At this point during a New York winter, it’s hard to deny the enticing dream of a weekend getaway. Fortunately for New Yorkers, there are lots of amazing and affordable destinations that are easily reached by car and that won’t break the budget. So make sure that your vehicle is equipped for winter weather and hit the road to enjoy the season in comfort and relaxation!
Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid is a favorite getaway spot for New Yorkers, and it’s just a five-hour drive from Manhattan. There are some great resorts and spas here, including the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, which is on Whiteface Mountain – a great place for skiing. The rustic yet luxurious Lake Placid Lodge is also a popular place to stay, and there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating onsite.
Mt. Tremper, New York
For an indulgent spa weekend getaway, head to the Emerson in Mt. Tremper, New York, which is just 2.5 hours from Manhattan. Here you can take yoga classes, get a massage and a manicure, and cuddle next to the fireplace. To take things up a notch, drive over to Belleayre Mountain for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. The famous 1960s concert destination town of Woodstock is nearby to explore as well.
Cooperstown, New York
Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which is a must-see for all baseball fans. This small town is only about four hours from Manhattan, and the baseball attraction draws about 300,000 visitors each year. One of the other great stops in Cooperstown is the Ommegang Brewery, which is located on a beautiful plot of land with lots of room to grab a bite and a pint and relax.
Aurora, New York
Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Aurora is a historic town with lots of regional products for sale, local wines, and charming inns. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is popular with visitors and Seneca Falls is nearby to visit as well.
North Adams, Massachusetts
Take a 3.5 hour drive from Manhattan to reach North Adams, a Massachusetts town with art, culture, and outdoor adventures. Visit the Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum after a brisk winter hike in the Berkshire Hills. One of the best places to stay here is called The Porches, which yes, has nostalgic rocking chairs on the porch.
Manchester Village, Vermont
If you can plan to take a long weekend away from New York, Vermont’s Manchester Village is a great place to visit. For some serious adventure, consider staying at the Equinox Resort and Spa, which offers a unique Land Rover driving experience onsite. Put your winter driving skills to the test on this 80-acre course that features ascents, descents, tilts, and practical obstacles. This is a safe, controlled environment that can help to improve your driving skills out on the real highways of New York!