Looking to escape without spending the entire day in the car? New Canaan mom and SmartFlyer travel consultant, Michelle Jackson shares her top picks for the Ultimate Weekend Getaways from New York’s Tri-State area. These getaways are a quick drive away- under 60 miles from Westchester, Northern New Jersey, Long Island and Southern Connecticut.
Troutbeck- Amenia, NY
Nestled away in Upstate New York, Troutbeck is a hidden gem for couples seeking an escape from life’s daily stresses. A little over an hour away from Southern Connecticut, Troutbeck’s convenient location makes this country house estate one you’ll want to sneak away to regularly. Situated on over 45 acres, guests can embrace the beauty of the Hudson Valley region participating in outdoor activities such as fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and skiing. The entire 34-room property can be bought out for an intimate group gathering (think ultimate house party!) or corporate retreat.
Mayflower Inn and Spa- Washington, CT
If you are looking to pamper yourself, your hubby, or a group of girlfriends then look no further than the Mayflower Inn & Spa. Located in Washington (Connecticut), Mayflower Inn and Spa is best known as one of the areas most distinguished luxury hideaways offering 5-star accommodations and one of the finest spas in New England. With a focus on mind, body and spirit, the spa offers personalized treatments including traditional massages, facials and mud wraps as well as wellness therapies such as reiki and guided meditation. In preparation for what inevitably will be a hectic holiday season, Mayflower Inn and Spa is offering a special 90-minute Holistic Health workshop combining a yoga class and nutrition talk intended to support a balanced equilibrium.
The Beekman- New York, NY
Located in the vibrant new lower Manhattan, The Beekman is a destination within itself where you can stay and play. Discerning travelers will appreciate proximity to restaurants by Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally, as well as a history intertwined with the original theatre district. With several newly opened shops and restaurants walking distance from The Beekman, you’re sure to want to spend some time getting lost in the old world glamour of Manhattan’s downtown. After some downtown exploration, return to The Beekman for a craft cocktail at Temple Court, or follow the painted cat signs and discover the Beekman’s hidden speak-easy Ally Cat, recently opened by New York’s iconic late-night impresario, Serge Becker.
White Hart Inn- Salisbury, CT
Situated on the foot of the Berkshires in Salisbury (Connecticut), White Hart Inn & Spa is an unexpected spot for a quick getaway. But whether you’re hoping to catch some end of season fall foliage or have grand plans to cozy up by the fire, there is plenty to see, do and eat. White Hart Provision is the Inn’s coffee shop, offering quick bites and a general store with unique gifts and collectables. Guests of all ages will love the casual ambience of Tap Room, offering a menu of elevated British-inspired comfort food. White Hart Inn’s Dining Room restaurant focuses its menu on dishes made from seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms.
These destinations will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated with the added bonus of only being a quick car ride from home.
Michelle’s Insiders Tip: When booking with a Virtuoso agent, guests can enjoy added incentives such as complimentary breakfast, resort credits and upgrades.
About Michelle Jackson
After studying abroad in Italy, Michelle’s love for travel pointed her towards a career in hospitality. Upon graduation Michelle pursued her passions and moved to NYC, where she loved exploring the cities newest hotel and restaurant openings. She currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with her husband and 2 active children who enjoy sand in their toes as much as she does. Michelle’s travel resume includes visiting far away destinations from the Adriatic Coast to South Africa as well as those closer to home including the Caribbean, Florida, and Mexico. Her favorite vacations are those that balance a variety of activities for her busy family as well as ample time for leisure and relaxation. Michelle’s extensive travel experience has taught her that proper planning ensures enjoyable travel experiences that are memorable for all the right reasons. She looks forward to helping her clients plan their itineraries ranging from romantic trips to family affairs.
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