11 Best Weekend Getaways From NYC (2023)
Last Updated on December 16, 2022 by Dana Berez
Best Weekend Getaways From NYC
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If you been living in NYC for some time, you know it’s always nice to getaway out of the city from time to time. Here are the best weekend getaways from NYC that are less than a 5-hour drive. Most of these destinations require renting a car, but some you can reach via public transport.
If you do decide to rent a car, be sure to secure your car in advance for the best pricing and availability. I had great service at Enterprise rentals in Manhattan for renting a car for a weekend.
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1. Westchester, New York
If you don’t like a long drive, then Westchester is the perfect getaway from you. Located just north of New York City, an hour drive will transport you along the Hudson River surrounded by trees and nature.
Stay at the newly opened Abbey Inn and Spa which overlooks the Hudson River with the most stunning views. This hotel has everything you need for a weekend getaway including a spa and fitness center, bikes, hiking trails, and a delicious farm to table restaurant Appropos.
2. Newport, Rhode Island
Just a 3.5-hour drive from New York City is Newport, Rhode Island. Known for its yacht-filled harbor and New England Charm, Newport offers the perfect escape from the city.
Stay: For the ultimate Newport Experience, stay at the newly opened Brenton Hotel where the calming interior evokes the feeling of a luxury yacht. Enjoy craft cocktails on the Rooftop, overlooking the harbor and unparalleled views of Newport.
Plus the hotel has a private 36′ Hinckley Picnic Boat, ready to take guests away for private escapes and intimate sunset sails around the bay.
3. Asbury Park, New Jersey
If you are not looking to rent a car, but want to get away from NYC then Asbury Park is a perfect option. Just 2 hours from NYC via the New Jersey Transit you can relax and unwind in a hip New Jersey shore town.
Stay: at The Asbury Hotel for all the amenities including a large outdoor pool, modern and updated rooms, rooftop bar and restaurant, and projected movies on the roof. If the beach is more your vibe, it’s just a 2-minute walk away.
The area has plenty of bars and restaurants in the area including Porta where truffle arugula pizza is a must-order on the menu.
4. The Catskills, New York
The Catskills are a popular getaway destination from NYC because it’s only 2 hours away. While the Catskills cover a large area in New York, each part is equally beautiful sprinkled with small-town charm (and lovely fall foliage).
Stay: at Kenoza Hall at Kenoza Lake. This hotel is located in a renovated boarding house that operated in the early 1900s. The rooms are cozy and charming. Plus, there are so many activities available like canoeing, aerial yoga, meditation sessions, hiking trails, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, and spa.
Whether you want to just relax, or have some activity Kenoza Hall will not disappoint!
5. The Adirondacks, New York
The Adirondacks Mountains is a mountain range in northern New York State. Base your trip in Lake George, just a 4-hour drive from New York City. You can find charming towns and villages throughout the region that offers that special blend of rustic heritage with Gilded Age elegance. You can find plenty of cute shops, restaurants, and scenic views.
And if you are up for some adventure, drive north an hour from Lake George for the Indian Head and Rainbow Falls hike. This 11-mile hike will leave with you stunning views of the region!
6. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod, Massachusetts is for those who need a beach getaway. With about a 4-hour drive from NYC, Cape Cod offers a seaside escape with the most charming homes and restaurants.
If you want to stay in the middle of all the action, check out Provincetown where you’ll find the liveliest neighborhood.
Want something a bit more relaxed? check out Dennis Port at the newly renovated Pelham House Resort right on the water.
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7. Boston, Massachusetts
Want a getaway but want to stay in a city setting where restaurants and things to do are within walking distance? Boston is perfect for you. Boston has so much charm and is a beautiful escape from NYC. Stay in the Back Bay where you can find nice parks and plenty of restaurants.
Stay: the Four Seasons One Dalton offers stunning views of the city with floor to ceiling windows. Plus, they are offering a curated fall picnic basket for guests where you can have a fall picnic in the park.
P.S. Lolita’s is a must for the best Mexican and Margaritas!
8. Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires is a rural region in the southwestern part of Massachusetts that offers a true escape from the city. Stay at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA, for a classic Birksires experience.
The Red Lion is surrounded by picturesque forests and hundreds of walking paths, foot trails, and steep climbs suitable for hiking or biking. You can also lounge outdoors at The Courtyard while sipping a refreshing seasonal cocktail or a draft beer from local craft breweries like the Berkshire Brewing Company.
9. Finger Lakes, New York
The Finger Lakes offers the perfect mix for a weekend getaway with winding country roads, breweries, farm markets, outdoor trails, and of course wine. Stay in Yates county, it’s just about 4 to 4.5 hours from NYC and has cute small towns like Penn Yan, Humrod, and Dundee, NY where boutique restaurants, shops, and B&Bs are plenty and large crowds are not.
10. Beacon, New York
Named for the signal fires atop Mount Beacon during the Revolutionary War, this riverside boom town will have you hooked from its revitalized downtown to its thriving art scene.
Check out the lively waterfront where you can kayak along the Hudson River and visit the walkable downtown that’s filled with boutiques and cafes.
Be sure to book a stay at The Roundhouse because let’s face it, you’ll want to stay awhile.
11. Montauk, New York
Last but not least is Montauk just outside of New York City on Long Island. It’s a favorite getaway because there are so many transportation options to get you from the city right to the beach including renting a car, train, or bus. Plus it’s only about a 2-hour journey.
Stay: in Montauk, the furthest town on Long Island at either of the Gurney’s resorts. Modern rooms right on the water, plus awesome food and drink options will make you want to say even longer than planned.
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Have some new travel getaway ideas from NYC? Have you been to any of these places? Let me know in the comments.
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