When January 1st arrives, we often make resolutions to focus on health in our lives. But just because you’re eating cleaner, and looking to be more active and increase wellness, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your cravings for travel and adventure! With so many spas, wellness centers, and active winter sports just a short drive or train ride from NYC, you can still plan your weekend escape while staying true to those resolutions. So for all of you looking for healthy and adventurous escapes, check out our weekend getaway inspiration below:
Spas & Wellness in the Hudson Valley:
The Hudson Valley is dotted with peaceful spas, wellness and healing centers where you can go to relax and unwind. Grab a quick Amtrak to Rhinecliff (+ quick cab)to visit the IZLIND Integrative Wellness Center & Institute, complete with tailored experiences for groups and individuals looking to increase wellness, whether that be via acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, massage, meditation, life coaching, tai chi and more.
Or, plan a wellness retreat with yourself, your friends, your family, or your colleagues to Rhinebeck’s Linwood Spiritual Center. Overlooking the Hudson River, Linwood’s programs feature silent, guided workshops, spiritual direction and exercises, yoga, arts programs and more.
Hop off at the Poughkeepsie stop via Metro North Railroad and make a spa crawl out of the many day, massage and facial spas like Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa or Oasis Medi-Spa.
Want to learn more? Click here for a list of spas and wellness centers in Dutchess County.
Outdoor Sports in Westchester:
If you’re looking to stay close for a 1 night or weekend getaways, Westchester, just a short Metro North Railroad ride away from Grand Central Station, is a great escape for some winter sports. Whether you prefer challenging cross county skiing trails through wooded areas, scenic outdoor ice skating, sledding or ice fishing, Westchester County parks and golf courses offer an ideal setting for both winter activities. Grab your equipment and head up to Westchester this winter — be sure to check out the Parks page for open locations and weather conditions!
Wellness Experiences in the Catskills:
This winter, head up to the Catskills for a weekend to take in some gorgeous wintry views, cozy up by a fire and relax. While in Sullivan County, there are a number of day spas and wellness centers that will keep you in that “new year, new you” attitude with hot stone massages, Reiki (energy work and healing), reflexology, and award-winning yoga studios with lovely bucolic views and light streaming in.
Check out this list of the healing options Sullivan County has to offer here.
Snow Sports in Vermont:
Vermont is the quintessential East Coast destination this time of year, and just an Amtrak ride away. With 20 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers and 7,300 acres of alpine terrain, this is a skier’s paradise. The rustic and gorgeous ski resorts are endless. The vast number of ski lessons and programs will have you off the bunny hill and catching air in no time.
But skiing isn’t all winter in Vermont has to offer! There’s still lots to do to keep the family together and having fun:
- Snowshoe trails can be found throughout the state, but a few centers and resorts specialize in the sport like Blueberry Hill Ski & Snowshoe Center, Stowe Cross Country Ski Center, Woodstock Inn & Resort, and more.
- Ice fishing is a fun way to enjoy the winter outdoors, whether you’re fishing a Lake Champlain bay, or a smaller body of water that is found off the beaten path.
- Snowmobile some of the best trails in the world. Since 1967, Vermont has maintained a network totaling over 5,000 miles of winter snowmobile trails.