Landscapes for Everyone

Mountains, beaches, cities, lakes — New York has it all!


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Mountains

...because nobody puts the Catskills in the corner.

Stay: Eastwind Hotel & Bar

Vibe: The Catskills have been undergoing a revival in recent years, eschewing retro-family-vacation vibes for stylish boutique hotels, a hot farm-to-table scene, and an influx of younger vacationers. Case in point: Eastwind, a former bunkhouse for hunters and fly fishermen that’s now a Scandinavia-meets-Upstate-style resort, with cozy-luxe touches like wool blankets, hand-woven Turkish rugs, spa bathrooms, wood-burning stoves, and some funky wallpaper (yes, those are drunken woodland creatures). Three A-frame Lushna Cabins — a minimalist take on glamping, with Frette linens, private firepits, and wildlife journals — take full advantage of the view.

While You’re Here: Hiking, biking, kayaking, or any other outdoorsy activity (like lounging in Eastwind’s oversized hot tub) is the way to go, with the resorts Windham and Hunter nearby. For dinner, make the 15-minute drive to Scribner’s (another of the area’s cool, new lodges) for playful, locally inspired cuisine at Prospect.

Psst!… Have you ever climbed a fire tower? Built to detect wildfires nearly a century ago, five towers remain scattered throughout the Catskills, offering unparalleled panoramic views. For more info, visit www.catskillcenter.org/fire-tower-project.

Rates: From $159/night; www.eastwindny.com

Photos courtesy of Eastwind Hotel & Bar

 

Beaches

...because the East End only gets better after Labor Day.

Stay: Gurney’s Montauk

Vibe: No traffic, less crowds, and easy-to-get reservations, Montauk returns (as much as possible) to its sleepy, fishing-village roots once summer ends. The same can be said of Gurney’s Montauk, which sheds its trendy beach-club reputation in favor of wellness and relaxation. Built in the 1920s, the resort underwent a multiyear renovation in 2013, blending vintage character (retro-style furniture and fixtures) with modern amenities. The Seawater Spa boasts an ocean-fed, saltwater pool (the only of its kind in North America), plus a Russian steam room, Finnish rock sauna, and sea-inspired treatments, like an organic-seaweed facial.

While You’re Here: Almost everything that’s great about Montauk is still great in fall. Stroll the beach, soak in culture at the Parrish Art Museum, and shop for vintage finds at Deep Blue Vintage and cozy flannel shirts at Pilgrim Surf + Supply in nearby Amagansett. For dinner, Gurney’s Scarpetta Beach makes exceptional pasta, but we also like the lobster rolls at Duryea’s and the local Pearl oysters at Inlet.

Psst!… Camp Hero State Park, with 415 acres of beaches, bluffs, and hiking trails, is also home to the historic military installation that inspired the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

Rates: From $870/night; www.gurneysresorts.com/montauk

​Photos courtesy of Gurney's

 

Cities

...because sometimes the most stunning views are man-made.

Stay: The Dominick

Vibe: Glimpse the unobstructed city views through your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, and you probably won’t notice much else. But peel your eyes from the SoHo skyline, and design flourishes like sleek Fendi Casa furniture, granite-topped wet bars, and marble bathrooms give The Dominick its swanky, luxe vibe. (It’s the only Five-Diamond property in SoHo.) The hotel’s dramatic two-story lobby — punctuated by a wall of Mid-Century-style woodwork — adds to the refined air, which includes a retro-chic cocktail bar in which Don Draper would feel right at home. The newly revamped spa uses cult Babor products (find them in your room, as well) and offers one of NYC’s only luxury hammam experiences.

While You’re Here: It’s Manhattan — your options are limitless. But we recommend taking advantage of the hotel’s surrounding neighborhoods: Check out the Whitney Museum, walk The High Line, drop some cash shopping/eating/drinking, or just stroll SoHo’s cobblestone streets. You really can’t go wrong.

Psst!… If you can’t part with your pooch for even one night, The Dominick allows dogs up to 25 pounds (with a $250 cleaning fee) and even offers swank pet amenities.

Rates: From $495/night; www.thedominickhotel.com

Photos courtesy of The Dominick

 

Lakes

...because some places are timeless.

Stay: The Point at Saranac Lake

Vibe: Ever wonder what it was like to be a Gilded Age Rockefeller? You can find out at The Point Resort at Saranac Lake, the former Adirondack Great Camp of William Avery Rockefeller. Doting staff caters to your every whim (fresh-baked cookies and Champagne, anyone?), while wood-burning fireplaces and luxe log mansions (calling them cabins doesn’t do them justice) offer a rustic feel. But don’t forget your cufflinks and gowns: Old World tradition is preserved at black-tie dinners twice a week with a menu of seasonal fare. Perhaps the biggest draw, however, is the view. Set on 75 acres, with tranquil pine forests and the shimmering lake, The Point Resort was named by Condé Nast Traveler one of the world’s best places to see a sunset.

While You’re Here: Take a self-guided tour of the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid (about 45 minutes away), where you’ll find panoramic views of the Adirondack High Peaks — fall foliage at its finest.

Psst!… Prepare to unplug. This all-inclusive, adults-only resort offers an electronic “detox” with limited cell service.

Rates: From $1,700/night; www.thepointsaranac.com

Photos courtesy of The Point Resort at Saranac Lake


 

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