Get out and visit things (in the same state) before you grow progressively insane as this NYC winter saga continues. Oh and shop the essentials too!

Getting tired of the speed New Yorkers constantly run on? Want a weekend away, but can’t go too far? We’ve gone out and found four go-to spots (close-ish to the city), so you can get there by EOD. Wave goodbye to the hustle and bustle of fucking rude bustling cab drivers… Throw up deuces to that guy on the train refusing to move over (oh how we glare at him)… Take a breath breath, brush the snow off your shoes and enjoy these vacation spots, which we believe are seemingly made just for you. — NICK STEWART

  Woodstock Country Inn

For those of you looking for a complete 180 from city life, Woodstock Country Inn is the spot for you. We found this little nook of a getaway, specifically for anyone looking for something especially quaint and cozy. Nicely settled on a small road and only two hours north of the city, there’s no way you couldn’t relax under the care of the inn’s owner, Carol — we love the rave reviews she gets from everyone who’s stayed with her. Not to mention, the country lifestyle that just bursts out of everything in the house. Especially the “White Room” which if you can, book it.


While you’re going to want to spend most of your time lounging away by the pool, this B&B is only a short bike ride away from the famed town of Woodstock. Just so you know, the hippie-power town has grown a lot since its ’60s fame. Whatever you might be in the mood for, Woodstock now boasts some really great little shops and attractions. Either pig out at Woodstock Candy & Fudge shop, or learn to dance and get fit at the Woodstock Tango.


If you ski, snowboard or just want to tube, the W.C.I. is a short ride away from four mountains. Bring your own gear or rent at the mountain, but make sure you get out there! Even if you don’t know how, falling on your ass is half the game, and we at SHK have done plenty of it. Once you’re done, head to the Bear Café, which is down the road. Candlelit dinners while overlooking the creek that runs through the area… This is probably the finest dining you’ll get in the area, but we’re sure all you’ll want to do is have some of Carol’s cooking.

Fire Island

WHATEVER YOU’VE HEARD! For a small and direct beach getaway, Fire Island is a great place to go. It’s a short one-hour drive from the city as well as a windy half-hour ferry ride out. Yeah, there are several beach towns to choose from, but if you’re looking for the best place to stay on the island, head to Dune Point. This “guest house” is the only beachfront inn on the entirety of Fire Island. Located in Cherry Grove, it’s a hard place to find and harder to book, but it will be well worth your time.


That part of Fire Island is well known for it’s party nights. Even so, at Dune Point, you’re far enough away from the main part of town and noise that you can clearly hear the ocean waves. It might seem like a long hall from the ferry, but in truth, you won’t even notice. If you’ve never been to fire island, you’ll find that the weirdly natural yet boardwalk paths are one of the more interesting aspects of all the land. There are even deer roaming the woods and walkways that get so close you can almost touch them.

Inside the “guest houses” there are several rooms to choose from, all of which have different, funky furniture and aesthetics. (Note: there are two different houses with rooms so make sure to ask for a beachfront one.)  You’re going to want that cool ocean breeze on hot summer days, caressing you and keeping you at a perfect “yes” temperature. And if you’re a foodie — like some of us here at SHK — then you’re going to love the nicely furnished kitchens in every room, readily equipped to cook whatever you get from the market in town.

Sunset At Dune Point Fire Island petra brehl

As for the town of Cherry Grove, there are a plethora of very fun restaurants and bars (not to mention beach styled shops). While you’re there, you should either check out a drag show at “The Ice Palace” or go to the beachfront “Jumping Jacks Seafood Shack” for a bite and live piano. With a multitude of weekly events happening there’s really no way to get bored, especially when your day is filled with lounging on the beach and sipping margaritas on the porch.


For this spot, it’s all about camping with a cozy center. We’re not to big on the great outdoors here at SHK, but you can be sure that when we heard about “Glamping,” we got interested. For those that are new to the idea, Glamping is glamorous camping. It’s about taking a trip in the woods, but one where you’re not lugging a heavy ass backpack and eating cold beans every meal…ew.  Luckily for you we’ve found one of the few, if not the only, Glamping site on the Northeast coast. It’s called Orenda, and it’s located in the Adirondacks, four hours north of NYC.


At the campsite you won’t be pitching a small tent that will probably blow over at any minute, no, you’ll be staying in a canvas cabin, equipped with a full mattress covered with linens comforters and four cozy as hell pillows. Not to mention a wood burning stove and oh, did we tell you there’s even Wi-Fi?  The cabins are also spread far enough apart so you and your partner can have your privacy. Just you two and a crackling brook.

As for things to do, we’ve always thought it must get pretty boring just chilling around a bunch of trees and bugs, but Orenda surprised us with a pretty big list of activities while you’re there. Choose from a variety of water-based activities, or if you’re trying to stay dry, then take a hike (your homestay will even make you a picnic for it). Speaking of food, we mentioned cold beans earlier didn’t we? Well, they’ve never even heard of cold beans at Orenda (OK so they probably have, but you know what we mean). With three meals a day provided, you’ll want to build up an appetite with that hike or a kayaking trip. We’re talking five course meals here.


At the end of your day, take a shower in heated outdoor showers with some quality stuff that’s readily provided (like Kiss My Face products…).  Once your done with that, you’ve got your very own patio to relax on… Or, just sit out in an opening and check out the stars ’cause that’s what your trip is really about, opening out and letting loose of that steam.

P.S. —  Don’t forget your drinks!  It’s BYOB (but a fridge is provided).

Montauk, Long Island

Got a group of friends or want to meet one? For the big beach experience, Gurney’s Inn is the spot to check out. This beachfront hotel in Montauk Long Island boasts its very own Sea Water spa with a king-sized heated pool and Roman Baths, something we definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on. Located on the Northeast tip of Long Island and only two-and-a-half hours away, Montauk has so many great beaches it’s hard to say which one is best (but, be sure to check out Ditch Plains for surfing and make sure to take a taxi if you do since there’s no parking…).


In town there are some really great stores, but the best comes down to the shops of MyMontauk.  They’ve got all the beach themed trinkets and tools you could ask for, including those fun little mementos. If you don’t have a car (because you live in NYC), don’t you fret, they’ve got bike rentals in town so you can finally get those gears turning without worrying about the awful traffic of the city. Once you get your bike back safely, take a short two-minute stroll to the Montauk Brewing Company, which has gallery viewings and beer tastings every weekend. Our favorite: The Hop Blonde.


To finish of your night, take a short ride to Navy Beach, a beachfront restaurant with what we’d say is the best sunset Montauk has to offer and some great cocktails too… Maybe there’s a connection? Oh and hey, if you can’t decide on a room when you start booking your trip (which we’re guessing is right after you finish reading), just go ahead and get a cottage. With sunken living rooms and your very own fireplace, we know you’ll make all the right choices.

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