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The best upstate New York resorts

Head to these upstate New York resorts for an escape from the concrete jungle and some spectacular nature-based R&R

Photograph: Courtesy The Sagamore
The Sagamore

At the best upstate New York resorts, get ready to fall in love with the part of our state that’s not the city. And yes, just like Elizabeth Barrett Browning, we will count the ways. We love your apple picking farms, for yours are ripe and plenty. We love your Hudson Valley wineries, for yours are Riesling heavy. We love your hiking near NYC and we love your Finger Lake sails, but most of all, dear upstate New York, we love that we can visit any one of your luxurious northern resorts, whenever we’re good and ready.

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Best upstate New York resorts

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Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House

It’s no surprise this 266-room Victorian beaut tops our list. Founded by Albert Smiley in 1869, the national historic landmark sits on a pristine mountain lake surrounded by lush forests and scenic hiking trails. Make the most of your R&R by paddleboarding and rock climbing by day and indulging in exquisite farm-to-table feasts by night. And when in doubt, always agree to the warm stone massage. 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY (855-883-3798, mohonk.com)

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The Point Resort

The Point Resort

The Point is the epitome of rustic elegance. Well-known for being the Rockefeller family’s Great Camp during the Gilded Age, this Adirondacks resort boasts finely crafted native timber log mansions replete with grand stone fireplaces, original hand-built fixtures and ornate antiques, all along the mirrored edge of Saranac Lake. Outdoor activities include everything from sailing and bass fishing to fiddlehead fern and morel gathering. P.O. Box 1327, Saranac Lake, NY (800-255-3530, thepointsaranac.com)

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The Otesaga

The Otesaga

Just a three-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City, you’ll find the majestic Otesaga Resort Hotel—a luxurious lakeside inn reminiscent of a bygone era of elegance and atmospheric charm. The resort itself offers a plethora of upscale amenities including spa treatments, award-winning golf courses, first-class dining and a one-of-a-kind fire bar where you can sip on a soothing autumn peartini as you soak in breathtaking views of Lake Otsego. And when you’re ready to explore more, you won’t have to travel far—the iconic National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum and Ommegang Brewery are just a few miles away. 60 Lake St, Cooperstown, NY (607-547-9931, otesaga.com)

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Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa

Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa

Created by the 18th century entrepreneur and visionary Gideon Putnam, this historic Saratoga Springs resort houses the luxurious Roosevelt Baths & Spa—a transforming hydrotherapy spa that uses natural mineral water captured from the city’s famous underground springs to deliver its clients a signature brand of aquatic bliss. But the pampering doesn’t end there. Once toweled off, further treat yourself to a range of additional spa services, including massages, facials, scrubs, body wraps and salon styling. 24 Gideon Putnam Rd, Saratoga Springs, NY (866-890-1171, gideonputnam.com)

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The Sagamore Resort

The Sagamore Resort

Poised on the southern end of Lake George’s Green Island, the Sagamore offers 72 acres of rest and relaxation, upstate style. Here, lake-going guests can choose from a range of adventurous activities, from fishing and boating to wakeboarding and tubing. And for those with a different definition of relaxation, the Sagamore offers a 10,000-square-foot pool deck equipped with chaise lounges, al fresco fare and cooling libations. 110 Sagamore Rd, Bolton Landing, NY (518-644-9400, thesagamore.com)

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Pavilion Grand Hotel

Pavilion Grand Hotel

Saratoga Springs’ Pavilion Grand does its 1819 namesake justice, offering 48 uniquely designed suites draped in vintage elegance and modern luxury. Studios and one-two bedroom boutique suites feature luxurious condo-style amenities like stainless steel kitchen appliances and covered balconies, while expansive penthouse suites include wet bars, wine refrigerators and private rooftop gardens complete with lounge furniture. 30 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY (518-583-2727, paviliongrandhotel.com)

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Peter

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Athenaeum Hotel

Athenaeum Hotel

Chautauqua’s Athenaeum Hotel offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Established in 1881, the grand hotel sits prominently on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution—the historic adult education center and summer resort made famous for its ecumenical teachings on art, music, dance, theater and writing. During the summer season, hotel guests can enjoy a Chautauqua Institution gate pass, which grants access to nearly 35 on-site events offered daily. P.O. Box 66, Chautauqua, NY (800-821-1881, ciweb.org/athenaeum-hotel)

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Belhurst Castle

Belhurst Castle

Perched on the northwestern shore of Seneca Lake, this landmark 1880s stone castle blends nineteenth-century charm with modern-day comfort. Guests can choose from 14 uniquely curated rooms elegantly outfitted with canopied beds, stained glass windows and cast bronze fireplaces. And just steps from your palatial digs, you’ll find the Belhurst Winery, where you can sample award-winning Rieslings and ice wines. 4069 West Lake Rd, Geneva, NY (315-781-0201, belhurst.com)

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Visit Finger Lakes

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Turning Stone Resort & Casino

Turning Stone Resort & Casino

This resort and casino includes a sprawling complex of modern yet elegant accommodations nestled in the heart of Central New York. Here, you’ll find lodging to fit any preference of style—you can stay in the lodge, hotel, tower or inn. But trust us, you won’t want to spend too much time ordering room service while watching free HBO—the resort houses a casino, spa, golf dome and boxing venue alongside multiple restaurants, lounges and bars. 5218 Patrick Rd, Verona, NY (800-771-7711, turningstone.com)

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Darryl Kenyon

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