A Few Days In

Three-Day Weekends from New York City

by Jeralyn Gerba
Take a load off. Photo courtesy of The Arnold.

The best complement to an urban lifestyle? A rural retreat. Put an auto-responder on your email and put the car into drive for a three-day getaway around Greater New York.

NEW YORK CITY – There's a fresh crop of guest inns and hotels perfect for the New Yorker's curated lifestyle. Do something very un-NY and get into a car. Then hit the road.



Take in the sunsets. Photo courtesy of The Arnold.


If you're in the mood for: Hiking, biking, foraging, and dozing off in the sun.

Route to take: Wind through the Palisades and continue northwest.

On your agenda: The Arnold House, an adorably Instagrammable 10-room inn (Sferra linens, Pendelton blankets, cork floors), is the perfect setting for your country retreat. Being the proper hosts that they are, the Foster family proprietors offer plenty of fun activities (ice fishing in the winter, ramp foraging in the spring, ravioli making at nearby Northern Farmhouse Pasta). 

Beat the Sunday blues: If you didn't bring your own pooch (the hotel provides dog beds, water bowls, housemade treats), spend some time cuddling with Adelaide, the English Bulldog.


Time for recess. Photo by Noah Kalina.  


If you're in the mood for: Locavore eating, sustainable shopping, patronizing family businesses.

Route to take: Route 97 through Barryville has crazy winding roads, scenic overlooks along the Delaware River, and habitats for birds of prey (once a dirt road referred to as the Hawk's Nest). 

On your agenda: School's out for summer, unless you're bunking at Hillside Schoolhouse, a two-bedroom charmer nestled in the woods of Sullivan County. Head to Benji & Jake's for cold beers and wood-fired pizza on the upstairs deck overlooking Kauneonga Lake. Pick up locally sourced pantry items from modern general store River Market or the Barryville Farmers Market (on Saturdays during the summer). Rent an inner tube and take a ride along Skinner's Falls. Follow with a long and lazy dinner at The Heron.

Beat the Sunday blues: Take a cue from owner Bronson Bigelow, who quit his corporate job to open the inn and make all the furniture in it. Or just shop his collection of upcycled antiques, vintage industrial objects, and restored ice boxes.



Photo courtesy of Phoenicia Diner; Heleen Heyning's Icelandic horses.


Photo courtesy of Spruceton Inn.


If you're in the mood for: The simple Catskill pleasures.

Route to take: Hit the Palisades and roll through Woodstock. No wheels? Coordinate a pick-up with your guest house after catching the Trailways bus from Port Authority.

On your agenda: The Spruceton Inn, a Catskills "bed & bar" with mountain views. Get your pancakes stacked at Phoenicia Diner. Work off the carbs with a picturesque hike to Diamond Notch Falls, a serious hike up Overlook Mountain, or, come winter, some ski tubing on Plattekill Mountain. Dine on savory pies at Table on Ten. Ride Icelandic horses on quiet trails. Or, back at the inn, just play some bocce and make some snacks in your own kitchenette or on the grill.

Beat the Sunday blues: Leave plenty of time to get home so that you can stop for antiques and farmstand souvenirs: raw milk and gouda from Byebrook Farm; old thingamabobs from Lyon Mountain Blue Barn Antiques; farmy furniture at Wood Bull antiques; honey and grass-fed meats from Stone & Thistle.

Read more on Popupla: Where to Go from NYC, the Catskills Checklist


Cozy and collegiate. Photo courtesy of Argos Inn. 


If you're in the mood for: a healthy dose of counter-culturalism and hippie goodness.

Route to take: Make it scenic and curve up the Catskill Mountains.

On your agenda: The Argos Inn, a LEED-certified 10-room inn meticulously renovated with heated stone slab floors, velvet drapes, and turn-of-the-century Bergere chairs. It's a ten-minute walk from your velvet-flocked suite to the iconic Moosewood restaurant, which turned all-natural cooking and '70s-era co-operative business ideals into a full-fledge vegetarian kitchen collective. Obviously, pick up a cookbook. Morning coffees can and should be had at the original Gimme! Coffee (now a Brooklyn mainstay). Besides swimming holes and architectural tours of nearby Cornell campus (I.M. Pei! Koolhaus! Richard Meier!), you're spitting distance from the Finger Lakes wine country.

Beat the Sunday blues: It's a long ride home. How about a few scoops of ice cream made from Cornell's own dairy farm?

Read more on Popupla: This Is Where Locavore Was Born