New Yorkers have been cooped up in their apartments for months—and stir craziness, wanderlust, and the desire to explore are more prevalent than ever before. With summer temperatures and restlessness rising—and with the need for distancing more important than ever before—there are ways to enjoy the great outdoors, as long as one prioritizes COVID-19 safety measures when doing so.
Whether you opt for a sophisticated, quiet trip to Nantucket, a jaunt to one of the Hamptons‘ socially distant outdoor dining spots, or prefer to spend your days hiking near a tranquil respite Upstate, there are plenty of weekend getaway options just outside New York City to enjoy. The best part? These are only a short trip away—and we suggest you drive with those you’re quarantined with to enjoy them. No matter your travel style, take a temporary respite from Manhattan’s concrete jungle with these easy escapes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the museums Philadelphia is best known for are currently closed—but luckily, museums aren’t the only place to learn about history in this town.
Rittenhouse Square and Old City have the best boutiques, street markets, and stores to visit. When you’re looking to turn in, book your room at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, a historic landmark conveniently located in the center of Center City. Expect dramatic architecture, sophisticated interiors, and warm service at this iconic property. To add to the modern grandeur of the hotel, try out the newly-installed Moët & Chandon vending machine, where Imperial Brut and Imperial Rosé are dispensed with a special Moët coin.
To the east, you’ll find funky cool residential districts, BYOB restaurants, boutiques and Philly’s wealth of historic sites. To the west are the luxury brands, law firms, and brownstones of Rittenhouse Square. Newer in town, The Notary Hotel is located in the former City Hall Annex dating back to 1926. Life’s big moments, like marriages and business ventures, were notarized and given life here, so the hotel experience mimics this legacy through its classical revival style.
For a taste of local Philly produce, baked treats, coffee and local confections, check out Reading Terminal Market in the East Market District. More than 80 vendors gather here where you can sample foods from around the world including Indian, Mexican, and Greek specialties. The must-visit Vernick Food & Drink has recently transformed into a takeout experience just as standout; you’re in for a real treat with the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner Greg Vernick’s cooking. Another favorite is Aqimero, a Latin American restaurant featuring wood-fired grilled dishes; perfect for sharing, this hotspot is also offering at-home experiences to best serve diners during the age of social distancing.
As of July 1, Bermuda is officially welcoming back tourists who have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling. The island is a 90-minute flight from New York City, and a true tropical paradise.
Spend some time exploring the island’s caves and lush landscapes, or opt to spend your time at the beach, soaking in the sun. Take a boat out for the day to truly enjoy the island’s crystal-clear waters, and if you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to take time to go swimming in one of the alluring caves. Spend your nights at Rosewood Tuckers Point and enjoy their beach during sunny days. This property is the ultimate in luxury hospitality on the island. The recently reopened former 20th-century mansion turned boutique hotel, the Rosedon Hotel and Huckleberry Restaurant, is another noteworthy option.
When you’re ready to go out and about or are simply tired of sun tanning on the beach, explore the cute shops and eateries in St. George. Enjoy the island’s classic, a seafood sandwich at the Seaside Grill or Woody’s.
Dutchess County, NY
Many New Yorkers go their whole lives without ever visiting some of the treasures Dutchess County (and the equally lovely Hudson Valley) have to offer. Located only a short drive (less than two hours) north of the city, this area is best known for breathtaking scenery, outdoor adventures, historic mansions, and an emerging local culinary scene.
Try Troutbeck, a serene Design Hotel with a deep history and contemporary appeal. Troutbeck’s 250 acres of landscapes are ideal for guests looking to connect with nature—and enjoy the outdoors in the age of social distancing. Troutbeck used to host the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Thoreau, and John Burroughs, but each of the 36 guest rooms in the 250 year-old property have been modernized with updated HVAC units, Malin & Goetz bath products, and Fretté robes and linens. Currently, all services at Troutbeck are only available to overnight guests only, and in compliance with COVID-19 safety measures. This includes the properties indoor, outdoor, and in room dining, helmed by five-time Michelin-starred Chef Gabe McMackin. Also on offer at Troutbeck: a heated pool, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, complimentary bicycles, and access to thoughtfully-designed hammock, picnic, and campfire sites. If you enjoy Irving Farm New York’s coffee in NYC, you’ll love it Upstate. The brand’s beans are roasted in Dutchess County, and you can savor an award-winning cup at their Millerton café, just a short drive from Troutbeck.
If you’re after another place to rest your head, check into the spectacular, apricot-hued Glenmere Mansion, set amidst 150 rolling acres of lush farmland. The stunning interiors, architecture, and Italian villa style of the property are as close as you’ll get to Tuscany, while staying close to home. With the highest level of service and design in mind, Glenmere Mansion has instituted a series of precautions to open the hotel, dining rooms, and spa with safety top of mind.
When it’s time for happy hour, head over to Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Check their calendar for weekend events like Chef Saturdays and Sommelier Sundays to experience the finest food and wine in the area.
Only a four-hour drive from Manhattan or a two-hour trip from Boston, Manchester has quickly become one of the go-to areas in the Green Mountain State, no matter the season. The local breweries, dynamic art galleries, historic mansions, upscale outlets, and a plethora of outdoor activities are only some of the draws.
Check into Manchester’s Equinox Hotel, where modern-day luxuries meet old world charm. Fifteen-foot ceilings, dark wood furnishings, and marble bathrooms are just the start at this quaint respite. Fun fact: the hotel has hosted four presidents since opening over two centuries ago, and it is said that the spirit of former first lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, still resides on the property in the resort’s south wing. The hotel reopened for the season with a dedicated health and safety initiative to ensure the wellbeing of its guests in-room, at the spa, and while dining. The hotel’s restaurant, The Copper Grouse is a must, but be sure to make a reservation in advance for outdoor dining. In the mornings, place a curbside pickup order from the itty bitty eatery, Up for Breakfast. You can’t go wrong with the morning glory pancakes with hot Vermont maple syrup–just expect a mega food coma post breakfast.
If you’re looking to get out into the great outdoors, the Equinox Hotel has a partnership with Orvis where fly fishing and clay shooting are offered during the Summer months. Guests can book a private lesson to learn how to properly select a fly, tie knots, and cast into the Battenkill River. If wildlife is more your scene, be sure to set up a unique experience with the Falconry School, where you can get up close and personal with the hawks.
Get your adrenaline pumping with the Land Rover Experience Center, where guests are given a car to navigate various off-road terrain through the stunning Green Mountains. When driving, you can take the course as intense or as carefree as you wish, the thrill level is up to you.
The Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club has officially put sleepy Sloatsburg, just 60 minutes from New York City, on the map. Located in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains, and next door to Harriman State Park and Sterling Forest, this luxurious and cozy wellness retreat is a hidden sanctuary for well-heeled city dwellers looking for an easy weekend escape.
Dreamed up by 1st Dibs founder Michael Bruno, the Inn is a stylish oasis filled with hand-selected treasures from his personal collection. The property—which feels like its own idyllic village that you’ll never want to leave—boasts a full gym, spin room, yoga studio, pool, outdoor restaurant, and meticulously renovated guesthouses originally built in the mid-1800s. There is also an organic farmers market, an art gallery, two bocce courts, a bike and trail shop, and more. The Inn also offers guided hiking, biking, kayaking, and even ice fishing in the winter months. If hiking is your jam, head over to Harriman State Park and hike the trail to Pine Meadow Lake where you will find crystal clear blue water and massive rocks to lounge on while enjoying the view.
This quaint, tiny island off Cape Cod is a wonderful summer destination for those looking for something other than a typical Hamptons vibe. Hop onto a private charter flight experience with the Tradewind Aviation shuttle from Westchester County and Teterboro Airports, or enjoy getting here via road trip. The charming cobblestone streets, iconic lighthouses and laid-back atmosphere are just some of the reasons why people flock here.
Check into The Life House Hotel for a home-away-from-home vibe that merges a stay-at-home feel with high-touch design and personable customer service. The 14-room home turned hotel is appointed with House of Hackney textiles, framed 1970s Gucci scarves on the walls, and an eclectic-meets-aspirational feel that’s chic yet comfortable. Think of this as the room you’d wake up in if all of the redesigning dreams you’ve been having mid-pandemic came true. While quaint and low key, this is the kind of property you never really want to leave for very long. Start the day with a cup of coffee paired with toasted sourdough topped with almond butter and crushed blackberries (a must!); then, take a short walk to the beach, just five minutes from the hotel. Cap off the day sitting outside by the hotel’s fire pit, enjoying complimentary cocktails and s’mores.
Check out The Wauwinet, which has been consistently updating their policies due to health and safety advisories, for breathtaking views and historic architecture. After a day in the sun, sink into your Pratesi linen bed or recharge at the Spa by the Sea. The property has a partnership with Priority Bicycles and Radio Flyer wagons, allowing guests complimentary access. For a more traditional stay, The White Elephant is a classic, with blue hydrangea bushes and stark white fences. Insider Tip: Book a top suite at The Wauwinet or The White Elephant in July or August, and you’ll receive the keys to a 2020 BMW X5 or a 2020 BMW XS for complimentary use around the island.
Located right off Main Street, Jared Coffin House debuts new accommodations this season, all while preserving the historic integrity of the former home. A fun must-visit is the Cisco Brewery, which houses a vineyard, distillery, and a brewery–all in one stop. Expect lazy days in Nantucket; play a game of beanbag toss or enjoy a book in an Adirondack chair while sipping your drinks in the sun. For those who want to get a move on, rent bicycles and move quickly through streets peppered with museums, boutiques, markets, and restaurants. Seriously local seafood is served at Toppers, with oysters found just 300 yards away. Be warned: it’s an absolute must, so make sure to have your reservation set and keep distancing in mind. After a 14 year hiatus, the famous Tap Room, re-opens to the public this year, so be sure to stop by for a toast.
Buffalo is enjoying a renaissance—with incredible food options beyond the city’s namesake wings. Toutant is a must and serves New Orleans-inspired cuisine currently open for curbside pickup. 100 Acres in the new Hotel Henry, a revamped insane asylum turned boutique hotel, is also not to be missed and open for in-room and distanced, outdoor seating. For your fix of authentic soul food, check out Je Ne Sais Quoi, a hidden gem offering up succulent fried chicken, candied yams, mac-and-cheese and sweet potato pie.
If you’re craving Italian, check out Ristorante Lombardo, an elegant yet understated dining spot that attracts visiting celebrities (Mick Jagger made a stop the last time the Stones were in town). Get the froufrou cake for dessert, you won’t regret it. At Prescott Provisions, make sure to order the scallops and the beef tartar; and don’t miss out on the white cheddar popovers, either. If you’re looking for more of an all-American vibe, head to food-truck turned restaurant Frank, which is a go-to for organic, grass-fed hot dogs and burgers.
Before or after an amazing meal, spend the afternoon with American legends at Forest Lawn Cemetery, one of the country’s premier historic burial sites. For shopping, there are serious estate furniture finds at coocoou27 on Tonawanda Street. For enjoying the great outdoors, connect with nature at the Buffalo Botanical Garden and spend time walking through exotic horticultural treasures.
Cape Cod, MA
For a nautical feel that doesn’t try too hard, head to Cape Cod. It’s a five-hour drive from Manhattan, but well worth the trip. For a low key, family-friendly feel, opt for a stay at Ocean Edge Resort, which puts you right in between Nauset and Skaket beaches. The tide at Skaket Beach goes out for miles, and you won’t be able to resist walking out as far as you can midday before heading back as the tide rolls in to watch the sunset. For this socially distant summer, Ocean Edge is offering a plethora of individual activities, like private oyster bed tours in the Brewster Flats, private beach fires at sunset with s’more kits and a beach attendant, as well as archery, golf, and yoga lessons. For something with a bit more polish, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club comes complete with waterfront views.
Another luxe favorite is the Chatham Bars Inn, boasting chic cottages where guests can soak in seaside views from their wraparound porches. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the property has adapted Zoom, Facetime or curbside check-in. A new program is also underway to offer remote programming of guest room keys with mobile activation for a more contactless check-in. For a socially distant farm-to-table meal, the culinary team is now offering dinner on the lawn and picnic basket lunches. Worth noting: Meals anywhere on this property are farm fresh, directly from the 8-acres on-property featuring over 30 varieties of tomatoes.
For dining out, The Barley Neck Inn in Orleans offers curbside pick-up and outdoor dining. And seafood lovers unite at The Brewster Fishhouse, a tiny former seafood market that features the best catch in the area. For classic steamed lobster with drawn butter and clam chowder, head to the laid-back landmark Lobster Pot in Provincetown, where the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s cooking career first began. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, stop by the Hot Chocolate Sparrow for delicious ice cream and their unforgettable homemade fudge. Trust us: You cannot go wrong with their classic chocolate walnut fudge, paired with a cappuccino.
Lake George, NY
New Yorkers often forget that in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains sits Lake George, a destination that is full of recreational activities, stunning lakes, a plethora of greenery and plenty of options for relaxation. Here, expect lazy days, and plenty of its vistas, which you might recognize from the artwork of famed artist, Georgia O’Keefe.
Lake George stretches 32 miles long and boasts magnificent mountain scenery. There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied, whether you prefer a day window shopping or consider yourself a nature enthusiast. The iconic Sagamore at Bolton Landing is ideal for luxurious accommodations and exceptional service, all overlooking the shores of Lake George.
If you’re looking for lodging that’s a bit more rustic, check out Camp Orenda, it’s glamping at its finest. Their custom canvas cabins are all private and located in their own settings, giving you the ultimate backdrop for stargazing and hiking excursions in the great outdoors, and ample options for social distancing.
Checkout the newest brewery in the area, Bolton Landing Brewing Company, which boasts various local craft beers running the gamut from dark stouts to light IPAs.
St. Michael’s, MD
Earthy and elegant, and just two hours from Washington DC, St. Michaels offers your fill of relaxation, nature, delicious meal, and plenty of history.
Check into the stunning Inn at Perry Cabin, which was the backdrop for the rom-com Wedding Crashers. Don’t let the name fool you, this colonial mansion boasts 78 charming rooms that sit along the Miles River waterfront, a private Chesapeake Bay inlet. Maximize your weekend with the Inn at Perry Cabin’s summer programming allowing guests to “skip the bridge” aboard an elegant Hinckley yacht, sailing directly around traffic from Annapolis to St. Michaels, to arrive faster at the intimate waterfront resort, situated along the Chesapeake Bay. This summer, the property is launching private waterfront dining experience, among other safety-prioritized experiences, to make stays that much more enjoyable, but also private and distanced.
If you’re tired of working on your tennis and golf swings, head over to Talbot Street which is lined with a variety of art galleries, boutiques, specialty food stores, and antique shops. Fill your belly with the best of the best seafood at the Crab Claw Restaurant, one of Maryland’s most famous crab houses. Not only will you eat the freshest shellfish of your life, but you will also be taught how to properly crack them.
Only about an hour and half north of Boston lies the town of Kennebunkport, filled with lobster shacks as far as the eye can see. A chic cottage getaway awaits at Hidden Pond, an enclave surrounded by a pristine birch forest, a fresh vegetable farm, and the stunning Goose Rocks Beach. With the feel of a luxury summer camp for adults, the property is converting their standard hotel experience into private summer rentals for 2020. Per the property, this is akin to “the private summer home in Maine you’ve been dreaming about—without any of the planning, prep work, maintenance or clean up.” The amenities are still on offer, though; expect the warmest of wakeup calls with fresh coffee and pastry deliveries each morning to your cabin.
Kick up your feet at the White Barn Inn & Spa, which boasts excellent service, delicious local cuisine, and over 7,000 wines. His and her bikes are available on property for guests to take into town or to the beach. For a special night out, try the recently reopened White Barn Inn Restaurant, which boasts a four-course pre fix menu using all locally sourced ingredients and produce.
For casual dining, clams and lobster rolls are a must at Nunan’s Lobster Shack, which sits off the beaten path and is only open for three hours a day, from 5-8 m. Folks line up way before the opening to secure a spot,and food and service here is cash only.
A penchant for the outdoors is easily appeased at Snug Harbor Farm, where you can purchase a variety of plants and florals, watch ponies roam the grounds, admire a gorgeous peacock, and more. For a midday sip, pop into the local Shipyard Brewery for a refreshing Melon beer. Here, you can mix and match Maine sodas and a variety of beers to create your own six packs for the beach.
Long Island’s charming South Fork is dominated by majestic white sand beaches, plenty of hiking trails, cozy seaside inns, and high-society hot spots–making this a mega popular getaway for New Yorkers and beach lovers alike. Make sure to stop by the Montauk Point lighthouse, which you can climb up; it’s been there since 1797 and features sweeping views of the Atlantic. For a swanky beach weekend with the feeling of (almost) being in Positano, head to Gurney’s Montauk. The hotel itself is also a great option for beachfront living; its 2,000-foot private beach just resumed full service to its daybeds and cabanas, but only for resort guests. If you’re staying in the area, beach BBQ’s are open to the public but require reservations and only take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Guests can enjoy reduced-capacity indoor dining, along with outdoor dining at Scarpetta Beach. For grab-and-go options, head to the newly revamped OG Coffee & Juice, which serves beer, wine, and cocktails as well as a selection of light bites.
We are also partial to the whitewashed walls and sun-bleached pine floors of the rooms at The Surf Lodge, conveniently located two minutes from the LIRR Montauk stop. This Summer, The Surf Lodge has partnered with luxury retailer Olivela, re-outfitting the rooms with curated décor items to make the bungalows feel homey yet elevated. If something in the room sparks joy, you can purchase it; Olivela will donate twenty percent of the sales to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, helping children directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. And while most hotels simply have a mini bar, the Surf Lodge offers a “beauty mini bar” curated by Alise Collective, containing over $900 worth of beauty essentials like gel eye pads from cult favorite skyn ICELAND and a facial cleaner by Tata Harper, all complementary with your room stay. Booking a stay here means you can leave your toiletries at home to make more space in your weekend bag for chic swimwear by Thorsun and sundresses from Adriana Degreas, which you can pick up at the hotel’s newly opened boutique, Concept Playa.
This Summer, Montauk Beach House launches Beach House Grill with the help of new pizza chef, Salvatore Olivella. The eatery features mouthwatering Roman style pizza, and you can’t go wrong with the focaccia and whipped ricotta or the pizza diavola. Insider tip: Wednesday is pizza happy hour and all pizzas are half price! And for an afternoon pick me up, check out Left Hand Coffee, and for lunch, head over to Bravo Toast, serving up riffs on avocado toast. Here, the go-to brunch item is toasted in butter and topped off with fresh burrata and pesto; we won’t judge you if you order two just for yourself. Navy Beach offers up coastal comfort food, like super fresh crab cakes and lobster rolls; for grab-and-go food that feels gourmet, The Ditch Witch food truck parks beside the famous Ditch Plains Beach and has a massive surfer cult following thanks to its breakfast burritos and cinnamon buns. Arrive early; they are known to sell out.
A nautical summer camp with cabin-inspired rooms, Ruschmeyers is a more low-key way to enjoy being outside this summer. And while Montauk is known for its surfers, a brand new exhilarating water sport experience has arrived and you will want to be the first to experience (and gram) it. Check out Project Surf and prepare to hover and fly over the water after a lesson from Richie or Skylar, no waves necessary.
Tired of sipping on rose and are itching for an icy cold beer instead? Check out the Montauk Brewing Co, a no frills brewery where you can order from a vast array of craft brews from Driftwood Ale to a Watermelon Ale to a double IPA for curbside pickup.
This coastal town may seem like a quiet respite from the city—and it is—but be prepared to be far busier with activities than you typically would in a shore town. Go for the waterfront views, but make time to explore the town’s iconic mansions—they are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and each have their own, unique character. From The Breakers (pictured), the Vanderbilt’s magnificent summer “cottage,” to the Versailles-inspired Rose Cliff and Chepstow, designed to resemble a grand Italian villa, you will likely want to spend a day browsing through the otherworldly rooms, grand staircases and manicured gardens the town of Newport so beautifully preserves. At sunset, make sure to walk the Cliff Walk, the elevated path along the ocean, for a breathtaking sunset view.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk boasts only 20 rooms, each individually named and designed to reflect the luxury, charm, and rich history of different historical periods. Guests of the Chanler can now partake in a socially distant happy hour with gazebo cabanas spread across the expansive lawn. For dinner, Cara boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean with only three coveted tables operating Wednesday through Sunday, with two seatings per night. For an authentic Caribbean meal by way of Haiti, pop over to Garden of Eve Restaurant, where you won’t regret ordering the jerk chicken and the “Moss Drink.”
When choosing where to stay, we’re also partial to Castle Hill Inn and The Ocean House, which both offer guests top-notch service with nautical vibes and boast spectacular dining options. Newly opened in June 2020, The Wayfinder Hotel brings the vibrant, local culture of Newport to life.
Saratoga Springs, NY
About a 3.5 hours Amtrak ride upstate or a more lengthy (but worth it) scenic drive, Saratoga Springs has been long known for its equestrian attractions, with tourists flocking from around the world to attend the elite thoroughbred horse races.
And while some of those stadium-seated experiences are on pause (and you can keep track of the races here), this is still a destination worth putting on your list for a long, relaxing summer weekend. For a unique spa experience, check out the Spa State Park famously known for their natural mineral springs dotted throughout the grounds. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the famous natural waters and learn about the natural healing properties of the waters.
The Adelphi Hotel, originally built in 1877, is now reopened after its highly anticipated 5-year renovation and restoration. If you fancy a late night cocktail, pop over to Night Owl, which has an art deco speakeasy vibe with hidden passageways behind bookshelves. Unfortunately, there is no dancing currently but that can’t stop you from enjoying your martini.
For an authentic dining experience dating back to the 1700s, pop into Olde Bryan Inn, an old stone house serving up the coziest tavern ambiance with an open fireplace and delicious American fare. Be sure to order the fish and chips, and make a reservation—indoor dining is limited for safety restrictions. Farmers Hardware, a former bike and garden shop, now serves brunch Friday-Sunday only. This spot boasts a creative menu that is well worth a visit; our tip? Order the sticky bacon.
Imagine a low-key, cozy town just a short drive from Manhattan, where A-listers like Glenn Close, Richard Gere, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Martha Stewart like to spend their free time–and high-end hospitality reigns supreme. That wonderland exists, and it’s called Bedford.
Rest your head at the Bedford Post Inn, where top-tier service meets luxe finishings like luxe linens, claw-foot tubs, and working fireplaces. The 8-room property has taken measures to deep sanitize and adjust services to adhere to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.
Spend your mornings or afternoons in one of the Inn’s outdoor yoga classes and your nights enjoying the area’s surprisingly haute cuisine. Visit the Inn’s on-site restaurant, The Barn, which is currently open for curbside pick-up and outdoor dining. Another must try is The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, featuring American fare from the namesake chef located in a restored, rustic-chic 1833 home. Or, opt for fresh fish made your way at Harbour Fish and Co; don’t forget to try the steam bags of clams and shrimp.
The coastal town of Norwalk, CT, is having a long-awaited revival thanks to the newly-opened Inn at GrayBarns. What once served as an artist outpost is now a six-suite boutique inn—with a stylish, and delicious, tavern to boot that has been meticulously renovated with a keen designer eye. The restaurant is now operating at 50% capacity, and is available for outdoor dining and pick-up.
Nicknamed a haven of refuge, GrayBarns is a luxury getaway for New Yorkers looking for a hit of New England serenity: clean white walls, custom canopy beds, big velvet couches, and crackling fireplaces await. The area overlooking the Silvermine River allows for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and biking but once guests arrive on property, they tend to spend their days relaxing by the lake, listening to the sound of the waterfall, and enjoying the nature that surrounds them.
While in town, take a trip over to the iconic stone Sheffield Island Lighthouse, which has been standing since 1868 to watch the sunset over the water.
The Catskills, NY
If you live in New York, appreciate design, really good coffee, and delicious fresh food, the Catskills was a region made for you. With its charming towns and modern inns, lush forests, crystal clear swimming holes, and straight-out-of-Brooklyn restaurants, the Hudson Valley is buzzing with a fresh, creative energy.
The Eastwind Hotel and Bar boasts 19 guest rooms and three stunning Lushna Cabins available for booking. These A-Frame huts grant a reclusive glamping experience with a minimalist vibe, large windows with views over Windham Mountain, luxurious Frette linens, and grilling equipment to enjoy your socially distant fire pit. What’s more? Cocktails can be delivered right to your door.
If being totally immersed in nature isn’t your thing but you value a good view, try a suite at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, which overlooks Hunter Mountain. Eat at the phenomenal on-site restaurant, Prospect, and don’t pass on the sourdough bread. They are operating at lower-than-usual capacity and do not take reservations, so call ahead to check their status. Other food favorites in the area include Brushland Eating House (try the pork schnitzel) and the local cider bar, Wayside Cider, Peekamoose (for the fresh rosemary bread and chive butter), and North Branch Inn (for the seasonal ingredients and the 100-year-old bowling alley in the kitchen).
Kenoza Hall opened its doors on July 1st, boasting a tranquil lakefront retreat situated on New York’s Kenoza Lake. Spanning 55 acres, the restored 1880’s boarding house features 22 guest rooms and an extensive Kneipp-inspired wellness program. Another new luxury hotel reopened after a multi-million dollar restoration, Urban Cowboy, featuring rustic style lodge vibes and clawfoot tubs for two with views of the forest.
Brunette, located in Kingston with Parisian vibes, is a wine bar serving up a curated selection of all-natural wines to go. Shop around at Hops Petunia, a dreamy flower shop that also stocks jewelry, homewares and curated vintage pieces (only open Fri-Sun) and Monkey Joe Roasting Company, which doubles as the area’s best coffee spot—hands down. For breakfast, head to The Alternative Baker for their famous signature breakfast sandwich, Phoenicia Diner for upscale diner fare, or Heron in the sleepy town of Narrowsburg. For wood fired pizza, check out The Kaatskeller, where dinner is served in a cozy bungalow or their lively outdoor garden. Another popular stop is Catskill Provisions, where hand- rolled chocolate truffles, New York State Rye Whiskey, and maple syrup all include artisanal honey. Now open, guests can then sample their entire collection paired with charcuterie boards filled with special local cheeses and meats when visiting the Catskill Provisions Tasting Room. Be sure to ask for their made in house seasonal pickles, honey butter and honeycomb After being closed for more than 20 years, Murphy’s Law Public House has reopened. There, you can’t go wrong with an order of the chicken and waffles or a mouthwatering burger.
A visit to Vermont requires a quarantine prior to arrival, so be sure to check with their tourism site for updates prior to taking the drive up North. Escape the hustle of Manhattan for a rustic retreat in one of New England’s oldest towns. Typically known for its winter activities, summertime in Stowe also boasts some of the most jaw-dropping views of the surrounding glittering lakes, soaring peaks, and lush greenery.
Head to the Stowe Mountain Lodge, where you can enjoy exceptional service, fine dining, and a slew of curated hands-on activities. No log cabin vibes here; expect floor to ceiling windows, ultra-luxe bamboo sheets, down feather beds, stainless steel appliances and the option to borrow from the property’s fleet of Mercedes Benzs. Be sure to check out Solstice, the on-property restaurant that sources local produce and meat and has flights of various Vermont microbrews. 36 holes of golf await at the Stowe Country Club or Stowe Mountain Club, both with stunning views of Mt. Mansfield while you attempt to embrace your inner Tiger Woods. If golfing isn’t your thing, there are fly fishing adventures with Fly Rod Shop on one of Vermont’s pristine trout streams; or, try out a little rock climbing with the team at Sunrise Mountain Guides, who will take you to iconic Smugglers Notch and Lake Mansfield Trail but also surprise you with some local only spots that you are sure to want to ‘gram.
Wine drinkers can enjoy a “Water and Wine” tour that includes kayaking to the winery, finished off with wine pairings and famed Vermont cheeses. Beer enthusiasts can experience the “Bike and Brew” with Four Points Brewery, where guests bike to five of the top breweries in town and are rewarded with a flight of deliciously cold beer at each stop.
The North Fork, NY
Imagine if you were to head out toward the Hamptons, but then chose to take the road less traveled, to Long Island’s other coast. The South Fork is home to the Hamptons and Shelter Island, while the North boasts some of New York’s best wineries and charming hotels.
If you’re a food and wine lover, this is the trip for you. Greenport is only a skip away from Manhattan and carries much less of a crowded scene than the ever-popular Hamptons. Locally shucked oysters, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, and excellent water views make Greenport a truly relaxing getaway from the city. If you fancy oysters, check out the Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market, located in an artfully weathered bait and tackle shop. Here, you can enjoy the freshest oysters at half the price—that is, if you shuck them yourself.
The Preston House & Hotel, originally a 1905 historical home on the North Fork, has been restored and transformed into a 20-room boutique hotel. Local winery, Kontokosta, makes for a fun afternoon of wine tasting with stunning water views. Or, stop by Bedell Cellars for a tasting on their veranda to look out on rolling hills of grapes and a lavender garden up front. If wine isn’t your jam, try out a local brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., serving a variety of brews and food options alongside fun lawn games and Adirondack chairs. Insider tip: Order the pretzel.
Greenport’s newest hotel, The Menhaden, is modern, classic, and relaxed with the friendliest staff you will ever meet. The property has instituted a COVID-19 set of policies and procedures for the season, allowing guests to enjoy the North Fork safely. Enjoy the North Fork’s only hotel roof deck and easy access to all the area has to offer, including local vineyards and the beach.
This swanky little Connecticut town is so much more than its ultra preppy reputation. We get it, it’s known for its hedge fund billionaires and Hollywood types–but given that it’s just a short drive from New York City, it’s an easy way to take a break from the concrete jungle and step into what feels like the European countryside.
The Homestead Inn (pictured here) is a converted Victorian manor turned boutique hotel that’s quaint, elegant, and a stately way to get away. For vintage-shopping lovers: Consigned Design is a local favorite for luxe vintage staples—think Chanel tweeds and Gucci handbags. End your weekend at outdoor waterfront dining spot L’Escale at the Delamar Greenwich hotel, where you can soak in harbor views while dining on the freshest king crab, shrimp, and oysters one usually dreams of—except here, you aren’t dreaming.
Adirondack Mountains, NY
For the New Yorker who is in dire need of a fresh air cure, look no further than Saranac Lake, nestled between the Adirondack Mountains where the likes of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson have come for a mind body and soul reset. Check into The Point, the intimate lakefront private Adirondack estate that was originally built for William Avery Rockefeller II.
Today, the Point offers 11 distinct guest rooms and a “house party” atmosphere, where visitors receive access to all 75-acres of the secluded property and the staff anticipate guests’ every need. Here, hiking boots of all sizes are available for guests to borrow, and it’s not unusual for the staff to arrange impromptu activities based on guests whims, cravings, and hankerings.
Visit The Village Mercantile, New York state’s only community-owned department store, where you can find a plethora of limited edition, not-so-ordinary gifts from local vendors and artists. When visiting a rustic woodsy town, expect that maple syrup is incorporated into everything. We suggest heading to the Campfire Adirondack Grill + Bar, attached to the historic Hotel Saranac, and ordering the Mountain Power Jacks, the chefs creation of pancakes using oats and grains mixed with local, organic peanut butter—served with locally tapped maple syrup. For music lovers, tucked back on a side street is Ampersound, a great little music store with everything from bongos and saxophones to stereo equipment and CDs.
Baltimore aka Charm City is home to Guinness’s first US Brewery and plenty of food markets, rooftop bars, and restaurants, making it a true foodie city.
The new luxury property in town, the Pendry Hotel, is the crown jewel of the Harbor where cloud-like linens, buttery leather accent pillows, and a highly tempting minibar with local specialties await you after a long day of sightseeing. Don’t eat all of the Utz Old Bay Potato chips and Kinderhook mixed nuts (aka Baltimore specialties) in one sitting because Maryland blue crabs on the waterfront or the R. House food hall in Remington are not to be missed. The whopping 50,000 square foot space offers samplings of ten different cuisines. Highlights include the fried chicken sandwich at BRD, the blood sausage at White Envelope, and a classic Poke bowl at Hilo.
Just under a 4-hour flight from NYC, Puerto Rico recently re-opened its doors to travelers wanting an escape to a Caribbean island filled with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest.
Check into the OLV Hotel located in the trendy Condado area of San Juan with some of the island’s best restaurants and nightlife just steps away. The rooftop is now open to non-hotel guests and boasts a super cool modern pool overlooking the serene Condado lagoon. Caribbean and Asian flavors mix at Raya Restaurant, by award-winning chef Mario Pagan, which features an incredible menu of flavors from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea & Japan. Think wasabi grilled cheese and beet matcha ice cream cookies.
If you’re a beach lover, you won’t want to miss visiting the western shorelines of Crash Boat for sunbathing, surfing and snorkeling. Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay is a traveler favorite as a classic Caribbean hideout during the day, and with the waters transforming by night, emitting a blue glow from the dinoflagellates organisms that live in the water.
Head to Calle del Cristo for excellent photo-taking opportunities with the street’s two famous chapels: The San Juan Bautista Cathedral and the Capilla de Cristo. For delicious tapas, check out La Copa Llena at The Black Eagle— order the chistorra sausage and tostones, while watching the sunset over the ocean.