5 Luxurious Day Trips from New York City
New York City. There’s a reason people call it “The City that Never Sleeps.” As the center of the world’s fashion, finance, and entertainment industries, New York (or “the city,” as its residents have affectionately dubbed it) is a place where businesses and people operate at full-speed around the clock. There is always something exciting to do in the city — from eating at the world’s best restaurants, to visiting the world’s finest art museums, to shopping in the world’s most exquisite department stores — and, really, there is no place like it in the world. It is nearly impossible not to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of New York City while you are there – and, therefore, although living in the city can be the most exciting lifestyle in the world, it can also be the most exhausting.
Luckily, you don’t need to get on airplane and fly somewhere exotic to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. Conveniently located near beaches, mountains, and some of the country’s most gorgeous scenery, New York is just a short drive away from many ultra-luxurious escapes — ones that can afford you a day of peaceful relaxation and fresh air and still allow you to fall asleep in your own bed at night. Below are five ideas for a quick luxury getaway from New York City – all reachable in less than 3 hours by car and perfect for a relaxing day away from “The City that Never Sleeps.”
Glenmere Mansion – Chester, NY
There’s no better way to relax than to visit a spa, and luckily, one of the country’s best is located just 65 miles from New York City at Glenmere Mansion in Chester, NY. Glenmere, situated high in the hills of the Hudson Valley, was built in 1911 by industrialist Robert Goelet and renovated into the ultra-luxury resort destination it is today in 2007.The mansion features guest rooms, restaurants, tennis courts, swimming pool, and most recently, a world-class spa. The spa at Glenmere , added in 2012, is a full-service day spa featuring a luxurious hammam (Turkish Bath) and marble bath house. You can go there to get any of the traditional services a spa would offer – from massages, to facials to pedicures – in addition to less common Turkish bath offerings, such as a Turkish soap ritual for your skin and a Mediterranean salt wrap for your hair and scalp. If you finish your spa service and end up wanting to stay overnight, Glenmere offers 19 guest rooms which can be reserved from $650 per night, and it also features a dining room with an award-winning menu and wine selection, and expansive gardens through which you can roam. In 2011, Hideaways International named Glenmere the number one most romantic hideaway in the world, and it is the perfect place to hide from your hectic city life while you relax and rejuvenate.
Balloon NY – Hudson, NY
If you want to get away from the concrete of the city and get some air (literally), then head to the Columbia County Airport in Hudson, New York, about 120 miles north of New York City, where you will find Balloon NY – a company that offers hot air balloon flights over the Catskill Mountains. Weather permitting, Balloon NY flies balloons every morning one hour prior to sunrise and every evening two hours prior to sunset. Balloon NY’s flights last approximately an hour, and can carry 2, 4 or 8 passengers, in addition to Balloon NY’s pilot. Flight tickets can be purchased starting at $240 dollars per person, and Balloon NY also offers an exclusive two-person flight package, which guarantees your party will have the balloon to yourself, and also includes a celebratory champagne toast after landing. Besides being a relaxing excursion and a chance to breathe in some mountain air, a balloon flight over the Catskills will offer you a good glimpse at all the varying topography in the region around New York – rivers, mountains, hills and plateaus – which remain beautiful in every season.
Southampton Village – Southampton, NY
The Hamptons have long been famous for being an ultra-luxury retreat for many of New York City’s wealthiest and most famous residents. Located on the South Fork of Long Island, the Hamptons are made up of several small towns, hamlets, and villages – the nicest of which to visit as a non-resident is (arguably) Southampton Village. Southampton Village is a small beach town located only an hour and a half from New York by car and two and a half hours by train. The village has great shopping, restaurants, and entertainment, and, best of all, it is home to the Hamptons’ nicest public beach – Coopers Beach. Daily parking passes for the beach can be purchased for $40, and Coopers Beach offers a snack bar, daily chair and umbrella rental, locker rooms with showers, and a lifeguard. If you need a break from the sun and the sand, Southampton has excellent shopping options – from upscale antique stores to luxury designer stores (like Theory, Vineyard Vines, and Polo Ralph Lauren). It also features excellent restaurant choices like Italian standouts 75 Main and Sant Ambroeus. Southampton Village is the perfect place for a fun summer getaway – a quiet and quaint small town that also offers visitors many big city amenities.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard – Sagaponack, NY
If you are looking for a relaxing evening that feels worlds away from the city, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, NY. Wölffer Estate was built in 1987 by German businessman Christian Wölffer on what was originally a potato farm. Today, Wölffer Estate Vineyard is a destination for wine lovers; it is a 55-acre winery, boasting a European style vineyard, tasting room, wine stand, and winery boutique. Take a trip to Wölffer Esate (located just two hours from the city in the Hamptons) for a tasting; with different packages and pricing options, you can taste the wines Wölffer grows on the property. You can also pay $15 to take a complete tour of the vineyard. Visit on a Friday evening in May through October, and you can hear free live music in the vineyard and taste glasses of Wölffer wines. Wölffer also hosts special cocktail parties and wine dinners by renowned regional chefs throughout the year. With its fine wines and breathtaking scenery, it’s no wonder Wölffer is known as one of the nicest vineyards in the Northeast.
Bethpage Black – Farmingdale, NY
You might be surprised to find out that one of the country’s best golf courses is just a half hour away from New York City. But Bethpage Black, a golf course located in Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, NY, was named by Golf Digest Magazine as the #26 best overall golf course in America and the #6 best public golf course in America. So, if you want to escape from your busy life in the city to invigorate yourself with a round of golf, head to the course in Farmingdale, which has hosted the U.S. Open (in 2002 and 2009) and The Barclays (in 2012). Bethpage Black is the most challenging of five courses in Bethpage State Park – open to walkers only, due to the slopes, which are some of the highest rated in the Northeast. The course is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, and the Green Fee to play is around $130 for non-New York residents and $75 for residents. When you’ve finished your eighteenth hole, you can relax in the clubhouse, shop at the pro shop, get a bite at the restaurant, or take a walk around the state park, which features hiking trails, bridle paths, and picnic areas. If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your game, forget the driving range at Chelsea Piers and head North for a taste of the real thing.