Weekend getaways aren’t just for the warmer months. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to escape New York during winter. You can partake in seasonal activities like skiing and snowshoeing, stay at a storybook inn, wine and dine at amazing restaurants, shop local boutiques, and marvel at magical, wintry landscapes. Whether you’re looking to slalom down a black diamond mountain, or nestle fireside with hot cider as the snow falls, here are five winter weekend getaways from NYC.
The Poconos, PA
In the 1960s, Poconos main attractions were its honeymoon resorts and heart-shaped bathtubs. Today, visitors come here in search of the great outdoors. The welcoming staff and cozy ambiance at the Crescent Lodge & Country Inn will make you feel right at home. Hit the slopes at Camelback Mountain where runs cater to beginners and seasoned skiers alike. Take a tour at the Shawneecraft Brewery where you can also refuel on local, farm fresh pub fare. For an elegant dining experience, make a reservation at Hotel Fauchére’s Delmonico Room, known for its haute cuisine and rich wine collection.
The Berkshires, MA
Located about 3.5 hours from NYC by car, the Berkshires turn into a snowy wonderland during the winter months. Overflowing with picturesque landscapes, this rural region offers loads to see and do. Outdoor enthusiasts can hit the trails at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and rest up at The Country Inn. To get their fix, art lovers wander the galleries at the Clark Art Institute, Norman Rockwell Museum, and MASS MoCA. Considering the area’s abundant lodging options, we suggest staying at a charming bed & breakfast. For a casual meal, hit the ‘6 House Pub, and for romantic dining by candlelight, try the Old Inn on the Green.
Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and head to Phoenicia, a sleepy hamlet located upstate about 2.5 hours from NYC. A favorite retreat for artists and creative types, it has a hip, artsy vibe with much to offer all year round. Reserve a room at the heritage-inspired hotel, The Graham & Co. It’s a foodie’s heaven here. Grab brunch at Phoenicia Diner, nosh on inspired pub fare at Peekamoose, or indulge in cocktails with “farm to table” eats at Tavern 214. And let’s not forget about the shopping – don’t miss stops include Scandinavian Grace, Phoenicia Flea Market, and Mystery Spot Antiques.
Located on the Hudson River about 1.5 hours from NYC, Nyack is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to escape but doesn’t want to spend a lot of time getting there. Nyack looks like a postcard – it’s no wonder that native artist Edward Hopper used the village as inspiration for his paintings. Home to a rich artistic community, it has the Edward Hopper House Art Center, the Rockland Center for the Arts, and shops selling locally made design wares and jewelry. For upscale lodging with a modern vibe, book a room at The Time Nyack. Good food is aplenty here – may we suggest the Brickhouse for wood fired brick oven pizza and Art Café of Nyack for a Turkish coffee and ricotta pancakes.
Litchfield County, CT
It seems like everyone is going to the Catskills these days. Stray from the pack and venture to charming Litchfield County located about 2.5 hours from NYC. In addition to breathtaking scenery, the area has fantastic shops, restaurants, art galleries, and outdoor activities. You’ll sleep well at the Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast, a stately, vine-covered manor. Devote at least one day to shopping – Plain Goods has modern housewares, clothing, and accessories, Pergola offers Zen home items inspired by nature, and Woodbury is known for antiques. Crawl the Litchfield Hills Winter Wine Trail, and end the day with a comforting meal at G.W. Tavern. For a posh dining experience, try West Street Grill where you’ll rub elbows with the art and fashion crowd.
Berkshires photo by Ben Frantzdale. Camelback Mountain photo by Charlie Anzman via Flickr. Old Inn on the Green photo via the website. Phoenicia Diner photo by Turducken via Flickr, Edward Hopper house photo via Facebook, Litchfield vineyards photo via Litchfield Hills Winter Wine Trail Facebook page.
Do you have any favorite winter weekend escapes from NYC?