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Our Favorite Resorts in New York For a Last-Minute Getaway

Condé Nast Traveler logo Condé Nast Traveler 7/27/2020 Noah Kaufman

Many New Yorkers have, for the most part, been sequestered in their apartments for several months as much of the city shut down due to COVID-19 (and if you’ve ever seen a New York City apartment, you know that means tight quarters). A hotel stay where you can get away and not think about cooking your own meals, making your own bed, or cleaning your own bathroom—even just for a weekend—might be the greatest gift you can give yourself right now. All around New York there are magical places to travel: the wide beaches and world-class surfing of Montauk, the charming lakes in the Adirondacks, and the modernized mountain houses of the Catskills. Here are the best resorts in New York for a getaway you can take now.

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Long Island

a building next to a window: Shou Sugi Ban is the Japanese concept of deeply charring wood to preserve and strengthen it. And Shou Sugi Ban House, a Hamptons wellness retreat set on three leafy acres in Water Mill, New York, feels like an ideal spot to rekindle and affirm a sense of zen. Guests can book the entire resort, which comprises thirteen 400-square-foot guest studios, from June through Labor Day; added amenities include housekeeping, wellness activities like holotropic breath work and movement training, and gourmet, plant-rich meals designed by chef Mads Refslund, a co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen. Buyouts from $112,500 per week; book at shousugibanhouse.com © Courtesy Shou Sugi Ban House

Shou Sugi Ban is the Japanese concept of deeply charring wood to preserve and strengthen it. And Shou Sugi Ban House, a Hamptons wellness retreat set on three leafy acres in Water Mill, New York, feels like an ideal spot to rekindle and affirm a sense of zen. Guests can book the entire resort, which comprises thirteen 400-square-foot guest studios, from June through Labor Day; added amenities include housekeeping, wellness activities like holotropic breath work and movement training, and gourmet, plant-rich meals designed by chef Mads Refslund, a co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen.

Buyouts from $112,500 per week; book at shousugibanhouse.com

Shou Sugi Ban House - Water Mill, New York

A considered wellness retreat that feels a world away from the often status-driven outings at the Hamptons, Shou Sugi Ban House commands relaxation as soon as you enter. Morning yoga followed by spa treatments and some time in a deep wooden soaking tub will gently ease you away from the city. Combine that with meals from one of the co-founders of Noma, and you might never want to have to go back.

Book Now: From $1,250 a night at shousugibanhouse.com

a bedroom with a bed in a hotel room © Courtesy Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa - Montauk, New York

The rooms, suites, and cottages at Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa have been favorites of our readers over several years, in no small part because no matter where you stay at the resort, you get a sweeping ocean view. Best of all, those views overlook what is, perhaps, the most desirable perk for a stay out on Montauk: your own private beach dotted with loungers and king-size daybeds.

Book Now: From $295 a night at skylark.com

a house that is parked on the side of a building © Courtesy Marram

Marram - Montauk, New York

The palette of blondes and browns makes the rooms feel like a posh extension of the sand dunes on which they’re set. You can certainly spend a weekend laying out, getting some beachy Montauk relaxation, but Marram offers the chance for a more active escape. Yoga, surfing, nature hikes, and bike rides are just a few of the options for travelers who feel most refreshed after a day of exploring.

Book Now: From $525 a night at booking.com

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Room at the Beach - Bridgehampton, New York

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you had your own Hamptons estate, here’s your chance. Once a home owned by both Donna Karen and Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis, Room at the Beach was reimagined as a 10-room inn in 2019 by designer Lucy Weber. The grounds here are only an acre and a half, but they manage to feel like a natural escape surrounding guests with towering trees, a lovely garden, and an outdoor sauna. But if you find yourself in need of a little activity, the village of Bridgehampton, along with its shopping and dining, is just blocks away.

Book Now: From $670 a night at iwantaroomatthebeach.com

Adirondacks

a large body of water with a mountain in the background © Courtesy The Sagamore Resort

The Sagamore - Lake George, New York

Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains has long been an escape for New Yorkers, and often, The Sagamore Resort is their hotel of choice. The grand 19th century building is set high above the lake, which means postcard-perfect views and sunsets, but the spa may be the real reason to come. An Adirondack hot stone massage and Green Island sugar scrub will leave you feeling fresh and relaxed when you finally have to head home.

Book Now: From $190 a night at skylark.com

Catskills

© Courtesy The DeBruce

The Debruce - Livingston Manor, New York

It looks a bit like a refurbished and modernized Catskills resort of old, but what really sets the Debruce apart is its dining scene. Chef Aksel Theilkuhl forages and fishes the area to make exquisite meals that you won't find elsewhere. Think, pickled deer heart, whole trout, or snails on leek toast.

Book Now: From $538 a night at thedebruce.com

a large pool of water © Courtesy Scribner's Catskill Lodge

Scribner's Catskill Lodge - Hunter, New York

The cabin that all Brooklynites wished they owned. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, right across the street from Hunter Mountain, looks like a modern mountain house from the outside, but inside it’s all whites and blonde woods. A circular fireplace roars regularly in the center of the common area, where guests are encouraged to pull up a lounge chair, grab a book off the shelf, and just read for a while. The hotel also goes out of its way to welcome four-legged friends if your dog needs an escape from the city, too.

Book Now: From $236 a night at scribnerslodge.com

a building made out of wood © Courtesy Eastwind Hotel & Bar

Eastwind Hotel & Bar - Windham, New York

Once a hunting lodge, the Eastwind is now a dreamy Scandinavian getaway. The rooms are hipstered out with retro looking radios, mirrors, and furniture, but what you want to do here is glamp. The A-frame Lushna cabins are set well away from the main house on the edge of the woods, but that’s about where the rustic feel ends. Frette linens and Pendleton bathrobes will keep you cozy, private tiled bathrooms with rainfall showers take care of needs when nature calls. Quick easy access to the sauna completes the experience.

Book Now: From $279 a night at eastwindny.com

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place © Lawrence Braun

Kenoza Hall - Kenoza Lake, New York

Far west of the best known stops on the Catskill circuit like Phoenicia and Woodstock, Kenoza Hall is one of the newest hotels to come to the mountains and is a summer retreat reborn. Rooms are bright and luxurious, but still have a homey feel to them. The hotel makes much of the outdoors with private lake access and dedicated hiking trails. As the leaves start to turn it will be a lovely place to be.

Book Now: From $449 a night at kenozahall.com


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