One of the compromises in dealing with the everyday hustle that is inevitably connected to living in New York City, is that just north of our concrete jungle there's a world of lush, vast valleys and mountains surrounded by multiple bodies of water and uninterrupted skies. It's so easy to forget the beauty of pure silence after too much time spent on the jam-packed, restless island. Sometimes (let's be real: a lot of times) venturing out of the city for a weekend, or even just an overnight getaway is exactly what the doctor (i.e. our therapists) ordered to ease our exhaustive, anxiety-ridden dispositions and get in touch with a little serene nature and complete change of scenery. When you find yourself internally hating on that slow-moving tourist, cursing that dismissive cabbie, fantasizing about all the ways in which you'd like the MTA to suffer due to the loads of suffrage they've caused you--it's time for a reprieve. Luckily, none of us have to venture too far. Paradise is practically a stone's throw away.
Hudson Valley, New Paltz, Catskill, Woodstock--the list of ample, rustic towns in Upstate New York is as thick as the area foliage. Even more tempting are the seriously affordable--dirt cheap in comparison to NYC--weekend homes available for short-term rent. Seriously, the next time you're absolutely desperate to escape the city for that much needed R&R; to reset the mind and get reacquainted with ole mother nature, take a moment to stop what you are doing and browse the cabins and homes listed on Flipkey; a subsidiary of Trip Advisor. We like this trusted source for securing the best last minute vacation spots. Whether you own a car or not, another attractive perk about venturing upstate is the relatively easy access of the Metro North to get you there, bicycles in tow and all. The owners of these weekend homes are happy to provide directions regardless of your preferred methods of transportation.
We are crushing hard on this particular cabin located in Woodstock, NY. With a fully stocked kitchen, massive porch, mountain views, adorable decor and total seclusion--it's safe to assume this is paradise. Grab a few of your favorite people and get out of town already.