Your new favorite place to hit the reset button is a red solar-powered barn (from $269/night) perched in the middle of open meadows, mountains, creeks, and miles of beautiful bike paths. Rest Ride Recover owners Gregg and Molly like to compare the biking here in the Hudson Valley to the Ardennes region in southeast Belgium, only better. Of course, guests needn’t be cyclists to enjoy a stay, but if you do like to pedal, days in the saddle don’t get much more rewarding than this. After discovering nearby quaint river towns like Red Hook and Tivoli on two wheels and grabbing dinner at Mercato, relax on your private patio and wait for the sun to set and the frogs to sing before cozying up by the indoor fire.
By public transit: Bring your bike on Amtrak, get off at Rhinecliff station, give your luggage to Gregg, then take a scenic eight-mile spin to the house.
By car: Two-hour drive
It’s not as creepy as it sounds. Artist Laura Ann found a historic red-brick building at the edge of a cemetery -- the final resting place of famous inventors and Hudson River School painters -- and converted it into a bright, vibrant loft (from $99/night) ideal for creative minds, overworked urbanites, and friendly ghosts (just kidding?!). Built in 1900 as a schoolhouse, the structure then became a tool factory and an experimental museum before Laura Ann turned it into one of the spookiest accommodations on Airbnb. The fastest way to get to town, home to Fish & Game, one of the best restaurants in New York outside NYC, is to walk through the graveyard.
By public transit: Take Amtrak from Penn Station to Hudson Station in two hours. Laura Ann can pick you up at the station.
By car: Two hours, 30 minutes