Sometimes you just need to recharge your batteries – especially in the dead of winter. While you may be dreaming of tropical breezes and warm ocean waters, it isn’t always practical to get away right now. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of fantastic NYC staycation ideas. Set your “out of office” message and choose any one of these adventures to feel like you’ve just had time away without actually going anywhere!
The SoHo Adventure
If it’s in your budget, book a hotel room for a night or two to really feel like you’re getting away. Check into the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo to indulge in the luxury and charm of this neighborhood. Loaded with sophistication and located on a cobblestone street, The Crosby Street Hotel offers film screenings paired with dinner or cocktails on Sunday nights in their state-of-the-art cinema. For relaxing yet affordable spa services while you’re in the neighborhood, check out Renew Regal Spa in Chinatown, where you can get an hour-long foot massage for only $25.
The Long Island Adventure
You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re a world away. You just have to go to Long Island. Head to West Hempstead for horseback riding lessons and trail rides at the New York Equestrian Center. Afterward, enjoy a picnic at the 773-acre Hempstead Lake State Park where you can also take a spin on the hand-carved wooden carousel. Then head up to the historic village of Roslyn for an overnight stay in the adorable Roslyn Hotel. Finally, finish your adventure with a visit to the Nassau County Museum of Art and the William Cullen Bryant Preserve.
The Brooklyn Adventure
Start your Brooklyn staycation by making a reservation at The William Vale, an amazing boutique hotel in Williamsburg. Every room has a balcony and stunning views of the city and boroughs. Once you’ve checked in, head to Brooklyn Brewery, a two-minute walk away, for a tour and tasting. Or head over to Hotel Delmano, which is not a hotel at all but actually a cocktail bar that looks like it’s straight out of the 19th century. You can also let go of your daily stresses by popping into MNDFL for a little deep breathing and meditation. Spend the evening sampling delicious food at any one of the trendy restaurants within walking distance. When you’re done take in a show at Nitehawk Cinema or dance the night away at Output. Before you leave, be sure to duck into the Museum of Food and Drink.
The Staten Island Adventure
Say what now? Staten Island? Yes – you can have an amazing staycation on Staten Island. In fact, here you’ll find one of the city’s most peaceful retreats – the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. The building resembles a Tibetan mountain monastery while the grounds feature a fish pond and meditation gardens. Take classes in tai chi and meditation, or schedule your visit to coincide with a musical performance, lecture, or Tibetan crafts class. Afterward, explore Historic Richmond Town and the Alice Austen House. Finally, make it an overnight getaway with one of the many Airbnbs available in the neighborhood.
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