Best Places to Stay Upstate

There was a time where I would chose beach over woods and day of the week, but living in NYC for almost two decades has me heading upstate to some beautiful and less crowded spots. If you are considering a road trip upstate, here are four properties I highly recommend. Click through to discover and book!


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This boutique hotel takes inspiration from the iconic Woodstock music festival (which actually happened in Bethel, but just go with it) for many of its details, from the room names—The Jimi, The Band, etc.—to the photos hung on its walls. The Novogratz design duo is responsible for the interiors, which are cheerful and nod to the hippie-inspired theme. Amenities include a communal lawn with hammocks and a fire pit, and access to a gym nearby. - Curbed


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Located in the trendy town of Phoenicia (perhaps you’ve seen your friends wearing Phoenicia Diner T-shirts?), the Graham & Co. bills itself as “a modern take on the classic weekend away”—the inn itself has a retro vibe, and rooms are fairly minimalist, but what it lacks in frippery it makes up for in coziness. Amenities include free bike rentals, a badminton court, a picnic area, and a fire pit. - Curbed


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The name of this B&B, The Hudson Milliner which opened in 2013, in Hudson is quite literal: It was once a hat shop, which its new owners—two artists from Brooklyn, naturally—transformed into an industrial-cool, four-room inn. They kept some of the building’s 19th-century details, including mahogany-framed windows and pocket doors, while adding their own flair. Each of the guest rooms has its own vibe—the Fedora is bright and modern, the Bowler has a more vintage feel—and the inn’s amenities include free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, and more. - Curbed


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Zink Cabin  is a beautifully designed one bedroom cabin nestled at the top of a mountain. Set up for both quiet getaways and as an individual work space (writing, concepting, etc) it is a study in form and function. In addition to an incredible view, this minimal/Scandinavian space features an outdoor grill, cast iron stove, speedy WiFi and a 4k tv in the bedroom if you simply are up to Netflix and chill. Located at the top of a private drive, wind chimes and the occasional bird call are the only sound you will hear.

Just under 2.5 hours from NYC, Zink Cabin is also a great jumping off point for Catskill activities like swimming holes (about 10 minutes from Vernooy Kill Falls), hiking, and of course eating (Phoenicia Diner, Butterfield, Westwind Orchard, Rough Cut Brewing Co. are all within a 30 minute drive).