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Escape From NYC: Head to These 12 Upstate Airbnbs This Spring

Garden picnics, lakeside swims, and scenic trails await.

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Historic French-Inspired Maison | Photo courtesy of Airbnb
Historic French-Inspired Maison | Photo courtesy of Airbnb

From sunset cocktails on rooftop bars to aimless strolls through waterfront parks, springtime in NYC usually evokes plenty of outdoor spontaneity after months of winter hibernation. And especially during COVID-19, a springtime escape from the city is the perfect remedy to fully experience the change of season—as country roads, rolling meadows, picturesque mountains, and open spaces that are in abundance (lucky us) throughout the State of New York also await us.

So whether you’re seeking a 19th-century restored barn, French-style maison, or a luxurious cottage that’s a hit with minimalists, we’ve assembled a comprehensive list of a dozen Airbnbs with something for every type of adventurer. Be sure to check each property’s listing for the latest details on their safety protocols and requirements. And, vaccinated or otherwise, please continue to social distance responsibly and mask up.

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Mid-Century Modern A-Frame Home on Six Acres

Red Hook, NY
6 guests, $324 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours by car
Perhaps it’s no surprise that design is front and center at this A-frame cabin, owned by a Brooklyn-based wife-and-husband team of fashion designers. Furnished with vintage Danish pieces and souvenirs from their global treks, the cabin offers views of the mountains and the six-acre property, with floor-to-ceiling windows positioned throughout. While there are many modern comforts (Netflix, game console, DVD player), it’s the serenity of the natural surroundings which really enchant, along with all the ways to enjoy them—a wood-built patio and terrace, firepit, and BBQ grill.

Things to do nearby: Explore the nearby villages of Red Hook and Rhinebeck. Grab coffee and pastries at Bread Alone Bakery, pack a picnic lunch with provisions from Hannaford, have dinner at The Amsterdam (set in a restored Dutch townhouse), and dessert at the newest ice cream spot in town, Holy Cow.

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New Paltz 19th Century Restored Barn

Highland, NY
5 guests, $144 per night
Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 45 minutes by car
Winding springtime strolls in a quiet country destination is the bucolic setting for this 19th-century restored barn hayloft. There is a full-service kitchen, including supplies to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, while taking in the gorgeous meadow views. Enjoy a walk along the creek (which is home to beavers and turtles) to take in the mountainscape, or meditate at the humorously named “stumphenge,” found at the endpoint of the property’s private natural loop. Air conditioning, Wifi, television, washer, and dryer are among the modern conveniences available.

Things to do nearby: Walk the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge at Walkway Historic Park. Enjoy a barbecue lunch post peak-picking at DuBois Farms. Visit the sixth-generation family farm Wilklow Orchards to pick berries and afterwards, indulge in a (few) apple cider donuts.

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Cook House

Kerhonkson, NY
2 guests, $324 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours by car
At this renovated Catskills cottage, chill out within this modern, minimalist escape over a long weekend. The bedroom suite (Parachute bedding, drop-down projector screen, bedside wireless charging) and bathroom (insulated soaking tub, overhead shower, natural bath products) are beset by muted tones with wood paneling throughout. The kitchen is a chef’s dream, outfitted with a five-burner gas range, sous vide, enameled cast iron cookware, and Modernist Cuisine book set to inspire. Outside is a barbecue grill with an outdoor dining table, EV chargers for your Tesla, a fire pit, and even a small pond.

Things to do nearby: Enjoy the waterfalls and hiking trail at Vernooy Falls Trail. Stop by Westwind Orchard for wood-fired pizza and house-made cider in an outdoor field or Diego’s Taqueria for their street-style tacos and habanero margaritas.

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Stargazer Upstate glamping at Gatherwild Ranch

Germantown, NY
4 guests, $189 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours, 10 minutes by car
Eco-conscious luxury aptly defines this yurt style tent (complete with a queen size bed and wash basin), situated on 15 acres of open land, with a private cedar deck and stoop to relax (and stargaze). Outdoor facilities include a solar shower, composting toilets, solar lights (there is no electricity), and a shared outdoor kitchen with a stove (propane), grill (charcoal), and firepit. The property also features a greenhouse, garden (from which food is offered during the  summer months), and multiple barns, plus cruiser bikes to wander freely. Plus, pets are welcome.

Things to do nearby: Get all the necessities at Otto’s Market (open since 1927). Enjoy farm-fresh food and cocktails at Hudson Valley tavern Gaskins. There are lots of restaurants and shops in nearby Hudson (a 15 minute drive away). The hosts also offer bicycles to explore the area.

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Grey Chalet

Saugerties, NY
2 guests, $246 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours by car
Light floods through this gorgeous open loft, with a cozy bedroom tucked away behind delicate white curtains. And there’s an abundance of design and style in the one-room, art-enhanced space, perfect for a couples getaway from the city—from the shimmering chandelier and wood-paneled ceiling to the velvet box chair and the fully functioning skylit kitchen, outfitted with lovely turquoise tiles and a gas oven. 

Things to do nearby: Drive to charming local towns like Woodstock, Hudson, and Rhinebeck. All kinds of recreational activities are nearby, including hiking (and skiing in winter). Half an hour away is the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome for its museum, biplane rides, and additional programming.

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Outlier Inn Geo Dome 1 on Farm Upstate Catskills

Woodridge, NY
16 guests, $379 per night
Distance from NY: 1 hour, 45 minutes by car
The southern Catskill mountains are the backdrop for this 12-acre farm, where alpacas, angora goats, merino sheep, and chickens roam free. While the dome has one full bed, additional guests may be accommodated too (it’s a bring your own mattress, cot, sleeping bag, and essentials kind of vibe). The property has a vegetable garden, greenhouse, pond, and lake (across the street) as well as a complete outdoor kitchen, grill, and firepit available for guest use.

Things to do nearby: Explore the Basha Kill wetlands, a 1,920-acre “birdwatcher’s dream.” Visit Krieger Park for hiking, fishing, picnicking, and sports activities. Visit any of the sustainable farms in the area, home to a diverse community of growers.

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Mannat Sacred Temple with Private Swimming Pond

Kerhonkson, NY
2 guests, $325 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours by car
Mannat, which means “prayer” in Sanskrit, is the ideal name for this idyllic getaway of forests, garden pathways, and woodland creatures. Featuring a hexagonal shape that allows visitors to connect to its natural surroundings, there’s also a 17th-century teak archway and Tibetan doors leading to the queen bed and large salt soaking tub that's oriented to witness seasonal sunrise and moon phases. Facilities include an open kitchenette, fireplace and grill, hand laid river stone shower, composting toilets, sauna, private swimming pond, and outdoor showers that open up to the skies.

Things to do nearby: Visit Minnewaska State Park Preserve for its numerous waterfalls, crystalline lakes, hardwood forests, and sheer cliffs. Check out Kelder’s Farm to see their sweet farm animals, go berry picking, or wander the corn maze.

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Off-the-grid Slanted Cabin

Hudson, NY
2 guests, $101 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours, 10 minutes by car
This well-insulated, tiny cabin (designed by a professional architect) is ensconced by mountain views of the Catskills and private trails. The destination serves as a tranquil retreat from the city, and is a bit unusual (off-the-grid—in this case—means no running water or electricity but facilities are a short distance away). However, that serenity and seclusion allows for a total immersion in the elements, which involves exploring the 20-acre property, taking a stroll along the Hudson River, and even using the outdoor shower. There’s also a record player (with a wind up Victrola to play it on), wood stove for indoor cooking, and grill for outdoor cooking.

Things to do nearby: Head to Wave Farm for outdoor art installations or Art Omi, the 120-acre sculpture and architecture and gallery. Try the homemade breads and pastries at Bartlett House, built in 1870, or enjoy a burger and beer at Red Dot in their outdoor garden.

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The Tipi at June Farms

West Sand Lake, NY
2 guests, $209 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours, 45 minutes by car
Situated amid the woodlands of June Farms, this (literal) teepee structure offers a bit of luxury camping, with a king size mattress, air conditioning, and electricity within its cozy interiors. A maroon golf cart to use on the property is also provided, along for handy access to the bathroom and shower (otherwise a short walk from the main farmhouse). There’s lots to explore around the farm, including visits with the animals, forest-rich walking trails, and festive meals (and drinks) at The Pony Barn.

Things to do nearby: June Farms itself (a 120-acre property) has plenty of appealing onsite attractions to enjoy. Surround yourself with an abundance of fresh air, glimpse its many farm animals, and dine on farm-fresh cuisine; AJ’s Pizzeria is also nearby for terrific pies.

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Historic French Inspired Maison

Hudson, NY
4 guests, $525 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours, 15 minutes by car
The allure of old-world luxury, European charm, and vintage style is on full display at this  rustic turn-of-the-century maison—from antique wallpaper and relaxed linen seating, to warm, earthy tones, and brass fixtures. The dreamy kitchen, set against a warm terracotta backsplash, features a double cooking range (with fully vented hood), large farm sink, and double freezer to indulge in all things culinary. A private porch provides views of the property, and the luxurious bath includes a cast-iron tub, heated marble flooring, and brass shower with Moroccan tile details.

Things to do nearby: Visit the family-owned (century-old) Taconic Orchards for fresh produce, berries, and homemade pies. Check out fresh food market Red Barn Hudson. Try the noodles at Hudson Food Studio for locally-sourced Southeast Asian fare.

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Charming Loft in Carriage Barn

Stone Ridge, NY
4 guests, $360 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours by car
This inviting, two-story guest house (converted from a two-century old carriage barn) has ample rustic appeal with wide plank floors and hand-hewn beams. A shaded locust grove, gardens, bluestone patio, and Adirondack chairs round out the two-acre property, which is situated between the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains. Special touches include a chef-made farm style breakfast; private access to the main house; and a double hammock to relax and take in all the glorious natural settings. A private bathroom (with bath products), king bed, and mini fridge are among the amenities.

Things to do nearby: Visit Hudson Valley’s iconic resort, Mohonk Mountain House, for a relaxing spa treatment. Bike the historic carriage roads or hike Gunks cliffs at Mohonk Preserve. Visit Arrowood Farm, a local brewery and distillery, for a glass in their tasting room.

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Radiant 1940s Cottage

Woodstock, NY
2 guests, $184 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours by car
Almost like stepping into an Edward Hopper painting with its clean lines and stylish yet sparse interiors, this spacious cottage from the 1940s deploys a restrained elegance. The rustic stone fireplace is offset by the golden-hued furniture and lovely mountain views in the light-filled living area. There’s a wooded yard and pathway on the property, and space to explore the sloping woodlands and natural surroundings. The full-service kitchen offers all the necessities, with charming touches like a drop down window on the cottage’s original door.

Things to do nearby: Take a nature walk through Huckleberry Point Trail. Check out Migliorelli Farms roadside stand for fresh veggies, cheese, cider, and seafood. Have dinner with an European flair and specialty cocktails at A&P Bar.

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Swathi Reddy is a Louisiana-born, NYC-based freelance writer and marketer. Formerly a Food & Wine staffer for over a decade, she can't think of anything better to do in life than talking about food while eating food. Except maybe discussing cocktails (or wine).
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