For some of the best cold-weather sports, indulgent spa retreats, winter festivals and fresh-from-the-farm fare, you don’t have to leave New York—State, that is. Consult our guide to weekend getaways from NYC. If you’re planning to hit the slopes this winter, the Empire State has the largest number of ski mountains in the country, and offers everything from gentle, beginner-friendly terrain to Olympic-class facilities. Looking for a more extreme adventure? Whether you want to zip-line above spectacular scenery or scale an icy peak, there are plenty of activities that will get your pulse racing.
If cultural excursions are more your thing, visit the homes of some of the nation’s most important historical figures, from FDR to Walt Whitman; pay tribute to the Babe at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown; or see supersize installations by iconic modern masters at Hudson Valley art haven Dia:Beacon.
Or perhaps you’d prefer to chill out in a luxury spa, spend a weekend sampling some locally produced wines—New York is the country’s third-largest wine-producing state—or snag designer bargains at one of the biggest outlet malls in the world. Whatever your pleasure, escape the city—and discover New York.
Skiing and snowboarding
Get excited, shredders and ski bums: There are powder and slopes aplenty just a short distance away
Tackle the snow with an inner tube, cross-country skis or an ice ax (yes, really)
Winter spa breaks
Loosen up with a trip to one of these luxurious out-of-town retreats
Winter getaways for the family
Warm up in an indoor water park, explore underground caves or skate like an Olympian
Day and weekend trips
Whether you enjoy art and culture, bargain hunting or craft-brewery tours, check out our itineraries