In desperate need of a getaway this holiday season?
You don't have to go too far to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in New York City. These easy and unique trips--all within a few hours of the city--are the the perfect way to celebrate the season, saving money and time.
Leave your worries behind and enjoy one of these rejuvenating staycations--whether it’s glamping in a treehouse in the woods or rediscovering New York City.
Experience the great outdoors in a unique and luxurious way. Sleep in a tiny cabin, geo dome or treehouse, surrounded by nature and only a short ride from NYC. You can check out this tiny home in the Catskills for $150 a night or this AirBNB treehouse in Willow, New York, for $325 a night.
A Ski Trip at Hunter Mountain
Enjoy a full day of skiing or snowboarding at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills with slopes for all levels. Necessary equipment, an all-area lift ticket and round trip transportation is included int he $150, making this an easy and perfect getaway this winter. Prices start at $150 a day.
Yoga Retreat in the Mountains
Rejuvenate your body and mind, recharge your energy and reconnect with yourself at the Siviananda Yoga Ranch. Escape your everyday life and immerse yourself in a tradition ashrama environment in the Catskill Mountains. The retreat starts at $75, which does not include sleeping accomodations.
A Full Day Cruise to Bear Mountain
Hop on the Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II for a full day, round-trip cruise with picturesque views up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain. Once you arrive, you can explore trailside museums, the zoo, row a boat around Hessian Lake and Hike Bear Mountain. Enjoy a gourmet picnic buffet and a drink from the bar on the way back. The trip will cost you $182.
Botanical Garden Tour
If you're in need of a little peace, quiet and beautiful green acres--you dont have to go too far. Just head to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and explore over 50 beautiful gardens, a tram tour or walk through landscapes and special holiday exhibits. The $20 day pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Don’t miss the 26th Holiday Train Show where 150 landmarks composed of plant based materials will be displayed. If you're 21 and older, you can grab a drink and enjoy an after-dark viewing of the Holiday Train Show on Bar Car nights.