Once upon a time, circa before kids, you and hubbs had a really good getaway thing going. Historic villages, quaint B & Bs, seaside escapes, lounging poolside… your weekends away were a fairytale full of all-you-can-reap romance and sensual adventures.
Now you’re overworked, overscheduled and long overdue for a rekindling of your relationship. Sneak away! You can do it. Here are our top weekender picks all within driving distance.
The Mayflower Grace Hotel and Spa (118 Woodbury Rd, Washington, CT, 860 868 9466) The luxe hotel and spa, located just under 2 hours from NYC in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut has been called “a little slice of heaven” by a reader who recently stayed there. Between dining at the new critically acclaimed Muse Restaurant created by Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux Jonathan Cartwright and Mayflower’s personalized spa and fitness programs, you may not even make time to get out and explore the luscious 53 acre property and quaint surrounding New England towns. (Guest Room, from $675; Suite, from $1,200, include group activities, spa access and wifi) Who Should Go: Foodies looking to seriously relax and spa. GETAWAY GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will win a stay for two at this fine hotel, Enter Here.
The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls(2 East Main Street, Beacon, New York,(845) 765-8369) The hip artsy Hudson Valley town of Beacon is now a destination for city slickers who want to “get away” but still enjoy the comforts of culture and good dining. Enter The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, which opened in 2012 and elevated Beacon lodging to a whole new level. Cascading water and creeks surround the beautifully designed brick structure which houses 23 rooms and is steps away from the shops, galleries and markets. Who should go: Antique and art buffs who enjoy rustic luxe digs. (rates start at $219 per night, advance registration required)
Topping Rose House (One Bridgehampton Sag Tpke, Bridgehampton, NY, 631-537-0870) Attention Hamptons-fans, we found your house by the beach. The owners of the Topping Rose restored the historic property’s traditional exterior while creating interiors styled in modern luxury and opened to rave reviews last summer. Award-winning chef Tom Colicchio heads up the dining room, turning out farm-to-table cuisine and house-made treats like their raved-about granola. Throw in the perfect Bridgehampton location (walkable to town and a bike ride to the beach) and you’ve got the formula for a perfect stay. Who should go: Beach “bums” with a budget for shopping and dining. (rooms start at $395 off season, $895 in season)
Bedford Post Inn (954 Old Post Rd, Bedford, 914-234-7800) The 8 room luxury inn designed by Carey Lowel (wife of Richard Gere) in picturesque Bedford, New York is just a quick hop across the Tappan Zee- perfect even if you have just one night to spare. Choose your room layout when you book - most have fireplaces, some have terraces and all have sinfully soft Frette linens to ensure you sleep like a baby. Rise and shine to in-house Yoga at the Loft (rated tops in the county). Wait, is that the smell of fresh baked bread in the air or a meditation gone too far? No, you’re not dreaming. There is also a fully operable bakery on the premises open daily. At days end, unwind at the Inn’s award winning Farmhouse restaurant featuring a contemporary American menu. Don’t pinch yourself too hard, you may wake up. Who should go? Couples in need of a quick breather close to home. (rooms start at $395)