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11 Best Ski Resorts near New York City, 2023/24

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Skiing may not wait just outside the door, but New York City residents can easily be on the slopes for a day trip or a weekend ski getaway. A train/bus combination can whisk skiers from Grand Central Station to Thunder Mountain in as little as an hour and a quarter. Longer runs and more vertical drop await just two hours from the city.

A three-hour radius includes resorts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York's Catskills. Skiing near New York City is made even easier by arrangements that resorts have made with transportation companies, offering round-trip bus transport, sometimes as part of a package with lift tickets and equipment rentals. The NYC Snow Bus provides transportation from Union Square to several of these mountains.

The order in the rankings below is based on multiple – and sometimes conflicting – factors, so the order is less important than the attributes of each mountain. Some skiers will be happy to sacrifice a few hundred feet of vertical drop in order to get there sooner.

For others, it's the powder that counts, or the variety of the terrain, not the travel time. Other facilities are important considerations, too, such as a tubing hill, learning programs for children, or the availability of night skiing.

When you're looking for a day or weekend getaway to the slopes, you'll find the right place to go skiing with our list of the best ski resorts near New York City.

1. Windham Mountain, Windham, New York

2. hunter mountain, new york, 3. mountain creek, new jersey, 4. thunder ridge, new york, 5. camelback mountain, pennsylvania, 6. plattekill mountain, new york, 7. belleayre mountain, new york, 8. jiminy peak, massachusetts, 9. catamount, new york, 10. mohawk mountain, connecticut, 11. mount snow, vermont, best resorts for families, map of ski resorts near new york city.

Windham Mountain

In the Catskills, a two-hour drive from the city, Windham Mountain's 1,600-foot vertical drop encompasses a terrain so varied that it allows for seven double-black diamond trails for experts, along with a dozen gentle runs for beginners and almost half of the 54 trails for intermediates.

Boarders can ride at six separate terrain parks with more than 80 jumps, rails, pipes, and boxes, plus an inflatable Air Bag for practicing jumps.

Nearly all the 285 skiable acres - the most of any resort on this list - are covered by snowmaking, which has been enhanced in the past two years by major investments in equipment. Lighting extends the ski day on Friday and Saturday nights. Or extend the day right from the start with the First Tracks program that allows you to ski with a guide in the morning before the lifts open to the public. The multi-lane tubing park is open until 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and features a conveyor lift and reserved lanes for solo swirlers or larger groups. A rustic lodge at the tubing hill is a good place to warm up between runs.

The Tubing Park has a fleet of Arctic Cat snowmobiles just for kids between ages 6 and 13 and weighing less than 120 pounds. The resort also offers ice skating and cross-country skiing.

Address: 19 Resort Drive, Windham, New York

Foggy day on Hunter Mountain

With the same 1,600 feet of vertical as Windham and about 2.75 hours from the city, Hunter Mountain includes three mountain faces that offer a tremendous variety of terrain. Its 320 skiable acres are covered by state-of-the-art snowmaking that supplements the Catskills' natural snowfall. The mountain is known for its high-quality maintenance and grooming.

The 67 trails are divided into 25 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced, and 15 percent for experts. Terrain parks include the signature Park Avenue, located on the main face of Hunter Mountain with plenty of jumps, transitions, rails, and other features. Park Ave West steps up the game with constantly changing features and is the venue for all of Hunter Mountain's freestyle terrain events.

A zipline canopy tour soars 600 feet above the resort, and the newly branded Bubly tubing park is one of the largest in New York. The tubing hill, at nearly 1,000 feet long, is accessed by a carpet lift.

Address: 64 Klein Ave, Hunter, New York

Mountain Creek

With a respectable 1,040-foot vertical drop an hour's drive from New York, Mountain Creek offers the longest runs of any resort that's less than two hours from the city . The 46 trails, accessed by eight lifts, spread across four mountain peaks and are 100 percent covered by snowmaking.

About one-fourth of the trails are for beginners, one third for advanced skiers, and the rest for intermediates. Beginning skiers are not limited to the lower slopes, but have green runs from two of the summits. The 67-acre terrain park has over 80 freestyle features and a 50-foot jump airbag.

All the 167 skiable acres are lighted for night skiing ; the resort has a zipline tour and a 30-lane tubing park.

Mountain Creek's Go Skiing and Go Snowboarding packages include all the essentials for a day on the slopes or for a beginner to polish up their skills. Along with a full-day lift ticket and equipment rentals, the pass gives access to the Terrain Based Learning skills area for self-guided lessons and the help of instructors.

Terrain Based Learning was pioneered at Mountain Creek, creating a revolution in ski instruction, and has since been adopted by some of the country's best ski schools. A unique feature of Mountain Creek is the availability of rental snow pants and jackets for those who want to try out skiing or boarding but don't have suitable winter outerwear.

Address: 123 Route 94, Vernon, New Jersey

Although one of the smallest mountains listed here, with only 100 skiable acres and 500 feet of vertical drop, Thunder Ridge earns its place among the larger resorts as the closest to the city and the easiest to reach by public transportation . Via the Metro-North Ski Train from Grand Central Station and the free shuttle from the Patterson train station, it's about 1.25 hours from the city to the mountain.

The family-friendly resort's 22 trails include six for advanced skiers, with the remainder divided evenly between beginners and intermediates. All are covered by snowmaking, as is the terrain park, and are accessed by three chairlifts and four carpet lifts. A plus for families is the reasonable price of lift tickets. Weekdays offer the best value for adults.

Thunder Ridge is known for its learning program, with the northeast's highest percentage of Professional Ski Instructors of America certified instructors. The entire family can learn together or polish their skills with a Family Private Lesson for a group of four to six people with a private instructor.

Address: 137 Birch Hill Road, Patterson, New York

Camelback Mountain

A family-friendly mountain with an 800-foot vertical, Camelback Mountain designates 18 of its 39 trails for beginners and 11 for intermediates; even the remainder marked for experts don't offer any hair-raising drops. Twenty of its 166 acres are devoted to terrain parks that offer more challenges to riders and freestylers. The 50-square-foot air bag eases the landing for practice jumps.

Introduced for the 2023/2024 season, the new 6-person Black Bear 6 lift whisks skiers and boarders from the base of the mountain to the summit in under 3 minutes, protected from the wind and weather by a bubble canopy.

On Friday and Saturday nights, all trails and parks are open until 10pm, and the super-sized tubing park is open until 9pm. The 40-lane park has a carpet lift.

About two hours from New York, Camelback is in the Poconos, a popular weekend getaway destination for both New York and Philadelphia residents.

Camelback Lodge and Indoor Waterpark is located right at the resort.

Address: 301 Resort Drive, Tannersville, Pennsylvania

Plattekill Mountain

Plattekill may be farther from New York than neighboring resorts of the Catskills, but for those who love powder, it's well worth the extra few minutes. Known as the powder capital of the Catskills , Plattekill is in a small box canyon with its own microclimate . Its 3,500-foot elevation, north-facing slopes, and position as the first high mountain east of Lake Ontario combine to take full advantage of the lake effect as storms roll in from the west.

Natural snowfall averages 175 inches per year , drawing serious skiers to its two peaks, which lie along a ridgeline with a 1,100-foot vertical drop. Another draw is that nearly half the 38 trails are rated for advanced and expert skiers, four of them double-black diamonds to take full advantage of the Catskills' most rugged terrain .

Only 20 percent of the trails are for beginners, but unlike many mountains, Plattekill has green runs from each of its summits, so everyone can enjoy the full mountain experience. Its 2-mile-long gentle cruisers are a real thrill for beginners who are usually limited to lower-mountain slopes and trails.

In addition to its dependable snow and rugged terrain, devoted Plattekill fans love its unique laid-back atmosphere.

Open only Friday through Sunday, and on weekdays following at least 12 inches of snowfall, Plattekill restricts the number of lift tickets each day to keep lines short for its two summit chairlifts.

Address: 469 Plattekill Road, Roxbury, New York

Belleayre Mountain

Also uncrowded and one of the most wallet-friendly ski resorts in the Catskills, Belleayre Mountain has an impressive 1,404 feet of vertical, with 50 trails across 175 acres of mixed terrain. More than half the trails are for intermediates, with the rest split at about one-fifth each for beginners and experts.

Nine of the trails are rated double-black diamond. These trails and five glades are on the top half of the mountain, accessible from a midpoint, so you can spend a day skiing only the upper reaches. The longest run is over two miles long.

Boarders and freestylers will appreciate the terrain and progression parks, which include a rails-only park. More than nine kilometers of ungroomed cross-country trails into the Catskill Forest Preserve are free to use.

Trailways bus line offers round-trip ski packages from Port Authority that include transportation to the slopes and a lift ticket, at less than the cost of a lift ticket alone at most major ski resorts. Low-priced Frequent Skier Cards score skiers half-price lift tickets on weekdays, 25% reduction on weekends and holidays; these are also valid at Gore and Whiteface Mountains.

Address: 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, New York

About three hours from the city, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is a self-contained ski area in the Berkshires, close to the Massachusetts-New York Border. Almost half the 45 trails are for beginners, combined with the excellent Terrain Based Learning program to make the resort a favorite for families .

The vertical rise of 1,150 feet and nine expert trails - three of which are rated double black diamond - keeps the mountain interesting for more experienced skiers; the longest run is more than two miles. Much of the 167 skiable acres is lighted for night skiing.

The three terrain parks are graded for progression, with one designed for younger children just learning to ride. A mountain coaster rounds out the outdoor activities.

Jiminy Peak gets 100 percent of its electrical power from renewable sources, primarily the giant wind turbine at the summit; it is the only ski area in North America with this distinction. An advantage for families is the ability to stay in the resort village right at the base, with family-sized condos in the Country Inn at Jiminy Peak , along with dining, shops, and other services.

Address: 37 Corey Road, Hancock, Massachusetts


Also in the Berkshires, and half in Massachusetts, Catamount straddles the state line, so you can ski in two states on a single run. Its vertical is 1,000 feet, and the terrain is varied enough for 10 expert runs and the Berkshires' longest, a 2.5-mile cruiser from the top.

The rest of the mountain is evenly divided between easy and intermediate trails, a dedicated learners' area, and three terrain parks. The 15 trails and the terrain park, a total of 55 acres, are lighted for night skiing and riding until 10pm on weekends and holidays. Snowmaking covers nearly 100 percent of the trails.

The Catamount Zip Tour has one of the longest ziplines in the country, at more than 5,000 feet. This is one of the few family-owned ski resorts remaining in New England.

Address: 78 Catamount Road, Hillsdale, New York

Mohawk Mountain

Granted, Mohawk Mountain's 650-foot vertical may not provide the longest runs - the longest is Deer Run at 1.25 miles -- but it packs a surprising variety into 112 acres of ski terrain. Half of the 25 trails are for intermediate skiers, with 30 percent for beginners and 20 percent for advanced. Mohawk also has a separate learning area for beginners.

Sixteen trails, about one-third of the mountain, are lighted for night skiing, and all the trails are covered by snowmaking. Mohawk Mountain is located in Mohawk State Forest, at the southern end of the Berkshires, just over two hours from the George Washington Bridge.

Address: 46 Great Hollow Road, Cornwall, Connecticut

Aerial view of Mount Snow, Vermont

If you long for more vertical, and your ideal ski weekend includes moonlight in Vermont , you can have it all, in a four-hour drive from the city. Mount Snow is the closest Vermont ski resort to New York City, lying not far from the Massachusetts border.

The location in the Green Mountains' snow zone promises an average annual snowfall of 156 inches. The addition of more than 250 high-output snow guns (the most of any North American ski resort) keeps trail conditions at their prime.

The mountain's 20 lifts, including the Bluebird Express, the East's first six-passenger bubble lift, access 80 trails networked across 588 acres. Intermediates are a high priority at Mount Snow, with 54 trails; beginners have an area of their own with slower lifts and can even ski from the summit on a long gentle cruiser.

Experts head for the North Face to ski its 10 expert trails and one double-black, served by two triple chairlifts. Boarders love the 10 terrain parks and a halfpipe.

Mount Snow is a Vail Resort, so your EPIC Pass is valid here, but all Vail Resorts are limiting daily tickets this season, so be sure to reserve in advance.

Address: 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vermont

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Mount Peter

Free beginner ski and snowboard school and skiing an hour from New York City combine to make Mount Peter a winner for families. In the Hudson Valley, Mount Peter is also known for its all-mountain snowmaking and expert grooming, as well as night skiing on every one of its 10 trails, the terrain park, and beginners' area.

The terrain is well divided for all levels of skier, with two beginner trails (one from the summit), four options for experts, and four for intermediates. Learning skiers have a dedicated area with a carpet lift, and another carpet lift serves the tubing park . Two double chairlifts and a quad access the mountain trails.

Address; 51 Old Mt. Peter Road Warwick, New York

Campgaw Mountain

The closest skiing to New York with 100 percent snowmaking , Campgaw Mountain also stands out as a premier learn-to-ski or snowboard destination. Only 18 miles north of the George Washington Bridge, the mountain has short lift lines and uncrowded trails, served by two double chairlifts and two carpet lifts.

In addition to its eight beginner and intermediate trails and expert learning program, its specialized children's program for ages four through six makes Campgaw Mountain a good choice for family skiing near New York City.

Address: 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, New Jersey

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More Nearby Places to Ski: Not far beyond the three-hour radius of New York City are more snow-covered mountains to ski in Vermont . For a longer ski vacation, it's easy to combine skiing in Vermont with a few days in the White Mountains, where you'll find more ski resorts in New Hampshire .


Where to Ski in the US: Not all eastern skiing is in New England and New York; you'll find some top-rated ski resorts in West Virginia , too. And you can find budget-friendly mountains for your family in our page on the top cheap ski holidays in North America .

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With ski season officially in full swing, the thought of strapping a pair of sleds to your feet and hurtling down a mountain suddenly starts to make sense—well, that is, for some of us. But we can all get behind escaping the city and curling up next to a fireplace with friends or family, a good book and an even better glass of wine . Plus, each of these wintertime spots is less than six hours from New York. While the slopes are a major draw, those who are more in it for the après part will find plenty to love, too. Here, the best ski resorts near NYC—whether you’re a black diamond expert or just in it for the après ski.

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1. Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts

  • Time from NYC: 3 hours
  • Number of Trails: 45 trails
  • Opening Day: November 24, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: night skiing, family friendly, great for all levels, uses wind energy to power much of the resort

One of the largest ski resorts in New England, Jiminy Peak has trails for all levels of skiers, from beginners who are just starting out through advanced looking to really challenge their skills. It even offers night skiing on 25 or its 45 trails. The resort has also put a big emphasis on sustainability in recent years, powering much of the resort with a nearby wind turbine (it makes for a wonderfully dramatic reveal as you curve around the West Way trail), using high-efficiency LED lights to light up the trails at night and recycled oil to power various machines across the mountain.

Where to Stay:

  • Quiet Horse Farm (4 guests) : $225/night
  • Ski On/Ski Off Zen Suite (4 guests): $257/night
  • Ski On/Ski Off Mountain Suite (9 guests) : $387/night

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2. Butternut, Massachusetts

  • Number of Trails: 22 trails across 100 skiable acres
  • Opening Day: November 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: great for families, resort also offers tubing

Just under 3 hours from NYC, Butternut is ideal for beginners and families with young kids, with 60 percent of the trails rated intermediate, 20 percent easy and 20 percent advanced. The resort is relatively small, but still has plenty to keep you entertained, with 22 trails across 100 skiable acres. There’s also a terrain park for learning new tricks, and tubing for the non-skiers in the group.

  • Home in Great Barrington (5 guests) : $207/night
  • Quiet Cottage (5 guests) : $232/night
  • Great Barrington Cabin (14 guests) : $318/night

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3. Stratton, Vermont

  • Time from NYC: 4 hours and 25 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 99 trails across 670 skiable acres
  • Why We Recommend It: great for all levels, terrain park, snow making

Stratton runs across the highest peak in Southern Vermont, making for some truly challenging black diamond trails and steep descents. But don’t fret, most of the mountain is still reserved for easier runs, with 40 beginner trails and 35 intermediate trails. There are also 11 lifts spread across 670 skiable acres, so you’ll rarely have to wait long to be ferried back up the mountain for your next run. Be sure to take at least one pass down Mike’s Way to Wanderer, a green circle path that’s a whopping 3 miles long.

  • Stratton Mountain Studio (4 guests) : $201/night
  • Charming Chalet (6 guests) : $200/night
  • Bear Cub Cabin (8 guests) : $592/night

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4. Thunder Ridge, New York

  • Time from NYC: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 22 trails
  • Opening Day: TBA
  • Why We Recommend It: night skiing, family friendly, accessible by pubic transportation

Thunder Ridge Ski Resort, located in Patterson, NY, is just an hour and a half drive from Manhattan, or you can take public transportation via the Metro-North Ski Train from Grand Central. There are 22 trails for all levels to explore, plus night skiing for those who want o keep the fun going after the sun’s gone down. Be sure to stop by the Thunder Truck at least once for hot Belgian waffles with all the fixings.

  • House on Appalachian Trail (6 guests) : $162/night
  • Lake House with Indoor Spa (6 guests) : $167/night
  • Vacation House (9 guests) : $264/night

5. Hunter Mountain, New York

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 67 trails across 320 skiable acres
  • Opening Day: November 25, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: great for intermediate to advanced skiers, four terrain parks

Hunter Mountain has a whopping 67 trails serviced by 13 ski lifts to keep everything running smoothly, even on holiday weekends. And while there are plenty of trails for beginners (as well as lessons offered), it’s most advanced skiers who are likely to get the most out of Hunter. There are 20 intermediate trails and 30 advanced trails (as compared to 17 beginner) to explore, plus four terrain parks to practice all the skills and jumps.

  • Mountain View Townhome (6 guests) : $164/night
  • Hunter Condo (5 guests) : $225/night
  • House Half-Mile from Hunter (14 guests) : $655/night

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6. Okemo, Vermont

  • Time from NYC: 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 121 trails across 632 skiable acres
  • Opening Day: November 17, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: great for all levels, six terrain parks, snow making

Okemo’s 121 trails are fairly evenly divided between beginner, intermediate and advanced (plus six terrain parks), so there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this Vermont destination. Almost all the trails also have snow-making capabilities to ensure they’re always dusted with snow and to prevent closures. There are also cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails available for those looking to really break a sweat.

  • Okemo Downtown Condo (2 guests) : $100/night
  • Lake-Front House (7 guests) : $318/night
  • Okemo Mountain Chalet (15 guests) : $452/night

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7. Mount Snow, Vermont

  • Time from NYC: 3 hours and 40 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 85 trails across 600 skiable acres
  • Why We Recommend It: close to lots of restaurants and bars, four separate mountain faces to explore

Just under four hours from the city, Mount Snow is a New York-area mountain much closer than it seems. And with five times the average snowfall of the city, you can be sure to see some fresh powder on the slopes…or from the window of your Vrbo rental. (Pro tip: If you’re driving, make sure to take an all-terrain vehicle for snowy or icy conditions). The Mount Snow resort features 600 skiable acres, including a 100 acre terrain park for those who want to practice jumps and tricks. There is also a lot to entertain any non-skiers in your group, with tons of picturesque villages and towns just a short drive away, many known for their cheddar cheese and maple syrup. (Some of the best-known, like Grafton, Dorset and Chester, are all within a one-hour drive of the mountain.) Check out the nearby covered bridges in Wilmington and Bennington, fill up a basket full of local treats or spend a day on a snowmobile tour through Green Mountain National Forest .

  • The Wilmington (2 guests) : $176/night
  • Dover Chalet (8 guests) : $426/night
  • The Lodge at Mount Snow (2 guests) : $169/night

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8. Sunday River, Maine

  • Time from NYC: 6 hours
  • Number of Trails: 135 trails across 870 skiable acres
  • Opening Day: late October, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: more than 100 trails, family friendly, hosts frequent apès-ski events

Located in western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains, Sunday River is a further trek from NYC, but is well worth digging your ski gear out of the storage unit. The mountain summits at 3,500 feet with 135 trails and glades encompassing some 870 acres. Over the last couple years, Sunday River has been part of a tradition with “Wicked Air & Après Light”, which is a fancy name for a mesmerizing “big air show.” Trick-wiedling skiers and snowboard athletes perform stunts on a large jump, and fans who attend also get to see a 3D projection mapping on the snow. Spectators can take in all the action for free from the Barker Basin. Sunday River is also a standout for an always full roster of music and après-ski events, plus Shipyard Brew Haus at White Cap Lodge , which has a casual vibe but takes its beer selection seriously.

  • Jordan Hotel (2 guests) : $209/night
  • The River Shack (8 guests) : $334/night
  • 5-Star Luxury Ski-in & Ski-out Condo: (10 guests) : $800/night

9. Big Bear, Pennsylvania

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 18 trails
  • Opening Day: November 26, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: affordable, family friendly, great for beginners

Not only is this scenic mountain beautiful, it’s as affordable as it is accessible. Big Bear at Masthope Mountain offers up 18 trails and seven lifts, which includes their three magic carpet lifts for kids and beginners (or those who just enjoy the more gentle slopes!). They also have lots of snow machines that keep the trails looking as good as possible throughout the ski season. Thanks to its proximity to NYC and the many lodging options in the surrounding town, Big Bear is an ideal place to plan a last-minute trip. The mountain is especially popular with families, although it definitely offers options for more advanced skiers and snowboarders as well.

  • Hotel Darby (2 guests) : $259/night
  • The Settlers Inn (2 guests) : $316/night
  • Enchanted Cottage with Hot Tub (7 guests) : $195/night

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10. Loon Mountain, New Hampshire

  • Time from NYC: 5 hours
  • Number of Trails: 73 trails across 403 skiable acres
  • Opening Day: November, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: good for all levels, family friendly, the resort offers lots of skiing alternatives

This pretty, pristine resort is surrounded by White Mountain National Forest, and is a favorite of ours for skiing and embracing nature. Case in point: During our past trips to Loon and nearby Wildcat Mountain , we’ve encountered *actual* moose on the road. At Loon, you can enjoy 2,100 vertical feet, a wide variety of terrain and three separate peaks. The resort also allows you to explore this winter wonderland by snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or a thrilling zipline ride over the (frozen!) Pemigewasset River.

  • RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain (2 guests) : $279/night
  • Sunset Hill House : $159/night
  • Luxury Loon Mountain Home (16 guests) : $575/night

11. Bristol Mountain, New York

  • Time from NYC: 4 hours and 50 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 35 trails across 160 skiable acres
  • Opening Day: November 30, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: night skiing, family friendly, close to lots of restaurants and bars

The town of Canandaigua is a lovely little year-round place in the Finger Lakes. It’s wild to think you can spend summers on the lake in a pontoon boat and winters on the slopes of Bristol Mountain with views over the very same (albeit cold) lake. Just a short ride to downtown Canandaigua, one of the best reasons to visit—besides 1,200-feet of vertical fun and trails for all ages and abilities, plus nordic trails—is the selection of excellent restaurants and shopping in the charming town.

  • Lake House on Canandaigua (2 guests): $238/night
  • Sutherland House Victorian Bed & Breakfast (2 guests): $185/night
  • The Chalet of Canandaigua (2 or more guests) : $290/night

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12. Massanutten Resort, Virgina

  • Time from NYC: 5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 14 trails across 70 skiable acres
  • Why We Recommend It: affordable, the resort offers lots of skiing alternatives, family friendly

We’ll admit, as New Yorkers, Virginia is not the first place that comes to mind when you think about skiing, but one look at Massanutten Resort will change that. Known for being an excellent affordable option, the ski resort is popular with locals and travelers alike for its classes and activities, which include standards like zip lining, ice skating and snow tubing. Less standard options include a class on Ukulele for beginners, animal sketching, and meditation classes, and this family-friendly resort also boasts an Indoor Water Park to keep the little ones busy off the slopes. When you are looking to shred, riders at Massanutten can jump on seven lifts and will find 70 skiable acres and 14 runs—meaning it’s smaller than a lot of resorts on this list in size but is a great option for first timers and families who don’t want to get lost from each other.

  • Massanutten Resort Hotel (2 guests) : $179/night
  • The Nutt House (11 guests) : $200/night
  • Massanutten Getaway (8 guests) : $195/night

13. Camelback, Pennsylvania

  • Time from NYC: 1 hours and 30 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 39 trails across 166 skiable acres
  • Opening Day: December 15, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: close to Shawnee mountain, under 2 hours from the city

The Poconos are full of winter wilderness vibes that will make even the most hardened New Yorker feel like a giddy kid on a snow day. Located about 90 minutes from Manhattan, the region is known for Camelback and also neighboring Shawnee mountain, which is close enough that you could hit both on the same day. Camelback boasts 39 ski trails on 166 acres while Shawnee features 23 trails on 125 acres of skiing terrain. If you don’t ski, the Poconos offer snow tubing , dogsledding and ice-skating —plus plenty of options for less active types too. After a busy morning, you deserve a hearty meal, like the disco fries and s’mores at Trails End Pub & Grille (which also offers outdoor dining).

  • Stroudsmoor Country Inn (2 guests) : $139/night
  • Modern Poconos Home with a view (8 guests) : $220/night
  • Camelback Lodge (2 guests) : $369/night

14. Belleayre, New York

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 25 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 50 trails across 174 skiable acres
  • Why We Recommend It: family friendly, good for all levels, terrain park

In Ulster County, where the Catskills meet the Hudson River, you’ll find wooded country roads that wind past barns, farm stands, antique shops and wineries into sleepy hamlets full of Victorian architecture and small-town charm. Skiers here can enjoy one of New York State’s best family-friendly mountains, which boasts eight lifts (including a high-speed gondola, more of a rarity in the Northeast), 174 skiable acres, 50 trails and four fun lodges. Non-skiers will love spending a day in nearby Woodstock , the artsy town that’s mandated to retain the hippyish roots it’s famous for. Nowadays, you’ll find everything from a mezcal bar to home-decor stores and even a toy shop stocked with creative gifts (like a selfie kit for your pets). At night, the place to be is Silvia (Snatch a res on Resy), offering seasonally-focused foods and tasty libations for both indoor and outdoor seating, plus pick-up.

  • Catskills Season Inn (2 guests) : $122/night
  • Belleayre GrandHouse (15 guests) : $568.10/night
  • Breezy Hill Inn (2 guests) : $185/night

15. Whiteface Mountain, New York

  • Number of Trails: 90 trails across 188 skiable acres
  • Why We Recommend It: glades and off-piste options, two-time host of the Winter Olympics

We love escaping to upstate New York whenever we need a break from the city and the winter months are no exception. Whiteface Mountain Resort in Wilmington hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics so you’d better believe that the trails here are top-notch. In fact, Whiteface boasts the tallest vertical drop on the eastern seaboard (at 3,430 feet), plus 90 trails and 11 lifts. Did we mention it’s also the mountain for winter visitors to Lake Placid, the storybook-like destination town just 30 minutes away?

  • Secluded Log Home (8 guests) : $175/night
  • Whiteface Lodge (2 guests) : $695/night
  • Mirror Lake Inn (2 guests) : $279/night

16. Gore Mountain, New York

  • Time from NYC: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 108 trails
  • Why We Recommend It: new lift opened this season, family friendly, open since 1934

Nearby to Whiteface in North Creek is Gore Mountain , a place where you’ll find mesmerizing views of the Adirondacks, the family-friendly Pete’s Paradise trail, snowshoeing through the “largest marble-cave entrance in the East” and the option to ski by twilight. In recent seasons, new high-speed quads have replaced two double chair lifts, providing access to all four of its peaks and Straight Brook Valley.

  • Gore Mountain Lodge (2 guests) : $199/night
  • The Alpine Lodge (2 guests) : $152/night
  • Goose Pond Inn (2 guests) : $199/night

17. Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut

  • Time from NYC: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Number of Trails: 26 trails
  • Opening Day: November 27, 2023
  • Why We Recommend It: night skiing, great for beginners, family friendly

Located on 350 beautiful acres in Cornwall, Mohawk Mountain is Connecticut’s largest ski area. With 26 trails (including 16 night trails), a mega 650-feet drop and eight lifts, this pretty spot with views of gentle rolling hills offers plenty of options for a range of ski levels. And for non-skiers, there’s showshoeing and show tubing available. The best part? It’s only 2 hours and 15 minutes from the city.

  • The Litchfield Inn (2 guests) : $192/night
  • Family-Friendly Farm House (8 guests): $350/night
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol (2 guests): $150/night

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Avant Ski's Complete Guide to Skiing from New York City

Though skiing is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New York, there are more than 50 ski resorts in driving distance from New York City. The further you are willing to drive, the smaller the crowds and the larger the mountains. Don't underestimate New York's vibrant ski culture. Stores in the region have top gear and cost-effective seasonal rental programs for children. 

New Jersey. Though not know for its vertical, NJ makes for an easy day trip. Campgaw is a treat for young learners and their parents. If you can navigate the crowds, Mountain Creek  has the most vertical and the most terrain in proximity to NYC. It also has night skiing and a racing program. Fun fact, many seasoned skiers, including our Founder, got started at Mountain Creek. 

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Poconos, PA.   The Poconos are ~1.5 - 2 hours away with many ski areas including Blue Mountain, Shawnee, Camelback, Montage, Jack Frost, Big Boulder and Elk Mountain. Our two favorites are Camelback for families and Elk Mountain for more advanced terrain. 

Catskills, NY.   During the 2020-21 season, our NYC-based team members found themselves spending more time here because of the New York and Vermont quarantine travel restrictions. Located about 2.5 - 3 hours driving from NYC, the Hunter-Tannersville area is home to four “sizable” resorts with unique character —  Belleayre , Windham , Hunter Mountain , and Plattekill. While any of them are doable for a day trip, the area has plenty to keep you well fed and entertained, and we prefer to take a few days and visit several resorts. 

>See our related post: Skiing in New York State and Feeling a World Away  

​Berkshires and Beyond. For a long weekend, the Berkshires stretching across western New England are home to Butternut and Berkshire East. Catamount , located about 2.5 hours driving from NYC on the border with Massachusetts in Hillsdale, NY, is the closest of the Berkshires, and has great learning facilities, steeper areas and terrain parks.  The Connecticut ski areas of Ski Sundown, Mohawk, Mt. Southington, and Powder Ridge are also very family friendly.

Southern Vermont & Upstate New York .   Four hours driving distance from NYC is where things start to get really good. Choose from Whiteface or  Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, or Stratton , Magic Mountain , Mount Snow, and Bromley in southern Vermont. Going just a little further into Vermont also opens access to Okemo and Killington .

Northern Vermont.   If you have the time and are feeling adventurous, the six hour car ride to northern Vermont will take you to some of New England’s finest ski resorts including  Sugarbush , Stowe , and Smugglers’ Notch . With steep runs, tight trees, and buckets of lake effect snow these places can even compete with major resorts out west. 

Staying Local.  See our related feature:  Jumpstart your Season at Big SNOW American Dream


New Jersey  Big Snow (Starting Out, Indoors) Campgaw (Starting Out) Mountai n Creek (Proxi mity & Vertical) Poconos, PA Camelback ( Convenience & Family Fun) Elk Mountain ( Natural Snowfall) Catskills, NY Belleayre (Low Key) Hunter Mountain (Steeper Terrain) Plattekill   (Under the Radar)   Windham  (Family Weekends)

Berkshires, ma butternut ( families with young children) catamount (vertical drop & no lift lines) jiminy peak (families & lessons) adirondacks, ny gore (intermediates looking to progress)   whiteface (vert & authentic olympic village)   southern, vt bromley ( old school charm) killington (après & bumps) magic mountain (laid back & steep terrain) okemo (families) stratton (learning & vibrant village), northern vt smugglers' notch (new england's finest) stowe (thrill seekers & charm) sugarbush  (legendary terrain) pro tips direct flights from nyc our favorite new york area ski shops .


Mountain Creek, NJ


Best for Proximity to NYC with Vertical

Travel Time: ~1.25-1.5 hours from NYC

Kids love learning at Mountain Creek. Image courtesy of Mountain Creek.

Overview .   It's not hard to find skiers who hate on Mountain Creek. It's crowded, wild, icy, expensive, and filled with human cannonballs, they say. They say all of this because it's all true.

But they are missing a set of immutable facts: Mountain Creek is a huge, modern resort, with high-speed lifts, a dirt-cheap season pass, 1,000 vertical feet, outstanding snowmaking, and proximity to the largest city in America.

A bit of history : Mountain Creek's modern infrastructure is partially a function of a brief ownership by Intrawest. Though Intrawest sold the resort long before morphing into Alterra Mountain Company, the current owners, Snow Operating, continue to invest heavily. Today's resort is the combination of two historic ski areas — Vernon Valley and Great Gorge.

Bottom line , understand what Mountain Creek is and where it is, and plan around that. This is not some hidden secret - it's the closest large ski area to the largest city in America. You're going to have to share it. If you have a full day, go to the Catskills. Mountain Creek is best experienced in doses.

Getting To : Drive; Mountain Creek is ~50 miles and ~1 hour from the George Washington Bridge. The most reliable route is NJ-4 west to NJ-208 north to I-287 south to NJ-23 north, then a right on Stockholm Vernon Rd (County Road 515). Then a left on NJ-94 south and the resort is on the left. Parking is on the right. Keep going past the first parking lot and turn right into South Lodge, two miles down the road.

Special Programs : Snow Operating invented the Terrain-Based Learning system, a progressive teaching method that dozens of resorts use.

Special thanks to Stuart Winchester from the The Storm Skiing Journal & Podcast for the inside scoop on Mountain Creek. 


If you show up at noon on a Saturday, you're gonna have a bad time

If you buy a last-minute lift ticket at the window, you're gonna have a bad time

If you show up at noon on a Saturday, buy a last-minute lift ticket at the window, and send yourself into the bottomless pit known as the rental center, you're gonna have a really bad time

If you show up at noon on a Saturday, buy last-minute lift tickets at the window, rent gear, and do it all with one or more children under the age of 10, you're never going to ski again!

Also, the cabriolet, an open-air stand-up gondola, is one of the silliest lifts in America


The only ski area within an hour of NYC that has this kind of vertical (1,000 feet+) or this range of terrain

Though there is nothing overly steep, the runs are long and interesting, especially before the crowds arrive

One of the largest footprints in the Northeast, measuring nearly two miles along highway 94

Night skiing is available every day and on all of the terrain. This is one of our favorite ways to visit this resort in the spring

Top-notch snowmaking capabilities. Coverage is 100% of the mountain, more than making up for what is probably less than 2 feet of snow annually

South Peak is a giant terrain park; every run can translate into endless combinations of jumps and rails


When the line at the Cabriolet is long, you can sometimes ski right onto the triple chair — beware though, the triple is the slowest lift on the mountain

The Vernon Peak parking lot is one of the most congested and ill-conceived on the East Coast. For Vernon Peak, drive another 200 yards and turn right on Sand Hill Road, where the massive parking lot on the left is usually sparse; your walk up to the bridge over highway 94 will also be much shorter

South Peak doesn't open until noon on weekdays; get some corduroy on your lunch break if you live nearby

When lines are long at South Peak, the Granite Peak chair is often a far-less-congested alternative


Passes:  Season passes typically go on sale around Presidents' Day Week and include the rest of the current season and all of the next. If you miss pass sales, get the Triple Play card , a no-blackout, three-day pass that starts at less than $100; Mountain Creek is not part of any megapass. 

Terrain:   46 Trails, Many Terrain Parks, incl. all of South Peak 

Terrain Mix: 30% Green & Blue, 45% Advanced, 25% Expert

Average Snowfall:  ~60 inches *(includes snow-making)

Vertical Drop: 1,040 ft

Lifts: 8 total - 1 open air gondola, 2 express quads, 2 quads, 1 triple, 1 doubles, 3 magic carpets

Elk Mountain, PA

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Best for Natural Snowfall

Travel Time: ~3 hours drive from NYC

Elk Mountain's natural snow

Overview .   Elk Mountain's slogan used to be "It's like skiing in Vermont, without the drive!". That might make some Vermont locals angry, but it's a fair assessment for one of Pennsylvania's best mountains. The mountain is ~3 hours drive from NYC, making it doable for a day trip. Elk doesn't offer on-mountain lodging if you're planning on staying the night, but does list a variety of properties located near the ski area . Elk has a different feel from the established resorts located closer to New York City. Elk is best suited for intermediate to advanced skiers that are looking to push their skills past the hills of the Poconos. With 1,000' of vertical, decent natural snowfall, and steeps- you might just feel like you're skiing in Vermont.

Getting To : Drive, parking is free; Take I-80 W to I-380 N to I-81N. Take Exit 206 from I-81N to PA-374 E. Take PA-374 E to Elk Mountain.

Special Programs : Buy a season pass as early as possible. Elk's season pass rates increase once the season starts.

There are plenty of ski areas closer to NYC

The mountain is better-suited for intermediate and advanced skiers

The are no lodging options at the resort

Challenging and fun terrain await you at Elk. You won't find trails like this anywhere else in PA

Avoid the crowds. The extra hour's drive from NYC is well worth it to thin out the crowds that you will find at Camelback, Shawnee or Jack Frost

Lift tickets are less expensive than other Poconos mountains. Tickets start at $69 for adults on weekends

Camelback, PA


Best for Convenience & Family Fun

Travel Time: ~1.5 hours from NYC

Image courtesy of Camelback Resort

Overview .   Camelback Mountain is by no means the largest ski resort in the region, but it's plenty to keep you entertained for the day. The resort offers lesson options for skiers and riders of all abilities. The waterpark is also a big draw and Camelback can get busy during peak hours. Enjoy empty slopes on their vast night-skiing terrain.

Camelback features 800' of vertical, 39 trails, and 100% coverage for snowmaking and night-skiing. Advanced skiers will have fun carving despite the short vertical. Beginners and Intermediates are given a variety of routes, including the resort's longest trail 'Nile Mile'.

Camelback is within a day-trip distance of NYC, but guests may want to stay longer. The resort has several lodging options, and an indoor waterpark to keep the kiddos happy after a day on the slopes.

Getting To : Drive, general parking is $10/day; Take I-80 W to PA-715 N (Exit 299), Take PA-715 N to Sullivan Trail to Camelback Rd.

Special Programs : Stop by the local ski/board shops on your way to the mountain. They have more affordable rentals and sometimes even offer discounted lift tickets.

Crowds. Camelback is no secret and crowds can clog Camelback's beginner and intermediate terrain

Lift tickets are pricey on the weekends. An average lift ticket will cost around $80

The natural snowfall at Camelback doesn't compare to resorts further north

Camelback is one of the closest ski resorts to NYC at only 1.5 hours away by car (~85 miles)

The ski school program at Camelback is suited for any skiing ability

High-speed quad chairlifts prevent the lift lines from getting too long

Night Skiing here is a fun way to get more turns and add variety to après

High-quality snowmaking keeps Camelback in decent shape, even through less than ideal conditions.

Passes:   Camelback offers a variety of season pass options; not included on any mega-passes

Terrain:   39 Trails, 3 Terrain Parks 

Terrain Mix: 39% Green, 26% Blue, 35% Black

Average Snowfall: 50 inches

Vertical Drop: 800 ft

Lifts: 14 total - 2 express quads, 3 triples, 5 doubles, 4 conveyors

Hunter Mountain, NY

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Best for Steeper Terrain

Travel Time: ~2.5-3 hours from NYC

Hunter Mountain

Hunter might be the poster child for the statement "If you can ski the East, you can ski anywhere." The mountain features a 1,600-foot vertical drop and offers a wide range of terrain, although the steepest runs, such as Westway and Annapurna — only open after sustained snowfall. Its variable weather patterns and conditions keep you on your toes, but its excellent teaching program can prepare you in spades. 

The Hunter-Tannersville area is an increasingly attractive place to visit, with new cuisine such as Prospect and lodging such as Scribner's Catskill Lodge, opening each season. Hunter is on the  Epic Pass , convenient for those in the New York area who also enjoy skiing out West and/or further North. 

Getting To : 2.5- 3 hours from NYC: take I-87 to exit 20 then NY-32A to Hunter Mountain. Parking is free. There are also regular buses for day trips from NYC.

Special Programs : Hunter offers a variety of season long programs as well as racing programs. See more here .

Hunter's proximity to NYC means it can be very crowded on the weekends. Lift lines can be long and trails may even feel crowded

Grooming is done daily, but the volume of skiers quickly makes that a thing of the past. Frequent rain and sleet can slick up the place

Vermont quality runs, but without the Vermont drive

The Hunter-Tannersville area is undergoing a renaissance with increasing options for dining, après and off-mountain activities for the whole family

With snow-making coverage on 100% of its terrain, you are guaranteed to get your runs in no matter how bad the season. Fun fact, Huner Mountain was the first ski resort in New York State to install snow-making

Top Trails. Beginner — Mossy Brook; Intermediate — Belt Parkway; Advanced — Hellgate

For the kids.  Head over to Scribner's Catskill Lodge to enjoy the ice skating rink, beautiful grounds and fire pit with s'mores to roast

Favorite Dining. Prospect  for locally sourced cuisine in a spectacular setting 

Favorite Après Spot.  With hundreds of beers and cheeses, Last Chance Tavern also has live music and the best atmosphere around

Where to Stay. For a relaxing, cozy stay,  Scribner's Catskill Lodge  is directly across the street from the resort. A little further afield with a more boutique feel, consider the Deer Mountain Inn

Passes:   Hunter is on the Epic Pass

Rates:  Hunter offers unlimited access on the Full Epic Pass and has holiday restrictions on the local pass. It is also part of the Epic Northeast Pass Program  View rates here .

Terrain:   67 trails; 4 terrain parks 

Terrain Mix : 25% Novice, 30% Intermediate, 30% Advanced, 15% Expert

Average Snowfall : 100 inches

Vertical Drop : 1,600 ft

Lifts : 13 total - 2 six-packs, 1 high speed quad, 2 quads, 1 triples, 3 doubles, 4 surface (tows/carpets)

Windham, NY

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Best for Family Weekend Getaways

Travel Time: ~3 hours from NYC

Windham Mac Truck

Many New Yorkers have learned to ski at Windham, and it's easy to see why: this is a family-friendly resort with good terrain and snowmaking covering 97% of the runs — all a straight shot from various points in the state. The base has been spruced up in recent years and feels pretty spiffy (it also features a couple of cool food trucks parked right off the lifts, always a welcome sight). The layout is easy to navigate and well marked, making it difficult to wander into trouble, especially since the double blacks are all tucked away on the west side of the mountain. Windham is also part of the Ikon Pass, offering 7 days on the full pass and 5 on the base pass.

A quarter mile from the resort, the Windham Mountain Adventure Park offers tubing and age-appropriate snowmobiles where kid can ride on an oval track.

Getting To : Three hours from NYC: take I-87 to exit 21 then NY-23 to Windham Mountain. Parking is free. There are also regular buses for day trips from NYC.

Special Programs : Windham offers an introduction to Alpine touring for $50. The guided session includes Rossignol equipment and an uphill travel ticket. Children and teenagers (until 19) more interested in speed should check out the racing program ($2,299-$2,499).

For great convenience, load your lift card or pass with "Snow Dough" and use it to pay for anything on-mountain.

Weekends can be a mad house, though Windham remains more chill than Hunter

All trail names start with W so pay close attention to the trail map if you're new to Windham

Limited terrain variety

More family-friendly than neighboring Hunter

Easy access from the southern part of New York state and New Jersey

Terrain is easy to navigate and relatively diverse for the resort's size

The food trucks at the base are a fun and tasty addition and convenient for outdoor social distancing

Top Trails. Beginner — Wonderama; Intermediate — Whistler; Advanced — Wedel

For the kids. Good beginner area set off from the main mountain; tubing and kids snowmobiles at Windham Mountain Adventure Park

Favorite Dining. Millrock  is a local Italian favorite on Windham village's Main St, aka NY-23.

Favorite Après Spot. Umbrella bar at the base. Ze Windham Wine Bar , in nearby Windham village, for fine libations and refined small plates

Where to Stay.  New for the 2022-23 season, The Wylder Windham , 5 minutes away, is fully reimagined, charming and cozy;  Winwood Inn & Condo has rooms and condos up to 2BR, with a free shuttle to the slopes (the attached Tavern 23 is a dining favorite)

Passes:   Windham offers 5 or 7 days on the Ikon Pass

Rates:  Adult season pass: $1,099-$1,999 depending on time of purchase and access; adult Ultra Pass (Windham + Ikon Base): $1,999;  View rates here .

Terrain:   54 trails; 6 terrain parks 

Terrain Mix : 20% Novice, 48% Intermediate, 32% Advanced

Lifts : 11 total - 1 six-pack, 2 quads, 2 triples, 1 double, 5 surface (tows/carpets)

Ski Butternut, MA

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Best for Families with Young Children

Learning to Snowboard at Butternut

Overview .   Ski Butternut (also simply known as "Butternut") is a beautiful, smaller ski resort in the heart of the Berkshires. Still privately owned and operated, Butternut has a distinctly "family" feel - their slogan is "Where Families Go to Play in the Snow!" With 22 trails, there's enough variety to satisfy all but those who only want to pound black diamonds all day. In other words, it's a perfect ski area for a family with young kids. "Never-evers," beginners and intermediates will enjoy Butternut's mellow trails. With snow-making on 100% of it's terrain, there's usually plenty of snow. Terrain park enthusiasts will love the Twisted Terrain Park. Butternut is just a 5 minute drive into Great Barrington, MA where you can find plenty of shopping along with inns and Airbnb options. 

Special Programs : Ski Butternut during weekdays for only $25 . Uphilling is permitted in select areas at specific times , details here .

Getting To : Almost equidistant from Boston & New York City, set your GPS to "Butternut Basin" and enjoy a beautiful ~2.5-3 hour drive. Parking is free and the walk from your car to the lifts is short.

This is not the spot for steeps and challenges, but most people will enjoy Butternut's 1,000' vertical and fun trails

As with any smaller ski resorts, there's not as much variety in food offerings as at larger resorts

With top-to-bottom snow-making, the trails tend to be in good shape, even when the New England weather does not cooperate

Designated easy area for "never-evers," is secluded from faster skiers; parents can relax knowing the kids are safe here

Top notch lessons for skiing and snowboarding in both group and private arrangements 

Strong tradition of youth racing

Top Trails. Beginner — Cruiser; Intermediate — Upper & Lower Applejack; Advanced — Lucifer's Leap

For the kids.  M ake sure to get ice cream at SoCo Creamery to cap off the day

Favorite Après Spot. Barrington Brewery for craft beers and pub fare

Passes:  Butternut is independent and has it's own season pass. Season pass holders will receive discounted lift tickets at partner resorts including Jay Peak, Smugglers' Notch, Gore, Whiteface, Belleayre and more. See details here .

Terrain:   22 Trails, 2 Terrain Parks 

Terrain Mix:  20% Green, 60% Blue, 20% 

Average Snowfall: 110 inches

Vertical Drop: 1,000 ft

Lifts: 9 total - 3 Quads, 1 Triple, 1 Double, 4 Carpets

Catamount, NY

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Best for Vertical Drop without Lift Lines

Travel Time: ~1.5-2 hours drive from NYC

Corduroy at Catamount

Overview .   Catamount is a solid ski area in the Berkshires and offers some steeper terrain generally more characteristic of Southern Vermont. Located near the New York-Massachusetts state line, it's an easy drive from New York City and its surrounding suburbs, making for a doable day trip. Catamount's beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain is spread out well across the mountain and it has ~1,000' of vertical. Night-skiing is also available.

Catamount is owned by the same family that owns Berkshire East; the new owners have been making significant investments to upgrade the resort, most notably, adding 200 snow guns and a new base lodge.

Special Programs : The Summit Pass pass works at Catamount, Berkshire East and tamer, Bosquet. Indy Pass upgrade available.

Getting To : Depending on your location, you'll take either the NY State Thruway or the Taconic State Parkway with a drive time of ~2.5 hours. Park for free and walk no more than 100 yards. 

Catamount may feel a bit intimidating to novices; we prefer other resorts in the area for those just starting out

Make sure to secure your lift tickets online, in advance for the best rates

This is a real ski area with a full range of terrain suitable for all ability levels, including night skiing!

Professional ski school, with many instructors who hold PSIA certification in either skiing or snowboarding 

The base lodge is recently renovated

Parking is very close, easy to get from car to mountain

There are lots of Airbnb options in this section of Berkshires

Top Trails.  Echo's Run to Lower Promenade; Intermediate - Shawenon; Advanced - Catapult

Favorite Après Spot. Swiss Hutte, on the short access road immediately after exiting NY Route 23

Where to Stay. Little Cat Lodge , new for the 2022-23 season, is family-friendly and nestled at the base of Catamount 

Passes:   The Summit Pass and part of the Indy Pass

Terrain:   22 Named Trails, 2 Terrain Parks 

Gore Mountain, NY

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Best for Intermediates Looking to Progress

Travel Time: ~4 hours from NYC

Image Courtesy of Gore Mountain.

Gore Mountain is the biggest resort by acreage in New York state, and easily holds its own in the Northeast. Yet this spot in the Adirondacks remains under the radar and draws about the same crowds as Whiteface (i.e., none on weekdays), and a lot less than its marquee-name neighbors in Vermont. Add a low-key vibe, good terrain, comparatively cheap lift tickets, and you have a hill worthy of affection.

Experts will enjoy the fairly tight glades as well as the 'Rumor and Lies', a pair of steep double-black faces. But at heart Gore, which is spread over seven areas, is paradise for intermediates, with many long, wide cruisers that help build skills and confidence (more advanced skiers will love ripping down those groomers, especially on weekdays when the trails are empty and you can carve big turns).

The hill is fairly easy to navigate and well marked — you aren't likely to end up in tricky spots by mistake — and the return area is wide enough to avoid traffic jams. On chilly days, make a pit stop at the Straight Brook Lodge, off of the Straight Brook chair: It's the old gondola unloading station, converted into a warming shelter with vending machines and bathrooms.

Getting To : Located in North Creek, NY, four hours from NYC and 90 minutes from Albany, Gore is 20 minutes from exit 23 on I-87. There is plenty of free parking (with shuttle buses from the more remote lots to the base lodge) as well as premium for $20/day.

Special Programs : Fun programs for midweek adult skiers include Ladies Escape (Wednesdays) and Secret Society of Skiers (Thursdays). A season-long program for kids 7-12 features four-hour sessions (three hours during Covid) every weekend.

Not only is the SKI3 season pass valid at Gore, Belleayre and Whiteface, but it includes discounts on dining, retail and repairs, as well as one free non-holiday ticket and one half-price non-holiday ticket for friends.

Gore has the most skiable terrain in NY state with 428 acres and a vertical drop of 2,537 feet

Laidback, no-pretense vibe, with matching reasonable prices for food and rentals, and large areas to boot up, complete with baskets and hooks for bag storage .

Easy access off I-87 — in many ways it's easier to get to for most New Yorkers than southern Vermont resorts

Weekday crowds are non-existent

Beautiful scenery with no commercial developments or lodgings

Not very much beginner terrain, though most of the blue runs are relatively easy compared to those in the Rockies

Limited on-mountain lodging and food options

Gore's  local nickname is Chore — there are quite a few flat traverses

Check status of on-trail connection to North Creek Ski Bowl before starting off or you'll be marooned on Pipeline's long flat traverse, only to end up back at the Burnt Ridge quad

Top Trails. Beginner — Sunway; Intermediate — Twister; Advanced — The Rumor

For the kids. You can't beat the Waffle Cabin at the end of the day

Favorite Dining. Basil & Wicks , about a mile from the resort

Favorite Après Spot. Becks Tavern , a German-style joint, or barVino in North Creek

Where to Stay. Several options in nearby North Creek, including some with free shuttles to the slopes; the Super 8 in Warrensburg is a great budget pick

Passes:  The  SKI3 pass   also provides access to Belleayre & Whiteface

Rates:  Adult SKI3 season pass pricing varies based on age and access, see rates here .

Terrain:   110 trails; 8 terrain parks including a boarder/skiercross course

Terrain Mix : 10% Novice, 50% Intermediate, 40% Advanced

Average Snowfall : 150 inches

Vertical Drop : 2,537 ft

Lifts : 14 total - 1 gondolas, 6 quads, 3 triples, 4 surface (2 J-bars and 2 carpets)

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Where to Ski Near New York City

January 15, 2024 | Samantha Barry

Even the most die-hard urban dwellers could use an escape to the mountains from time to time. Luckily, for many people who live in East Coast cities like Boston and New York, numerous ski resorts are a short drive away. You can be skiing down early-morning corduroy or ripping through powder just a couple hours after getting in your car. What’s more, many ski areas near New York City have their own accommodations, or are located near towns that have great lodging options. Below, find our top picks of ski resorts within a three-hour drive of New York City (traffic dependent, of course). 

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Windham mountain , new york.

Located in the Northern Catskills, about two hours from New York City, Windham offers family-friendly fun with 50 runs and 285 acres of skiable terrain. Our users rank it no. 7 in the United States for beginner terrain, and no. 1 in New York, although skiers and riders of all abilities can appreciate Windham’s diverse range of trails and authentic ski atmosphere. Those who like to rip through terrain park features will find a lot to play on with Windham’s six progressive terrain parks.

Coming from New York City without a car? No problem, as the Adirondack Trailways runs out of Port Authority to the Windham bus stop. An Amtrak train is also available from Penn Station to the quaint town of Hudson, which is just a 40-minute drive to the mountain. Urban Sherpa Travel and OvRide are bus companies that also have scheduled service to the resort. 

Hunter Mountain , New York

The Northern Catskills provide incredible outdoor experiences, and Hunter Mountain is no exception. Just under a 3-hour drive from New York City, Hunter Mountain boasts terrain across three separate mountains. Hunter’s 66 trails and 320 acres of skiable terrain means that there is truly something for everyone, from beginners to advanced skiers.

Hunter has an award-winning learning center at their exclusively beginner mountain, Hunter One. On the opposite side, Hunter West boasts some seriously expert terrain. Hunter Mountain is also home to North America’s highest, longest, and fastest zipline canopy tour, making it a great four-season destination in New York. High-tech snowmaking and a variety of lodging and dining options give you everything you need for a great vacation. The New York Ski Bus runs periodic trips to Hunter from multiple locations in the city with round-trip transportation starting at $80. 

Camelback Mountain , Pennsylvania

Camelback’s 40 runs and 166 acres of skiable terrain makes it a top-rated ski destination for New Yorkers. Located just two hours from New York City, Camelback’s trails range from beginner to expert, serviced by 16 lifts, while there are 3 terrain parks. Many New England skiers learn to ski at Camelback due to its family-friendly nature and top-notch ski school. Guests can also enjoy the world of Aquatopia, the resort’s 125,000-square-foot indoor water park, which you can read more about here in our article of ski resorts with indoor water parks. Aquatopia has 13 slides, cabanas for rent, and poolside dining, making it your one-stop shop for fun after the lifts close. Additionally, Camelback is a great four-season destination, with an outdoor water park, ropes courses, and a full zipline open in the warmer months. 

Mountain Creek , New Jersey

Voted by OnTheSnow users as the no. 1 family-friendly resort in New Jersey, Mountain Creek is a perfect option for a day trip from New York City. Less than a two-hour drive from New York City, Mountain Creek is the state’s largest ski area spread out across four peaks. It attracts riders of all levels but particularly caters to those learning to ski or ride. Mountain Creek has 46 trails, 3 terrain parks, night skiing, and 1,000 snow guns to maximize snow coverage.

Check out The Appalachian, located at the base of Vernon Peak, which is a condo-style hotel with cozy rooms, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, and sweeping mountain views. This makes Mountain Creek the perfect weekend ski getaway from New York City. For those who don’t have a car, t he  New York Ski Bus runs periodic trips to Mountain Creek from multiple locations in the city, with round-trip transportation starting at $60. 

Belleayre Mountain , New York

Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, located in Highmount, is about three hours outside of Manhattan. The resort is owned and operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. This means that Belleayre operates under the jurisdiction of New York State and is committed to maintaining Olympic training centers and supports the resort’s goal of bringing athletes and spectators to the state. Belleayre is the only Catskill ski resort with an operating gondola, helping to attract New Yorkers who want a ski resort experience. Home to 170 acres of skiable terrain, it’s primarily known as a family-friendly mountain, with terrain ranging from long cruisers to bumps to park skiing. Belleayre Mountain is also the best East Coast ski area on this list for cross-country skiing. It has a variety of cross-country skiing trails, from wide historic carriage trails to narrower steep runs.

Belleayre is a convenient weekend trip from New York City. Because it’s a little further away from the city, it’s also a little less crowded than other ski areas. The Adirondack Trailways bus line offers a route from Port Authority to Belleayre, with packages available that include lift tickets.

Thunder Ridge , New York

Thunder Ridge Ski Area, a little over an hour from New York City, has 100% snowmaking coverage, and is open day and night for skiing under the sun and moon. If you don’t have a car, the Metro-North Ski Train is a good option, taking riders to the Patterson Station, where travelers can then hop on a free shuttle to Thunder Ridge. The ski area’s terrain park was recently redone so adventurous riders have terrain park features to play on. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of the many accommodation options available 20 minutes away in Danbury, Connecticut. 

Jiminy Peak , Massachusetts

Located an equal distance from Boston and New York City is Jiminy Peak, rated the no. 1 ski area in Massachusetts by our users. A three-hour drive will take you from the bustling city streets to the serene Berkshire mountains. The largest ski area in Massachusetts, Jiminy Peak has some of the best beginner terrain in the country, and was rated the top beginner ski area of the 2022-23 season for OnTheSnow’s Visitors’ Choice Awards.

Jiminy Peak has a slopeside village full of lodging so that it’s easy to make it a full weekend getaway. It is also one of the only resorts in the country that runs almost completely on renewable energy. A giant wind turbine can be seen from the summit with 123-foot-long blades that help power the area. Skip the crowds at the big pass resorts and head to Jiminy Peak for shorter lift lines and tons of fun. 

Blue Mountain Resort , Pennsylvania

Blue Mountain Resort is located just over a couple hours from New York City, and boasts the highest vertical in Pennsylvania at 1,082 feet. Intermediate riders can enjoy plenty of trail options, while more advanced and expert skiers will appreciate the amount of vertical. Blue Mountain has 39 trails serviced by 13 lifts, and features 5 terrain parks and nearly 40 lanes for tubing. Bonus: It’s open daily for night skiing. The summit provides picturesque views of the Little Gap Valley, right beside the Pocono Mountains. 

A few honorable mentions are Mount Snow and Gore Mountain . Mount Snow, in West Dover, Vermont, and Gore Mountain, in North Creek, New York, are a bit more of a hike, taking at least 4 hours by car from New York City. However, they do remain popular among New Yorkers for weekend trips or longer stays. Other well-known ski areas, like Bristol Mountain in the Finger Lakes Region, and Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, host of the 1980 Winter Olympics, are several hours away, and better to fly to.

There’s no denying that New Yorkers have a lot of ski areas to choose from as they plan their winter ski trips. See more East Coast ski resorts here .

Header image: © Camelback Mountain Resort

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10 Ski Resorts 6 Hours or Less From New York City Worth a Weekend Trip—Even if Après Is More Your Thing

weekend ski trips from nyc

A few weeks ago, I was walking in New York City when I overheard two friends parting ways. "Let me know if you ever want to go snowboarding together!" one said, mid-hug. "It'd be nice to finally get the ski trip out of the group chat."

I laughed because anyone who's trying to plan a group ski trip with friends knows how hard it is to stop talking about it and actually book it. A ski trip isn't just another beach vacation or cabin getaway—there's a lot to account for. Just getting out of the city is a feat in and of itself. Then, there's ability levels and budgets and those friends who don't actually want to ski at all and are there just for the après scene. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

Rather than trying to wrangle all your friends to fly across the country for a week on the slopes, book a trip closer to home. There's a flurry of ski resorts well within driving distance of New York City with something everyone can enjoy—even those who have no intentions of ever clipping into a snowboard or ski binding whatsoever.

  • 01 Hunter Mountain
  • 02 Windham Mountain
  • 03 Belleayre
  • 04 Jiminy Peak
  • 05 Mount Snow
  • 06 Whiteface Mountain
  • 07 Killington
  • 08 Bretton Woods
  • 10 Stratton Mountain


Take this as your sign to *actually* get your ski trip out of the group chat and book a stay at one of these resorts, all six hours or less from New York City. We'll see you at après.

Ski resorts 2-3 hours from New York

Hunter mountain - hunter, ny - 2.5 hours away.

weekend ski trips from nyc

Hunter Mountain is a no-brainer for city dwellers who want to hit the slopes without having to make a long trek. Located 2.5 hours away in the Catskill Mountains, it's an easy drive or bus ride from NYC that makes for great day trips or weekend stints alike. The mountain itself is a snow bunny's dream, spanning 320 skiable acres across 13 different lifts, 67 trails, and a 1,600-foot vertical drop from the summit. It gets bonus points for being on the Epic Pas s, Vail Resorts' ski pass which unlocks access to 37 resorts in North America.

And if you're not a skier? No worries. Foodies can take in the views at restaurants like The Overlook or CopperTree, or meet their friends for après at the Main Lodge. Those feeling adventurous can try snow tubing, and those who'd rather relax can book a treatment at the Kaatskill Mountain Club Spa , which has a heated pool, steam room, and sauna. (Before going back to après, of course.)

Where to stay:  Scribner's Lodge , which is five minutes from the slopes. The boutique hotel is like stepping into an Instagram ad, everything is so  aesthetic. The lodge hosts après parties every Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. that are worth swinging by even if you're not staying there. But if you do book a room, you'll get access to non-ski things, too, like the on-site sauna, in-room pilates, and access to the library. Book it now. 

Windham Mountain - Windham, NY - 3 hours away

windham mountain

Or, check out the nearby Windham Mountain , another Catskills ski hill well worth the trip. A 3-hour drive from the city, it's got plenty to do for skiers of all experience levels—even those who'd rather stick to tubing. Or, you can swap the downhill action for a mellow winter stroll at the mountains cross-country and snowshoe center, where you can enjoy the winter wonderland at your leisure.

Afterwards, book yourself a massage at the resort's slope-side Alpine Spa, which includes access to its steam room and sauna. Then, go straight to après at the Umbrella Bar, where you can sit and sip amidst a panoramic view of the mountain action.

Where to stay: Experience hygge heaven at the Eastwind Hotel . Just five minutes down the road from the mountain, this boutique resort offers two types of lodging with traditional rooms and personal "Lushna" cabins, both of which are artfully designed with Scandinavian-inspired touches. Here, you can soothe your sore muscles in a wood-barrel sauna, roast s'mores over the community fireplace, or enjoy breakfast in bed, which is delivered straight to your cabin door in the cutest little basket. Book Skiing or not, it's worth a visit. Book it now . 

Belleayre - Highmount, NY - 2 hours away

Belleayre Mountain

Don't go to the Catskills without checking out Belleayre, the highest ski peak in the mountain range. The summit overlooks 174 acres of skiable trails, glades, terrain parks, cross-country trails and more, meaning there's something for everyone at every ski level. You don't have to ski to enjoy the summit; take a ride on the scenic gondola to see the mountains from above. At the bottom, curl up with a with a bowl of soup in the main lodge, or grab a sweet treat from the Waffle Cabin. Yum.

Where to stay: Emerson Resort and Spa , which really does have something for everyone. Albeit 20 minutes away from the actual ski mountain, it's worth the stay. The spa offers an avalanche of wellness offerings, from traditional massages, manicures, and scrubs, to more spiritual services, like reiki and a tarot card reading/massage combo. You can also stretch it out after a day of skiing in a yoga class or at the fitness center before grabbing a signature cocktail from the resort's bar and grill.  Book it now.

Jiminy Peak - Hancock, MA - 3.5 hours away

Jiminy Peak

The Catskills aren't your only outlet for adventure—there's also the Berkshires, which are home to the fabulously fun Jiminy Peak . A 3.5-hour drive from NYC in Hancock, MA, this sprawling ski hill spans 167 acres with 45 trails, nine lifts, and a 1,150 vertical drop from the summit. As for things to do, it's not just skiing—there's snow tubing, snowshoeing, a general store, and plenty of restaurants for you to enjoy, too. History buffs should venture off the resort and visit the local Shaker village in Hancock or Norman Rockwell art museum in Pittsfield, both of which are short drive away.

Where to stay: For a true ski-in/ski-out vacation, book a stay at the Club Wyndham Bentley Brook . Steps away from the base chairlift, skiers and boarders can ride from sun-up to sun-down (or after dark during night skiing.) Other amenities include an heated outdoor pool that stays open, so you can swim while it snows. While there isn't a spa on property, there's in a spa close by that offers everything you need to relax and unwind. Book it now .

Ski resorts 4-6 hours from New York

Mount snow - dover, vt - 4 hours away.

Mount Snow Resort

Nestled in the Green Mountains in Southern Vermont, Mount Snow is a dreamy winter getaway everyone—skiers and non-skiers—should visit ASAP. A 4-hour ride from NYC, the Epic mountain boasts 600 skiable acres across all four faces, with glades, terrain parks, half pipes, magic carpets, snow tubing—basically everything any powder hound needs in one magical spot.

Good news for the folks just there for the après—there's plenty to do off the hill, too. Munch your way through the 18 different restaurants and bars that span classic grab-'n-go options to sit-down dinners. Or, indulge in a spa day at the resort's Nature Spa, where you can book yourself luxe treatments like a 24K Gold Face Mask (yes, gold ) or an Infrared Sauna Cocoon that's a dream for tired ski legs. And if it's a Saturday, catch a show at the Snow Barn, which has live music from 7-10 p.m., otherwise, grab a drink at Cuzzin's which also has live music regularly.

Where to stay: Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort , which is the mountain's on-site resort. If you're the friend who'd rather hang at the spa and meet up with your friends for a cocktail later, you'll be in heaven—there are pools, a gym, shopping, dining, and more all in one place. Plus, the resort offers "stay and play" packages with discounts up to 15 percent when you book 3-4 nights at a time. If you're not an Epic pass holder this is a great way to save big bucks on expensive lift tickets while getting your true ski-in/ski-out experience. Book it now. 

Whiteface Mountain - Wilmington, NY - 5 hours away

weekend ski trips from nyc

If the Frozen lyrics, "The cold never bothered me anyway," resonate with you, then Whiteface is your place. Located in Wilmington, NY, the Adirondack mountain is no joke—and not just because it gets really freakin' cold. It's the highest ski resort in New York with the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies. It's also been home to  two  winter olympics and continues to be a wintery paradise, spanning 94 trails over three peaks.

Now, if you're just along for the hot cocoa, you're in luck. Pop into the Cloudspin Bar & Grill for traditional après bites, like poutine and mac n' cheese, or cozy up to a Belgian waffle and coffee at the Waffle Cabin. Whiteface is also 15 minutes away from the Lake Placid, which—contrary to popular belief—has plenty to do besides winter sports. Book a dog sled across the picturesque Mirror Lake before walking over to Main Street for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Wellness buffs can book all the classic treatments, like massages, pedicures, and acupuncture, along the way, too.

Where to Stay: Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, which overlooks the stunning Mirror Lake and is just steps away from Main Street. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the proximity to the mountain, while those who want some R&R will enjoy the on-site spa. Lean in to your wintery side and get the sweet Adirondack Maple Sugar Scrub, which uses local maple sugar, or an Aromatherapy Massage that uses actual water from Lake Placid with locally-sourced essential oils. Mmm. Book it now. 

Killington - Killington, VT - 5 hours away

eople Skiing On Snowcapped Mountain Against Cloudy Sky

Dubbed the "Beast of the East," Killington is, indeed, a beast in the best, snowiest way. One of the few Ikon-pass mountains on the East Coast, this sprawling, six-peak resort is home to 1,509 skiable acres. Throw in Pico Mountain—its sister hill—and there's nearly 100 miles of trails to explore.

Good news is, there are tons to do outside of skiing and boarding, too. The less adventurous can take in the sights on a scenic gondola ride, which drops you off at the Peak Lodge which is just as pretty as it sounds. After that, pamper yourself at the Killington Grand Spa, where the most extreme thing you'll participate in is a Black Diamond Sports Massage. Round-out the night with a little après at the Wobbly Barn, which turns into a nightclub after 9 p.m.

Where to stay: Since it's a bit further than other resorts on this list, do yourself a favor and stay on-site at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. The stunning property sits at the base of the mountain and is a stone's throw from mountain activities and offers plenty to do on the wellness front. Think: a heated outdoor pool with two hot tubs, a cafe and restaurant, and that luxe spa that's conveniently located in the ground floor of the hotel. Book it now. 

Bretton Woods - Carroll, NH - 6 hours away

bretton woods resort

A 6-hour drive is a hike, but Bretton Woods is worth it. Situated in New Hampshire's breathtaking White Mountains, it's home to 464 acres ripe for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and more. You don't have to ski to see Mount Washington—hop in a horse-drawn carriage for a relaxing sleigh ride, ride the scenic gondola, or turn up the thrill with a winter zip line above the hemlock trees. Between winter activities, a spa, guided tours, and dining, you'll be just as happy on the slopes as you are off them.

Where to stay: The historic Omni Mount Washington Resort, which is the definition of "grand." Built in 1902, the resort has welcomed guests with its iconic red roof for over a century, and it's no surprise why. There's elegance around every corner, including a heated indoor pool and hot tub, cocktail bar, four different restaurants—all with awe-inspiring, panoramic mountain views. And, of course, there's the spa, which all feature products made with New England botanicals, so you can relish in the mountains, even if you're not actually out on them. Book it now. 

Stowe - Stowe, VT - 6 hours away

weekend ski trips from nyc

Stowe is another 6-hour drive from New York city, but you won't mind once you get there. The iconic Vermont ski resort (which is on the Epic pass, too) boasts a vertical drop of 2,360 vertical feet and spans 485 skiable acres, 116 trails, and 12 lifts. Stowe shares a mountain with Smugglers' Notch, so skiers have plenty ski-able options to get their fill.

And those who are cool taking a couple laps (or... not) and then heading to the bar? You'll be covered, too. Wander around Spruce Peak Village down below and go ice skating or stop in Whistlepig, a craft distillery, for a boozy drink or warm mug of cider. Bring your appetite—there's tons  of dining options in the village, too, from warm, cheesy raclette to Japanese food.

Where to stay:  For ski-in/ski-out access, stay at the Lodge at Spruce Peak. This will keep everyone entertained, especially those who'd rather chill by the fireplace than shred the slopes. If you don't stay there, though, be sure to at least check out the spa and book yourself a treatment and check out the grounds. The Stowe Cider Scrub looks to die for, and uses apple pulp to give your skin a glow. Afterwards, you can take a cold plunge in the on-site Healing Lodge, or sip champagne with a view in the Sanctuary Lounge. Book it now. 

Stratton Mountain - Stratton, VT - 4 hours away

weekend ski trips from nyc

Or, stay closer to home at Stratton (another Ikon mountain), which is located in the southern part of Vermont. You don't even have to drive—Stratton's own jitney makes trips every Friday and delivers guests straight to the resort's welcome center, where you can spend the weekend before taking it back on Sunday.

It's worth booking even if you don't ski. Stratton Village—the mountain's shops and dining—is adorable, and has a Euro-Alpine feel to it. You can shop, grab brunch, book a pedicure at the day spa. Or, get moving with a fireside yoga class or sunrise hike, which happen every Sunday morning. There's ice skating, snow biking, tubing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, too.

Where to stay:  There are a few lodging options at the Stratton Mountain Resort. If you're spending a couple nights, book the cozy Black Bear Lodge where you can relax in the sauna or hot tub after a day on the slopes. If you're planning a group trip and need more space, there's also a few condos to choose from, too. Whatever you book, both give you easy access to the village and the mountain. Book it now.

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8 Cozy Winter Weekend Getaways from NYC

By Juliet Izon and Mark Ellwood

The Best Winter Weekend Getaways from NYC

New York City during the holidays is aglitter with mesmerizing window displays and decor, some of the country’s best seasonal dance and theater shows, and—as anyone who lives here is well aware—lots (and lots) of tourists. As the crowds descend upon Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree or swarm Union Square for their holiday shopping, we don’t blame New Yorkers for pushing aside visions of sugar plums to make room for dreams of getting out of town until after the New Year.

Luckily, NYC is well-situated for many a winter weekend getaway , whether you’re craving snow-filled paradises for winter sports , charming Connecticut hamlets, or wellness meccas in western Massachusetts. We’ve combed the entire radius surrounding the Big Apple to find the absolute top-notch spots that are perfect for a quick trip away from the hustle and bustle. Just make sure you have your snow boots, flannels, and … a car. Remember those?

Read on for eight of the best cozy winter weekend getaways from New York City.

All listings featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

living room in winter lodge. fireplace. snow

Lake Placid, New York

As a two-time home to the Winter Olympics (in 1932 and 1980), it’s hard to argue that Lake Placid isn’t the East Coast champion for snow sports. And, with the Lake Placid Olympic Center newly remodeled and reopened, this winter is an especially auspicious time to visit. Activities at the facilities include indoor and outdoor ice skating, speed skating sessions, as well as events like the Adirondack Winter Invitational for college hockey players.

But, the Center is far from the only winter sports hub in town here. The nearby Whiteface Mountain has over 90 trails spanning 25 miles and covering three peaks and is especially notable for boasting the greatest vertical drop on the East Coast. And, if that’s not enough for adrenaline junkies, you can also rocket down tracks at the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience or (in warmer months) tackle the longest mountain coaster in the USA, the heart-pumping Cliffside Coaster . After you’ve had your fill of snow and ice, you can stroll Main Street to pick up new ski gear or stock up on gorgeously scented candles and lotions from Pure Placid . We love the Mount Marcy , scented with citrus, basil, and sandalwood.

A straight shot up I-87 followed by a 40-mile stretch on NY 73W, Lake Placid is about a five-hour drive north of New York City. If you're looking to stretch your legs along the way, Saratoga Springs is an excellent stopping point: grab a hearty brunch of breakfast sandwiches stuffed with smoked applewood bacon at The Merc before you finish your drive.

Where to stay : There are few places more magical in winter than Lake Placid Lodge , a quintessential Adirondack property that features rooms with large stone fireplaces, beds made out of tree branches, and stunning views of the namesake lake. For even more privacy, you can also book one of the secluded, cozy cabins just a short walk from the main lodge. Winter activities on-site include ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snow bonfires with s’mores. Nearby Whiteface Lodge is ideal for families, thanks to year-round indoor and outdoor pools, a surround-sound movie theater, a family game room, and nightly campfires.

Maine Kennebunkport village reflection winter

Kennebunkport, Maine

Most people consider this seaside getaway a summer-only destination, but Kennebunkport ’s distinct charm reveals itself when the weather hardens and coastal Maine’s rugged beauty comes sharply into focus. Plus, you can head inland for spectacular cross-country skiing around the town. There are more than 20 miles of trails on the 600 acres at Harris Farm , for example, a working dairy farm that opens up its lands to outdoorsy types each winter. Don’t discount a walk on the beach either, or even a surf in the icy waters when thick winter swells fed by nor’easters beckon dedicated surfers.

It’s about a five-hour drive from NYC, mostly along I-95, but you can–and should–break up the trip with a stop in Seabrook, New Hampshire for steamed whole lobsters at Brown’s Lobster Pound .

Where to stay : The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel is the best perch year-round: as the name implies, it’s situated on the harborside of the Kennebunk River and is just steps from the town’s cute and quirky shops. In nearby Kennebunk, The Grand Hotel , an elegant, three-story building set atop Chase Hill, includes views of bustling Dock Square in the center of town. Don’t miss the on-site art gallery and its rotating selection of paintings made both by local and international artists. And those looking for both an elevated and pampering experience should make a beeline for White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection . The historic inn and private cottages feature details like fresh flowers and Prima Fleur toiletries, while the larger suites boast deep soaking tubs and—the ultimate winter indulgence—gas fireplaces.

exterior of storefront in snow

Litchfield County, Connecticut

Gilmore Girls fans will no doubt recognize this bucolic area of Connecticut—the fictional town of Star’s Hollow was based on real-life Washington Depot. But that Rockwellian vibe wasn’t just movie magic: Many of the small hamlets here seem almost too idyllic to be real, and all are worth exploring. Imbued with that quintessential New England feel, the different towns pride themselves on their specialties. Hit up New Preston for home furnishings (we love J. Seitz & Co. ); Kent for its art galleries like Kenise Barnes Fine Art and Ober Gallery ; and tiny Bantam for its collection of beloved Arethusa dining spots. Plan a dinner at Arethusa al tavolo (the menu changes frequently, but do order the parsnip-date soup if you can). Whatever you do, save room for Arethusa Farm Dairy ’s rightfully famous ice cream.

Since this is New England , options for winter sports abound, including Mohawk Mountain for skiing and tubing, and the 400-plus acre Black Rock State Park for cross-country skiing. Afterward, pop into Arethusa a Mano to refuel with coffee and pastries.

This tranquil stretch of Connecticut can be reached in approximately two-and-a-half hours from New York City. Take the Hutchinson River Parkway to I-684 followed by Route 7, which meanders through much of the county. Litchfield encompasses much of the northwestern part of the state, where it borders New York.

Where to stay : The most sought-after property in the region is the Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection , a spectacular English country house featuring rooms with four-poster beds and oriental rugs. (The entire property was given a facelift a few years back by celebrated interior designer Celerie Kemble .) And while its spa has historically been one of the most beloved on the East Coast, the hotel’s partnership with THE WELL has upped the wow factor and pampering significantly (we love the signature Integrated Detox treatment). But, if you’ve ever wanted to sleep in a helicopter hangar or a treehouse, make sure to visit the wacky, but luxurious cottages at Winvian Farm . The restaurant is also worth a trip, alone: Almost all the food served in the 18th-century dining room is grown in one of three on-site greenhouses or harvested from the property’s three acres of organic gardens.

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Rhinebeck, New York

Few upstate New York locales are as postcard-perfect as Rhinebeck: The Hudson Valley town’s main streets are lined with spectacular home design stores, unique boutiques selling everything from children’s toys to craft beer, and, most notably, a wealth of destination-worthy restaurants. Book a table at The Amsterdam for the best locally sourced, New American food in the Hudson Valley; Bia for innovative takes on Irish (double your order of the brown bread, trust us); and Cinnamon for Indian dishes like a murgh shahi korma as elevated and nuanced as anything you’d find in Manhattan. Music lovers will also appreciate the proximity to Bard College , home of the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts . Housed in a stunning building designed by starchitect Frank Gehry, it's worth checking out one of the many stellar classical performances.

This charming hamlet in Dutchess County is about a two-hour drive from New York City. The prettiest route up is via the winding Taconic State Parkway; don’t skip the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill as you pass through Poughkeepsie. Situated in the middle of the parkway, it’s hard to miss, all the better for stocking up on an excellent array of New York-made goods like fresh apple cider, yogurts, and jams.

Where to stay : Rhinebeck boasts the oldest continually operating inn in the country, The Beekman Arms . The property’s front lawn was actually a training ground for the Fourth Regiment of the Continental Army, who performed drills on the expansive space in preparation for the American Revolution. The historic rooms here (some are in the original inn building from 1766) are cozy with thick quilts and four-poster beds, and—fun fact—all also boast a decanter of sherry. For something more modern, check out Mirbeau Inn & Spa , a wellness-focused hotel housed in a building inspired by a classic French château. Even if you don’t book a room here, it’s worth checking out the spa, whose wide array of services includes mineral baths, massages, and seasonal treatments like body scrubs with sugar and orange peel to ward off dry winter skin.

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The Poconos, Pennsylvania

This stretch of lakes and historic towns may be most famous for its plethora of summertime activities, but its location also lends itself to family-friendly skiing and other wintertime pursuits. There are over 185 trails for skiing, sledding, and tubing in the area, at spots like Camelback Mountain (home to America’s largest snow-tubing park); or Blue Mountain Resort, which has Pennsylvania’s highest vertical drop of 1,082 feet, and 40 trails of varying difficulty to please both skiers and snowboarders. But if you prefer less rigorous outdoor activities, The Poconos has you covered: Book a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Happy Trails Stables or an exhilarating dog sled tour with Arctic Paws . Or skip all the activities and simply stroll through the lovely Victorian homes converted to shops and galleries in the quaint town of Jim Thorpe .

This famed resort region is about two-and-a-half hours from New York City, reached via I-80W. You can make a pitstop at the Delaware Water Gap , right on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania—it has over 100 miles of scenic roadways.

Where to stay : The Lodge at Woodloch is especially cozy this time of year; winter spa treatments like the seasonal body polish with coffee soothes dry skin in need of hydration. But if you want to lean fully into the season, make sure to sample the resort’s Snow Room for a chilly blast that’s not for the faint-hearted. A more family-friendly option is Skytop Lodge , a member of the Historic Hotels of America nestled in 5,500 acres of forest. Winter activities include ice fishing, tubing, and snowshoeing.

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Lower Catskills, New York

The southern Catskills are far less rural than its northern reaches, and towns like Andes and Phoenicia embody a newfound artsy edge via galleries and hip restaurants—making them particularly appealing to New York City travelers.

Andes is notable for its tightly edited collection of boutiques, including the wondrous mix of antiques and unique finds at The Tin Horn and vintage duds with a Catskills appeal at Clementine Vintage Clothing . The area is home to numerous outdoorsy pursuits, too, whether that’s the slopes of Hunter Mountain a few miles back along Route 28, or within Catskill Park's 700,000-plus acres—much of which is prime territory for snowmobiling. When you get peckish, swing by Wayside Cider , a brewhouse and restaurant that relishes in being the town’s social center on weekends.

This area is just under a three-hour drive from New York, and taking I-87 to Route 28 gives way to spectacular countryside views for miles. Plan a lunchtime arrival so you have an excuse to order the patty melt on rye at the bustling Phoenicia Diner .

Where to stay : Four artists from Brooklyn commandeered the 1940s-era motel in Phoenicia back in 2013 and rebooted it as The Graham & Co . Some of the 20 mod-rustic rooms designed with reclaimed wood and cowhide rugs have kitchenettes for a DIY-meal option. One of the newer properties in the area is also one of the chicest. Piaule Catskill brands itself as a “landscape hotel”: modern, private cabins tucked into the woods, with plenty of wellness experiences like reiki sessions, forest bathing, and massages.

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Woodstock, Vermont

Centered on an English town green that’s surrounded by whitewashed houses, this manicured settlement is even prettier when blanketed in a few inches of pristine snow. Center and Elm Streets are lined with independent shops and restaurants, like the Vermont Eclectic Company , which sells T-shirts with graphic decals, all designed by Vermont-based artists (take a photo with the giant fiberglass chicken on the shop floor for the ‘gram). Also nearby is FH Gillingham & Sons , an enormous old-school general store stocked with plenty of Vermont’s finest elixir, maple syrup. And don’t miss Farmhouse Pottery on the outskirts of town—located in a former Bible bindery, the space sells everything from classic pie dishes to espresso cups and offers wheel workshops and clay dates for crafty types.

It’s less than a five-hour drive from New York to this charming southern Vermont town, via I-91 through Connecticut and the Berkshires . Detour to Brattleboro as you drive north for a quick photo pitstop: The picturesque town is home to the wooden 19th century Creamery Bridge , listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Where to stay : There is nowhere more iconic (or photogenic) in town than the famed, white clapboard Woodstock Inn & Resort . Known as “Vermont’s Most Beautiful Address,” experiences at the hotel range from a 10,000 square-foot LEED-certified spa; a seasonally open 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.; and a partnership with New England Falconry for up-close sessions with birds of prey. Other top boltholes include Lincoln Inn & Restaurant at The Covered Bridge , which is nestled on a six-acre parcel of land and has half a dozen cozy rooms. Or, for the ultimate luxury stay, nearby Twin Farms provides easy access to private ski slopes, ice fishing, and fat-tire biking trails, plus uniquely designed cottages decorated with museum-quality art.

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The Berkshires, Massachusetts

Though the area might be justifiably known for its superb leaf-peeping each fall, an arguably better time to visit is winter when the snow-covered hills turn into some of the best ski slopes in Massachusetts. Start by conquering the huge range of terrain at Catamount Mountain Resort , ideal for families with members of varying abilities. Butternut is another family-friendly, must-ski hub that offers ski and snowboard lessons for kids ages four and up, while there are 45 different runs (25 lit for night skiing) at Jiminy Peak in the Taconic Mountains. Not a downhill skier? No worries: Set out for Canterbury Farms ’ meditative cross-country ski trails instead.

The Berkshires are also home to two of the region’s most lauded art museums: The Clark and MASS MoCA . The former, located in the art-centric hub of Williamstown (home to the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival , as well), carries an impressive collection of Renaissance to early 20th-century European and American paintings; at the latter, more modern and contemporary offerings are on view.

The most picturesque route for the drive up to western Massachusetts (around three hours) is via the Taconic Parkway, which slices through the Eastern edge of New York before taking you across state lines into Massachusetts’ Berkshires. One of the prettiest places to stretch your legs en route is Millbrook, home to rolling farms and the excellent Millbrook Antique Mall . Grab smoked salmon BLTs to go at Babette’s Kitchen after snagging a rare book or vintage earrings.

Where to stay : For an ultra-luxe wellness retreat, look into Miraval which opened its third property near Lenox three years ago. The sprawling campus is anchored by an enormous spa, of course, but the food is another lure: The all-inclusive rates allow you to graze its mindful eating menu on a whim, whether that’s made-to-order smoothies at breakfast or lobster ravioli at dinner. Day passes are available and allow guests access to all the wellness classes and spa, and also include meals. A quirkier option nearby is 33 Main , an eight-room inn owned and operated by local homeware designer Annie Selke. Cannily, Selke intended it to be as much a showroom as a hotel—many of the rooms’ items (sheets, towels, rugs) are available for purchase.

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Day and Weekend Ski and Snowboard Trips NYC

January 25, 2016

People at a ski resort on a weekend ski and snowboard trip from NYC

New York City: secret skier's paradise? Well… we wouldn't go that far, but did you know that New York has more ski areas than other state in America, 44, at last count? (Yes, that's more than California, or Colorado). And Southern Vermont has another dozen or so, all within easy weekend ski trip distance from NYC.

So if you are looking to take a nice romantic weekend getaway or are interested in a wonderful winter day trip from NYC to points north and snowy… albeit often machine-made these ski ideas are some of most reliably-excellent excursions, embarking from all over town, to a variety of mountains, with varying degrees of amenities and add-ons. 

Emilio's Ski Shop 

For quantity, variety, and accessibility, it's tough to beat the day ski trips organized by Emilio's Ski Shop, who started these trips 50 years ago! Five-six morning trips scheduled a week, Emilio's boards busloads of skiers and snowboarders from all over Manhattan including: Forest Hills, Cobble Hill, Bay Ridge, the Upper East Side for day trips to Okemo, Hunter, Windham, Bromley, Gore and more. Prices around $80-$100, depending on the resort, and this include transportation and lift tickets. For more information and reservations, see Emilio's Ski Shop website .

Blades Bus ski and snow boards trips from New York City

Blades Board & Skate Shops Bus Trips 

Another enthusiastically attended series of ski trips sets off from the Blades Board and Skate shops in Noho and on the Upper West Side in NYC, every Saturday and Sunday to Hunter, and on Wednesdays to Windham. Shredders, it should be noted, are more than welcome. A mere $85 will get you transportation and an all-area ski lift ticket, and there are ski trip package deals for rentals and lessons, too. Click here for more info and reservations through Blades Board & Skate Shops . 

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Urban Sherpa / NYC Ski and Board 

Urban Sherpa works with NYC Ski and Board to shuttle thousands of New York City snow-lovers each season to Hunter and Windham as well as those big Southern Vermont favorites Jay Peak, Killington and Stratton. Buses depart from Union Square and Times Square in Manhattan, and a day's worth of shredding the ski slopes will set you back around $85. For more info and to book a spot on any Urban Sherpa / NYC Ski and Board day trip, click here . 

Snowboarder from NYC taking a snowboarding day trip to ride the terrain park

Paragon Sports Ski / Snowboard Express

From New York City's best all-around sporting goods store (yes, it's a little expensive, but no matter what sport/outdoor activity brings you through the doors, they seem to ALWAYS have what you're looking for) comes one of our favorite NYC ski trip packages. Meet in front of the centrally-located Paragon just north of Union Square every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, and for $84 you get a luxury bus (with breakfast and movies) and a ski lift ticket to either Hunter or Windham. To reserve your seat, check out the Paragon Sports Ski website .   

New Yorkers on a snowy weekend ski trip

The Ski and Snowboard Club 

Weekend ski trip packages from New York City are little less common, especially ones as well organized as Mark and Marina's Upper West Side , non-for-profit, just-for-fun venture, The Ski and Snowboard Club in NYC. Check out their reservations for weekend ski trips this season. The Ski and Snowboard Club "includes a wide variety of personalities, ages and abilities, but can be generalized as fun-loving people who enjoy sharing outdoor activities with each other." For more info and tickets (and photos!), see the Ski and Snowboard Club website .  

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The Best Weekend Getaways from NYC

Discover the top ski resorts near nyc for the ideal winter weekend getaway.

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The Perfect Winter Escape is Calling

The allure of fresh powder and crisp mountain air is always enticing to anyone searching for weekend getaways from NYC. Just outside the hustle and bustle of the big city are several excellent winter escapes easily within reach.

You don’t need to venture far to find good snow or fun for the family. Several nearby resorts boast unique charm for anyone wondering where to go skiing or snowboarding  in New York or other surrounding locations. 

Best Resorts Near NYC

Within hours from New York City are two solid family resorts to explore. Whether you want to take the crew out for the day or the week, Hunter Mountain and Jack Frost Big Boulder offer some of the best winter experiences in the Empire State. 

1. Hunter Mountain: Where the Catskills Touch the Sky 

Located just over two hours north of Manhattan, Hunter Mountain  creeps skyward in the Catskills, beckoning winter sports enthusiasts with its diverse terrain and charming alpine village. This is one of the most popular ski resorts in the state, with locals and visitors making it a top destination to go to for a weekend getaway from NYC. 

Hunter offers an extensive trail system catering to all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned snow pro or just eager to learn, Hunter’s trails, like the exhilarating K-27 and the beginner-friendly Belt Parkway, ensure an exciting ride for everyone.

Beyond the slopes, you can find a vibrant atmosphere that extends into Hunter Mountain’s base lodge. Here you’ll find many options to refuel during the day and a warm and welcoming ambiance for the entire family. It’s a great spot to take a break from the slopes to enjoy delicious cuisine or unwind after a long day with hot cocoa by the fire. 

2. Jack Frost Big Boulder: A Winter Wonderland in the Poconos 

Venturing a bit further and into the Pocono Mountains, Jack Frost Big Boulder  offers an idyllic winter retreat just a two hour drive from the city. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere and diverse terrain, this resort is a haven for skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

Jack Frost Big Boulder stands out with its dual-mountain layout, providing varied experiences for both beginners and experts. The inviting slopes of Big Boulder are perfect for those just starting, while Jack Frost’s challenging trails cater to skiers and riders ready to amp up their skills. Well-groomed trails, an excellent ski school, and a plethora of off-slope activities highlight the resort’s welcoming environment. 

With its charming lodges and cozy après-ski spots, Jack Frost Big Boulder ensures that the winter getaway experience extends beyond the mountain, creating memories for families and friends alike. 

Best Long Weekend Trips from NYC

Just a bit further away from NYC are several outstanding destinations for a long weekend winter trip. Roundtop Mountain Resort and Mount Snow aren’t technically in New York, but they are still easily accessible if you’re ready to throw your equipment in the car  and get rolling. 

1. Roundtop Mountain Resort: Pennsylvania’s Hidden Gem

About three hours south of NYC, you’ll find Roundtop Mountain Resort . Boasting a perfect blend of natural beauty and top-notch amenities, the resort offers a unique take on a winter escape that nicely captures the essence of the season.

Roundtop’s well-maintained slopes cater to all skill levels, making it an ideal destination for any snow enthusiast. State-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities ensure optimal conditions all season long and highlight the resort’s commitment to providing a seamless experience for its guests. 

You can also find an array of other winter activities here, like Friday Night lights and tailgating, making it an excellent choice for families and groups with varied interests. The welcoming atmosphere in the lodge creates a sense of community that makes Roundtop a standout spot for anyone seeking a winter escape with a personal touch, living up to its welcoming reputation. 

2. Mount Snow: Vermont’s Premier Winter Escape

For those willing to venture a bit further from NYC, Mount Snow  in Vermont promises an unforgettable skiing and snowboarding experience amidst the breathtaking Green Mountains. The resort is renowned for its extensive trail network and reliable snowmaking system, one of the most powerful in the country, that turns the slopes into a winter playground for all.

Mount Snow’s diverse terrain caters to all skill levels. You can find scenic cruisers on Sunbrook or hit the expert-only runs on the North Face. High-speed lifts get visitors uphill in a hurry, while steady snowmaking ensures there's always snow to ski. All the facilities and amenities here are cozy and easily accessible, reflecting a commitment to comfort that all skiers and riders can appreciate. 

A lively après scene adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the experience here. You can explore a variety of dining options, from casual pubs to upscale restaurants to on-resort apres venues with live music, creating the perfect setting to unwind and recount the day’s snow-filled adventures. 

How to Know Where to Go for a Weekend Getaway from NYC

Each of these ski resorts near NYC offers a distinct winter experience catering to various preferences and skill levels. Whether you’re seeking the charm of the Catskills at Hunter Mountain, the family-friendly atmosphere  of Jack Frost Big Boulder, or the premier east coast slopes of Mount Snow, these resorts are shining beacons for winter adventure.

Ultimately, the best long weekend trips from NYC come down to your preferences, good company from friends and family, and hopefully some fresh snow! Regardless of which resort you choose, a winter getaway to these ski havens promises thrilling outdoor excitement and the chance for cherished memories between snow-covered peaks. So, gear up, embrace the chill, and embark on a winter escape that promises to be nothing short of magical.  

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10 Ski Day Trips From NYC (No Car Needed)

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Are you looking for ski day trips from NYC?

If you're a NYC native like me and a ski enthusiast who doesn't own a car, you'll understand the struggle. The bustling city life offers so much, but ski trips from NYC can be challenging, right?

The good news is that there are plenty options for those that are looking to get on the slopes without having to rent a car. Cause who wants to drive in the city anyway. (I know I don't).

While some of the options are easy to get to by car, a lot of the resorts we found work with tour operators to create day trip packages and even overnight New York ski packages as well as longer skiing trips that include everything from roundtrip transportation, equipment rentals and ski lift tickets.

This makes for a quick and easy ski day trip from NYC.

10 Ski Day Trips From NYC

Going skiing is something that a lot of us New Yorkers look forward to. However for those of us without cars, these excursions can seem daunting.

The exciting thing is that there are numerous ski resorts which are easily accessible by public transit, shuttles, or guided tours.

From the adrenaline-pumping slopes of Windham Mountain to the beginner-friendly terrains of Belleayre, we've compiled a list of 10 ski day trips from NYC that are just a bus or train ride away. 

(1) Thunder Ridge Ski Area

⭐️  RATING:  4.1/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   2 hours | ✅  Book it!

At just two hours from the city, you'll find the Thunder Ridge Ski Area – a hidden gem among ski resorts. It's the perfect destination for a ski day trip from NYC.

You don't need to worry about the commute because direct Metro-North Ski Trains are available from Grand Central to Patterson, NY, and a free shuttle bus will be waiting to take you from the station straight to the slopes.

What sets Thunder Ridge apart is its friendly atmosphere and its variety of slopes suitable for all skill levels. The ski area offers over 30 trails, with a balanced mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs.

If you want to extend your stay, Thunder Ridge also provides night skiing options, giving thrill-seekers the unique experience of skiing under the stars. Its definiltey one of the great options for overnight ski trips from NYC.

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(2) Hunter Mountain Ski

⭐️  RATING:  4.3/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   2.5 hours| ✅  Book it!

Hunter Mountain is not just a ski resort but a winter wonderland just over two hours from NYC. This hotspot is known for its impressive vertical drops and a wide array of trails, making it a popular destination for novice and expert skiers.

The resort boasts 67 trails spread across three separate mountains, providing diverse terrain to explore and conquer.

Hunter Mountain isn't only about the slopes, though. The resort offers adventure-seekers the opportunity to indulge in other winter activities , such as snowshoeing and snow tubing, ensuring there's never a dull moment during your visit.

Getting there is a breeze, thanks to the NYC Snow Bus departing from various Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. The bus offers a convenient, stress-free commute to and from the resort, allowing you to focus solely on your skiing adventure.

Hunter Mountain also offers the ‘Learning to Ski or Snowboard Package for those interested in guided tours.' This includes a beginner's lift ticket, equipment rental, and a group lesson — a perfect package for those new to the sport or wanting to improve their skills.

Hunter Mountain embodies the essence of a ski day trip from NYC, combining convenience, variety, and excitement for an unforgettable winter experience.

“Had an incredible experience on our day snowboarding trip to Hunter Mountain from NYC with NYC Snow Bus!!” ( Read more reviews )

(3) Mountain Creek Ski: New York Ski Bus

⭐️  RATING:  4.2/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   1.5 hours | ✅  Book it!

Mountain Creek Ski Resort is a winter paradise just under two hours from NYC, in Vernon Township, offering a perfect blend of thrilling ski slopes and breathtaking scenery.

With 46 trails sprawling over four mountain peaks, Mountain Creek caters to skiers of all skill levels. The resort offers a diverse range of slopes, from gentle runs for beginners to challenging terrains for seasoned skiers, ensuring something for everyone.

But Mountain Creek isn't just about skiing; it's an all-inclusive winter resort that offers snowboarding and snow tubing. There's a terrain park for those looking to add adventure to their ski day trip. Getting to Mountain Creek is simple, even without a car.

The New York Ski Bus provides round-trip bus transportation directly from various pickup points in NYC to the resort, making your journey stress-free. This service lets you enjoy your day on the slopes without worrying about the commute.

Located just an hour from the George Washington Bridge, Mountain Creek Ski Resort is what a ski day trip from NYC should be – accessible (on the NYC ski bus), fun-filled, and an absolute treat for us winter sports enthusiasts.

(4) Windham Mountain

⭐️  RATING:  4.4/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:  2.5 hours | ✅  Book it!

Windham Mountain, located approximately two and a half hours from NYC, is an excellent option for ski enthusiasts.

With 54 trails spread over 285 skiable acres, the resort is renowned for its mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert terrains. The resort boasts the East's largest snowmaking system, ensuring you'll always find the perfect powdery conditions to carve down the mountain.

No car? No problem! You can use the bus service from NYC , offering day trips and weekend packages. This service includes round-trip transportation and even ski and snowboard rentals if needed, enabling you to sit back and enjoy the ride without the stress of driving.

Windham Mountain also provides a variety of ski and snowboard lessons, whether you're a first-timer or an experienced rider looking to polish your technique.

Additionally, the resort offers alternative winter activities such as ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, making it a versatile winter playground.

(5) Belleayre Mountain

⭐️  RATING:  4.5/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   2.5 hours | ✅  Book it!

Belleayre Mountain, situated less than three hours from NYC, is one of our favorite among New York's ski resorts. The mountain offers a diverse range of 50 trails, making it an excellent choice for skiers of all levels.

Beginners will appreciate the mountain's ample green runs, while more advanced skiers and snowboarders can test their skills on challenging black diamond trails.

Besides the exhilarating ski experience, Belleayre offers a variety of winter activities to keep visitors entertained, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and a luge sledding experience. This ensures that even non-skiers have options for winter fun.

Getting to Belleayre from NYC is a smooth journey. Sourced Adventures has a packaged day ski trip which includes roundtrip transporation, ski rentals and lift tickets. If you prefer to drive, Belleayre is easily accessible via the NY State Thruway.

For those new to skiing or snowboarding or simply want to improve, Belleayre offers a variety of lessons and programs. They range from individual to group lessons and cater to all ages and skill levels. Equipment rentals are also available, making Belleayre a perfect all-in-one destination for a ski day trip from NYC.

Belleayre Mountain offers an ideal blend of fun, adventure, and convenience.

(6) Mohawk Mountain

⭐️  RATING:  4.5/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   2 hours| ✅  Book it!

Mohawk Mountain, nestled just over two hours from NYC, is a family-owned ski area that prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere and diverse trails.

With 26 trails spanning over 107 acres, Mohawk Mountain offers a balanced mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert terrains, accommodating skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

What sets Mohawk Mountain apart is its commitment to snow quality. It is known for its advanced snowmaking capabilities, ensuring consistently excellent skiing conditions. The resort also dazzles with its night skiing options, enabling you to experience the magic of the slopes under a starlit sky.

Getting to Mohawk Mountain from NYC is relatively straightforward. You can drive or take advantage of the Trailways Bus Lines , a convenient connection from the city to the mountain.

For those who need equipment, Mohawk Mountain offers a comprehensive rental service. For beginners or those desiring to enhance their skills, a variety of ski and snowboarding lessons are available.

Mohawk Mountain has the charm of a smaller ski area while offering all the amenities of a larger resort.

Its friendly staff, excellent facilities, and commitment to creating memorable ski experiences make it one of our top choices for ski day trips from NYC. Whether you're a seasoned skier or your first time on the slopes, Mohawk Mountain provides a delightful winter escape.

(7) Mount Snow

⭐️  RATING:  4.3/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   4 hours | ✅  Book it!

Approximately four hours from NYC, Mount Snow is a bit further then most of the NYC ski trips on the list but it is definiltey a must visit.

With an impressive 600 acres of skiable terrain and 86 trails, this resort caters to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

Mount Snow is known for its high-quality snow, thanks to one of the most powerful snowmaking systems in the East. It offers various winter activities beyond skiing and snowboarding, including tubing, snowmobile tours, and dog sledding experiences, ensuring something for everyone.

Traveling to Mount Snow from NYC is hassle-free. You can either drive or opt for the Rally Bus, which provides round-trip transportation directly to the resort from various locations in NYC.

Mount Snow offers an extensive range of lessons if you're just starting out or looking to sharpen your skills. You can also rent equipment directly from the resort if you don't have your own.

Mount Snow is a great day ski trips from NYC, but it also makes for an awesome weekend ski trips as well, combining excellent skiing conditions, diverse terrain, and plenty of recreational activities.

(8) Camelback Mountain Resort

⭐️  RATING:  4.2/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   2 hours | ✅  Book it!

Camelback Mountain Resort makes for an easy and enjoyable ski day trip from NYC, just under two hours away.

With 39 trails across 166 acres, skiers and snowboarders of all levels can find their perfect run. The resort is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and various terrain that suits both beginners and experts.

Camelback's night skiing options offer a unique opportunity to hit the slopes under the stars, giving visitors more time on the mountain.

Apart from skiing and snowboarding, Camelback also offers snow tubing—boasting the biggest snow tubing park in the USA with up to 42 lanes to slide down.

There are also snowboarding lessons, and visitors can explore the beautiful Pocono Mountains on a guided snowmobile tour.

Getting to Camelback from NYC is a breeze. You can drive or take a bus directly from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC to the resort via the Trailways bus service or book this tour which includes transportation, ski rentals and lift tickets.

(9) Stratton Mountain Resort

⭐️  RATING:  4/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   4.5 hours | ✅  Book it!

Stratton Mountain, situated approximately four hours from NYC, is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. The resort boasts 99 trails spread over 670 acres of skiable terrain, catering to skiers and snowboarders of all proficiency levels.

Stratton's signature features include a gondola with stunning panoramic views and high-quality snow maintained by state-of-the-art snowmaking technology.

Stratton is not just about skiing and snowboarding; there's a wide variety of winter activities, such as snowshoeing, ice skating, and fat biking. For those seeking a break from the slopes, Stratton Village provides an array of shops, restaurants, and live entertainment venues to explore.

Making your way to Stratton from NYC is quite straightforward. You can drive or take a convenient bus service like the Stratton Jitney , which offers round-trip transportation from NYC to Stratton.

If you're a beginner or looking to improve your skills, the resort provides a range of ski and snowboarding lessons. Additionally, equipment rental is available on-site.

Stratton Mountain Resort embodies the perfect balance of adventure, relaxation, and convenience, making it an excellent choice for ski day trips from NYC. Given its location though I would highlight recommend Stratton as for weekend ski trips from NYC.

(10) Killington

⭐️  RATING:  4.7/5 Stars | ⏳  DISTANCE FROM NYC:   5 hours | ✅  Book it!

Killington affectionately referred to as “The Beast of the East,” is one of the largest ski areas in the Northeast and is located approximately five hours from NYC.

This premier ski destination boasts seven distinct mountain areas with over 155 trails spread across 1,509 acres of diverse terrain, making it an ideal choice for skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels.

Killington is renowned for its long ski season, often starting in October and extending through May, thanks to its robust snowmaking capabilities.

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Killington offers many winter activities, including snowshoeing, tubing, and an exhilarating snowmobile tour. The resort is also home to the Killington Tubing Park, Vermont's longest tubing run, guaranteeing fun for the whole family.

Getting to Killington from NYC is quite simple. You can drive, or for a more relaxed journey, opt for the OVR Ride service , which provides comfortable, round-trip transportation from NYC to the resort.

Killington also offers a comprehensive range of lessons catering to beginners and those looking to advance their skills and on-site equipment rentals.

Killington offers a unique ski day trip from NYC, blending unparalleled skiing conditions, diverse recreational activities, and stunning winter scenery. Its commitment to ensuring every visitor has an extraordinary winter adventure makes it a must-visit destination.

This is another location I would also add to your NYC weekend ski trips list.

Ski Day Trips from NYC: FAQs

Let's talk about some things you may want to know before planning your ski day trip from NYC.

Where do people from New York go to ski?

People from New York have a variety of options for skiing within a day's drive. Popular destinations include Camelback Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont, and the vast Killington Resort in Vermont.

These resorts offer a range of skiing opportunities for all levels of experience, making them a top choice for New York's winter sports enthusiasts.

What is the closest ski slope to NYC?

The closest ski slope to NYC is the Campgaw Mountain Ski Area in Mahwah, New Jersey. It's approximately an hour's drive from the city, providing urban dwellers a convenient location for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing.

Despite its proximity, Campgaw Mountain offers a surprisingly authentic mountain experience with various terrain for beginners through to intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

How much does a one-day ski trip cost?

The cost of a one-day ski trip can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as the specific ski resort, the need for equipment rental, and whether lessons are included.

You can expect to spend between $100 to $200 for a lift ticket, equipment rental, and transportation, although prices can go higher for premium resorts or during peak season.

If you want to keep things affordable, look for trips during the week when prices are cheaper. 

How do I get to the ski mountains from NYC?

There are several ways to get to the ski mountains from NYC. If you prefer to drive, most resorts are accessible within a five-hour radius by car.

Alternatively, you can opt for charter buses or bus services like the Martz Trailways, Stratton Jitney, or OVR Ride, which offer round-trip transportation from NYC to various resorts.

Ski Day Trips from NYC: Final Thoughts

Skiing is more than a sport; it's a thrilling adventure, a connection to nature, and an opportunity to create unforgettable memories .

Whether you're an experienced skier or a beginner, New York City's proximity to some of the Northeast's best ski resorts offers you the chance to escape the city's hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in winter's wonder.

From the variety of trails at Stratton Mountain Resort to the ski season longevity at Killington, these day trips present a slice of paradise for every winter sports enthusiast.

For a truly unforgettable ski day trip from NYC, Killington, the “Beast of the East,” stands out with its diverse terrain and abundant winter activities. If you are looking for more option for ski resorts near NYC then read our list of the top 23 which includes several options depending on your travel style.

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The 18 best weekend getaways from new york city.

From picturesque beaches to dreamy mountain retreats, these weekend getaways are the perfect change of scenery.

18 Best Weekend Getaways From NYC

Early morning clouds light up in pink and magenta against a blue sky at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Kismet, Long Island

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Fire Island, a weekend getaway about a three-hour drive east of Manhattan, offers sailing, clamming, bird-watching and more.

New York City has been described in many ways, but "relaxing" isn't typically one of them. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle, relieve some stress by packing a bag and getting out of the city for a few days.

To help you pick the right destination for your much-needed escape, U.S. News evaluated expert and traveler opinion to find the best weekend getaways from New York City. Whether you're planning a romantic weekend trip , a fun-filled family escape or some time with friends , these getaways have everything you need for a memorable trip.

Best Weekend Getaways From New York City

About two hours or less:

The Poconos, Pennsylvania

Beacon, new york, philadelphia, north fork, new york.

About three hours or less:

Fire Island, New York

The hamptons, new york, the catskills, new york, cape may, new jersey, mystic, connecticut.

About four hours or less:

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

Shelter island, new york, newport, rhode island, lake george, new york.

About five hours or less:

Saranac Lake, New York

Washington, d.c., the finger lakes, new york.

A quick flight:

Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario

Two hours or less.

Sunset in the Appalachian Mountains over the small American town Jackson Township, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Poconos region

This stunning mountain range in northeastern Pennsylvania (about 100 miles northwest of New York City) has appealed to travelers for generations. Perfect for both families and couples, the Poconos offer everything from whitewater rafting tours to fascinating museums and manicured golf courses. If the kids are in tow, let them burn off their excess energy at a water park . Meanwhile, thrill-seekers will be right at home at one of the region's adventure parks, which feature aerial obstacle courses and an all-season tubing hill, and nature lovers will enjoy ample hiking and horseback riding opportunities. Plus, with several romantic restaurants and resorts , the Poconos area has distinguished itself as a premier honeymoon destination for lovebirds. Book your stay at The Lodge at Woodloch for a wellness-centered vacation complete with yoga and art classes, mindfulness experiences, and an adults-only spa.

[See more of the Poconos: Best Things to Do | Hotels ]

Bannerman's Castle on island in Hudson River in Fishkill, New York

Located in New York's Hudson Valley, around 60 miles north of Manhattan, Beacon has transformed in the past two decades from a sleepy industrial town to a thriving arts community, making it the getaway of choice for relaxation-seeking city dwellers. Here, visitors can spend weekends (or a daytrip) perusing vintage shops and flea markets, kayaking along the Hudson River, and exploring Beacon's scenic hiking trails.

The first stop on your itinerary should be Dia Beacon, a renowned contemporary art museum housed in a former Nabisco box-printing factory. One of the largest contemporary art galleries in the country, Dia's robust collection of work spans from the 1960s to the present. From here, take a stroll down Main Street. Lined with doughnut shops, cafes and art galleries, Beacon's main drag features hidden gems such as Hudson Beach Glass and the Towne Crier Cafe, a popular restaurant and live music venue. While there is plenty to do and see in Beacon, you can't leave without touring the ruins of Bannerman Castle. Situated on Pollepel Island and reachable by boat from late April to October, this Scottish-style castle was once a storage site for surplus military equipment and ammunition.

Not only is this quiet refuge less than two hours by car from Manhattan, but travelers can easily hop on the train to reach this destination as well: Take the Metro-North Railroad from New York City to Beacon for less than $50 round trip. There are also plenty of accommodation options to choose from, ranging from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to unique digs like The Roundhouse, an abandoned factory complex-turned-stylish boutique hotel.

Philadelphia buildings around Philadelphia City Hall

Ditch the Big Apple and head about 95 miles southwest to the City of Brotherly Love. Known best for being the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia is an ideal weekend getaway for families and history buffs. Brush up on your founding fathers trivia on a walking tour of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center before strolling through Rittenhouse Square Park. From there, set your sights on the city's must-see museums: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and The Franklin Institute are all good places to explore.

Philadelphia is also notorious for its substantial culinary prowess . Sure, the cheesesteaks are a must-try – stop in a shop like Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies to see for yourself what all the hype is about – but this city has a diverse food scene. If you have time to spare, check out the lengthy list of vendors in Reading Terminal Market, where you can sample everything from Dutch to Thai to Cajun fare.

With limited parking available in the city, it's best to stick with public transportation. New York City travelers can ride the Amtrak from Moynihan Train Hall to the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in less than two hours. Once here, opt for lodging in Center City, where you'll find an array of coffee shops, posh restaurants and historic sites within walking distance of your hotel . Travelers particularly favor The Rittenhouse for its elegant accommodations and first-rate service.

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Seascape with Orient Point Lighthouse in Long Island, New York

Long Island's northeastern peninsula, known as the North Fork, fits the bill for your next weekend trip if you like tranquil seaside villages and laid-back itineraries. Located about 80 miles east of Manhattan and directly north of the illustrious Hamptons, this quiet refuge is characterized by its wineries, beaches and friendly atmosphere. Not only is this short jaunt from the city an excellent place for a couples trips in New York state , but families will also find a plethora of exciting activities here as well.

To get here, catch the Long Island Rail Road commuter train from Penn Station to Greenport. When you arrive, make a beeline for the beach – Orient Beach State Park occupies a prime section of real estate along Gardiner's Bay and is a perfect place for kayaking, swimming and sunbathing. Meanwhile, wine aficionados can spend the afternoon at Macari Vineyards or Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery while families hit up the Splish Splash water park. At the end of the day, unwind at the lovely Harborfront Inn at Greenport.

[Read: The Top Things to Do in Long Island .]

Three hours or less

Fire Island Lighthouse at sunset

This secluded barrier island off the southern shore of Long Island is about 65 miles east of Manhattan and a popular getaway for New Yorkers – for good reason. Travelers will find an unspoiled island free of high-rise buildings and the vexing sounds of traffic, all within a few hours of the city. In fact, Fire Island is a car-free environment, making it the ideal choice for city dwellers in need of a short weekend escape. Here, visitors can enjoy activities like sailing, biking, clamming and bird-watching. Just keep in mind that Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the busy season, so schedule your vacation outside of these dates if you want to avoid crowds.

Because you can't drive onto the island, the best way to get here is by taking the Long Island Rail Road to Sayville, Patchogue or Bayshore. These destinations have marinas that offer ferry service to and from Fire Island for a fee. When it comes to lodging, Fire Island's options are mostly small inns and hotels, but they fill up quickly, so book in advance to ensure you'll have accommodations. If you'd rather rough it, campgrounds are available within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, at Smith Point County Park and at Watch Hill. Keep in mind, backcountry camping permits and daily campsite fees (typically starting at $25 per day) may be required for select areas.

East Hampton beach and lifeguard chair

Arriving in the Hamptons, it's easy to see why this seaside destination on eastern Long Island's South Fork has established such a name for itself. White sand beaches, untouched nature preserves and plenty of bars serving up frozen cocktails are just a few of the alluring images that may come to mind when you imagine an escape to the Hamptons. Luckily for New Yorkers, this little slice of heaven sits less than 100 miles east of Manhattan, making it easily accessible for weekend getaways and daytrips .

Lay down your towel on East Hampton's Main Beach or Southampton's Coopers Beach, then cast a fishing line from the shore of Montauk Point State Park. For a dose of culture, check out the Hamptons' illustrious art scene: The Parrish Art Museum and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center (open seasonally) are two of the area's most prominent museums. When it's time to turn in for the night, save some coin by choosing a hotel in nearby Riverhead or by camping on the beach.

Kaaterskill Waterfall in upstate New York

For nature lovers, this mountain range in southeastern New York is the perfect place to reconnect with the great outdoors. Home of the famous 1969 Woodstock music festival, the Catskills have been inspiring travelers for decades. Spend the weekend hiking the region's popular trails (the Kaaterskill Falls trail features the tallest waterfall in New York state), or get out on Alder Lake in a kayak. In winter, head here to see Hunter Mountain blanketed in snow and to take advantage of top-notch skiing and tubing opportunities.

In addition to outdoor activities such as hiking, fly-fishing, biking and zip lining, the Catskills are a haven for artists. Follow the Hudson River School Art Trail to witness firsthand the vistas that inspired artists like Thomas Cole. Meanwhile, music lovers and history buffs won't want to miss a visit to The Museum at Bethel Woods, a museum showcasing artifacts and stories from Woodstock. Before calling it a night at one of the region's fabulous hotels or resorts , stop by a microbrewery for a flight.

[Read:  The Top New York Ski Resorts .]

Lighthouse at Cape May, New Jersey

Those looking for a relaxing weekend should consider Cape May, a top romantic getaway destination in New Jersey . Located roughly 160 miles south of New York City, this enchanting East Coast town is beloved for its beautiful beaches, striking Victorian homes and laid-back atmosphere. After soaking up some rays at the beach (the Cove Beach is a traveler favorite), hit up the retailers at Washington Street Mall. Filled with small boutiques, ice cream shops and bookstores, this outdoor mall spans three blocks and is perfect for easygoing strolls.

Other can't-miss activities in Cape May include climbing the Cape May Lighthouse, watching the sun go down at Sunset Beach, embarking on a sightseeing cruise and taking a guided tour of the Emlen Physick Estate – Cape May's only Victorian-era house museum. Cape May offers a plethora of lodging options for weekend trips ranging from quaint B&Bs to hotels set in ornate Victorian mansions. Book a room in historic Congress Hall or The Southern Mansion for charming guest rooms and convenient amenities.

Boats in Mystic, Connecticut

The quintessential New England town of Mystic is situated around 130 miles northeast of New York City and considered one of the top things to do in Connecticut . This seaside village has everything you'd want from a weekend getaway: museums, galleries, delicious eateries and historic landmarks. Head to Williams Beach Park for a quiet day by the water, then stroll through Mystic's historic downtown. Colonial-era sea captain's homes line the streets here, and there are countless places to dine and shop.

Families will also love the Mystic Aquarium for its educational exhibits and interactive habitats. Meanwhile, the Mystic Seaport Museum is a maritime museum that offers several activities for kids, including hands-on exhibits and a zoo garden. Just don't leave without snapping a photo of the iconic Mystic River Bascule Bridge, a 1922 drawbridge that connects the Groton and Stonington sides of Mystic. When you're ready to retire for the evening, Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa receives rave reviews for its comfortable rooms and ample business amenities.

Four hours or less

Autumn foliage in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts

This rural region in western Massachusetts (about 150 miles north of Manhattan) has all the makings of a fairytale getaway with plenty of things to do . Picturesque mountain ranges, winding roads and idyllic towns are synonymous with the Berkshires, making this destination the perfect place to escape the hubbub of New York City. Bring your partner along to enjoy a romantic weekend filled with antique shopping, museum tours and scenic car rides through the region's lush countryside.

For breathtaking mountain panoramas, strap on your hiking boots and head to the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, culture hounds won't want to miss a chance to tour the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and The Clark Art Institute. In summer, catch a dance performance at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow or listen to live music on the lawn of Tanglewood, an extravagant music venue and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Accommodations in the Berkshires run the gamut from B&Bs to luxurious hotels and resorts. Many past travelers say Canyon Ranch Lenox , while pricey, is worth the splurge for its wellness-focused amenities and indulgent spa treatments.

Sign at Shelter Island, New York

Only accessible by ferry, this hidden oasis between New York's North Fork and South Fork is perfect for a quick weekend escape from the city. You won't find rowdy nightlife or luxurious accommodations here, but that only adds to its appeal. In fact, nearly a third of the island is made up of the Mashomack Preserve, a protected habitat with 11 miles of coastline and more than 2,350 acres of tidal creeks, freshwater marshes, fields and woodlands. The preserve is also a major hub for bird-watching: More than 200 species of birds call this area home, although it is specifically known for its large population of nesting osprey.

Elsewhere on the island, visitors can lounge on Wades Beach, a family-friendly stretch of sand featuring lifeguards and a comfort station, or enjoy water sports at Shell Beach. Shelter Island is a premier spot for kayaking: The seasonally open Kayak Shelter Island offers single and double kayaks, along with paddleboard rentals. While the island has golf courses, boutique shopping and courts for petanque (a French game similar to bocce ball), undoubtedly the best thing to do here is nothing at all.

To get here, start by taking the Long Island Rail Road commuter train to Greenport, then board the North Ferry to Shelter Island. Alternatively, you can get here by driving to Sag Harbor and then loading your car onto the South Ferry. For lodging, Shelter Island offers a handful of small hotels, vacation rentals and B&Bs.

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Lighthouse in front of bridge at sunset in Newport, Rhode Island

If sandy toes and lobster rolls are calling your name, look no further than Newport, Rhode Island – one of the best spots for a weekend getaway in New England . This port town, located on the southern tip of Aquidneck Island and about 180 miles northeast of New York, is famous for its miles of pristine shoreline, upscale boutiques and ornate Gilded Age mansions, which you can ogle on a trolley tour . It is also lauded as one of the world's premier sailing destinations.

While here, gain your sea legs aboard a boat tour of Newport Harbor, or get your steps in on part of the Cliff Walk, a scenic 3.5-mile pathway that runs along Newport's eastern shore. Then, engage in some well-deserved retail therapy along Thames Street, which is lined with a plethora of shops and restaurants. Of course, you can't leave without touring The Breakers, Newport's iconic Renaissance-style "summer cottage," which is one of the top things to do in Rhode Island . When it's time to bed down, check out one of Newport's many lavish accommodations, such as The Vanderbilt and The Chanler at Cliff Walk .

[See more of Newport: Best Things to Do | Hotels ]

Lake George in New York during sunset on a cool spring day

Situated in New York's Adirondacks region, roughly 200 miles north of Manhattan, Lake George is filled with fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Sink your toes in the sand at Lake George Beach, also known as the Million Dollar Beach: a kid-friendly stretch of sand complete with lifeguards and concession stands. Then, work up a sweat hiking Prospect Mountain and Shelving Rock Falls. For more of a thrill, check out Lake George's parasailing, whitewater rafting and zip lining courses.

If you're simply looking to kick your feet up on your weekend getaway, rent a pontoon boat and spend the day floating around Lake George. The region is also home to restaurants, the Adirondack Winery outpost in Lake George and several museums, including The Hyde Collection and the Fort William Henry Museum. After an eventful day of lake activities, head back to your plush accommodations at The Sagamore Resort to unwind.

[See more of the Adirondacks: Best Things to Do | Hotels ]

Five hours or less

Saranac Lake in New York

This quiet village in upstate New York (around 300 miles north of New York City) is less crowded than the popular Lake Placid, making Saranac Lake an excellent choice for a weekend getaway from the city. Take advantage of this stunning lake by getting out on the water in a canoe or kayak, then get your heart pumping on the 3.7-mile Bloomingdale Bog Trail. For an extra dose of history, the Saranac Laboratory Museum showcases Saranac's interesting past as a tuberculosis treatment destination. Downtown, you'll also find a variety of shops, restaurants and art galleries to keep you occupied for hours, plus little ones will enjoy the Adirondack Carousel, which runs Friday through Sunday.

Saranac Lake is also a popular winter destination thanks to its plethora of outdoor sports (think: snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing) and traditional winter activities such as the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which takes place every February. The event also features a fireworks display and multiple parades. When it comes to lodging, visitors will mostly find cozy cabins and B&Bs here, but a handful of luxury hotels are available as well. For the ultimate in comfort, book your stay at Hotel Saranac, a historic property with modern amenities.

Pink skies over the Tidal Basin and Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., while the yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom

Famous for its slew of historic landmarks, monuments and museums (many of which are free to enter), Washington, D.C., has long appealed to historians and politicos. However, there's more to the nation's capital than meets the eye. With more than 20 neighborhoods to explore and innumerable things to do , Washington is a treasure chest waiting to be unlocked. Find killer nightlife and impeccable dining in the Shaw and U Street area, upscale shopping in Georgetown, charming 19th-century row houses in Dupont Circle, and a bevy of historic attractions on Capitol Hill.

If you're only visiting for the weekend, expect an action-packed schedule. Start by hitting up one of the city's first-rate museums: The National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Gallery of Art are a few traveler favorites. Then, take a stroll along the Tidal Basin (you can also get out on the water by renting a paddleboat) or relax on the lawn of the National Mall. Here, you'll have easy access to attractions like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and its Reflecting Pool, the White House, and the U.S. Capitol. Note, though, that while many of D.C.'s attractions are free, some museums may require timed-entry passes to be reserved ahead of time, so plan as far in advance as possible.

Located roughly 225 miles southwest of NYC, Washington is an easy drive by car or bus. However, the best way to get here is by train. Take Amtrak's high-speed Acela or Northeast Regional train to Union Station and shed up to 90 minutes off your travel time. Plus, because Washington frequently plays host to celebrities, politicians and business tycoons, there are plenty of top-notch accommodations to choose from once you arrive. For a luxurious stay, book a room at The Jefferson , a sophisticated property with European flair plus a restaurant and a cocktail bar on-site. An added bonus? The Jefferson is located only a mile away from the National Mall, so you'll be right where the action is.

[Read: The Best Washington, D.C., Tours .]

Boston buildings in the evening

Bordering Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, New England's largest city sits 215 miles northeast of New York City; travelers can opt to travel here by car, bus or train. Whether you're drawn here by the cobblestone streets, the historic landmarks or the city's strong baseball roots (a visit to Fenway Park for a game or behind-the-scenes tour can't be missed), Boston has all the ingredients you need for a memorable weekend getaway – just remember to pack your walking shoes .

After you've successfully trekked the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail (or hop-on, hop-off bus tour) to some of Boston's most famed attractions – including the Paul Revere House, Old North Church and Faneuil Hall Marketplace – find a shady spot to rest in Boston Common or the Boston Public Garden. For a dose of culture, check out the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which features landscaped gardens and an extensive collection of European, Asian and American art. When you've tired yourself out from a day of sightseeing, hang up your coat in one of Boston's premier hotels . Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston and the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf are two of the city's top properties, both offering a lengthy list of amenities and plush accommodations.

[Read:  The Top Boston Harbor Cruises .]

Sunset over Canadice Lake in New York

New York's Finger Lakes – a collection of 11 lakes that includes the popular shorelines of Seneca Lake, Skaneateles Lake and Cayuga Lake – are revered for their spectacular water sports opportunities, scenic state parks and top-notch wine. As one of the chief wine regions in the country and the largest wine-producing area in the state of New York, the Finger Lakes region has earned its reputation as a top destination for romantic weekend getaways.

For short stays in the Finger Lakes, following the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is the best way to see a lot of local wineries in a little amount of time. With nearly 30 wineries and several restaurants set along the route, the trail is perfect for leisurely car rides in the countryside (just be sure to assign a designated driver ahead of time). Opt for a refreshing riesling, the region's signature wine, or expand your palate on a tasting tour.

Meanwhile, nature lovers should head to Robert H. Treman State Park or Watkins Glen State Park for a chance to see breathtaking waterfalls. If you're looking for a small-town atmosphere with local shops and museums, you can't go wrong with Skaneateles Lake. Here, you'll also find a variety of charming B&Bs and inns like the Mirbeau Inn & Spa , a traveler favorite. Other top lodging options in the Finger Lakes region include the Inns of Aurora and The Statler Hotel at Cornell University , both of which offer easy access to Cayuga Lake.

A quick flight

Niagara Falls in daylight

If you're willing to hop on a short flight (or take a bus tour), you can enjoy a weekend marveling at one of the most beautiful and impressive natural wonders of the world: Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is less than a two-hour flight from New York City – and, while this powerful waterfall is sure to take your breath away, it isn't the only reason to plan a weekend getaway to the area. With beautiful botanical gardens, wineries and casinos, this famous tourist town has everything you need for a fun-filled weekend away. Take advantage of both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River by bringing your passport with you.

For a classic Niagara Falls experience, don a poncho and board the Maid of the Mist boat tour. This famed attraction is one of the best ways to see the falls up close, but it's impossible to guarantee you won't get wet. If you'd rather view the falls from a drier and less crowded vantage point, head to the observation deck of the Skylon Tower. Thrill-seekers can also experience the falls on Journey Behind the Falls, which takes participants directly behind the thunderous waterfall, or on an exhilarating jet boat tour. When it's time to turn in, visitors on the American side of the falls can book their stay at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino , while Ontario-based guests spend a cozy night in the well-appointed Harbour House Hotel .

[See more of Niagara Falls: Best Things to Do | Hotels ]

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19 Best Weekend Getaways From NYC

New Yorkers don't need to travel far to travel well.

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There are countless ways to spend a weekend in New York City, but sometimes, you just need to escape the grind. The best weekend getaways will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get back to the hustle and bustle after a few blissful days away.

Fortunately for New Yorkers, an escape from the Big Apple is never more than a few hours away. Whether you envision yourself as a total beach bum or want to walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers, there are perfect weekend trips from NYC for every type of traveler.

Check out craft breweries in Vermont, watch the famed WaterFire display in Providence, Rhode Island, or make your way to the beach on the Jersey Shore with these weekend getaways from NYC.

1. Long Beach Island, New Jersey: 2-Hour Drive

This barrier island just off the coast of southern New Jersey is a place where life comes to a standstill in the best way possible. Stretching for 20 stunning miles, Long Beach Island is the spot to be for city dwellers looking to get away, bask in the sun, or go on a little sightseeing adventure.

On the island, visitors can climb 217 steps to the top of the Barnegat Lighthouse , also known as "Old Barney," to take in views of Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, or they can shop for coastal-inspired kitchenware and swimsuit coverups in Viking Village , where old fishing shacks have been lovingly converted into cafés and boutiques.

For those traveling in a pack, there's Pinky Shrimp's Seafood Company , where you and your entire crew can gather for the "fried family feast" of shrimp, scallops, crab cakes, and more. Another stellar dining option is Mud City Crab House , located just across the causeway in Manahawkin, where guests can order oysters on the half shell and enjoy a cold drink around the outdoor fire pits. Both restaurants are closed during winter.

As for where to lay your head at night, try booking a stay at Hotel LBI , a luxury hotel boasting 102 well-appointed rooms, fine dining establishments, and a rooftop terrace where you can watch the sunset with a glass of champagne in hand.

2. Boston: 4-Hour Drive

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If you're into history, look no further than a long weekend away in Boston.

Spend time walking along the famed Freedom Trail to trace the city's history as it weaves through several of Boston's most charming neighborhoods. Stop into places like Old North Church , the Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre), and the Paul Revere House to get a taste of what life here was like around the time of our nation's birth. (Pro tip: try to plan your trip around The Head Of The Charles Regatta , which draws thousands of spectators each year to watch elite rowers compete in the three-day race.)

As a major city, Boston has no shortage of excellent hotel options, including the Omni Parker House , the oldest continuously operating hotel in the country. Its own history runs deep and counts both Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh as ex-employees, and writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as former guests.

For an even more upscale stay, book a night at the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston . Centrally located in Back Bay, it's a prime spot to post up for a weekend, and its concierge team can curate experiences to help you make the most of your time. It also comes with all the amenities one would ever need, including complimentary Birria bikes, three restaurants, a spa, and a swimming pool with floor-to-ceiling views of the city. For New Yorkers who don't drive or don't want to drive, Amtrak's Acela service takes you from Manhattan to Boston in four hours.

3. Burlington, Vermont: 5.5-Hour Drive

With breweries dotted all around this small city, Burlington, Vermont is a beer lover's paradise. Make sure to sign up with City Brew Tours for a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the best beers coming out of the Queen City are made. True brew enthusiasts should try to plan their visit around the Vermont Brewers Festival , held every July.

Beyond beer, Burlington also boasts a lively waterfront scene. Head to Waterfront Park on Lake Champlain for a stroll or cycle along the eight-mile Burlington Greenway. Hop off your bike for a quick visit to ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain , an interactive science museum dedicated to the health of the lake, or rent a boat from the Community Sailing Center to get on the water yourself.

For a luxurious getaway, stay at the Essex Resort & Spa . Nestled on 18 verdant acres just outside the city, this charming hotel has two swimming pools, a spa, and hands-on cooking classes taught by chefs from the resort’s farm-to-table restaurant.

4. The Adirondacks, New York: 4-to-5-Hour Drive

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When the city becomes too much, it's time to head upstate — to the Adirondack Mountains, specifically.

A weekend in the Adirondacks typically means hiking, kayaking, cliff diving, and for the more adventurous, white water rafting (best experienced in the spring, when the Hudson River is at its most intense). Writer Lauren Breedlove described her outdoorsy experience in the Adirondacks for Travel + Leisure : "We couldn't get enough of the canoes, going on morning and evening expeditions, keeping an eye out for possible moose, and uncovering art in nature as we paddled through an area with heart-shaped lily pads."

For a unique stay, reserve a room at The Point , a former Rockefeller family retreat overlooking Saranac Lake. Be sure to book early, as the property has just 11 guest rooms. In 2017, it underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation led by architect Andrew Chary, who honored the hotel's past and restored its original brass and chrome fixtures and stone fireplaces. Yes, it's rustic, but that doesn't mean it isn't fancy. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, dinner at the hotel is a black-tie event, so make sure to pack your finest attire. Of course, if you can't get a room, there's always The Sagamore Resort , a luxurious Colonial Revival grande dame right on Lake George.

5. Providence, Rhode Island: 3.5-Hour Drive

Providence, Rhode Island, exudes all the charm you'd expect from a great New England city. It's a place where you'll still find cobblestone streets and narrow river walks alongside modern dining establishments, world-class theater, and museums to rival those found in any of its larger counterparts.

While in Providence, head to Waterplace Park . Channel your inner Venetian by booking a ride along the city's rivers with La Gondola , or plan your trip around WaterFire , an art installation that lights up the rivers with almost 100 braziers on several weekends throughout the summer and fall.

After catching a show, head to Oberlin , a modern seafood spot consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the U.S. Then spend the night at ultra-cool, 52-key The Dean, where rooms are outfitted with a mix of custom and vintage furniture and original artwork adorning the walls. Or, for a bit more history, stay at Graduate Providence , previously known as the Providence Biltmore. Each of the rooms and common spaces pays homage to the city's past with vintage furnishings and artifacts.

6. Mystic, Connecticut: 2.5-Hour Drive

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As far as picture-perfect villages go, they don't get much better than Mystic, Connecticut. The adorable town is home to fewer than 5,000 permanent residents, making it a great place to go for a quaint getaway.

It may be small, but the town has no shortage of activities. If you're traveling as a family, there is the famous Mystic Aquarium , where you can spend an entire day roaming around and learning all about your favorite sea creatures. Want to see marine life in their natural habitat? Book a summer sail with Argia Mystic Cruises . The company's 81-foot schooner takes visitors around the seaport and the nearby islands. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnics and beverages (including beer and wine, just no hard liquor).

Cap off a visit to Mystic by staying at Ocean House , located in nearby Watch Hill. The famed inn is 25 minutes away and provides guests with even more New England charm, thanks to its meticulous restoration, stunning ocean views, and world-class amenities.

7. Philadelphia: 2-Hour Drive

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The City of Brotherly Love beckons a day trip, weekend, or a getaway for as long as you need. Arrive by car or take an 80-minute Amtrak ride for a more relaxing journey.

There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city, including a few classics like snapping a picture in front of The Liberty Bell, touring Independence Hall, and running up the "Rocky Steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — doing your best Stallone face the entire way.

The city has a high-end culinary scene — chef Michael Solomonov's Zahav and Laser Wolf , both serving Israeli cuisine, are must-visits. But you also need to take part in a classic Philly tradition and order a cheesesteak. To get a taste of as many different versions as you can, head to Reading Terminal Market — one of the country's oldest public markets — where you can also pick up some local artisan goods.

After you've filled your belly, you'll need a good rest. Stay at The Logan, Curio Collection by Hilton , where you'll get a room with not only a plush bed but also modern decor and local artwork, as well as hotel amenities like a full-service spa, a steakhouse, and a rooftop terrace.

8. Washington, D.C.: 4-Hour Drive

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The capital's endless activities fit all interests and travel palates. Visitors can lean into D.C.'s history by touring the famous monuments on the National Mall and delve into worlds of dinosaurs, art history, and the like in any of the 16 Smithsonian museums in the city. To experience the top attractions in a more unique way, you could always hop on a night tour by D.C. Trolley Tours and view them under the stars.

After you tick off the usual highlights, you should explore the places on Washingtonians' hot list: local art exhibits at Dupont Underground , jazz concerts in the National Gallery of Art sculpture garden, and the expansive farmers market in Columbia Heights , to name a few.

Once you're wiped out from sightseeing, check in to The St. Regis Washington, D.C. Located just two blocks from The White House, the hotel has hosted A-listers and dignitaries alike for nearly 100 years — and it's your turn to join them.

9. Newport, Rhode Island: 3-Hour Drive

Another popular Rhode Island weekend getaway, Newport has long been a haven for New Yorkers escaping the fast pace of the city in exchange for a slower way of life.

Here, you can explore the former homes of some truly rich and fabulous people on a self-guided tour of the iconic Newport Mansions . Follow that up with a stroll along the 3.5-mile Newport Cliff Walk , which provides some of the most breathtaking views along the entire Eastern Seaboard. You can get out on the water yourself by renting a sailboat and exploring Narragansett Bay.

Finally, live (briefly) like the Newport elite with a stay at The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection , a hotel built in 1909 as the Newport County YMCA. With just 33 guest rooms, it's a place where you'll enjoy five-star service just as a Vanderbilt would.

10. Nantucket, Massachusetts: 7-Hour Drive and Ferry Ride

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If Nantucket, Massachusetts is on your "must-see" list for a short getaway, you might consider hopping on an 80-minute flight rather than spending seven hours driving and ferrying to the island. No matter how you arrive, you're guaranteed to have a relaxing time on this slice of pure Americana.

Nantucket is brimming with activities — renting a bike and going for a slow pedal around town, taking in the Instagram-worthy shingled homes, cruising through the harbor, or casting a line on an organized fishing trip — to help you slow down and appreciate the little things. The world's your oyster in Nantucket (and the local oysters are all yours, too).

While Nantucket still has its small-town vibe, it's blossoming into a global destination. "There was a real energy in the town, and there was also a surprising sense of openness and accessibility," reported Akash Kapur for T+L . "While entry was, in the latter half of the last century, largely restricted to certain classes and races, Nantucket was now teeming with a diverse population."

Cap off your very serene day with a stay at White Elephant . With its stunning lawn along the waterfront, you can both start and end your days with the soothing sounds of the crashing waves outside.

11. Portland, Maine: 5-Hour Drive

Portland, Maine is a place where everyone can find a slice of vacation bliss. From above-average antique and vintage shops to a craft beer scene that must be sipped and savored to ample outdoor space for roaming on a warm day, the city is suitable for group and solo trips alike.

Erinne Magee, a lifelong Mainer and former Portland resident, reported on the best things to do in Portland for T+L . Her list includes visiting the Portland Observatory for 360-degree views of the city, taking a ferry to Peaks Island, and leisurely exploring the cobblestone streets of the Old Port neighborhood.

Seafood lovers shouldn't pass up the lobster dinner at Eventide . The raw bar and restaurant is well known for scrumptious New England bites — including the classic lobster roll.

After dinner, settle in for the night at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection , whose historic downtown building once housed the Portland Press Herald . The hotel honors its history with a nostalgic newspaper theme throughout. "If you have a thing for old typewriters or simply want to visit a building that celebrates art in all forms, stop into The Press Hotel for a beverage and board game," reported Magee. "You can also explore the lower level museum featuring Maine artists or type your own special something on the typewriter in the lobby."

If you don't mind driving a bit, White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection , located about 40 minutes outside the city in Kennebunkport, will grant you an unforgettable stay. The drive will allow you to further explore Maine's stunning landscapes, and the hotel itself is a true gem, home to an award-winning restaurant.

12. Hudson Valley, New York: 2.5-Hour Drive

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For a weekend trip that feels like it's just a stone's throw away, head up north to the Hudson Valley for a retreat filled with fine dining and wine. The Culinary Institute of America calls the Hudson Valley home — while in the area, pay a visit (it's been called one of the most beautiful campuses in the country), and explore the greater culinary scene, from Michelin-rated restaurants to casual bakeries and cafés. Dinner by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges at The Inn at Pound Ridge is not to be missed.

For a drink, embark on the Dutchess Wine Trail , which leads to world-class vineyards and delicious tasting rooms. When you're ready to retire for the night, head over to The Maker , a hotel that radiates class and culture.

13. Farmington, Pennsylvania: 6-Hour Drive

Farmington, Pennsylvania, is perhaps the quirkiest little gem on this list of weekend getaway destinations. It's a place to get out in nature and dive deep into the fun-loving culture.

During your stay in Farmington, visit nearby Laurel Caverns , which contains the state's largest cave. While the cave itself is fascinating, it's made even more so by the colorful lights installed inside. For design admirers, there are not one but two Frank Lloyd Wright homes nearby, including the famous Fallingwater home, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which you can visit on a group or personal tour.

Then, drive over to the ever-popular Nemacolin for chateau accommodations and experiences from axe throwing to cosmic bowling to acupuncture.

14. Cape May, New Jersey: 2.5-Hour Drive

There are family-friendly getaway spots, and then there's Cape May. Located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, this stunning oceanfront community is at the top of just about every East Coast "best weekend getaway" list.

Rent a cruiser from Cape Island Bikes or take a trolley tour to see as much of the colorful town as possible, or go on an afternoon cruise to see Cape May from the water and maybe even spot a whale or two while you're out there. For dinner, reserve a table in advance at the Blue Pig Tavern , serving surf and turf classics with farm-fresh ingredients, and grab a couple of beers under string lights while listening to live music at Exit Zero Filling Station while you wait.

Dig a little deeper into the Americana vibe with an overnight at The Virginia Hotel & Cottages , a 24-room boutique hotel in a lovingly restored building constructed in 1879. It also has four cottages.

15. Bermuda: 2-Hour Flight

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Plot twist: While Bermuda isn't exactly within driving distance, it's actually a shorter commute from NYC than many of the above destinations. A two-hour flight will land you in a subtropical paradise. In fact, travel journalist Alison Fox reported for T+L that Bermuda is cheaper and faster from NYC than the Hamptons: "The affordable direct flights — including the brand-new JetBlue one from LGA — and the easy-to-use bus system to help travelers get around definitely make Bermuda a compelling alternative to domestic travel this summer."

On the main island, bask in the sun, swim in the crystalline sea, drink rum swizzles at The Swizzle Inn , make your own scent at the Lili Bermuda Perfumery , visit natural wonders like The Blue Hole Park, and finish off the five-star visit with a stay at a five-star hotel. Rosewood Bermuda is set on a sprawling, private stretch of pink sand beach, the perfect spot to be marooned for a long weekend.

16. Lake Placid, New York: 5-Hour Drive

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Lake Placid is another farther-flung location, but it’s well worth the journey if you want to enjoy a year-round outdoor destination. In the spring, summer, and fall, visitors will be delighted to find a dazzling array of outdoor activities, from hiking through  High Falls Gorge , a 22-acre nature park boasting four waterfalls, to taking a dip in the 128-acre Mirror Lake . 

Of course, this place is also a winter paradise – famed for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Powder hounds can get their adrenaline rush on the slopes of  Whiteface Mountain , which offers 22 miles of terrain for skiing and snowboarding. 

Start at least one day with a hearty plate of eggs, a breakfast sandwich, or the decadent French toast fondue from  The Breakfast Club, Etc . And for later-in-the-day fare, look no further than  Smoke Signals , a BBQ joint with finger-licking brisket, ribs, and pulled pork.

Check into the  The Lake Placid Stagecoach Inn , a delightful boutique inn housed in a building from the 1700s that still boasts plenty of historical charm. 

17. The Poconos, Pennsylvania: 2-Hour Drive 

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The Pocono Mountains are another delightful outdoorsy destination prime for getting out of the city. Come here for a little family fun like visiting  Camelback Mountain , a massive adventure park that will leave kids and kids at heart smiling from ear to ear. There’s also the  Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway , which will zip you through the stunning local scenery, and  miles upon miles of hiking  through old-growth forests in the Poconos trail system. 

Remember, The Poconos cover about 2,400 square miles, so plan your dining according to the area you want to visit. A couple of not-to-miss spots in the region include Wilkes-Barre's  Cork Bar and Restaurant , serving seafood with an Italian twist (think roasted red pepper gnocchi shrimp and shrimp and crab bolognese), along with  Native  in Honesdale, an upscale eatery focusing on dishes made from locally sourced produce. 

Lay your head at any number of area hotels. Among the best are  Cove Haven Resort , a kitschy, old-school, couples-only hotel famed for its heart-shaped tubs, and  Woodloch Resort , a family-friendly resort where all ages can have fun in the great outdoors. 

18. Washington, Connecticut: 2-Hour Drive 

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Find rural bliss just two hours outside the city with a visit to Washington, Connecticut, where verdant landscapes are abundant but so too are the cultural attractions. Dive deep into the region at the  Institute For American Indian Studies , which traces the lives of Indigenous peoples back more than 10,000 years. Get your fill of fresh air at the  Hollister House Garden , a massive green space open in the spring and summer to showcase the local blooms, and get a taste of something locally brewed at  Hopkins Vineyard , a heritage farm that produces award-winning wines. 

Then, dig into more local favorites at The 202 Tavern , serving classic American food made by local purveyors, and  G.W. Tavern , whose menu features comforting classics like French onion soup and chicken wings. 

The area may not have a lot of accommodations, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for with pure quality. The elegant  Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection will leave you totally renewed thanks to its inviting and cozy guest rooms and its in-depth wellness programming, including traditional spa services and expert-led health coaching. 

19. North Fork, New York: 2-Hour Drive

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Escape to the North Fork, New York whenever you need a Long Island getaway without all the pomp and circumstance. Just two hours from the city (traffic permitting), this is the spot to be for a beach day, a great glass of wine, and a little farm-style fun. You really can’t go wrong at any of its beaches, but great options include  Wildwood State Park , which also includes a 600-acre forest, and  Orient Beach State Park at the end of North Fork.

According to Hannah Walhout, a former senior editor at T+L, "This part of Long Island was always a sleepy place — worlds away from the big-money scene of the nearby Hamptons. But these days, more and more city dwellers are making the trek, drawn by the peninsula’s rolling coastline, rambling vineyards, and hyper-local gastronomy."

After basking in the sun, head to the waterfront  Kontokosta Winery to enjoy panoramic views of Long Island Sound with your vino. Don't leave without stopping by  8 Hands Farm  for farm store goodies to take back home. For more food,  The Halyard  has locally sourced produce and fresh-caught fish, and  Bruce & Son  is beloved for its all-day brunch. 

Round out your vacation with a stay at  Sound View Greenport , a design-forward hotel on 14 waterfront acres, or  The Lin Beach House , a chic guesthouse with clawfoot tubs in every guest room. 

Caroline Makepeace

17 Fantastic & Quiet Weekend Getaways From NYC

W hen you think of New York City, your mind conjures up images of honking yellow taxis, bright flashing lights of Times Square, people bustling on its wide streets and crowded subways full of worker bees living that office hustle-life.

As a tourist, it can be exciting to see the city that never sleeps, but as residents or visitors who have spent a while in the city, you might be thinking it’s time for a weekend getaway from NYC.

A weekend getaway, in my opinion, should be about escaping the noise of the city. As much as I love living in NY, I feel like it’s important for my sanity to escape once in a while.

In this guide, I’ve listed some of my favorite quiet weekend getaways from New York City so you can find a tranquil escape to reset.

1. The Berkshires

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Although there are a ton of cool cities that make easy weekend getaways from NYC – namely Boston , New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington DC , I’m often craving something that’s a far cry from the buzzy bars, world-class museums and hectic streets that I can find in NYC .

In this list of weekend fun getaways from NYC, you’ll find places that are a little bit calmer and offer a refreshing break from the noise of the city.

Think small towns, lake houses, one-lane highways, farmers markets that are a stone’s throw from the actual farm. And the amazing thing is, there are actually a ton of options within a three-hour drive of Manhattan (as long as you don’t leave at 5pm on a Friday).

The only downside is that I end up asking myself why I’m paying so much to live in the city when I could have so much more outside of it!

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hr 44 min (145.2 mi)
  • Where to stay: Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast , Interlaken

The Berkshires is my #1 choice for a weekend away from New York City. Located on the borders of Western Massachusetts and New York State, it’s only a two-hour drive away from the city—and it rarely has traffic.

The Berkshires is a pretty general term that covers a mountainous region dotted with villages, lakes and waterfalls. There are spots to hike the Appalachian Trail, (public and private) golf courses, boats to rent and row, plenty of little art galleries and places to go antiquing.

In short, a variety of activities to suit every interest – although my favorite thing to do is sit with a good book in a backyard, soak up the exquisite silence and watch the sun set.

If you have a group, it’s fun and fairly affordable to rent a house but if not, B&B and hotel options abound.

Pro Tip: stop at the Red Rooster for a burger and a cherry dip on the drive there and/or back.

  • Distance from NYC: 48 min (32.4 mi) 
  • Where to stay: Hotel Nyack, a JdV by Hyatt Hotel

If you’re looking to getaway from NYC but you don’t want to go too far, Nyack is essentially an upstate suburb with an artsy flair. It’s only about 45 minutes without traffic, and easily accessible by train or car service.

The Time Nyack is a hotel in the region, and it’s worth visiting just to spend a day by the pool there. The hotel is a short walk from the main street that’s lined with cafes, restaurants and bars and overlooks the Hudson River. 

I especially liked visiting the ivy-covered stone Nyack Library and stopping for a morning treat at Gypsy Donuts. And if you’re a cyclist, make sure to bring your bike: the Hook Mountain trails are especially popular.

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hr 21 min (145.1 mi) 
  • Where to stay: ICONA Windrift

Located on the beautiful beaches of New Jersey, the neighboring towns of Avalon and Stone Harbor are nothing like the Jersey Shore stereotypes you might be imagining.

Instead, these small towns have a nostalgic feel to them: must-do activities include getting a scoop at Springer’s Ice Cream at night (prepare to wait in line!), getting a sticky roll at Kohler’s in the morning (also prepare to wait in line), playing mini golf at the myriad courses and picking up your sunscreen and beach toys at Hoy’s 5&10. 

And, of course, the beach! The waves are perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing, and they’re full of surfers in the early morning and at dusk.

Renting a house with a big group is really the way to go (we usually go down for a week in the summer with my boyfriend’s extended family), but there are lots of hotels and vacation rentals there too.

  • Distance from NYC: 1 hr 24 min (69.7 mi)
  • Where to stay: Ghostlight Inn, New Hope

Bucks County is actually one of my favorite places to spend a weekend, although I feel like it’s super underrated, especially by the New York City set.

Located in Pennsylvania, it’s a collection of adorable towns and quintessential Main Streets. You can even take a scenic driving tour of covered bridges !

And if you’re more interested in beers than bridges, there’s an “ale trail” (and places to go wine tasting, and a few distilleries).

One thing that I haven’t done but that’s on my list – a hot air balloon ride when the fall foliage is at its peak! Although we stayed in a cute B&B called Ashmill Farm, not far from Peddler’s Village, I think it’d also be fun to stay in the little town of New Hope – it’s full of great restaurants and bars (also very gay and family-friendly).

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hr 20 min (134.5 mi) 
  • Where to stay: House of 1833 Bed and Breakfast

Although a weekend in Connecticut doesn’t usually spring to mind when you think of great oceanfront and aquariums, Mystic is doing its best to change that.

This tiny seaport town is bursting with small town New England charm and is best known for being the backdrop to Julia Roberts’ breakout role in Mystic Pizza (yes, there is a Mystic Pizza, and yes, you can have a great pie there), but it’s also home to a world-class Mystic aquarium and some gorgeous oceanfront.

Be sure to check out the Mystic Seaport museum which offers an interesting glimpse into the history of the town.

Don’t miss having a lobster roll at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in the next town over, but note that it’s only open in the summer.

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hr 36 min (139.4 mi)
  • Where to stay: Vienna Hotel, Windham

The Hudson Valley is the perfect weekend getaway from NYC for nature lovers! Spanning over Albany, Troy and through to Westchester County, the region boasts incredible natural beauty, from majestic mountains, rolling countryside hills, and stunning river views, the landscape is a dazzling contrast from the city of New York.

One of the most popular attractions in Hudson Valley are the numerous wineries scattered throughout the valley. Spend a day tasting local wines and exploring the vineyards before heading to one of the many unique restaurants which offer some of the best farm-to-table cuisine in the US.

You can also explore shops selling local artisanal products such as cheese, olive oil and specialty meats – perfect gifts for friends back home!

The Hudson Valley has also been home to many influential figures throughout history. Take a tour of homes owned by founding fathers such as George Washington, who’s Hasbrouck House is located in Newburgh, or visit a museum dedicated to their legacy such as The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum located in Hyde Park.

If outdoor activities are more your thing then you won’t be disappointed either; there are plenty of trails leading through lush forests and open fields where you can take part in cycling, hiking or horseback riding activities as well as camping trips along rivers and lakes.

With so much to see and do, it’s easy to understand why Hudson Valley is a top visited weekend destination from New York City!

  • Distance from NYC: 4 hr 54 min (288.5 mi) 
  • Where to stay: Lake Placid Inn Boutique Hotel

Lake Placid is a 5-hour drive from NYC but is definitely worth the trek, since it offers an abundance of things to do no matter what time of year you visit. It’s a small, sleepy village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County and while many people think it’s the setting of the 1999 horror movie, don’t worry, that movie was actually referring to the Lake Placid in Australia – you won’t find any crocs here!

If you’re looking for winter getaways from NYC, this is the place to go. It was the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and has world-class skiing amenities. There is around 22 miles of trails to explore!

If you visit in the summer, you’ll find the ski trails have turned into incredible hiking opportunities. You can go hiking in 22 acres of High Falls Gorge nature park which takes you to several beautiful waterfalls, or go swimming in the town’s Mirror Lake, which sits in the middle of town.

Head over to the nearby Saranac Lake for some cross-country skiing and ice fishing in the winter. Here you’ll also find an annual winter carnival in February, which features a fireworks display and parades.

If you’re travelling with kids, then they will love riding on the Adirondack Carousel in downtown Saranac.

  • Distance from NYC: 3 hr 31 min (209.4 mi) 
  • Where to stay: Clarion Inn & Suites Lake George

Lake George is a picturesque and vibrant weekend destination from New York City that has something to offer everyone with its array of activities, sights and attractions.

With the majestic Adirondack Mountains as its backdrop and beautiful crystal-clear waters, it’s no wonder that Lake George has become a popular tourist hub.

In the summer, you can enjoy fishing in some of the best lakeside spots or take part in exciting water sports such as swimming, kayaking and boating. In the winter, the lake is often frozen over with ice which makes it a great spot for ice fishing.

For those looking for a more relaxing experience, there are plenty of scenic trails for hiking or biking and an abundance of cultural sites to explore. From visiting the 18th century Fort William Henry Museum to riding the Lake George Steam Boat – there will never be a dull moment in Lake George!

  • Distance from NYC: 1 hr 26 min (82.2 mi) 
  • Where to stay: The Menhaden Hotel

If you don’t have time to spend driving, then a short weekend getaway near NYC is the 30-mile long North Fork peninsula on Long Island.

The North Fork has some small towns that are all about beaches and being on the water. There are also several vineyards, wineries and tap rooms – so if wine is your thing, this is the place to go!

There’s also a few apple orchards in the region, so its the perfect place to try some local wines or apple cider in the Autumn if you’re looking for weekend getaways from NYC in fall.

After visiting the vineyards, head to Town Beach or South Jamesport Beach for a quiet sunset spot and an evening swim.

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hr 1 min (107 miles)
  • Where to stay: Woodstock Way Hotel

Woodstock in New York State is a beautiful countryside destination with rolling hills and gorgeous scenery, showcasing the best natural beauty of upstate New York.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy throughout the year, such as visiting cultural attractions such as the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony or enjoying outdoor activities like hiking and biking in the summer.

In the winter, head to the nearby Hunter Mountain Ski Resort for some incredible skiing, or visit nearby Catskills for more snow adventures.

The town also offers a variety of arts and cultural attractions, with music festivals, art galleries and museums featuring some of the most talented artists in the area.

For those interested in shopping and dining, Woodstock has some unique stores and restaurants to explore. There’s something for everyone to experience in Woodstock – from its vibrant culture to stunning nature – making it a great place for an unforgettable getaway from NYC.

  • Distance from NYC: 4 hr 36 min (253.3 mi)
  • Where to stay: Yale Manor B&B & Yurt Glamping

The Finger Lakes are a group of 11 lakes in the Lake Ontario area of New York State. They are so-named because of their long and narrow shape, which looks like a finger.

The most famous lakes are Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, which are some of the deepest lakes in the country, with Lake Seneca being the largest lake.

The most popular thing to do in Finger Lakes is go hiking. The Watkins Glen State Park has a beautiful gorge to explore, and the Buttermilk Falls State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park are filled with incredible cascading waterfalls and dense woodland.

For nature lovers, you’ll find a flock of migrating birds at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

Don’t miss the region’s top historic attractions such as Harriet Tubman’s home, the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, and of course, Yale University.

You may even want to do some goat yoga in the Finger Lakes .

  • Distance from NYC: 53 min (41.2 mi) 
  • Where to stay: Sleep Inn & Suites , Monroe

Another great option for those who don’t like to travel far for their weekend away from NYC is the Harriman State Park. Boasting over 11,000 acres of pristine wilderness and more than 200 miles of trails, it is one of the best outdoor destinations near New York City.

It offers plenty of activities for all types of visitors from camping and picnicking to fishing and boating at Lake Welch or Tiorati Lake.

Go hiking along scenic trails that offer breathtaking views of Harriman State Park from one of its 58 named peaks (Fingerboard Mountain is the highest) or simply taking the time to admire nature’s beauty while birdwatching or wildlife viewing.

There are also cultural sites like Trailside Museums & Zoo and an extensive network of historic sites from colonial times. The park is open all year round with a variety of events planned throughout the seasons. This makes Harriman State Park an amazing place to explore and experience something new every single time you visit!

  • Distance from NYC: 6 hrs 15 mins by ferry (283.0 mi)
  • Where to stay: Seven Sea Street Inn

Although quite a journey, a ferry ride over to Nantucket is a great idea for a long weekend away from NYC. Located just off the coast of Massachusetts , it’s an easy trip from many East Coast cities, and there’s a direct ferry leaving from Seastreak Ferry Terminal in New Jersey.

From its breathtaking beaches and rolling waves to its iconic cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, Nantucket has something for everyone.

Tour Sankaty Head Light, one of the first lighthouses in America to receive a Fresnel lens, or take a leisurely bike ride along one of Nantucket’s picturesque beaches.

There are also plenty of opportunities for fun on land such as golfing, tennis, kayaking and more. No matter how you choose to spend your time there, you’ll fall in love with this magical island.

  • Distance from NYC: 4 hr 15 min (254.2 mi)
  • Where to stay: The Seaglass Inn & Spa

Cape Cod is a picturesque peninsula in Massachusetts and is home to some of the most stunning natural beauty in the country, boasting miles of beaches, lush wetlands and forests, and plenty of open space.

There are plenty of activities available as well; from exploring the historical lighthouses, experiencing world-class local seafood cuisine, or visiting the John F. Kennedy Museum, and of course, Princetown University.

For a more laidback experience, you can stroll through quaint coastal towns and villages, paying visits to local galleries and boutiques. With its mix of culture, history, wildlife and rugged landscape, Cape Cod promises something for everyone.

Near to Cape Cod is Martha’s Vineyard. Here are some of the best things to do in Martha’s Vineyard!

  • Distance from NYC:
  • Where to stay: Marshall Slocum Inn, Newport

A New Yorkers favorite weekend escape is to Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S. Though it’s small, it’s packed with things to do and see!

The state is home to some stunning beaches and historical sites such as Newport Mansions , Fort Adams, and Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark where visitors can explore the rich culture of New England.

Visitors can also explore and experience outdoor activities like kayaking and biking in Narragansett Bay, to a cliff walk in Newport, touring the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, or visiting the pristine beachfront at Misquamicut State Beach.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway from NYC or an adventure with family, Rhode Island has something special waiting for you!

  • Distance from NYC: 1 hr 37 min (83.1 mi) 
  • Where to stay: The 1708 House , Southampton

Another destination close to New York City is the Hamptons on Long Island. They are made up of Southampton and East Hampton, and offer a quiet escape to the seaside where the more affluent New York City residents come for their summer vacations.

It’s famous for its long stretches of beach and vast farmlands, and sleepy villages with 18th-century shingle buildings.

East Hampton is more high-end with luxury bars, spas and designer stores. For a more casual atmosphere, head to Southampton.

Relax on Coopers Beach or check out modern art pieces at Southampton Arts Center. For golfing enthusiasts, check out the driving range at Southampton Golf Range.

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hr 25 min (117.9 mi)
  • Where to stay: Montauk Manor

Our last weekend getaway destination from NYC is Montauk, also located on Long Island at the very tip of the island. Montauk is for anyone looking to experience a picturesque coastal getaway.

With its white sand beaches and glimmering waters, it’s no wonder why many flock to its shores. Have a go at surfing, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and if you visit at the right time, even whale watching.

If you’re looking for more relaxing activities, you can wander the quaint streets of downtown Montauk and explore local attractions such as the Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum or wander through the Montauk Point State Park and see if you can spot some migratory birds.

There’s so much to love and enjoy, it’s the perfect nature lovers retreat.

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Can you suggest any fun weekend getaways from NYC? Please share in the comments below.

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The best weekend getaways from NYC

Escape the hustle and bustle with these weekend getaways from NYC

While we can never quit NYC, with its  amazing restaurants , internationally-recognized bars and world-class museums , the crowds, the hustle and the pace, however, can lead to some serious stress and, well, sometimes we need a weekend trip.

Fortunately, the location of our fine city affords easy access to many other exciting, yet more relaxed destinations. These weekend getaways from NYC offer fun, relaxation and a little something different not too far from home.

Whether you’re taking a car or public transportation, these destinations are easily accessible in five hours or less. Enjoy nature, chill by a lake, take in some art or do a little shopping. From quaint towns to beachy locales, a weekend away will be just the thing to recharge. If you don’t have a whole weekend to spare, consider one of these day trips from NYC . Looking for a longer getaway? A road trip from NYC might be for you. But these weekend getaways are just right, opening up a whole new world in upstate New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and more.


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Bear Mountain, NY

1.  Bear Mountain, NY

1hr 15 mins from NYC

In the time it would take to make it across town during rush hour, adventurers can get to Bear Mountain for an easy escape from city madness.

Do this: The state park, situated in the mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River, which offers a bevy of hiking and biking trails, as well as picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool and a zoo.

Stay here: Bear Mountain Inn , originally built in 1915, hosted Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower back in the day, and has been extensively renovated to include 15 luxury guest rooms, plus a spa and a restaurant. 

Asbury Park, NJ

2.  Asbury Park, NJ

1hr 30mins from NYC

The summertime gay community in this shore town has actually been active since the 1950s—and over the past few years, the scene’s really heated up.

Eat here: MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos, a favorite among both visitors and locals. 

Stay here: Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel , which was originally designed by noted Beaux Arts architect Whitney Warren.

Beacon, NY

3.  Beacon, NY

Beacon is steeped in history (Beacon Mountain, the tallest point of the Hudson Highlands, played a significant role in the American Revolution), but besides its storied past, it’s also packed with modern-day culture. The city has an arty, indie spirit that attracts…arty, indie people.

Do this:  A former Nabisco box-printing facility on the banks of the Hudson, Dia:Beacon holds collections from the 1960s to the present. Exhibitions meld with works on long-term view from artists including Walter De Maria and Dan Flavin. 

Stay here: Sitting at the base of Mount Beacon—a mile and a half from the town’s center—the Swann Inn of Beacon is a charming bed-and-breakfast. Situated in an 1866 Gothic house, it has five uniquely decorated rooms, which all have retro-cool vibes that would make Wes Anderson blush, including the Red Parlor Suite, a romantic respite complete with a friggin’ front porch). 

New Hope, PA

4.  New Hope, PA

1hr 45mins from NYC

New Hope is Bucks County’s jewel, unhurried and unassuming, with indie boutiques, seasonal-focused eateries and forget-all-your-troubles B&Bs galore. Between hopping to different quaint spots, be sure to get back to nature. We suggest cruising on a rented bike down the Delaware Canal towpath.

Do this: With 134 acres featuring hundreds of species of native plants (including more than 80 that are rare or endangered) and stunning woodlands and meadows throughout, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve offers guided walks in addition to talks and workshops (“Focus on Ferns,” anyone?). 

Stay here: A AAA Four Diamond winner for eight consecutive years, The Inn at Bowman’s Hill is damn swoonworthy. Rooms, like Fountain View and Orchard Retreat, have heated tubs for two—if that’s your bag. For platonic pals, there’s the Penthouse Suite, with its private deck and panoramic views of the property. 

New Paltz, NY

5.  New Paltz, NY

1hr 45 mins from NYC

Beyond all the worth-the-trip views of riverside bluffs and verdant trees, New Paltz is the most historic on this list, with preserved houses that were around 100 years before we even became the U.S. of A. So, yeah. Pretty old.

Do this: Learn about the lives of the 17th-century Huguenot settlers , as performers (dolled up in duds from the period) take you through 30 buildings over 10 acres, including seven historic homes and a reconstructed 1717 church. (Want to retain the back-to-basics spirit as you take in the National Historic Landmark District? Leave the selfie stick at home.) 

Stay here: Mohonk Mountain House , set in the Shawangunk Ridge on Lake Mohonk, is sporting and sophisticated, a sort of East Coast version of The Shining grounds (without all the killing and stuff). Whether you choose one of the classic, wood-paneled rooms and suites or one of its private cottages two miles away, your nightly rate gets you access to a range of complimentary activities like boating and swimming, not to mention meals in its dining room. 

Lake Placid, NY

6.  Lake Placid, NY

The beloved lake is just the beginning: This prime Adirondacks spot features art, shopping, hiking, swimming and one killer mountain. 

Do this: If you're already planning to go out to admire all the greenery upstate New York has to offer, visiting The Wild Center is a must if you want to experience truly unreal nature views. That is, as long as you aren't afraid of heights. Why? Oh, because when you go, you'll be walking an elevated trail across the Adirondack treetops. No big deal!

Stay here:  The seven-acre, 131-unit Mirror Lake Inn can’t be beat. Every room looks over the lake, and the cozy fireside accommodations (along with two restaurants and a spa) will keep you in your robe late into the day. Or check in to the aesthetic and cozy Eastwind Lake Placid .

Hudson, NY

7.  Hudson, NY

2hrs 20mins from NYC

You’ve probably heard a lot about Hudson , and here’s why: food and antiques. The place does both extremely well—it’s a prime option for rustic fine dining (Ca’Mea) and rare retro finds (just about any storefront on Warren Street). But the other big reason why droves of New Yorkers and, fittingly, DIY businesses and developments are staking their claim on the town is because it’s all ensconced in a gorgeous Hudson River–side environment, dotted with quaint historic homes.

Eat here: The communal, high-end restaurant Wm. Farmer and Sons has a cozy-yet-urban energy, serving up bar snacks, small plates and big plates that make use, whenever possible, of local ingredients. 

Stay here:  The Hudson Whaler beautifully blends old-timey flavor with contemporary amenities. Set in an Art Deco building, the hotel has 16 well-appointed guest rooms with sleek, sculptural furnishings that match the Deco tone, as well as free Wi–Fi, an iPad lending library, Keurig coffeemakers, pillow-top mattresses and Lather Aromatherapy bath products.

Phoenicia, NY

8.  Phoenicia, NY

2hrs 30mins from NYC

Tucked into the Catskills, this Ulster County hamlet is a real melting pot, the kind of place where you can expect to see a conservative old-timer and a Brooklyn lumbersexual sipping Buds along the bar in perfect harmony. For every no-nonsense staple (Phoenicia Diner), there’s a hipster newbie (the Graham & Co.). The mellow, no-frills, hippie-dippie local culture makes it easy for anyone to relax here.

Do this:  Explore downtown Phoenicia, go whitewater tubing on Esopus Creek, or explore Kaaterskill Falls. Phoenicia has plenty of adventures, from mild to wild. 

Stay here: Located directly on Esopus Creek in the heart of the Catskills,  Phoenicia Black Bear Campground  is rustic without being primitive. Choose your own adventure: There’s swimming, biking, horseback riding and more nearby. 

Shelter Island, L.I.

9.  Shelter Island, L.I.

2hrs 30 mins from NYC

A midsize island just a seven-minute ferry ride from Greenport, NY, and surrounded by Shelter Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay, Shelter Island is all about unwinding, with historic plantations, unassuming cafés, kayaking and, of course, those views that will make your pals rageful that they didn’t join you.

Do this: With more than 2,000 acres of tidal creeks, mature oak woodlands, fields and freshwater marshes, Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve is one of the richest habitats in the Northeast. Edged in white by 12 miles of coastline, Mashomack attracts birders and botanists looking for ospreys and a number of rare plants—and regular people like us who just want our Facebook feed to look awesome. 

Stay here: Every room at the perennially popular Sunset Beach Hotel has a private sundeck with water views (and loads of Kiehl’s products in the bathrooms, yay). Sunset Beach’s area, with its curving shoreline and spectacular light, is pretty darn similar to the French Riviera.

The Berkshires, MA

10.  The Berkshires, MA

3hrs from NYC

Think of the Berkshires as the Hamptons, minus the nightlife and plus all the art, theater, dance, music and small-town simplicity you could want. Yes, the mountainous region in western Massachusetts has luxury, but it’s served in a laid-back setting. And given its jaw-dropping bucolic backdrop, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities, either.

Do this: One of the country’s largest centers for contemporary art, MASS MoCA , which is set in a converted factory building, focuses on large-scale, immersive installations that more conventional museums just can’t handle. There’s just as much focus on performing arts as there is on visual here; each year touts more than 75 performances of music (Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival has been held here), dance, films, theater and more.   Another surefire bet for the performing arts is Shakespeare & Company in nearby Lenox. The thriving regional theater company mixes traditional Shakespearean productions with contemporary works across multiple, indoor and outdoor stages. And do we need to mention that weed is legal here? Try paying a visit to the closest cannabis dispensary to the New York state border: the chic and friendly Rebelle located in Great Barrington.

Stay here: Oriented toward health, wellness and pampering, Canyon Ranch , which is centered around the century-old, lovingly restored Bellefontaine Mansion, has a lot to offer: tennis, aerobics, guided hikes and bike rides, canoeing, croquet and more than 40 seminars and classes daily such as “Finding Forgiveness.” After all that fresh air and, er, learning, relax in the spa while enjoying the signature Canyon Stone Massage or the candlelit Euphoria body treatment. 

Cape May, NJ

11.  Cape May, NJ

Rediscover your inner summertime kiddie at this seaside destination, which has some of the East Coast’s most unspoiled beaches. The unpretentious fun peaks on Fourth of July weekend—when a full-on carnival and an impressive fireworks display bring in throngs of people—but the good times continue throughout the season, with boardwalk vendors and even dolphin-spotting tours.

Do this: Yup, Jersey Shore Alpacas sounds like an MTV spin-off (and it’d be an awesome one). At this small alpaca farm in Green Creek, a quaint town right next to Cape May, mingle with the critters—well taken care of by owners Jim and Tish Carpinelli—during Open Farm Saturdays, when you can meet the cute creatures at the fence and feed them (carrots are provided). 

Stay here: Cape Resorts . One of the area’s Victorian buildings, the 200-year-old Congress Hall is America’s oldest oceanfront resort. It has 104 rooms, as well as a restaurant, bar and lounge, outdoor pool, spa and a fitness center. But despite the full-service amenity list, the best things here are the simple ones, like the smell of salty sea air outside your open window. (Book an Atlantic-view room for the best relaxation results.) 

Philadelphia, PA

12.  Philadelphia, PA

2hrs from NYC by car, 1hr and 23min by train 

Aside from the wild football fans and patriotic Liberty Bell-seekers, the city of brotherly love caters to the artistic set through major attractions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Go to get cultured, but stick around for the amazing restaurants, beer gardens and the cheesesteaks ( duh ) that truly make the city a smash.

Do this: As the crown jewel of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the  Philadelphia Museum of Art should arguably be the first stop on your list. (Yes, even before the aforementioned cheesesteak). Inside, you’ll find an impressive collection of 19th-and early-20th-century paintings and artifacts. After peeping the creative works, refuel at Reading Terminal Market . The famous indoor farmer’s market hawks everything from food and housewares to speciality snacks and treats all under one roof. Grab a takeaway treat from notable sellers like Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Beiler’s Doughnuts and Little Thai Market. Once you’re full, head to Independence Beer Garden (an outdoor brew den) to down a few pints while playing games like giant jenga. What’s missing? Oh, right: End your night with a cheesesteak at any one of these spots.

Stay here:  Rest your head at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco . This is one of the city’s coolest hotels with post-modern meets art-deco inspired decor and a trendy rooftop bar. Added bonus: The hotel is located right next to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

The Hamptons, L.I.

13.  The Hamptons, L.I.

2.5 hrs from NYC

The Hamptons’ gorgeous sandy respites, dunes and relatively untouched landscapes aren’t just for the jet set. The area boasts gratis culture (the Dan Flavin Art Institute ) and no-nonsense places to eat ( Lobster Roll ) and drink (Fellingham’s), plus plenty of other casual nooks for the rest of us.

Do this: Coopers Beach  is the only stretch of silky, fine-grained white sand in Southampton that’s open to the public. So you can look like a baller in your sunset Instagram pic—without having to actually throw down a ton of dough. 

Otherwise, you pay to park at Main Beach in East Hampton or park and walk to Montauk’s Kirk Park Beach. 

Don’t miss a trip to the Montauk Lighthouse for some gorgeous views or a shopping spree in Sag Harbor.

Stay here: Privacy, luxury and amenities reign supreme at the Reform Club . The main building houses seven suites with wood-burning fireplaces (you’ll want to turn them on, even in the summer, just for the fun of it), oversize marble baths and white wainscot walls with original artwork. 

Cooperstown, NY

14.  Cooperstown, NY

4hrs from NYC

Cooperstown has way more than baseball, and every true brew head knows this. With four breweries in town, Cooperstown was once the country's hops-growing capital.

Do this: Brewery Ommegang , is located on a 135-acre hops farm and offers daily tours. 

Stay here: The Otesaga , the charming (and reportedly haunted) historic hotel, is celebrating its 106th anniversary. It offers fishing and boating—and serves Ommegang beer, to boot.

Newport, RI

15.  Newport, RI

4hrs 30mins from NYC

It’d be easy to dismiss the town as a tourist trap, but what often brings people back to Newport (other than yacht races, tours of a Vanderbilt mansion and smiley locals) are the newish spots.

Eat here: Revolving Door , where regional and national chefs hunker down for several weeks—sometimes up to a month—creating, cooking and serving an inspired prix-fixe menu.

Stay here: The Attwater , a design-driven seven-room boutique hotel off of historic Bellevue Avenue, recently acquired a Victorian manor next door and renovated it from top to bottom.

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