Winter in New York City is fun until... 27 inches of pristine, beautiful snow eventually becomes a treacherous slog through dirty sludge. Yuck. When it all becomes too much, you need a break: Pack your bags and get ready for a restorative weekend away — no matter what kind of minibreak you're craving. Here's where to go...
1. For Wine Enthusiasts: North Fork, New York
Spanning 30 miles of mostly farmland, North Fork is home to more than 60 vineyards and 30 wineries — not to mention a slew of local breweries and top-tier restaurants. In short, it's a foodie's dream destination. The majority of wineries produce dry whites like chenin blanc, chardonnay, and pinot grigio — but you're sure to find lots of sparkling wines and, of course, some fruity reds for balance. Take a cellar tour for an in-depth understanding of the wine-making process or just go straight to the tasting!
2. For Serious Luxury: Tarrytown, New York
A short 45 minute-drive north of New York City, Castle Hotel and Spa looks a lot like its name suggests. Let the 8,700-square-foot spa demonstrate that this hotel does not mess around when it comes to luxury. Room decor spares no expense, with four poster beds, cozy fireplaces, and scenic views of the Hudson Valley. If you do decide to leave your not-so-humble abode, take a stroll through the woods or indulge in a decadent dinner at the property's award-winning restaurant, Equus.
3. For Picture-Perfect Strolls: Nantucket, Massachusetts
Swap the bustling island of Manhattan for this far more isolated island off the coast of Cape Cod. Nantucket appeals to every type of traveler, whether you’re interested in water sports or museum hopping. Cobbled streets and high-end boutiques contribute to Nantucket’s beloved, small-town feel. For the best views of the ocean, consider booking a waterfront cottage for a charming escape.
4. For Mega-Mansion Admirers: Newport, Rhode Island
Flee to Newport for a visit to the Breakers — the uber-famous Vanderbilt mansion. The National Historic Landmark was built in Italian Renaissance style and was once the summer home of the rich and wealthy Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Dream homes aside, there are other vistas awaiting you in Newport. Come evening, set sail on a sunset cruise or down a couple of Bloody Marys on the rooftop of the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel. Either way, the view won’t disappoint.
5. For Modern Bohemians: Phoenicia, New York
If you've never heard of Phoenicia, you’re not alone! This underrated town is a bohemian gem. Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, this sleepy town feels worlds apart from the concrete jungle. In many ways, Phoenicia is the best of both worlds: There’s a main street lined with quaint coffee shops and local boutiques plus plenty of outdoorsy-type adventures like hiking and tubing. If you're going to splurge on one meal, let it be at Peekamoose, (often called the "Gramercy of the Catskills").
6. For Art Connoisseurs: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Gloucester might be better known as a simple fishing village but there's a lot more to this small town than exotic marine life. Set against an old-timey backdrop of historic homes and colorfully decorated storefronts, a surprisingly innovative art scene has emerged in recent years. From murals to film, the art community here is always trying to break barriers. Come shopping time, Gloucester is a haven for everything vintage. By night, dig your feet into one of its charming sandbars along Lighthouse Beach.
7. For Outdoor Adventurers: Lake Placid, New York
Don’t be intimidated by the four-and-a-half-hour drive: Lake Placid is worth every minute spent in traffic. Ideal for both outdoor adventurers and wellness junkies, there’s never a dull moment in the Adirondacks. Guests at the Mirror Lake Inn in Olympic Village have access to a natural private beach, tennis courts, a spa and private ice-skating rink when weather appropriate. The region has very specific seasons so make sure to bring along your camera. Winter might be a drag in the city, but here it's beyond gorgeous.
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