The 5 Coolest Hotels In New York State


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I was chatting with my sister the other day about our travel wish lists for 2016, and while hers was a bit more exotic (think: Switzerland and Jamaica), mine stayed a lot closer to home.  Not gonna lie, traveling on a plane with an infant pretty much makes my list of worst nightmares–right after public speaking and forgetting my notes;-)


I did a little research and found 5 AMAZING hotels, all located in the gorgeous state of New York, which are totally on my weekend getaway list.  And yes, they are all accessible via car!

The Graham & Co.

My goodness, could this spot get any dreamier?!  With its minimalist industrial vibes, it’s seriously an Instagrmmer’s utopia.  Located at the foot of Hunter Mountain in Phoenicia, this 20 room hotel is inspired by the heritage of the Catskills, and features a swimming pool, hammocks to lounge in, a badminton court, a fire pit, picnic area, bikes to explore on and plenty of places to relax with a cocktail.  I’m thinking it could be a great spot for Augusten’s first vacation!

Distance from NYC: 2.5 hours

Well suited for: Travelers seeking a Williamsburg, Brooklyn vibe in the country


The Roxbury Motel

Ok, okay, I know you’re probably like, “Seriously, Jess, a motel is on your dream destination list for 2016?!”  But guys!  This isn’t just any motel.  This is a motel offering THEMED ROOMS!  How fun is that?!  With rooms ranging from “George’s Spacepad” to “Genie’s Bottle” to my personal favorite “The Wizard’s Emeralds”, you can truly have a different experience each time you visit!

Distance from NYC: 3 hours

Well suited for: Travelers with a sense of humor seeking a quirky, kitschy experience


Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

Built in 1883 as a private home, this Adirondack Mountain resort is on the shores of Mirror Lake, one block from Main Street and close to the Olympic Center.  Rooms have mahogany walls, vaulted ceilings, polished walnut floors, and private balconies with beautiful water vistas.  There’s plenty to do on site throughout the year (helllooo complimentary snow shoes, gorgeous indoor pool, one of the top 30 spas as voted by Conde Nast Traveler, yoga retreats, delicious dining, skiing, and much, much more!)

Distance from NYC: 5 hours

Well suited for: Travelers seeking a rustic (yet very luxurious!) escape


Turning Stone Resort & Casino

One of our favorite places to travel has always been Las Vegas.  Shockingly, not for the gambling, but for the host of other great entertainment it provides around the clock: shows, exquisite cuisine, spas, nightlife, golf, and very entertaining people watching…!  I doubt we’ll be flying to Nevada this year, but I was excited to find a resort in New York state that certainly looks like it has a lot of the same things!

Distance from NYC: 4 hours

Well suited for: Travelers looking to hit the blackjack or roulette tables


The Surf Lodge

We had brunch here during the height of the summer season a few years back (delicious!), but I’ve always had a thing for staying at beachy getaways during the winter months.  I swear, if I had a beach house I would rent it out during the summer and enjoy it for myself during the off months.  Weird?  Maybe.  But the idea of waking up to grey skies, bundling into Icelandic wool sweaters and beanies, and sipping morning coffee and reading a book while overlooking the quiet water sans crowds just makes me really, really happy!

Distance from NYC: 3 hours

Well suited for: Travelers looking for bohemian sophistication in Montauk


Would love to know…whether it be near or far, what’s on your travel wish list for 2016?  Share below!


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