The Long Weekend

Summer Escapes from New York: 5 Resorts Near the City

When the concrete jungle hits sweltering temperatures, seasoned New Yorkers flee the city in favor of breezier locales, accessible by a reasonable drive. Here are Indagare’s favorite summer resorts near New York City.

Inn at Windmill Lane, Amagansett

This haven of a hotel, situated within walking distance of Amagansett’s charming boutiques and cafés, is the perfect Hamptons hideout thanks to its impeccable décor and a relaxed, beachy atmosphere.

  • Vibe: Effortless-chic, peaceful, discreet
  • Indagare Loves: 21 House, the brand-new 4-bedroom house on the hotel’s grounds, perfect for groups or families.
  • How Near to New York City?  It's a 3-hour drive
  • Who Should Stay: Easygoing aesthetes craving a restorative sunny escape near the beach.
  • Read Indagare's full review of the Inn at Windmill Lane.

Mayflower Grace, Connecticut

The Mayflower Grace celebrates its surrounding landscape, Connecticut’s heritage and its guests’ comfort in equal parts.

  • Vibe: Refined countryside retreat
  • Indagare Loves: The 20,000-square-foot spa with 14-foot windows overlooking the lawn and pond
  • How Near to New York City? It's a one-and-a-half hour drive
  • Who Should Stay: The excellent service and intimate atmosphere makes the Mayflower a wonderful option for couples’ retreat, mother/daughter bonding or a spa-centric girlfriends’ resort getaway.
  • Read Indagare's full review of the Mayflower Grace.

Glenmere Mansion, Hudson Valley

Opulent but incredibly tasteful, Glenmere is a favorite romantic retreat on the western side of the Hudson thanks to its beautifully decorated rooms, spacious spa and acclaimed restaurant.

  • Vibe: Lavish, Italianate villa, romantic
  • Indagare Loves: The modern art collection (with pieces from the Klein Museum in Germany) and quiet, dignified atmosphere
  • How Near to New York City? It's 1-hour drive
  • Who Should Stay: Those looking for a relaxing weekend spent on property, making use the facilities like the spa and tennis and croquet courts. Children under 18 are not allowed. 
  • Read Indagare's full review of Glenmere Mansion.

Blantyre, Massachusetts

This stately hotel transports guests back to the early 20th century, when days were filled with croquet and lawn tennis and evenings were black tie affairs complete with multi-course dinners and piano music by candlelight.

  • Vibe: Stately, pampering, gourmet
  • Indagare Loves: The extensive wine cellar, where guests are encouraged to browse and choose a bottle to enjoy with dinner
  • How Near to New York City? It's a 3-hour drive
  • Who Should Stay: Couples or groups of friends who appreciate an old-fashioned respite.
  • Read Indagare's full review of Blantyre.

Ocean House, Rhode Island

The luxurious Ocean House, with its iconic yellow façade, wrap-around porch and sweeping views of the ocean, is a blend of old and new, celebrating its storied past while providing modern amenities and service.

  • Vibe: Grand, romantic, classic American beach resort
  • Indagare Loves: The five-star, 12,000 square-foot Oh! Spa, the fresh menu at Seasons and the professional croquet lawn overlooking the Atlantic
  • How Near to New York City? It's a 3-hour drive
  • Who Should Stay: Those looking for a cozy, luxurious seaside escape and a taste of old New England charm

Published onMay 15, 2015

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