Spring always has us itching for some time away, but with Summer on the horizon,
we’re saving our vacation days for after Memorial Day. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up the places perfect for a weekend escape from the city—regardless of which one you’re fleeing from.
From New York City: The Catskills, New York
FROM NYC: THE CATSTKILLS, NEW YORK
The Vibe: Peace and quiet replace rush hour traffic in a country setting where going local is the only way to go.
Travel Time: Two hours via car
Where to Stay: Not your average bed and breakfast, the charming North Branch Inn, an early 20th Century townhouse, is complete with a two-lane bowling alley and a movie theatre.
What to Do: If the last time thing you climbed was the stairs to your apartment, an afternoon of hiking one of the many nearby trails is in order. Those looking for a lazier option should head to Prohibition Distillery for a tour and taste of the local brew.
What to Pack: A cozy weekend away calls for adaptable layers in pastel shades.
The Vibe: An enchanted stretch of wine country with rolling green hills and dotted with chateaus.
Travel Time: Two hours by train to Amboise
Where to Stay: At the Chateau de Pray hotel where the former castle’s Renaissance décor and fairy-tale gardens allow you to unwind like an aristocrat, while the outdoor pool would make even Slim Aarons jealous.
What to Do: In a region known for its vineyards, winetasting is the obvious activity of choice. Mix it up by going chateau to chateau on the Loire à Vélo, a 373-mile bicycle trail that follows the river from Sanserre to the coast.
What to Pack: An outfit that channels modern day royalty.
The Vibe: Colonial influences mix with colorful buildings in a seaside village where time seems to have stopped.
Travel Time: Three hours by car
Where to Stay: The Majestic, a restored 1920's Chinese mansion with retro mosaic flooring and 60’s-era standalone bathtubs.
Where to Dine: On Jonker Street, where rows of small restaurants serve up local fare such as chicken rice balls and gula melaka chendol (shaved ice with palm sugar syrup and coconut milk). Insider tip: go at night when the street transforms into an evening market.
What to Pack: Keep it casual and stick to easy, yet festive brights to match the city’s colorful backdrop.
The Vibe: Islands, canals and subtropical scenery make this the ideal spot for urbanites in need of a reprieve.
Travel Time: 45 minutes by train
Where to Stay: At jungle-style lodge La Becasina, whose private rooms are connected by wooden bridges. Insider tip: Ask to raid their game collection for a round of Jenga before dinner.
What to Do: Take a water taxi to Bonanza, a nearby island where you can kayak, horseback ride and tour the forest. Dine at El Blanco Gato, a 50-minute boat ride from Tigre, serving supremely fresh fish.
What to Pack: Think of it as a riff on a safari and opt for airy pieces in neutral shades.