Whether you live in or choose to visit New York City, chances are you relish the hustle and bustle of city life that the world’s most famous concrete jungle offers. Every once in a while, though, you may get the urge to leave the frenetic energy of the Big Apple for a day or two and indulge in a more leisurely lifestyle. Luckily, the city that never sleeps is only a stone’s throw away from locations that allow you to do just that, offering everything from hikes in the wilderness to sunbathing in historic seaside resorts. Whether you’re looking for a staycation at a New York Bed and Breakfast or a roadtrip from the city, bnbfinder has you covered.
Read on to discover the best one-tank getaways from New York City. Be sure to check out our amazing selection of inns and B&Bs we’ve included! From the New York Bed and Breakfast to B&B’s within a short drive.
Note that while all of the B&Bs listed are open for business, it’s best to check your travel destinations for any changes in hours or restrictions that may be in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Beacon, New York
Located fewer than 80 miles from NYC is the charming city of Beacon. Situated in the gorgeous Hudson Valley countryside, this city is suitable for art-buffs and outdoorsy types alike.
This former industrial town’s red-brick Victorian buildings now house a plethora of art galleries, museums, boutiques, and distilleries. Stroll down Beacon’s Main Street to take it all in before checking out Dia: Beacon, the city’s famous contemporary art museum, located in a former Nabisco box printing factory.
A challenging hike up Mount Beacon will ensure outdoor enthusiasts enjoy this getaway as much as their culture-loving friends. Following the course of the old Beacon Incline Railway, hikers will make the steep hike through rocky switchbacks up to the top of Mount Beacon. The summit offers a breathtaking panoramic view of not just the city below but the Hudson Highlands and even the Catskill Mountains.
Extend your getaway and stay at the New York Bed and Breakfast, Swann Inn of Beacon. Situated at the base of Mount Beacon, this enchanting Gothic Revival Victorian is in the perfect location to freshen up after a hike to the summit or to rest after a day of perusing art galleries.
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Catskill State Park, New York
With hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness and only a short drive from New York City, the Catskill State Park is an absolute must for city-dwelling outdoor enthusiasts. The Catskill Forest Preserve, which is a part of the Catskill State Park, has over 300,000 acres of state land with forest, meadowland, lakes, waterfalls, and miles of trails to explore and enjoy. Plunge into one of the Catskill’s many swimming holes if the weather permits or make the trek to the captivating Kaaterskill Falls, a two-tiered cascade that’s taller than Niagara Falls!
While the Catskills are certainly beautiful any time of the year, if you want to see fall foliage at its finest, a trip in autumn is a must. But, be sure to book early if there are specific dates you have in mind as this is one of the busiest times of the year.
After a full day in the wilderness, enjoy a restorative soak in a jetted tub at the fully renovated Victorian Barclay Heights, a New York Bed and Breakfast nestled at the foot of the Catskills.
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If you’re longing for a getaway but don’t quite have an affinity for the great outdoors, why not make a trip to the nation’s first capital, only 94 miles away? With its world-renowned museums, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, and the Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia has something for everyone, from culture lovers to history buffs to foodies.
After visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art (one of the country’s top five art museums), stop by the beloved Reading Terminal Market where you can sample some of the city’s most mouth-watering dishes. Afterwards, take advantage of the country’s first World Heritage City by checking out Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were drafted and signed.
Rest and reflect on the day with a complimentary glass of wine at the historic Thomas Bond House Bed and Breakfast. Admire the carefully renovated Federalist period furniture and imagine life in the time of America’s founding fathers.
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Cape May, New Jersey
This charming coastal town is just 157 miles south of New York City but feels worlds away. Cape May is America’s oldest seaside resort, and with its proliferation of colorful Victorian homes, it’s no surprise the town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Take a tour through the historic district or admire the Victorian “painted ladies” as you stroll along the scenic promenade before taking a dip at one of Cape May’s pristine, family-friendly beaches.
After strolling and sunbathing, be sure to book a stay at the award-winning Queen Victoria, a collection of three restored Victorian residences with over 30 rooms to choose from conveniently located just a block from the beach in Cape May’s historic district.
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Newport, Rhode Island
Rhode Island is called the Ocean State, so it only makes sense to visit Newport, home to miles of breathtaking coastline. Whether you’re craving a secluded cove or wide stretches of beach, the City by the Sea has got it covered. That said, this seaside town boasts much more than just beaches.
Take in all Newport has to offer by going for a ride along Ocean Drive (also known as Ten Mile Drive), enjoying spectacular views of the Atlantic. Afterwards, marvel at the magnificence of the Newport Mansions, opulent estates once home to America’s elite, including the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Morgans. While you can admire these jaw-dropping mansions from afar, many are open to the public for tours.
When it’s time to rest, make your way to the Wayside Guest House, once home to prominent Newport society member Elisha Dyer, IV. Located on historic Bellevue Avenue in the heart of the Mansion District, you can pretend you too are a member of America’s elite.
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Blog Contributor: Elizabeth A. Gilbert