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The best Catskills Airbnb rentals

Whether your budget is tiny or looking to splash some major cash, there’s a Catskills Airbnb rental for every type of upstate weekender. After all, you’ll need a place to crash after spending all day trying out the epic hiking on offer or, maybe more likely, drinking beer and eating charcuterie. Keep reading to discover eight of the most fascinating properties available to rent, whether you want to spend winter in the crisp mountain air of the Catskills region, admire foliage on fall getaways from NYC or escape the city in search of all the fab things to do in upstate New York. Note: please check the latest travel guidance before booking your trip. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best Hudson Valley Airbnb rentals you should stay in

Trade in city lights for the tender glow of a wood-burning stove at the top Hudson Valley Airbnb rentals we could find. Sure, you can snag some temporary R&R at the best spas in NYC, but sometimes you need a long weekend away in cozy cabins so you can fully de-stress and recharge. That’s why we’ve rounded up 15 sensational Airbnbs that boast breathtaking views, sumptuous amenities and scenic hiking, all within a few hours’ drive of Manhattan. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best upstate New York resorts

Get ready to fall in love with the part of our state that’s not the city at the best upstate New York resorts. And yes, just like Elizabeth Barrett Browning, we will count the ways. We love the apple picking farms, for they are ripe and plenty. We love the Hudson Valley wineries, for they are Riesling heavy. We love the hiking near NYC and we love the Finger Lake sails, but most of all, dear upstate New York, we love that we can visit any one of the luxurious northern resorts whenever we’re good and ready. Have a look at our favourite upstate New York resorts. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best romantic getaways in NY State

Next time you want to get away with your boo, these romantic getaways in NY state will certainly come in handy, from idyllic upstate locales to romantic hotels with some of the best spas that challenge the best spas in NYC. And if you’re looking to include the Big Apple in your itinerary too, check out the city’s most romantic things to do.

21 haunted places in New York State that will scare you silly

New York City has more than its fair share of sinister secrets. (Could Ghostbusters be set anywhere else? Think about it.) But the real scares are beyond city limits. Check out these getaway destinations for the macabre set, which hit the state’s most haunted histories. There are no fairy tales here, only ghost hunts and real-life stories of murder, greed and insanity. Craving some spooky fun within the five boroughs? Check out these local haunted houses and ghost tours.

Six summer spots in New York State you can visit for way cheaper in the winter

If you’re looking for a fun escape during winter, there are a lot more options than just ski trips near NYC or fleeing to Florida. These unexpected winter getaways will have you living like a snow queen on the cheap and are perfect for either day trips from NYC or longer vacations. Best of all, you won’t have to fight your way through those daunting summer crowds.  

The best things to do in upstate New York

Sure, NYC has world-class parks, museums, stadiums, stores and restaurants, but escaping the chaos offers a nice respite (even if you only stay at one of the best upstate New York resorts for one or two nights). The best part is, you don’t even have to leave the state to have some incredible experiences on weekend getaways if you’re tight for time. Beyond Hudson Valley, here are some of the best places to visit in New York State for everything from wine tasting to admiring fall foliage.

The best Hudson, NY, hotels and B&Bs

Head to the best Hudson, NY, hotels and B&Bs the next time you’re searching for a little R&R. When the city noise and pace just becomes too much, you should flock to upstate New York and recharge your batteries in one of these sweet, cozy and charming inns or the absolute best hotels.

The best places to visit in New York State

There’s clearly no shortage of things to do in NYC, and many people who visit New York state come for just that reason. But should you find yourself wanting to explore the wider region, whether it’s a romantic getaway or you’re just curious about what lies beyond the five boroughs, consult our curated list of the best places to visit in New York State. Luxury seekers may enjoy an afternoon at the beach in Montauk or a trip to some of the best Long Island wineries, whereas more adventurous types might opt for a hike through the Adirondack mountains. From upstate to Long Island, here are the best places to visit in New York State.

The best Hudson Valley wineries in New York

When it comes to finding good wine, everyone knows the usual suspects—California, Italy and France of course. But there are plenty of vino havens to be found in New York State too, including these Hudson Valley wineries—and don’t forget there are even more wineries in NJ. Watch your back, Napa...

New York State’s 20 coolest out-of-town spots

From bucolic cultural hubs and wine trails to sleepy towns and go-to restaurants, a whole other world lies outside New York City's borders. These are just a few of the many weekend getaways you can enjoy if you're into, you know, fresh air, quiet spaces, fewer people and those sorts of things. Whether you're planning an extended vacation or just a quick day trip from NYC, these cool spots will have you almost forgetting about the bustling city. Just as a precaution, though, if you hear banjos, run.

Best spas in New York State for a warming winter escape

Who cares if it’s cold outside when you’re basking in warm steam or a Roman bath? Or perhaps you prefer a good pummeling? Relax and revitalize at one of these spas in New York State—indulgent spa getaways include everything from an eco-friendly sanctuary in the Hudson Valley to a romantic Finger Lakes retreat. The posh Mirbeau Inn & Spa(851 West Genesee St, Skaneateles, NY; 877-647-2328, mirbeau.com; 4 hours from NYC by car) is  perfect for romantics. The 14,000-square-foot wellness retreat is set in gardens reminiscent of Monet’s water-lily-strewn sanctuary at Giverny. So it isn’t surprising that among its many massages, wraps and facial treatments, one of the spa’s most popular options is Monet’s Favorite Fragrance, an aromatherapy treatment that aims to better one’s physical/emotional balance by incorporating the healing properties of essential oils with the relaxation benefits of a Swedish massage ($125–$135 for 50 minutes, $230–$250 for 100 minutes). Situated at the top of the Shawangunk Ridge, Mohonk Mountain House (1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY; 877-877-2664, mohonk.com; 90 minutes from NYC by bus) has a 30,000-square-foot spa  known for its signature massage treatments. One highlight, the Mohonk Red ($185 for 80 minutes), named for the red witch hazel that is grown on the property, mixes Swedish massage, Hawaiian lomilomi massage and traditional Thai stretches, then concludes with a “Guided Power Nap.” But the resort’s new menu of “Spa Solutions for Modern Living,” which provides pampering antidotes to everyday ailments like allergies (Breathe Well and Be Well, $120 for 50 minutes) and high-heel pain (High Heeler, $120 for 50 minutes), is quickly gaining attention.Hydrotherapy is central to the experience at the Roosevelt Baths and Spa (39 Roosevelt Dr, Saratoga Springs, NY; 800-452-7275, gideonputnam.com; 3 hours from NYC by car) at the Gideon Putnam Resort. Founded in 1935, the spa boasts a whopping 43 treatment rooms, a steam room and a soothing “transition” room, complete with soft lighting and a fireplace. Taking a cue from the mineral springs of its hometown, the spa offers its own menu of effervescent mineral baths—mixed to the perfect temperature and available with or without aromatherapy ($28–$33 for 20 minutes, $30–$35 for 40 minutes).Get the royal treatment at Belhurst Castle(4069 Rte 14 South, Geneva, NY; 315-781-5040, belhurst.com; 5 hours from NYC by car), as old-world design meets modern amenities at the inn’s Isabella Spa. Resting on the shores of Seneca Lake, this romantic Finger Lakes resort keeps couples close with a variety of pampering experiences for two, including the Isabella Romantic Retreat ($325 for 100 minutes), a combination of treatments that puts all five senses on high alert with a stimulating peppermint foot soak, invigorating coffee exfoliation, relaxing Indian sarsaparilla body wrap, warm wild-lime neck massage and full-body white pine, juniper and bergamot massage.Rumor has it that Nick Monte, the original innkeeper at Gurney’s Inn Resort Spa & Conference Center(290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY; 631-668-1892, gurneysinn.com; 3½ hours from NYC by train), had so much faith in the restorative properties of the sea that he drank a shot of seawater every day of his adult life. Which probably explains why he founded the only seawater spa in continental America. You’ll find said salty stuff filling the Olympic-sized, indoor heated pool and the Roman baths, and in Gurney’s signature Thalassotherapies, like the algae slimming bath ($65 for 25 minutes), in which, according to the spa, a micronized seaweed mixture speeds up metabolism, detoxifies the body and tones the skin.At the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa(220 North Rd, Milton, NY; 845-795-4050, buttermilkspa.com; 2 hours from NYC by car), you’ll be swathed in serenity: The sleek, eco-friendly sanctuary, owned by Great Jones Spa founder Robert Pollock, is in a bucolic Hudson Valley setting. Guests of the inn have free run of the solar-powered spa’s sauna, steam room and 40-foot indoor pool, where they can enjoy the surrounding scenery through floor-to-ceiling glass panels while they swim. A day pass is $35 (couple $50), if you don’t want to stay the night. Choose from an array of services, including seven types of massage ($60–$175), exotic body wraps ($155–$185) and organic facials ($110–$155).On the grounds of the Oneida Indian Nation’s 1,200-acre Turning Stone Resort & Casino(5218 Patrick Rd, Verona, NY; 800-771-7711, turningstone.com/spa; 4½ hours from NYC by car), Skana spa has extensive facilities, including 12 treatment rooms, a coed mineral pool, soaking tubs, a steam room and sauna. The AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort’s spa utilizes traditional Native American healing rituals in an array of unique treatments, many of which incorporate fresh herbs. Try the White Pine Foot & Body treatment ($160 for 80 minutes), which treats your feet with mint, oat milk and vanilla, and eases sore muscles with a sage and white pine oil massage.In the Catskills, the Copperhood Retreat & Spa(7039 State Route 28, Shandaken, NY; 845-688-2460, copperhood.com; 2½ hours from NYC by car) offers the perfect antidote to the winter doldrums. With an emphasis on wellness, this 15-room sanctuary embraces a variety of alternative healing methods, including shiatsu massage, ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. The spa’s wet-room suite is where you’ll find its water-based options, including the hydrotherapy tub and Vichy shower—a rainlike, six-jet setup that can be enjoyed on its own or in combination with massage ($115 for 50 minutes).

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