A Farther Weekend: New York City
A Farther Weekend: New York City
Whether you're looking for a change of scenery or just trying to bring a little surprise and delight into life in the city, here are a few ideas to create a memorable winter weekend.
Cozy in the Catskills
Urban Cowboy Lodge just opened in March 2020, and the sylvan retreat on 68 acres in the Catskills' Big Indian Wilderness is a true mountain escape just a couple hours from Manhattan. Bold patterns and Americana antiques brighten up the rustic accommodations and most suites have indoor clawfoot tubs and pot belly stoves. The Walden Forest Bathing Suite actually has two tubs – one indoors, plus an outdoor heated Japanese cedar soaking tub for two on a private deck with forest views. Slip into your Pendleton robe afterwards or hit the slopes just five minutes away at Belleayre Mountain. Urban Cowboy Lodge is also very close to hidden gem Plattekill Mountain and you can rent the entire mountain for $4,500 a day.
Forty minutes away, Eastwind Hotel & Bar just debuted three new loft-style Lushna suites that feel like you're living in a snow globe with views of the Catskill mountains and meadows. The Scandinavian-inspired Lushna suites sleep up to four, including a private outdoor deck, individual fire pit with grilling and s'mores kits upon request, hammock and both indoor and outdoor showers. Guests at Eastwind are just five minutes away from Windham Mountain, with 285 skiable acres and 54 trails across two peaks.
Hudson Valley Hideaway
Prior to the pandemic, Cedar Lakes Estate primarily hosted weddings and corporate retreats, but they now offer four-night all-inclusive stays in 18 individual cabins that cover all food and drinks (most alcoholic and all non-alcoholic), plus complimentary activities like snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, curling and board games. Additional bespoke classes can be arranged too, from pie baking to wreath making, or even a romantic multi-course dinner on the ice rink. I visited in summer and had a great time. Cedar Lakes Estate evokes a carefree, childlike wonder that can be so elusive in the confines of our normal lives. I imagine it's equally as charming as a winter wonderland, when s'mores around a private fire-pit paired with a hot toddy is the ideal way to end the night.
Staying at home can be just as sweet as traveling when you have some of the best chocolatiers and pastry chefs in your city. Susanna Yoon of Stick With Me Sweets was previously the chocolatier at Per Se before striking off on her own to start a chocolate and caramel empire. Her tiny storefront in Nolita offers curbside pickup and delivery, and they've even begun shipping nationwide. These dazzling chocolates are glossy works of art that are almost too beautiful to eat, but once you take the first bite, you'll want to try every flavor.
Petee's Pie Company makes the best pie in New York, with locations in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. You can order sweet and savory pies for delivery within a 50 miles radius online too, with options like chicken pot pie, Hudson Valley apple, brown butter honey pecan, coconut custard and maple whiskey walnut. Try your hand at some of Petra Paredez's recipes with her new Pie For Everyone cookbook.