Summer is coming (really!) and that’s is the perfect time to leave behind the stress and heat of the city and head upstate for a weekend getaway. Whether you pick the crisp Catskill Mountains or the Hudson Valley, splash out on one of these five stellar rental properties.
Lookout on Hudson
It’s a price-y $599 per night, but this gorgeous and newly renovated Midcentury-modern rental in Newburgh, NY has a pool and hot tub with Hudson River views. If you even need to hear more, there are four bedrooms set up for eight guests (three king beds and one queen)—plenty of room to welcome you and your posse for a weekend here in Newburgh, a grittily charming city about an hour and a half from midtown New York. The home’s open, airy rooms feature striking modern furnishings that lend the AirBnb an Architectural Digest photo shoot vibe. You may want to brave the long wait at trendy and delicious nearby Hudson Taco. Or skip the line, and just cook at home in the sleek, stone and stainless steel kitchen, which several guests called “well stocked.” Loll and/or nosh on the large, shaded patio with plenty of seating.
First things first: This Woodstock Airbnb is really and truly a tree house, as in a house up in the treetops, so be prepared to climb a ladder to get to the front door. You also have to walk in to the spot with your luggage, so this Airbnb listing about 15 minutes from the village of Woodstock, NY is great for rugged types or those who pack light. The space (with a sleeping loft) is optimal for one or two guests and overlooks a swimming pond on 34 wooded acres. The king bed also requires ladder-climbing skills, but you are rewarded with a skylit loft. Walls of windows break up what seems like yards and yards of knotty pine siding, optimizing the verdant view. Wish for cold snaps or a few summer nights chilly enough to fire up the mod fireplace or the Swedish wood-burning hot tub outside. $350/night
Dreamy Boho Cottage
Rent some or all of this Hudson Valley Airbnb property on 4+ acres in Tivoli, NY, a charming town near Rhinebeck, Hudson, and Bard College (check out the SummerScape Festival lineup). This solar-powered cottage sleeps four guests and will surely inspire a bohemian rhapsody or two. Walking distance to town, it is a cozy space where you can enjoy stargazing through the skylights from the comfort of a soaking tub. Sleeping spaces include a king-size bed and two twins (put them together for another king). Guests sang the rental’s praises for considerate touches like the stash of kids’ books and toys. The decor is spinning wheel-meets-Design Within Reach-meets-world traveler. A cute deck overlooking a stream comes complete with grill for summer barbeques. $195/night. There is also a big, loft-like barn on the property that sleeps six guests and goes for $250/night if you want to really splash out.
Ever dreamed about having a country estate? Live that Downton-ish fantasy by booking a stay at this restored circa 1790s historic manor surrounded by 14 acres of woods, lawn, and meadows in Coxsackie, NY (about 20 minutes from Hudson, just off I-87). There are wood-burning fireplaces in every room—all the better for warming up after a dip in the private swimmable pond. The five bedrooms (and three bathrooms) sleep about 14 guests and the decor is gorgeous, with IG-able vignettes aplenty. This spot is a bride and groom’s one-stop-shopping dream come true, and has a large open pavilion—for ceremonies or maybe an al fresco family-reunion yoga class at dawn. Throw a posh dinner party with the full set of vintage Wedgewood china and silver plate. $900/night
Modern Renovated Adirondack Lodge
Bonner Lodge is the main house of a circa 1920s-1960s Catskill, NY summer camp (just across the river from Hudson). A blown-up log cabin with a knotty, beamed great room, the home has three bedrooms and two baths, making it comfortable for up to seven guests. The extra-long window seat with down cushions functions as a spillover sleeping spot for two. Guests will laze over breakfast at the lo-o-ong farm table or in front of the towering riverstone fireplace in the great room. The walls hold a collection of interesting modern art, and there’s a giant porch made for sipping coffee or craft brews. Nearby (and also once part of the camp) is Clum House, a light and airy, charmingly furnished clapboard three-bedroom renovated by an architect/designer couple. Lodge: $350/ night; Clum House $214/night