Let’s be honest here, New York City is commonly referred to as one of the most beautiful places on this planet, despite the fact that it is often times criticized by the media and most importantly, by the people living in it.
But, for as much as we love it, we do have to say that sometimes we just feel like we need somewhere else to go to in order to recharge our batteries.
Now, don’t get us wrong, the city is absolutely gorgeous, but the crowds do get to you every now and then, which is why you need to pack up your bags every now and then.
So, in order to help you find the perfect getaway destination we decided to offer you our own rendition of the top 25 best places to go to when you just want to escape the city life.
Whether you’re a resident of NYC or if you’re just looking for a new dream destination to sink your teeth in, you will definitely benefit from this list as it is meant to help you relax for once and of course, get that much needed adrenaline rush that so many of us crave.
So, without further ado, let’ jut jump right into our first pick of the day, aka:
- 25. Hotel du Pont
- 24. Mohonk Mountain House
- 23. The Maker Hotel
- 22. The Sleepy Hollow
- 21. Hunter Village
- 20. Bear Mountain
- 19. Asbury Park
- 18. Mirror Lake Inn
- 17. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
- 16. The Beacon Mountain
- 15. New Hope
- 14. Mystic Town
- 13. Cape May
- 12. Catskill Mountains
- 11. Harriman State Park
- 10. The Sag Harbor
- 9. The Berkshires
- 8. The Whiteface Lodge
- 7. Kingston’s Historic District
- 6. Kennebunkport
- 5. Equinox Golf Resort
- 4. The Pitcher Inn
- 3. Land’s End Inn
- 2. Shinn Estate Vineyards & Farmhouse
- 1. The Castle Hotel & Spa
25. Hotel du Pont
Let’s just say that you’re looking for a place to celebrate some special occasion with your significant other but there are just no good places left in New York City that will fit the requirements that you’re looking for.
Well, if that’s the case then you need to check yourself into the illustrious Hotel du Pont because honestly there aren’t all that many places out there that can rival it in terms of beauty and overall romantic atmosphere.
24. Mohonk Mountain House
You will find this charming retreat straight in the middle of the Hudson Valley, around 90 minutes away from New York City. That may sound like a long time to be driving for a random house but trust us, it is worth it.
If you’re looking for a scenic environment that you can really relax in and just feel like you’re one with the nature then there’s no better place out there than this one right here.
This is also a must for the fans of the Victorian architecture because it just looks like a castle from the moment you step foot outside of it.
23. The Maker Hotel
The Maker is one of the top hotels in Hudson and by God, it truly deserves to be on this list simply because of how much it actually offers for its relative low price tag.
It will cost you around $550 per night but remember, this is NYC we’re talking about so there’s absolutely no way that you could find a better deal without also losing all of the quality that come with it.
But alas, this is another Victorian age inspired construction and hey, if you want to spend the late evening with your significant other sipping on hot cocoa there’s no place quite like the Maker.
22. The Sleepy Hollow
If you have a knack for the sinister and the macabre then you absolutely need to add this getaway to your list because it is by far one of the best out there.
Even if you’re not a fan of the creepiness that comes with it, we will have to say that the hiking, art and even the views alone of the place are more than enough to get anyone excited to say the least.
But alas, the site really shines when Oktoberfest comes around since that’s when the Haunted Hayride is available to every tourist around. Don’t forget to give the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery a visit too if you really want to get the spooky Halloween vibes to the max.
21. Hunter Village
Although we mentioned it only as Hunter, New York, there are actually two villages here that are worth mentioning, these being Tannersville and Hunter.
You will be able to get to them in roughly around two hours or so and once you get here you will be able to take part in a plethora of different activities, including skiing, ziplining, hiking and of course, you will also be able to cycle all around the place too.
The views you’ll get here are just insane, so if that sounds like something you’d enjoy taking part in then go on over to Hunter and Tannersville, you won’t regret it.
20. Bear Mountain
The city life can sometimes be a bit too much for us to handle, which is why we always recommend going on a hike to get your blood pumping and to finally breathe some fresh air for once.
If that sounds like your cup of tea then Bear Mountain should definitely be added to your lit too as this is one of the best places to visit if you want to have a picnic, ride around on the biking trails or even visit the nearby zoo to see the wild animals they have on display there.
19. Asbury Park
If you’re part of the LGBT community and you want to be around other likeminded people then there’s no better place to visit then Asbury Park since this has had one of the most active gay communities in all of US’s history altogether.
This is a great place to hang out with your friends and family members and as mentioned previously, the community is very accepting and nice, so definitely check it out if that sounds like your dream destination right there.
18. Mirror Lake Inn
You will find the Mirror Lake Inn right smackdab in the middle of the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, and what sets it apart from most other locations that you could visit near New York City is the fact that it offers a plethora of different activities that most New Yorkers don’t get to experience on their own.
For example, you have an outdoor heated pool, a spa, a natural private beach, a golfing course and even an ice-skating rink. Overall, you can’t go wrong with this one.
17. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
As the name implies this lovely resort specializes in making sure that you’re the most relaxed person in the room, and it does so by offering you literally every means of relaxation you could find these days.
We’re talking about a private beach that just looks stunning to begin with, a ton of different cottages and studios which all came with their very own kitchens and of course, a bedroom, a terrace and even a fireplace for you to really feel cozy during your stay.
16. The Beacon Mountain
History wise, the Beacon Mountain is quite important for Americans because it played a huge part in the American Revolution, but besides that it is also an incredibly beautiful site to visit if you want to get that artsy feel literally on the spot.
Everything about it will make you feel like you’re part of the most illustrious class in our society, you will literally feel like you’re a member of the royal family walking around and observing an exhibition of humanity’s greatest artists and their work.
15. New Hope
New Hope really deserves its own list simply because of how amazing it really is. It may not seem like much at first but once you get there and you spend a couple of hours in it you will immediately forget all of your problems and instead, you’ll find yourself enjoying life as it was meant to be enjoyed.
With well over 134 acres of native plants too, if you’re a fan of endangered or rare greenery then there’ honestly no better place to visit out there for you.
14. Mystic Town
You will find this awesome maritime town all the way in Connecticut, but don’t worry, the long drive is more than worth it since once you get here you will instantly find yourself falling in love with the family-friendliness of it all.
The whole town is tailored for family activities, so if you’re looking to spend your vacation alongside your relatives this might be the best choice for you.
13. Cape May
Cape May is seriously one of those places that you visit once and then you just can’t forget about it ever again. You will find yourself remembering your time here many years after you’ve visited it and that’s all thanks to the amazing beaches and the beautifully pristine coastline that it has to offer.
Many people also consider this to be the best spot to visit with your family but we would go even further than that and say that this is just as good of a location to visit if you’re with your significant other or if you’re all alone for the holidays.
12. Catskill Mountains
But hey, sometimes you just want to spend some quality time with your significant other, and what better place to go to than this one right here?
Although actually getting to the gorgeous Catskills mountains from NYC will definitely take a while, honestly it will all be worth it because of the scenic views that you’ll come across during your road trip.
11. Harriman State Park
This park right here is one of the best places that you can visit in the world if you’re looking to truly become one with the nature. There are over 200 miles of hiking trails, camping areas, lakes and yes, beaches too.
So, you will never get bored while visiting this site and what’s even better about it is that here you will also come across the famous Appalachian Trail which is just a joy to visit.
10. The Sag Harbor
If you’re a fan of Victorian architecture then you might want to add this location to your list simply because not many other places near NYC can rival it in terms of both quantity and quality.
This harbor was established back in 1745 and back then it was filled with rich whalers that wanted to show off their wealth by building their mansions the way they wanted to.
Nowadays the site is absolutely brimming with style and elegancy, and if you ever wanted to see how rich people lived way back in the day then we’d argue that this might be one of the best sites to visit out there.
9. The Berkshires
If you ever looked at a commercial during Christmas that showcased a typical snow-covered town that just looked like it could be Santa Clause’s retreat when he’s not delivering presents then chances are that you saw the Berkshires.
Honestly if that alone didn’t pick your interest or this breathtaking autumn photo then we don’t know what else to say, the whole town looks downright magical and once you get to it you will instantly understand what we mean by that.
8. The Whiteface Lodge
The Whiteface Lodge is by far one of the most relaxing getaways you could actually go to and that’s simply because while it offers so many different ways to spend your time, it also does so for a very reasonable price as well.
On top of that the whole site is decorated in the elegant Adirondack style, so of you’re a fan of that then definitely add it to your list because it really is worth it.
7. Kingston’s Historic District
Kingston’s Stockade Historic District is the absolute best place to go to if you want to take a leisurely stroll across New York’s earliest European days.
What we mean by this is that the site actually managed to preserve its traditional style all to this day, making this one of the best sites that you can visit if you want to see what the world was like back when we were all tea fanatics.
All jokes aside, this is a great location to go to if you want to get in touch with your European roots.
Despite often times being referred to as a summer-only destination, we would argue that Kennebunkport is still worth the effort and money to visit simply because of how charming it really is.
You’ve got well over 20 miles of trails that you can stroll on by and if that doesn’t sound good enough for you then you should know that you can also take part in the large plethora of skiing events that will get your adrenaline pumping in no time.
5. Equinox Golf Resort
The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa from Manchester Village is pretty much widely regarded as one of the most luxurious places that most New Yorkers actually visit when they feel like they need to get away from everything and everyone.
It has everything you could ever ask for from a getaway location, including a ton of spas, a fitness center that will help you stay in shape and a ton of fishing events during which you can catch the biggest fish you’ll ever see with your own eyes.
4. The Pitcher Inn
Whether you’re looking to get pampered at one of their spas or if you want to take part in one of the dozen different sports that the locals here set up every single day, you absolutely can’t go wrong with this location right here.
3. Land’s End Inn
The Land’s End Inn may sound a bit unfriendly at first but we can assure you that from the moment you step foot in the inn you will not be able to take your eyes off of the beauty of it all.
It is perfectly made for couples to enjoy their honeymoon in, and on top of that they have a ton of different events tailored specifically for couples which will make this an incredible site for you to create even more memories with your significant other.
2. Shinn Estate Vineyards & Farmhouse
This superb retreat is one of the top getaways if you’re a fan of the wine culture and you want to see everything that goes on behind the curtain as far as the winemaking process goes.
This farmhouse offers a sense of tranquility unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and honestly, couple that with the overall beautiful modern style of the architecture and you’ve got yourself a location that you will not forget anytime soon.
1. The Castle Hotel & Spa
While it is actually a part of New York, The Castle Hotel & Spa still counts as an amazing getaway from the typical New York feel simply by being completely detached from anything else in the city.
We’re talking about an 8,700 square foot sanctuary which comes free of charge with all of the romantic accommodations you could ever ask for. You get all of that and more, all for just $410 per night which is honestly insane considering the fact that this will completely revitalize you altogether.
While we all love New York City, even with all its flaws, we do have to say that sometimes it feels like we need to get away from it all just so that we can appreciate it again the way we used to before.
This is where these getaway locations come in, so if you’re feeling burned out then definitely check them out for yourself. Thank you for reading and we hope that you’ll enjoy your time away from the city life.