Labor Day VacationEscape New York City: Labor Day Getaways
The last official weekend of summer is almost here. While you used to make Labor Day glam plans long in advance, these days you can’t decide what to do one hour from now, let alone schedule a full-on holiday trip. But, if you’re able to slip away with the family for one last summer hurrah, here’s a roundup of easy getaways that are close to home – but feel far, far away.
Buttermilk Falls Inn
In two hours or less, escape to Buttermilk Falls Inn in the Hudson Valley, which is city luxury with countryside comfort for the whole family (you can even bring the dog). Start the day with a farm-fresh breakfast, and then explore the grounds, from kicking back in Adirondack chairs overlooking the Hudson Valley to hiking to the namesake waterfall. Refuel over afternoon tea and then top off the evening at the farm-to-table Henry’s. The lodging options are vast (yes, this means you can have the children in another room or wing – bliss), plus the surrounding outdoors are eminently family-friendly, including the Millstone farm and orchard and the Walkway Over the Hudson. Need to take the edge off when the kids start acting up? Hit the spa, and then the Tuthilltown Brewery.
A four-hour drive from NYC, The Sagamore Resort in Lake George welcomes guests of all ages. Settle in and relax in the bi-level suites in the Hermitage or the expansive Lodge Suites, complete with an Adirondack-chic décor, with handsome fireplaces and terraces. Then, take on the outdoors, via boating, horseback riding, waterskiing or simply splashing around in the pools. Introduce the kids to The Rec, and you may not see them for the rest of the vacation. The 10,000-square-foot indoor entertainment center has an indoor rock-climbing wall, mini golf and Wii and arcade games. While the younger set is duly entertained, parents can break away to the recently renovated spa and salon or play the award-winning, Donald Ross-designed, 18-hole golf course. Looking for something different? Included in your stay is a cruise through Lake George on The Morgan, a 72-foot replica of a historic touring vessel. Once you are land ahoy, enjoy the lakefront facilities from a private beach area.
Choose to ignore or embrace the stereotypes of the Poconos and head to the Woodloch Resort. With over one thousand acres (literally), outdoor activities abound, from the Woodloch Pines, a kid-friendly all-inclusive property, to The Lodge at Woodloch, the luxury destination spa. The Lodge goes all out, with rooms with a private veranda and lake or rock waterfall views, plus indoor and outdoor whirlpools, an indoor pool with HydroMassage WaterWalls, spa treatments, an outdoor adventure program – you get the picture. The kids won’t get bored here: Woodloch Resort caters to everyone from toddlers to teens, with indoor options (pools, Woodloch Forest Playground, gymnasium, arcade, toddler room) and outdoor (nature trails, water sports, bumper cars and boats and new zip-line course). Fun!
Take a three-hour drive from New York City and find yourself in the heart of the Berkshires for a sophisticated family retreat at The Blantyre. In close proximity to the Berkshires’ main attractions, The Blantyre (Gaelic for “the warm retreat”) welcomes children over twelve years of age. Here, it’s all about understated elegance, with just twenty or so guest rooms. The Paterson Suite, named for the inn’s original owners, is spacious – as in, 1,000-square-feet-plus spacious – complete with sitting room, fireplace, two baths and a commode once owned by Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. The inn also has, uniquely, a collection of over 4,000 picture books and mysteries. Golf aficionados, look no further: The property is surrounded by the scenic Cranwell’s 18-hole golf course. Future sommeliers will love the encyclopedic wine list with 2,500 references and approximately 14,000 bottles. The adults may want to tuck into a bottle or three, and then the whole family can swing together in the large hammock or listen to the nightly piano-playing – and forget about their to-do lists until Tuesday.