Winter claims plenty of holidays: Christmas, the new year, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day...and Presidents’ Day. Spring doesn’t have much, though: The season’s only three-day weekend happens on Memorial Day on May 28.
All the more reason to take advantage of Presidents’ Day to plan a weekend getaway from NYC. Even if you don’t have any plans yet, it’s not too late: You can still book plenty of Airbnbs near ski resorts, charming towns and gorgeous forests within a few hour’s drive, bus trip or train ride from NYC. Just pick out one of these 11 rental properties, make your reservations and start packing your bags.
Oasis Home Retreat in Beacon, NY
Nestled up against Fishkill Creek, this lovely four-bedroom house would make a perfect home base for exploring the quaint town of Beacon. The open floorplan and luxe decorations are a nice change of pace from the typical, tiny NYC apartment. Get your fill of modern art at Dia:Beacon, then explore the breweries, restaurants and boutiques lining Main Street.
Art-Filled Newly Renovated House in Hudson, NY
Don’t want to rent a car to get out of town? Take a train to Hudson, a trendy upstate town that’s giving us some serious Brooklyn vibes. Gorgeous architecture, eclectic antique shops, terrific restaurants and hip citizens—it’s all here. Rent out a cozy two-bedroom house steps away from the main drag to explore the best the town has to offer.
Hawthorne in Ghent, NY
For a little more secluded weekend getaway, book this restored 1920s farmhouse in the Hawthorne Valley. You might feel like you stepped off the pages of a lifestyle magazine, what with the fieldstone fireplace, old-fashioned soaking tub and screened-in porch.
Modern Bungalow in Phoenicia, NY
This small abode decked out with mid-century modern furnishings has just as much charm as the hamlet of Phoenicia itself. Exploring the quaint shops, restaurants and art galleries on Main Street would be a fun way to spend an afternoon. It’s also not far from Hunter Mountain, if you’d like to hit the slopes during your stay.
The Tree-Top Suite at Magnolia Streamside Resort in Canadensis, PA
If the Winter Olympics have you aching to get back on the slopes, rent out this condo near Camelback Mountain Resort for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding. The digs are cozy, the views are breathtaking and the slopes are close—what more could you want?
Marble Getaway Cabin in Dorset, VT
Fans of home improvement reality shows might recognize this one-of-a-kind cabin from Building Wild on the National Geographic channel. The birch and marble accents on this cabin are certainly picturesque, as are the natural surroundings. The property feels secluded, but it would be a cinch to drive to Stratton Mountain for a day of skiing.
Greenwood Lodge in Lake Placid, NY
Gather a group of your most athletic friends and recreate the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. Since it hosted the 1980 games, this small mountain town boasts a full Olympic center with two arenas, a bobsled track and a luge course. Visit the famed “Miracle on Ice” arena, learn how to bobsled and hit the slopes at nearby Whiteface Mountain before heading back to this sprawling five-bedroom vacation house for the night.
Modern Country Retreat on 25 Acres in Washington, CT
Once you hear that Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino got the idea for Stars Hollow from picturesque Litchfield County, it’s easy to see the similarities. Both places are chock full of antique shops, charming inns and delightfully quirky townspeople. Book a stay at this mid-century modern home on 25 acres for a relaxing city escape.
Cozy Hudson Valley 1880s Carriage House in Highland, NY
With cathedral ceilings, exposed beams and an old-fashioned stove, this restored home dating back to the 1880s has oodles of character. Farms and orchards surround the country retreat, while the bohemian hamlet of New Paltz and stunning natural beauty of Minnewaska State Park are both just a short drive away.
Charming Country Home in Bridgehampton Village in Bridgehampton, NY
Who said you could only visit the Hamptons during the summer? Though you won’t get to lie on the beach during the off season, there’s still plenty to do—plus, you won’t have to fight off the summer crowds. Go wine-tasting at Wolffer Estate, taste fresh-from-the-sea shellfish at Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm and check out the world-renowned Parrish Art Museum during your trip. This comfortable, three-bedroom house in Bridgehampton offers an ideal crash pad.
Lovely Apartment on Beautiful Grounds in Lenox, MA
Don’t overlook the Berkshires: This bucolic region of western Massachusetts offers plenty of opportunities for R&R and it’s just a three-hour drive from New York City. Stroll through grand estates like Ventford Hall Mansion and Edith Wharton’s summer home at The Mount, shop for art in acclaimed local galleries and schedule relaxing spa treatments at Canyon Ranch or Cranwell Resort for the ultimate weekend trip. A renovated colonial from the turn of the century makes a particularly appropriate place to stay.