleep in a 2-person bunkroom or pitch a tent in one of the campsites. The new Demo Center lets you try LOWA boots, LEKI hiking poles, and Deuter Backpacks before you decide to purchase them at the store. If you are planning a family reunion, the entire camp can be rented for exclusive use, including all lodges, campsites, the Boathouse and Dining Hall space. Be sure to book early, especially during the summer. Find out more on the Appalachian Mountain Club website.
The Point on Saranac Lake
The Point is a luxury property on Saranac Lake, New York, offering attentive service, individually furnished guest rooms with huge fireplaces, and an array of outdoor adventures. Surrounded by the Adirondack wilderness, activities at the resort include swimming, hiking, tennis, mountain biking and sunset cocktail cruises. There is a 18-hole golf course at Saranac Inn four miles from the Point as well as horseback riding at the nearby XTC Ranch. In the winter, go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing across Upper Saranac and along the trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg outside Lake Placid. If you like ice fishing, the hotel has an ice fishing shanty where you can catch your own dinner.
There are eleven luxury guest rooms in four separate buildings. Decorated with antiques, Adirondack furniture and fireplaces of chiseled stone, all of the rooms offer views of the water. The Main Lodge has two wings with two guest rooms each; Eagle's Nest houses three guest rooms and the Pub; the Guest House has three rooms. The Boathouse has just one splendid room located right over the water, perfect for a romantic getaway. Dine in the Main Hall with other guests and enjoy the hotel's creative menu which is new every week. If you have any special dietary requirements, let the resort know well in advance. Guests who prefer to dine alone can have meals served in their room, or bring a picnic lunch on a hiking or canoeing trip. Remember to book early if you are planning a vacation during the fall foliage season. Fly to Saranac Lake Airport aboard Continental Airlines. Alternatively, Burlington and Albany airports are a three-hour drive from the hotel. Doubles start at $1,250 per night, depending on season and availability, including all meals (518-891-5674, website).
Castle Hill Resort
Castle Hill Resort is a relaxing weekend getaway in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains. The resort has a full service spa and luxury accommodations which include historic rooms in the mansion as well as resort homes. There are many activities to choose from, both in the summer and in the winter. Okemo Mountain Resort offers an abundance of ski trails, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, sledding and sleigh rides for children. In the summer, the area offers outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, fly fishing, scenic gondola rides and many others.
The Aveda Concept Spa offers many relaxing treatments. Guests have access to fitness classes which are held in the solarium. The resort offers packages for couples such as the Anniversary Package and the Elopment Package which make it easy to plan a quick romantic trip to Vermont. The property is located in Southern Vermont near many attractions and outdoor activities. The nearby Ludlow offers shopping, restaurants, attractions, summer lawn concerts and country fairs. The Anniversary Package starts at $699 for a two-night weekend stay and includes Champagne & strawberries, a three-course dinner and a 50-minute couples' massage. Rooms start from $279 per night (802-226-7361, website).
Five Star Family Trip at 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.
The Sundial Lodge can keep the whole family entertained for hours on end with its winter activities, bowling, arcade games, a retail shop and Adventure Headquarters. Accommodation options range from the AAA Five-Diamond Falling Rock boutique hotel with 24-hour butler service and 42 luxury rooms and suites, to the affordable Maggie Valley RV Park with 20 spaces. Chateau Lafayette, inspired by the Ritz hotel in Paris, is home to the $45 million dollar Hardy Family Art Collection. Families who want the option of preparing their own meals on vacation can rent a Townhome with a full kitchen or one of the Luxury Homes. Doubles start at about $340 (866-344-6957, website).
Land's End Inn in Provincetown
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 warm 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 (508-487-0706, website).
The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid
The Whiteface Lodge is a relaxing summer getaway in Lake Placid, offering a choice of outdoor activities, relaxing spa treatments and stylish accommodations with rustic accents. Guest accommodations are decorated in an elegant Adirondack style, with hardwood furnishings and hand-forged accents. Each of the 94 hotel suites features a jetted tub, a cast iron gas fireplace and a LCD, high-definition television. In the summer, relax outdoors on the private cedar and mahogany balconies, taking in the surrounding nature. The Spa offers a menu of signature treatments, including facials, massages and body treatments. Kanu restaurant serves Classic American Cuisine, using the freshest local organic ingredients, fish and game. Suites start at $588/night in the summer. Rates are lower in the off-season (888-582-0505, website).
Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington
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. The nearby 1200-seat DuPont Theatre hosts Broadway shows. Rates start from $149 per night (302-594 3100, website).
If you are interested in historic buildings, gardens and 20th-century sculpture, plan a day trip to Kykuit. Home to the Rockefeller family, this historic estate is a great place to visit, offering scenic views of the Hudson River, formal gardens with fountains and a collection of art. Tours begin at the Philipsburg Manor/Kykuit Visitor Center on Route 9 in Sleepy Hollow. Since tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis you should get there early, especially on weekends.
Tours are offered daily, except Tuesday, from the end of April through the beginning of November. The Visitor Center opens at 9 am to sell tickets for that day only. It's a good idea to confirm opening times before you go. Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $23 for children 3-17. If you are traveling from New York City and don't have a car, Metro-North offers a Kykuit package tour starting at $41.25 per person (hudsonvalley.org).
A beautiful estate overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison, Boscobel is the perfect place for a spring picnic among blooming daffodils, tulips and cherry trees. Visit the Herb Garden & Orangery, the Apple Orchard and the romantic Rose Garden. In the summer, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival takes place on the Front Lawn which overlooks the Hudson River. In addition to the incredible gardens, the house features furniture and decoration from the Federal period. The mansion is set high above the river and offers scenic views of the Hudson River Valley.
The property, located at 1601 Route 9D in Garrison, can be reached by car of by train from New York City. If you are traveling by train, take the Metro-North's Hudson Division from Grand Central Station to Cold Spring. Since the property is 1.5 miles from the station, you can call 845-265-TAXI to arrange for a car to meet you. The attraction is open daily, except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is closed during January, February, and March. From April through October, the property is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm; in November and December, it is open from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Admission is $17 for adults; $8 for children ages 6 to 14; $14 for seniors. Grounds only admission costs $11. To confirm opening times and admission fees, call 845-265-3638, or visit boscobel.org.
Romantic Pitcher Inn in Vermont
Located in Warren, Vermont, The Pitcher Inn offers charming rooms and a number of seasonal vacation activities. The inn is our pick as one of the best romantic weekend getaways on the East Coast. Activities range from spa pampering to skiing, cross-country skiing, golf, tennis hiking, cricket, polo, bicycling and shopping. If you are looking for romance, book a sleigh ride in the winter. Book a relaxing massage in the privacy or your own room, or in the massage room. Skiing is available nearby at Sugarbush, with terrain suited for beginners as well as skilled skiers. Arrangements for outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking and golf can be made with the hotel staff. If you are looking for an active honeymoon destination on the East Coast, book a trip to this unique hideaway.
In the summer, a number of golf courses are available in the Mad River Valley, including the 18-hole golf course at Sugarbush Resort. The Mountain Golf School at Sugarbush offers golf classes for all levels. There are nine guest rooms and two suites, most with wood burning fireplaces, jacuzzis and steam showers. The rooms are beautifully appointed and are great on a romantic weekend getaway. The restaurant menus are based on contemporary American cooking and incorporate organic local seasonal ingredients. The wine cellar holds over 6,000 bottles. For an intimate romantic dinner, you can reserve a private dining table in the wine cellar.
Guests can unwind in the casual lounge, Tracks, which has a large fireplace, shuffle board, pool table and darts. Summer or fall are great for golf in Mad River Valley. The hotelis approximately a five hour drive from the New York and three hour drive from Boston. It is about an hour from Burlington Airport in Vermont. Rooms from $350 per night. A minimum of two nights is required on weekends (802-496-6350, website).
Cook Academy at The Essex Resort & Spa
Located near Lake Champlain and Burlington, Vermont, the Essex Resort & Spa is a great weekend getaway from Boston and NY, offering golf, winter sports, two gourmet restaurant and cooking classes. During the summer, play golf on two 18-hole golf courses: the semi-private Jack Nicklaus-designed Vermont National Country Club course and the new Links at Lang Farm which is located right next to the property. After a round of golf, relax by the outdoor pool and stroll through the fragrant chef's garden with colorful flowers and herbs.
In the winter, Stowe, Sugarbush, Smuggler's Notch, Bolton Valley Resort and Mad River Glen ski areas are less than an hour's drive away. There is also cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and sledding at Catamount Family Center. For a bit of pampering on your weekend trip, visit the spa. The hotel offers unique culinary vacations that allow you to enjoy customized private dinners, watch cooking demonstrations and take classes at the Cook Academy. Fresh herbs and vegetables used in the restaurants grow in the gardens where guests can relax surrounded by fragrant herbs.
The staff can help you plan a variety of adventures in the area, including ice climbing, balloon rides, fly fishing, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory tours, and classes at the nearby 4 x 4 Driving School. The 120 guest rooms are decorated with warm, vibrant colors inspired by Scandinavian design elements. The property is located about 3 hours from Boston and 5.5 hours from New York. You can also fly to Burlington Airport and take the complimentary shuttle. Rates start at $149 per night (802-878-1100, website).
The Equinox Resort
The Equinox Resort in Manchester Village, Vermont, is a luxury getaway offering a wide range of vacation activities for kids and adults. You can take a falconry lesson, learn off-road driving techniques, relax at the spa, and go fishing for trout at the Orvis Fly Fishing School. The resort is one of our top picks for best weekend getaways on the East Coast. The spa and fitness center which offers water aerobics, Pilates, and yoga classes as well as personal trainers. The 80-acre Off-Road Driving School offers courses for all skill levels. Junior Off Road driving lessons are available from May through October, on weekends and during holidays.
The historic Manchester Village is home to numerous shops and outlet stores where you can shop and save on your favorite brands during the weekend. Gleneagles Golf Course is located just across the street from the main resort building. The course, which dates back to 1927 was restored by Rees Jones in the 90s. The course is named after its famous sister resort in Scotland, the Gleneagles. The hotel has 183 guest rooms, suites and townhouse accommodations. The townhouses have fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens, great for family vacations. If you are planning a romantic weekend getaway, ask for one of the historic suites in the main building, furnished in classical style. The historic rooms and suites sell out during fall foliage weekends in October, Memorial Day, Easter and other holidays, so it's a good idea to book early.
Enjoy a formal meal at the Colonnade, or visit Marsh Tavern for a more casual setting. For best views, dine outside at the Dormy Grill on the deck of the Golf Course clubhouse which is open during the warmer season. Remember to book your tee times and spa treatments when making your room reservation to make sure that you get what you want, especially during the busy summer weekends and fall foliage weeks. The resort is located about four hours by car from New York City and Boston, making it an ideal weekend getaway. You can also fly to Albany Airport, 1.5 hours from the hotel. Doubles start from $280, depending on when you go (800-362-4747, website).
Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Brickell Key
Mandarin Oriental, Miami is a waterfront hotel located on Brickell Key in Miami, Florida. You can expect to be pampered from head to toe at this luxury hotel quite literally, especially if you head to the the hotel's five star spa. There are 327 guest rooms and 31 suites with spacious balconies overlooking the bay. The Mandarin Suite is the most luxurious and comes with its own private spa sanctuary, a special perk on a romantic trip or a honeymoon weekend.
Some of the facilities you can enjoy include a three-story spa, infinity-edge swimming pool, health club, and a private beach overlooking Biscayne Bay with Thai-style day beds, private spa cabanas and hammocks. Plan a romantic evening for two at the hotel's signature restaurant Azul which has been awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award. Azul serves diverse dishes - a blend of Latin flavors with Asian, new Caribbean and classic French influences. The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bay.
Innovative treatments, relaxing ambiance and attentive service make the spa one of the best in the United States. The spa offers 11 private treatment rooms and six luxurious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bay. Arrive 45 minutes before your massage so that you can relax in the sauna, steam room and lounge. Each of the treatment rooms has a private shower and the 6 suites have panoramic windows with a view of the bay. Work out at the fitness center, practice Tai Chi or take a fun belly dancing class. The spa suites are situated on the top floor of the hotel, perfect for couples who want to receive side-by-side massages and relax in a stunning setting. When you reserve one of the suites for two hours, you also receive an additional 20 minutes to de-stress. You will be offered hot herbal tea and a snack.
The spa offers a collection of innovative treatments inspired by Chinese, European, Balinese, Ayurvedic, and Thai traditions. Ayurvedic Holistic Body Treatment ($260 for 110 minutes) includes a ceremonial foot cleansing ritual, body exfoliation, warm shower, a gentle facial cleanse and Ayurvedic Marma point massage. The massage concludes with a relaxing Oriental Head massage. The facility is open seven days a week. For more information, call 305-913-8332. Room rates start at $399 USD per night (305-913-8288, website).
More Quick Weekend Vacations From New York City
The Lower Hudson River Valley
Just a short drive from New York City, the Lower Hudson River Valley features historic buildings, scenic views and many vacation activities. Whether you are interested in shopping or visiting historic sites, the Lower Hudson is a quick weekend getaway from the city. Several historic estates managed by Historic Hudson Valley in Westchested County are located close together near Tappan Zee Bridge on Route 9. During the warmer months, the beautiful grounds of Sunnyside and Lyndhurst offer a perfect setting for a picnic lunch. You can also visit the Philipsburg Manor, Kykuit and Van Cortland Manor. Continuing north along the valley, there is the Bear Mountain State Park, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Boscobel and the Storm King Art Center.
The Lower Hudson River Valley is home to several charming inns and B&Bs. Hudson House in Cold Spring has rooms with beautiful views of the Hudson River. Rates range from $140 to $225 (845-265-9355, hudsonhouseinn.com). The Thayer Hotel at West Point has 151 guest rooms which have recently been restored (800-247-5047, thethayerhotel.com). The Pig Hill Inn in the historic village of Cold Spring you can take your breakfast in bed or in the garden. Room rates range from $150 to $220 (845-265-9247, pighillinn.com).
The Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruises
Fall foliage in the Hudson River Valley is eagerly anticipated by many every year. If you are planning a New York vacation in the fall, spend a day aboard the NY Waterway high-speed catamaran and enjoy a beautiful display of colors on Hudson River. NY Waterway offers Fall Foliage and West Point Cruises which depart from Pier 78 at West 38th Street & 12th Avenue starting in September. The cruise costs $60 for adults; $30 for children and $56 senior citizens. A tour of the United States Military Academy is included. For upcoming cruises and reservations, call NY Waterway at 800-533-3779 or visit nywaterway.com.
On your trip to the Hudson River Valley, Lyndhurst is a must-see. This Gothic Revival mansion, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, offers beautiful views of the Hudson and its grounds. There is a pretty rose garden, a large greenhouse and a carriage house where you can have lunch. Lyndhurst, located at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown, offers guided and self-guided tours. The mansion is open to visitors from mid-April through October, Tuesday through Sunday and Holiday Mondays, from 10 am to 5 pm. From November to mid-April, Lyndhurst is open weekends only and Holiday Mondays, from 10 am to 4 pm. There is an admission fee (914-631-4481, lyndhurst.org).
Storm King Art Center
The Storm King Art Center in the Lower Hudson River Valley is a unique art museum featuring more than 100 sculptures exhibited on 500 beautiful acres of fields and woodlands. Located on Old Pleasant Hill Road, in Mountainville, New York, the art center was founded in 1960. The permanent collection of sculpture, which includes works from 1945 to the present, features several specially commissioned site-specific works. There are also temporary outdoor and indoor exhibits (845-534-3115, stormking.org).
This charming stone mansion is one of the most famous attractions in the Hudson Valley. Sunnyside was the home of Washington Irving (1783 - 1859) who wrote short stories such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Sunnyside is located on West Sunnyside Lane in Tarrytown. On your tour of Sunnyside, you will be lead by guides dressed in mid-Victorian period costumes which fit well with the surroundings. On a warm day, bring a picnic lunch which you can enjoy on the grounds. Sunnyside is located on West Sunnyside Lane, off Route 9 in Tarrytown, New York (914-631-0081, hudsonvalley.org).