We’ve just wrapped up a long, cold winter and are so ready and eager to get outside. Though, as our name suggests, our specialty is really in and around the ‘home’, we completely understand that need to get out and get away (we’re feeling it, too!). Now that the weather is getting warmer, we thought we’d take some time to let you know of four fantastic getaways to consider for some spring/summer R&R. All of the places featured here have purchased high-quality products from our website, so we can personally vouch for the accommodations as well as the wonderful people who work hard to make these places truly feel like your temporary home away from home!
Box House Hotel
Located in the historic neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the Box House Hotel offers apartment style lofts and suites complete with modern amenities, hand-picked antique furniture, and commissioned art work by Brooklyn artist Kip Jacobs.
The Box House Hotel is an ideal destination for those looking for a ‘different’ kind of NYC experience. Just a short subway ride from Manhattan and all its famous landmarks, Greenpoint is a quieter, more residential neighborhood that still feels ‘New York’ without becoming, well…overwhelming. Greenpoint is home to a variety of restaurants, bars, and live music venues frequented by locals, as well as the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, the Brooklyn Brewery, and historic McCarren Park. The Box House Hotel also offers complementary transportation in classic, 1970s-style taxi cabs, so you can be sure to see it all!
Inn on the Hudson
Inn on the Hudson sits just one hour north of Manhattan, but feels like a completely different world. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Peekskill, NY, Inn on the Hudson has been owned by the same family for over 50 years. The Inn was recently renovated in 2010 and features 53 modern rooms with gorgeous views of the Hudson River, as well as its own restaurant, the Waterstone Grill.
While Peekskill offers a variety of quaint restaurants and parks, the main attraction is the history of the area. Peekskill served as the first headquarters of the Continental Army in 1776-1777, and the Inn itself is located at the site where George Washington stood guard in anticipation of an attack by British forces. Inn on the Hudson is dedicated to preserving this history, and a colonial “Lamplighter”, which has been a fixture on the grounds (as well as the symbol of the Inn) since the late 1950s, serves as a monument to Washington and the Revolutionary War. (See here for a full list of historical sites in and around Peekskill).
In more recent history, Peekskill served as a hub for NYC artists in the early 1990s, and has carried on that tradition, as well — art attractions include the Paramount Center for the Arts, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, and the Peekskill Coffee house, which features performances by local artists, poets, and musicians.
Shenandoah River Outfitters
Shenandoah River Outfitters was founded in 1970 as a small grocery that also offered guided canoe-fishing trips. The founding husband-and-wife team grew their business from there, steadily adding programs such as overnight canoe trips, ‘Canoe and Steak’ events, and eventually tubing and rafting activities. Weekend or week-long cabin rentals were introduced in the mid-1990s, and more accommodations were built along the river over the next 10 years. Now, each cottage and cabin features a modern kitchen, multiple beds, air conditioning and heat, and many cabins even feature working fireplaces and hot tubs!
If you’re looking for a more rustic outdoor experience, consider Shenandoah River Outfitters’ “Camp Outback”, a 25-tent campground located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and 1/4 mile from the Shenandoah River. The campground features full facilities and a camp store, and is located near two boat landings (approximately 2 miles from each), because no trip to Shenandoah River Outfitters would be complete without a bit of canoeing!
In addition to their extensive program of river trips, Shenandoah River Outfitters also offers hiking, horseback riding, and biking activities, as well as a river clean-up program called “Operation CleanWater”.
Crystal Springs Resort
Sussex County, NJ
The Crystal Springs Resort in Sussex County, NJ is like a one-stop vacation spot, or, as they say of themselves, a “4-season playground” with “all the amenities of a private country club.” The Resort features 3 luxury hotels, 6 award-winning golf courses, and a number of high-quality spas, for the ultimate R&R experience all in one place.
Various restaurants offer 4-star dining experiences, and its very own wine cellar makes the Resort an ideal host for several wine and beer festivals throughout the year. The grounds also feature a water park and a tropical indoor pool (pictured above), and a wide range of outdoor activities such as biking, skiing, horseback riding, canoeing, sky diving, hot air balloon rides, and more. If all of this sounds out of your price range, don’t worry — the Resort offers plenty of vacation packages to fit both your interests and your budget!
What are some of your favorite spring & summer getaways? Let us know in the comments section!