Although summer is soon turning into fall, domestic travel restrictions in New England are gradually loosening, and many of our partner hotels are very well prepared with COVID protocols in place. With its spectacular foliage, we could all use a colorful fall, an ideal time to explore New England, whether for a quick getaway or even for a longer stay. As we have learned over the last six months, we can work and study from our homes or from anywhere. For those who are seeking a change of scenery to re-energize you and your family, or a weekend adventure with your closest besties, or a dreamy location for its mountains, seaside and delectable food, let’s take a peek at just a few of the many unique options. Here are New England Getaways within driving distance from NYC.
New England Getaways from NYC
“The Adirondack Regions feature over 100 welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys and steep cliffs. Spanning more than six million acres, the Adirondack Mountains are home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 of the United States. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure.” (visitadirondacks.com)
Within this natural paradise, we find three outstanding properties. The Point, an adult’s paradise, a perfect place to get away from it all. This spectacular property is located on a 10-acre peninsula on Upper Saranac Lake. Lake Placid Lodge located in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. The lodge has 30 handcrafted rooms and log cabins along the water’s edge with views of Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. The Sagamore, a 375-room property on Lake George’s Green Island, is a true family-friendly resort offering golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, and a recreation center with mini golf, board games, indoor basketball, billiards, ping pong and foosball.
Maine is a picture-perfect destination with charming seaside villages, and a coastline accented by dozens of lighthouses. majestic mountains including the stunning Acadia National Park. In addition to its spectacular parks and lakes, Maine has vibrant cities like Portland which has become a top foodie destination and Kennebunkport, known for its beaches and lively town. Did you know there are four outstanding Virtuoso properties in Maine each with a special niche? The White Barn Inn housing its fine dining restaurant, where you can get a private kitchen tour. The stunning Cliff House, where guests receive a signature “Sea Bag” tote made from recycled sails. Hidden Pond, a resort tucked away on 60 acres of pristine birch forest with a variety of private cottages. The Inn by the Sea, an eco-friendly sanctuary perched on the pristine Maine coast, boasting 61 spacious one- and two-bedroom suites and traditional rooms, just minutes away from Portland.
This mountain destination is resplendent with scenery, culture and unique, hotels. Known for its epic fall foliage, excellent hiking, outdoor activities, farm-to-table dining, and classic New England style charm, the Berkshires is an easy drive from NYC and offers a plethora of hotel and activity options. Relais & Chateux, has three charming, boutique properties in the heart of the Berkshires. Don’t miss out on a stay at the Blantyre, where Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud has opened Café Boulud for dinner. Wheatleigh, a small unique hotel offers the tradition of a grand French country chateau, combined with the luxurious comforts of today. And….for an inspiring spa experiences, Canyon Ranch and the brand new Miraval Resort both offer ideal wellness escapes with a plethora of programs.
Did you know that three-quarters of Vermont are covered in forest, and it has the highest concentration of maple trees in the country? Located in the picturesque village of Warren, The Pitcher Inn exudes the charm of a Norman Rockwell painting. This charming property has 11 unique, whimsical rooms, and as a guest you will be taken by the Inn’s philosophy emphasizing the five “C’s”: calm, cuisine, character, charm and courtesy. Twin Farms is an intimate all-inclusive resort comprised of 20 rooms and cottages. This pastoral paradise is set on 300 acres of verdant hills, fields, and forest. A beautiful secluded setting perfect for couples seeking a romantic hideaway, as they enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, canoeing, fly fishing and cross-country skiing. The Lodge at Spruce Peak (Formerly Stowe Mountain Lodge) is New England’s premier slopeside destination, located in the heart of the Spruce Peak community. Stowe is a Vail Epic Pass Ski Resort and has Vermont’s highest peak. Guests have easy access to outdoor activities and adventures all year, from ice-skating and snowshoeing in the winter, to zip lines and 36 holes of golf in the warmer months. The Lodge also offers dining, retail, and a 21,000-square-foot Spa & Wellness Center.
Conveniently located just a short drive away from NYC, Litchfield is a quintessential New England town known for its historic charm, covered bridges and densely forested hills that offer unparalleled foliage viewing experiences.The Mayflower Inn & Spa, a member of the Auberge Resorts Collection, evokes the feeling and elegance of an English countryside hotel. Set on 58 acres of rolling hills, streams and lush gardens, is a 30-room luxury country retreat, which hosts an award-winning spa and two signature dining destinations. Guests can arrange guides to lead you on excursions for every season – local hikes, bike rides along the scenic wooded trails, river kayaking of fly fishing on a tranquil pond. Ever dreamed of staying in a space up in the trees? Reserve the Treehouse. Or of climbing walls of books on library ladders? Stay at the Library. Each one of these 18 spectacular cottages were designed by fifteen different architects, each with a story to tell, each a surprise, an escape, a splendid adventure. Outside, enjoy glorious hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and more in this beautiful corner of northwest Connecticut, at Winvian Farms.
Fall is a glorious month to travel, especially in the Northeast, and these are just a few New England Getaways from NYC, there are plenty more!
About Michele Stuart
Michele Stuart is the founder of Stuart Travel Design a boutique travel advisory, creating trips from short weekend hotel getaways, to unique, tailored trips all around the world.
Plan your New England getaway with Stuart Travel Design, for most of the above properties, you will receive great perks such as resort credits, free breakfasts during your stay, or a private tour of a fine dining kitchen. Website: www.stuarttraveldesign.com
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