Your weekend getaway in New York offers entertainments as diverse as spa treatments at lakeside idylls to strolling the streets of New York City, one of the world's greatest cultural meccas. You can travel the world without leaving New York's elegant streets. After partying hard or sightseeing at length in the city that never sleeps, detox in the spa town of Saratoga Springs. The lovely Finger Lakes region, meanwhile, offers a bucolic mix of history, wineries, and water sports.
Discover a new side of New York
The best weekend getaways in New York naturally involve some time spent in the Big Apple, that iconic, diverse metropolis. Visit the Upper East Side's world-class museums, go gallery-hopping in Chelsea and on the Lower East Side, enjoy the jostle and flavors of Chinatown, and kick back with Williamsburg's indie bars and boutique shopping. With a never-ending schedule of poetry readings, stand-up comedy, jazz performances, and celebrated Broadway shows, New York City is also home to cultural offerings for every taste.
To wind down, head to the Finger Lakes, about a five-hour drive away from New York City. This region offers striking waterfalls, deep gorges, and lush vineyards, among other attractions. The 9,000 square mile area provides year-round entertainment. In summer, enjoy wine tastings, sailing, swimming, and hiking. Weekend festivals involve everything from dragon boating to cheese and Native American dance. In winter, opportunities to skate, ski, and snow shoe abound. Your weekend getaway in New York might also include a visit to Saratoga Springs, known for its thoroughbred racing in summer as well as its excellent year-round spas. Visitors have been making weekend getaways in New York to Lake George for about 200 years, when touring the Adirondack Mountains first began. Today you can enjoy trails leading through verdant forests as well as the Lake George's waterside restaurants and opportunities for kayaking, swimming, and sailing.