Living in New York and looking to get out of the city for a bit this winter? Or maybe you’re visiting the big apple, and wanting to add an extra stop to your itinerary. Either way, here are 5 dreamy winter getaways that are just a few hours from the city!
1. Woodstock, Vermont
If you’re looking to enjoy some small-town charm this Holiday season, consider a trip to Woodstock, Vermont. This quaint and cozy town is located just 2 hours away from New York City – perfect for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation! Things to do include checking out the town’s numerous historic buildings, visiting a working farm and museum, or hitting the nearby slopes for some skiing or snowboarding. This variety of activities makes this a great destination for all sorts of travelers, as well as families. If you do head over to Woodstock, you’ll also want to check out the town’s iconic covered bridges, such as Middle Covered Bridge and Taftsville Covered Bridges – they’re the perfect spot for a memorable photo!
2. Stone Harbor, New Jersey
This Jersey Shore town will make a great winter getaway! It typically sees fewer visitors in the colder months – particularly if you’re visiting in late winter, after the holiday season. This makes it a perfect option for those looking for some quiet relaxation away from the city. Stone Harbor is located approximately 3 hours from New York City. This seaside town is home to some great restaurants and lodging. For some specific recommendations, you can’t go wrong with Alex’s Stone Harbor Market for a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes. For dinner, consider checking out Nemo’s Pizza of Stone Harbor or Harbor Burger Bar.
3. New Paltz, New York
New Paltz, New York offers a great “two for one deal” for why you should visit – it features both excellent spots for outdoor activities such as cross country skiing as well as some more urban amenities in its charming downtown. For some specific recommendations; Head over to Rock and Snow for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or camping rental equipment. Afterward – or if winter sports aren’t really your thing – head downtown to explore the various quaint shops in the town such as Handmade and More, a gift shop specializing in all manner of handmade goods ranging from ceramics to sweaters! If you’re looking to grab a delicious meal, you’ll want to check out A Tavola Trattoria for some quality Italian food. Finally, end one of your nights by adding a fun tropical twist to your getaway with a visit to Fuchsia Tiki Bar.
4. Lake Placid, New York
If you love winter sports – skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and so on – this is the option for you! This gorgeous winter town is a well-loved spot for practically every outdoor winter activity – not only well-known ones such as skiing but some more unique activities as well such as ice fishing. Located 5 hours from New York City, this is the perfect choice for those looking for a bit of a longer vacation. Spending at least a few days in the area will give you plenty of time to explore all this town has to offer!
5. Boston, Massachusetts
If you’re more in the mood for an urban getaway, no worries! Consider heading over to Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is approximately a 4-hour drive from New York City. A trip to this city is a great way to experience a change of scenery and explore some new places. Consider checking out some of the city’s fantastic museums such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts or Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. You’ll also want to head over to Boston Common. This historical park offers activities such as ice skating in the colder months!
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