As New Yorkers, it’s a safe assumption that we could all use some time away from the city that never sleeps. True to its name, we’re sleep deprived, cranky Road Runners consumed with trying to maintain the equilibrium of our work and social lives while still trying to make time for ourselves and our significant others. With Valentines Day upon us, that’s certainly something on our minds. How will we show our other halves how much they mean to us? Or for all the single ladies, how can we prove how much we love ourselves? How about a weekend retreat to someplace unexpected? Sure, we’d love to book a beach vaca to Fiji or scour some site in Mexico City, but that takes extensive time, planning, and saving. So when the times get tough and you suddenly need a quick three-day refresher solo or with your babe, an intimate cabin, cottage, or lodge in the wilderness might just do the trick. From waterfront to woodsy, we’ve got a number of home-away-from-homes that’ll induce some much needed unwinding. Don’t forget those flannels, oh, and a case of wine won’t hurt either.
These days, Upstate New York has become a bit of a trendy escape for the urban New Yorker. The area is budding with sweet little B&Bs that have been started by young couples and friends migrating from Manhattan and Brooklyn with the hopes of bringing a new culture to the Catskills. Table on Ten is one of many of these small ventures. Former model, Inez Valk-Kempthorne, and her carpenter husband, Justus Kempthorne, fled Williamsburg to build their own home in a more pastoral section of the state. The end result? Table on Ten, an inn with three beautifully decorated rooms and café serving food made from local produce and meat, which has been featured in major publication such as The New York Times, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, and Bon Appétit. Although each of the three rooms are interior design stunners (no really, serious home inspo happening here), we recommend the attic, a bright and spacious room donned with rustic, wood furniture and soft, neutral accents. The seller though, is a freestanding tub atop a gorgeous antique carpet that you and your loved one can sink into while the sun sets.
Maine has a number of alluring things, such as fresh lobster and sailing, so you might consider it a one or two season destination. But with vineyards, museums, farm tours that end in hot cocoa, s’mores, and a bonfire, as well as cooking schools in play, this New England town is proving it’s got more than conventional coastal appeals. That’s why a venture far up north should be in your cards. Though, this newly designed cottage is quite large for two, it’s a great place to bring along some other couples for a fun filled weekend of romance and possible debauchery. It has three bedrooms and two and a half baths as well as a spacious deck that overlooks a granite encased fire pit, perfect for cozying up with some beers and good times.
The Finger Lakes are a less costly alternative to Northern California’s wine country. Rather than fly 3,000 miles west, take an adventurous road trip over to the breathtaking scenery that will make all of your concrete jungle worries simmer, especially with some local wine. With countless vineyards and a number of distilleries, you’ll never have to worry about having a sober moment, something we could all use after our work weeks. So drive on up to Ovid where this Seneca Lake cottage is perched right upon the water and even has a deck extending onto the lake where you can kayak (they’re provided) and swim if you happen to book your trip for the warmer months ahead. If not, drag a Pendleton blanket and a freshly bought bottle of red while you watch the sun set.
Provincetown is the charming little, predominantly gay tip of the Cape Cod peninsula in New England’s Massachusetts, where the bungalows are plenty and the best way to tour the town is by a romantic bike ride (unless it’s cold AF, then we condone driving). It’s got more of a nightlife than you’d expect too, although you won’t be throwing back shots until the usual 4 AM, since everything here simmers down at 1. So with long walks on the beach, dance parties, gallery exhibits, and some of the freshest seafood, you’ll get more than your fill of weekend fun just with some more beachy sensibilities. So take yourself, or your long-standing lover to this sun washed lofted cottage on a quiet street conveniently located to all the happenings in the area.
You want a remote island getaway, one that involves humble accommodations, historic and scenic views, and also some accessibility to some more happenings. Jamestown may not be Newport, the more popular sibling of the Rhode Island family, but it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away if you get cabin fever and long for more bustling activity. Yet, if the city life has induced social anxiety and all you want is calm, peace, and quiet then this quintessential cozy cabin is the right stay for you and your beau, where a glassblowing studio is just a short walk away, fresh produce, organic grass fed meats and eggs are available from neighboring farms, as well as some spun wool blankets to keep you extra warm if you happen to venture up here in the current winter months. If you guys are the active type, then you’ve got plenty of running, biking, and kayaking at your fingertips. The interior is out of a storybook and there’s an outdoor deck with a plush couch, Adirondack chairs and fire pit, where you and your loved one can relax and chat about never wanting to leave.
Up in the Catskill Mountains, Phoenicia is a woodsy little mountain town, though due to its proximity to the city, there’s been a developed attraction, meaning lots to do. For the outdoorsy kind there are tons of hiking trails ending with breathtaking views, skiing and snowboarding, and if you’re here for the summer then make way for tubing, and not the lazy river ride kinda tubing either. Featured in Travel + Leisure’s 25 Easy Weekend Getaways, this is the place for a quick two or three day break from skyscrapers and grit and grime. A great place to escape with friends, this charming country cabin is a wilderness oasis. Nestled on a hill between a brook and tall trees, the house is fit with a stone patio, the perfect place to grill up some local meats and produce while enjoying a bottle of wine and the sound of the stream flowing. With lots of wood accents and clean, simple décor, this elevated cabin has an up-in-the-woods theme with a stylish Pottery Barn flair, making an aesthetically pleasing retreat that you can either hole yourself up in or venture out to the many local sights in Phoenicia – there’s also a beautiful spa only minutes away and a Zen Mountain Monastery to get centered before heading back to the frenzy of the city… or nearby Woodstock.
feature photo via Table on Ten