While buying a vacation home would be glorious, it would deprive you of a hotel's creature comforts -- like room service, and someone to wash your sheets when you spill room service on them. For a getaway that's both spectacular and sensible: Vermont's Stowe Mountain Lodge at Spruce Peak.
A sprawling, year-round resort easily accessible from NYC, the SML's offering fractional ownership in its Front Four Private Residence Club: fully-furnished 2-4 bedroom penthouses you can visit for up to a week at a time provided you've got the sick days/bereavement leave. Unlike most 2nd homes, this one comes with fine dining, heated tubs and pools, and a 21,000 sq ft spa (you're in Vermont -- no one will witness your shameful pampering but the bears). During winter, you can ski-in/ski-out, or hop a gondola to Mt. Mansfield; in warmer months, go fly-fishing, or tee off at the 18-hole Bob Cupp Golf Course -- surrounded by 2000 acres of protected wilderness, it's a breathtakingly gorgeous opportunity to never find your ball.
Best of all, despite being a fractional owner, you'll still get hotel perks: access to golf/skiing/fishing guides, 24hr room service, and housekeeping -- because while club sandwiches are delicious, they're no fun between the sheets.