Our 5 Favorite Upstate Winter Getaways
The winter can feel like a never-ending endurance test as we muscle through the bitter cold and back into the springtime blooms. But here at And North, we can hardly wait to throw on the wool and brave the elements in upstate New York, where snowy adventures run rampant and the morning fires spark afternoon naps. We’ve made so many memories and boot prints along quiet trails; we’ll never tire of looking up at branches amassed in pillowy snow. This season really is the perfect time to plan a trip — be it quick or leisurely — and to explore that town you’ve been reading about for some time. If you didn’t make it out of the city this fall, let us be the first to lure you upstate with our 5 favorite places to stay this winter. We promise you the wintry scenery of your dreams.
- Opened in 1869, this historic resort set in the Shawangunk Mountains is by far one of the most beautiful and little known locations in the country. The 600 room Victorian castle sits on a pristine lake surrounded by stunning trails and award winning gardens. Expect cozy nights by the grand fireplace, outdoor ice skating, snowy hikes to majestic overlooks, and laps in their heated pool. Visiting Mohonk Mountain House is to travel back in time—you will be sure to remember your stay there.
- New Paltz, NY
91.4 miles from New York City
Images by Jim Smith
Catskills Le Petite Cabine
- If that perfect, secluded winter escape is what you desire, you must plan a trip to this 1955 Catskills cabin set on a 10 mile river trout stream. Equipped with a fireplace, brass fitted clawfoot tub, and two bedrooms, Le Petite Cabine is perfect for the traveler who finds beauty in simple pleasures. Just a short distance from the town of Narrowsburg, don’t miss the chance to visit some our local favorites: Maison Bergogne for antiques and decor and The Heron for a beautiful farm-to-table meal. The property is also available as a timeshare for artists and creative types, contact owner Anie Stanley for more information.
- Narrowsburg, NY
103 miles from New York City
Images by Katie Lobel
- Take the train up to Hudson for a winter respite at the newly opened Rivertown Lodge, a 27 room hotel set in a former 1920’s movie theatre. Designed in collaboration with Workstead, the hotel features custom built furniture and vintage accents, culminating in a beautiful space that is as cool as it is cozy. Head downstairs to the copper accented bar for a glass of whiskey before venturing out to the many beautiful bars and restaurants in town. We recommend grabbing your own provisions at Talbott and Arding, or if you’re looking for an elegant night out, dining at Fish & Game, a gorgeous Hudson Valley farm-to-table restaurant operating out of a former blacksmith shop.
- Hudson, NY
121 miles from New York City
Images by Emma Tuccillo
- Head to the quiet hamlet of North Branch for a calming getaway to The North Branch Inn, a newly opened five room retreat just two hours from the city. Built in 1868, this two-story townhouse has surprises at every turn — a two-lane wooden bowling alley from the early 1900’s, a small movie theatre with seats from Radio City Music Hall, and a restaurant called the Bar Room, that highlights local ingredients in every dish. Equipped with luxurious amenities such as Malin & Goetz bath products and soft down duvets, you will be sure to leave your getaway relaxed and refreshed. This is the second inn that owners Sims and Kirsten Foster opened in the Catskills — the first was The Arnold House, an instant favorite in Livingston Manor.
- North Branch, NY
122 miles from New York City
Images by The North Branch Inn
- For a wonderfully unique setting, venture to The DeWitt Oak Hill, a boutique hotel full of luxury and vintage charm. Dorothee French and Diane Scouser, owners of the online vintage business, French and Scouser, bring their eclectic eye to every inch of the space. The rooms feel both modern and rustic, each one designed by a different curator, offering something new each time you visit. Lounge in the two-story Great Room on a velvet sofa while taking in the sounds of the Catskill Creek, or jump in the car to explore the surrounding area, just minutes away from Athens, Catskills, and Hudson. We’d be remiss not to recommend a trip to Heather Ridge Farm where you can pick up local provisions or, even better, a seat at their monthly farm-to-table supper clubs.
- Oak Hill, NY
141 miles from New York City
Images by Laura Moss Photography