It may be too late to plan a local getaway before December break, but come January you might just crave a weekend of peace and quiet to recover from the holiday craziness. Now is the perfect time to boo
If you are prepared to shell out the big bucks:
Winvian (http://www.winvian.com/) – A 113 acre property nestled in the Litchfield Hills with 18 spacious cottages, each decorated with a different theme. Plan on at least one dining experience at the restaurant, whose chef trained under Boulud and DuCasse. Treatments available at their on-site spa. Approximately a two-hour drive from NYC.
The Wheatleigh (http://wheatleigh.com/) – This luxuriously restored 1873 mansion located in Lenox, MA was originally built as a wedding gift by a father for his daughter. Features two restaurants, one of which is set in a windowed alcove overlooking the property’s gorgeous rolling hills. Massages and private yoga classes available upon request. Complimentary snoeshoeing on property. Several internationally renowned museums located within a 10-40 minute drive. Approximately three hours from NYC.
If you are looking for luxury at a “discount”:
The Inn at Kent Falls (http://www.theinnatkentfalls.com/) – A charming bed and breakfast in Litchfield County that caters to the discerning traveler (sweet dreams on Frette linens) looking for an escape from the city. Yoga, pilates and spa services available upon request. Snoeshoeing and skiing at Mohawk Mountain. Approximately a two-hour drive from NYC.
Bedford Post Inn (http://www.bedfordpostinn.com/) – Although this Bedford, NY inn has just eight rooms, the amenities are impressive – two terrific restaurants (The Farm and the Barnhouse), the Yoga Loft, where you can practice your downward dogs daily, and afternoon canapes by a toasty fire. Approximately a one-hour drive from NYC.
Buttermilk Falls Inn (http://www.buttermilkfallsinn.com/) – This 72-acre bucolic inn is located in Milton, NY just off the Hudson. Ten rooms plus eight guest houses and cottages for larger parties. Homemade, full breakfast and afternoon tea served daily, and an evening farm-to-table experience worth writing home about. Spa with an indoor pool on property. Approximately a 1 hour 45 minute drive from NYC.
For the budget-minded:
The Graham and Co. (http://thegrahamandco.com/) – A 20 room hotel located in Phoenicia, NY, at the foot of the Catskills Mountains. This property goes for a modern, campy feel. While the vibe is quiet (board games are readily available) and there are no restaurants on site, just a few steps away are a decent selection of eats, including my personal breakfast favorite, Sweet Sue’s. Hunter and Belleayre mountains are a stone’s throw away if skiing is your thing. Approximately 2.5 hours from NYC.