This Fall, we could all use an idyllic escape. Great news for New Yorkers: an abundance of incredible boutique hotels is just a couple of hours away in practically any direction. Below, we rounded up our favorites, each perfect for a weekend getaway.
Every year after the fall equinox, my internal compass points in every direction outside of the city. The prospect of changing colors, then looming, beautiful snow, wires my body to go far away. Perhaps this is because I am from southern California, where seasons rarely oscillate outside of spring/summer, and “upstate” lures my psychology with hues of red, yellow, orange and eventually, white.
Or perhaps because upstate New York is just really beautiful! Whatever the diagnosis, we’ve rounded up the top new hotels to check out in the region.
The Amelia Hotel is an 8-bedroom Queen Anne-style house camouflaged on idyllic Allen street in the heart of Hudson, NY. It is one of those houses on one of those streets that you desperately want to see inside. The property blends restored historical elements with modern sensibilities to create a stay that feels intimate yet elevated. And while the pool and English gardens may not be a selling point in the winter, they certainly make the hotel feel more like home than a hotel. Located within walking distance of all things Hudson (notably a block away from WYLDE Hudson for the morning, and Feast & Floret for the evening), The Amelia is your newest go-to hotel in your oldest favorite upstate town.
What can we say about Piaule that hasn’t yet been said about Piaule? If your budget allows, go. Located on a 50-acre plot in the heart of the Catskills, this retreat-like hotel inspires rest and relaxation as it physically and emotionally centers around nature. From sauna to pool to cold plunge, the spa at Piaule is alone worth a visit. The property comprises 24 cabins that each subtly boast their own unique view with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. At every moment inside, you’re looking outside. In that way, the two become one and from the moment you check in, you’re already wondering about a late checkout.
This hotel isn’t upstate, but it is certainly an escape from the city that we all deserve. Marram Montauk is a 96-room ocean-front resort, the newest that bustling Montauk has to offer. The hotel’s emphasis on wellness and spirituality manifests in every detail of the space. From Le Labo bath products to morning yoga and meditation programming, Marram moonlights as a hotel but in reality is the retreat you’ve been wanting.
Hotel Darby is technically located in Pennsylvania—but only technically. The lure of the hotel is its location along the Delaware River, and its proximity to the lesser-known upstate town of Narrowsburg, NY. Hotel Darby is the latest of Foster Supply Co, a group of independent small hotels in the Catskill Mountains that includes established names like The Arnold House and The DeBruce. The 27 guest rooms are accompanied by a hammock grove, fire pits, and a private trail system. A short walk across the bridge (and state line) and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Narrowsburg, with restaurants like The Heron and The Laundrette, and shops like One Grand Books and Maison Bergogne.