Cozy Winter Getaways Near NYC

Windham Mountain

When you only see snow on your commute to and from work, of course winter can feel like a drag. But when you actually escape the bustle of the city for a cozy getaway weekend? Suddenly the fluffy white snow and crystal icicles look like pure magic. No matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s skiing, small town vibes, big city excitement, or R&R at a resort, we’ve got a trip that’s just right—and less than a three-hour drive from NYC.

Reach Deep Relaxation at a Resort and Spa

Mohonk Ice Skating

At least once a year it’s nice to get away to a place that caters to your every whim. Find the ultimate R&R at the luxurious and perfectly picturesque Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, just under two hours north of the city. It looks like a cross between a ski lodge and a castle and its 265 rooms offer stunning views of 40,000 acres of forest and mountain ridge. The grounds have plenty of trails that you can explore by snowshoe for incredible views of the nature and beautiful snow-covered Mountain House itself. Then, it’s time to feel 100% rejuvenated by choosing from more than 80 treatments at the award-winning spa. Say goodbye to all tension as you enjoy massages and skincare enhanced with locally sourced herbs and plants. Of course, relaxing your body is only half the journey. Mohonk also offers a range of private and group meditation classes to help clear your mind and have you feeling refreshed. If you’re traveling with kids, Mohonk offers special activity-packed programs for all ages, free of charge for overnight guests. Little ones will also love splashing in the indoor pool, ice skating, and snow tubing down the hills of the snow-covered golf course! New Paltz; Distance from NYC: 1 hr 50 mins

Explore a New City

Skate Rink at Empire State Plaza

Love the excitement and convenience of a big city but need a break from the city? Head for a weekend in New York’s capital! Renaissance Albany and the Hilton Albany will both put you in the heart of Albany, near bars, restaurants, and nightlife. You’ll also be just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Empire State Plaza. There you can rent ice skates and practice your skills on the massive ice rink nestled amongst the city’s most interesting buildings, including the New York State Museum, “The Egg” (a uniquely shaped performing arts center), and the State Capitol building. The New York State Museum is an especially fun stop for the whole family. Kids will love the wildlife dioramas, learning about the ice age, and taking a ride on the museum’s vintage carousel. Get your culture fix at the Albany Institute of History & Art, or see what shows are coming to the majestic Palace Theatre. Finally, get to know Albany’s crafty side with the Capital Craft Beverage Trail, a guide to all the region’s breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries. Visit Fort Orange Brewing, Druthers Brewing CompanyNine Pin Cider Works, and CH Evans Brewing Company, all without leaving the city! Albany; Distance from NYC: 3 hrs

Hit The Slopes

Credit: Jordan Layton
Credit: Jordan Layton

The perfect weekend of skiing waits just three hours outside of the city at the Windham Mountain Resort. Book one of the rooms at the resort’s Winwood Inn, where you can take advantage of affordable Ski & Stay packages (kids under 12 stay for free!). Breakfast is included, as is a shuttle ride to the mountain. For something a little more rustic, try one of the A-frames at the nearby Eastwind Hotel & Bar. The A-frames, small cabins in the shape of an “A,” offer a perfect taste of glamping, or glamorous camping, with stunning views of the rolling mountains. During the day, head to the mountain to enjoy 54 skiing and snowboarding trails for all skill levels, and incredible instructional programs for beginners. If you want to take it easy, you can enjoy the slopes from the seat of a snow tube and take the conveyor lift back to the top. There’s also snowshoeing and cross-country skiing when you want the workout without the vertical drop. Windham; Distance from NYC: 3 hrs

Savor Small Town Charm

The Maker Lounge

If you’re traveling without kids, experience the warmth and comfort of a small town this winter in fun and artsy Hudson. Tiger House Hudson, once a hunting lodge in the early 1900’s, is now a sumptuous and stunning bed and breakfast with vintage charm and an undeniably luxurious feel. Each room is impeccably decorated, and they serve a yummy breakfast that typically contains yogurt, granola, french toast, and eggs. Tiger House is conveniently just about four blocks away from Hudson’s popular main drag, Warren Street. Warren Street is filled with galleries, quirky boutiques, inventive restaurants, antique shops, and gorgeous historic buildings. Three must-stops are Maker Lounge, Fish & Game, and Back Bar. Maker Lounge is a Gatsby-esque speakeasy with velvet armchairs, antique furnishings, and delicious shaken cocktails, Fish & Game serves upscale American cuisine with ingredients sourced from throughout the region, and Back Bar is a funky eatery in the back of an antique shop that uses Malaysian influences in its menu. The latter two are the creations of acclaimed chef and author Zak Pelaccio. Finally, if you enjoy a good treasure hunt, swing by Riverfront Antiques & Design Center, a giant antique warehouse where you can easily spend an entire day. Hudson; Distance from NYC: 2 hrs 50

Get Cozy In A Cabin

Bear Mountain
Credit: Michael Adamovic

Nothing says cozy quite like a cabin in the woods, or in this case, a homey little stone cottage. Even better, the cottage rooms at Bear Mountain Inn each come with a wood-burning fireplace and satellite TV. Your stay comes with complimentary breakfast and let you stay comfortably close to nature at Bear Mountain State Park. Besides the tranquility of snow-covered forest and mountains, the park is filled with fun. There are trails to traverse via snowshoe, on cross-country skis, or just in your snow boots. You can visit four Trailside Museums and a small zoo with animals native to New York, like bears, coyotes, and foxes. The park also includes its own ice skating rink where you can enjoy the open air on ice, surrounded by mountains and trees. Then, just 15 minutes away in Peekskill is the Hudson Valley MOCA, a gorgeous museum with moving, thought-provoking art and sculpture, and the perfect dose of culture to add to the weekend. Bear Mountain; Distance from NYC: 1 hr 30 mins

Surprise The Family with a Dude Ranch Getaway

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort - Snow tubing

Surprise the kids with a stay at the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland, where they can meet ponies and you’re free from the stress of planning itineraries. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow, or sign the little ones up for classes where they’ll be learning how to ski in no time. Rocking Horse has a special area for snow tubing and a conveyor lift to bring you right back to the top of the hill so you don’t get tired out. And whip out that bathing suit. Even during the coldest months of the year, step into the 85-degree indoor waterpark and forget all about the outside temperature. There’s an Aqua Station for very young children, and a 250-foot water slide that will thrill bigger kids. You won’t hear a peep about having nothing to do. There’s also a Fun Barn filled with climbing walls, a bounce structure, arcade games, and an indoor archery range. While the kids are busy having a blast, mom and dad can check themselves into the spa for some much needed we-time. Highland; Distance from NYC: 2 hrs

Soak in Views of the Water

Sound View Greenport

Yes, it’s too cold to get in the water (unless you’re a fan of taking polar plunges). But that doesn’t mean that gazing out over the water isn’t incredibly soothing and inspiring. Plus, visiting the North Fork of Long Island during the winter doesn’t just mean gorgeous sights and fun things to do—great hotel rooms are a fraction of the price they are during summer’s peak tourist season. Stay at the chic and elegant Sound View in Greenport for views of the Long Island sound, or the spacious and comfortable Hyatt Place in Riverhead for rooms overlooking the Peconic River. When you’re not soaking in the sights from your window, feel even closer to the ocean by visiting the beautiful and mysterious creatures at the Long Island Aquarium. Or take your curiosity in the other direction at The Custer Institute observatory. You’re invited to get a crystal-clear view of the night sky through their powerful telescopes every Saturday from dusk until midnight for a suggested donation of $5. (Bundle up! The observing takes place in the open air for the sharpest view.) The Riverhead Farmer’s Marketoffers year-round access to the freshest seasonal produce, baked goods, and gourmet foods, and during the winter it moves indoors so you’re free to enjoy your samples in the warmth. Speaking of warming up, top off your trip with a visit to the Tasting Room at the Sparkling Pointe Winery or the fantastic Greenport Harbor Brewing Company where you can try seasonal beer, such as the coffee and chocolate stout. Or, you know, visit both! North Fork; Distance from NYC: 2 hrs

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