Whether it's around the start of fall, the end of holiday season, or the middle of the summer, there comes a time when New Yorkers get the itch to seek relaxing refuge outside of their beloved city—even if it's just for a weekend. Enter Upstate New York, where sipping green tea on the porch, a whiskey sour by the pool, or a Pimm's cup in front of the fire is more than enough in terms of activities for the day. Of course, you can always take a dip or go for a hike, too.
Luckily, there is no shortage of entertainment in Upstate New York. The mountains are filled with trails, and the quaint towns are alive with local craftsmen, restauranteurs, cheesemongers, and artists. In essence, it's the perfect playground outside of Manhattan. To help you plan out your own Upstate New York getaway, we highlighted our favorite locales and their best local food haunts.
Whether you're into a rustic experience filled with badminton matches and hot toddies by the fire or you prefer a more decadent historic and luxury affair, we have the place for you.
The Graham & Co.
Stay: Nestled in the Catskills, The Graham & Co. and its 20 guest rooms will become your ideal summer share house, but it comes with all the amenities of a hotel. The property features hammocks, a badminton court, a fire pit, a picnic area, and a pool. Go hiking, tubing, or simply sip on a craft cocktail—it'll feel definitely be one of your go-to hotel for an easy getaway.
Though The Graham & Co. is open all year-round, you'll get the most bang for your buck if you book your trip for the summer months.
Eat: The famous Phoenicia Diner is a famous institution in the area. Built during the 1960s, this place boasts everything you love about a traditional diner, but with a more upscale feel. The best part, every item is prepared using locally sourced ingredients.
Stay: If you want to explore all that Hudson, New York, has to offer without the inconvenience of getting a rental car, Rivertown Lodge is your spot. Located on Main Street, this super charming white-washed property—once a movie theater—is within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants that Hudson is famous for.
Eat: Book a table at the popular culinary hot spot Fish & Game (a James Beard winner), and finish off the evening with a nightcap at Rivertown Lodge's cocktail bar. Located in a converted barn, Fish & Game offers the perfect backdrop for raking in the Instagram likes. Plus, the seasonal menu is one of the best we've experienced.
Stay: If you're looking to unwind in an idyllic environment, Stone Ridge's Hasbrouck House is the place for you. The beautifully renovated historic property has two restaurants on-site, as well as in-room massages and private yoga sessions, so you never have to leave the property if you don't want to. The soaking tubs will make you want to linger as well.
Eat: Try Butterfield, Hasbrouck House's signature farm-to-table restaurant. If you're a meat-eater, go for the Sirloin, which is always paired with seasonal veggies and sides.
Scribner's Catskill Lodge
Stay: Smack dab in the quaint town of Hunter, Scribner's Catskill Lodge has quickly become the destination of choice for in-the-know New Yorkers. The refurbished motel, which once housed a decadent indoor swimming "grotto" in the 1960s, is now a chic but understated enclave that embodies the alpine spirit of après-ski without the fuss. Lounge by the fire or explore the nearby Catskills.
Try to head out to Scribner's within the first two weeks of October to witness the gorgeous fall leaves changing color. There's truly nothing like it.
Eat: Scribner's own Prospect restaurant has a solid offering of locally inspired Hudson Valley food, a circular bar, and mountain views no matter where you're sitting.
Dear Mountain Inn
Stay: Located near Scribner's in the Catskills, Deer Mountain Inn has a spirit of its own. Walk into the historic six-room lodge, and you'll instantly feel as though you've stepped into an old family friend's country home—where everyone is welcoming and the fireplace is roaring. It's the perfect place to wind down after a hike at Kaaterskills Falls.
Eat: The bar manager on the property, a Brooklyn ex-pat, will serve you the best cocktails north of Manhattan while the food will leave you nothing short of impressed.
Stay: If you want to treat yourself to ultimate luxury, head to Glenmere Mansion. The 18-room Relais and Châteaux property, once host to royalty and aristocracy, is now a premier luxury destination less than an hour outside of New York City. It's the ultimate romantic escape for the most discerning travelers.
Eat: Between the intimate Supper Room and the more casual Frogs End Tavern—where you can escape for a cozy cocktail and game of chess—there isn't a need to venture far. Besides, the magnificent property is worth exploring in depth.
Foxfire Mountain House
Stay: If you're into a full Upstate New York experience, Foxfire Mountain House will not disappoint. In true Catskills style, the property comes complete with bocce ball and badminton courts, fire pits, and hammocks. This place is relaxed, a little bohemian, and laid-back, but it's entirely luxe in its modern-day comforts.
Eat: Hop over to the local Woodstock Shindig for unpretentious farm-to-table-fare. If you're in the mood to indulge, opt for the mac n cheese, which is made with cheddar, parmesan, and havarti bechamel, and topped with a truffle with parmesan bread crumb crust. They had us at "truffle."