If you’re looking for an easy, budget-friendly (and car-free!) adventure this season, consider one of these seven well-valued winter getaways near NYC.
Niagara Falls, Ontario | Nigara Falls Hilton
The Package: Couples Adventure Package in a Deluxe Falls View Suite
The Perks: In addition to those breathtaking views of a partially frozen Niagara Falls—just named one of the top 52 places to see in 2014 by the New York Times—seen from your newly renovated suite on the 30th floor, there is an in-room fireplace and jacuzzi. The package comes with two adult passes for Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, and Niagara’s Butterfly Conservatory, a full buffet breakfast voucher for two, $65 dinner voucher for the rooftop restaurant, shuttle bus service, and discount coupons to various stores like the Artistic Glassblowing Studio. The possible downsides are no free in-room wi-fi—though maybe one of your New Year’s resolutions is to unplug more?—and the thunderous gushing of water right outside your window, which could result in a midnight visit to the loo.
The Price: Good through April 14, 2014, you’ll pay $299/night for a room with a view. Based on double occupancy. For more package options, visit the website above.
How to get there: Take Amtrak’s Empire Service line from Penn Station to Niagara Falls. Once you are in town, a Trolley can get you most anywhere you want to go, but the town’s manageable size makes walking a fine option. (Hilton Niagara, 6361 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON L2G3V9, Canada, 905.354.7887)
Cape Elizabeth, Maine | Inn by the Sea
The Package: “Winter Warmer”
The Perks: Spiked hot chocolates by a crackling fire, a Maine Woolens throw blanket, two 60-minute Casco Bay Hot Stone massages, Chef’s cheese fondue for two by the fire, accommodations in the Beacu Suite, gourmet breakfast at the Sea Glass Restaurant.
The Price: Starting at $565.58/night. Two night minimum. Valid thru March 31, 2014.
How to get there: Consult our Portland Public Transportation Guide. From the train station in Portland, a cab into Cape Elizabeth’s town takes approximately 30 minutes and costs around $30. Or rent a hybrid. (Inn by the Sea, 40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME, 207.799.3134)
Montreal, Canada | Les Bons Matins
The Package: The Budget Room
The Perks: Getting the lay of a foreign French land at half the price of flying to Europe. Located close to the Bell Centre, this romantic bed and breakfast and its darling innkeepers make it easy to plan out your day. Wake up to a beautiful complimentary breakfast spread in the dining room (or request room service), where everything from omelets to french toast to locally-sourced meats are sure to jump start your day of play. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Montreal Lights Festival, February 20-March 2, 2014.
The Price: From $99/night, based on double occupancy
How to get there: Consult oM’s public transit guide to Montreal (Les Bons Matins, 1401, Argyle Ave, Montreal (Quebec), 800.588.5280)
Finger Lakes, Geneva, NY | Belhurst Castle
The Package: “Belhurst Royalty Package”
The Perks: Lavish Vinifera Inn chambers, equipped with a jacuzzi, views of Seneca Lake, and a bottle of Belhurst Estate Winery Red or Golden Pheasant Wine. The package includes a four-course dinner for two at on-site restaurant Edgar’s, and a full breakfast buffet for two.
The Price: $314 including taxes and gratuities. Available Sunday-Thursday, based on double occupancy. Expires May 31, 2014 Call 315.781.0201 to book the package and inquire about free upgrades.
How to get there: The Shortline Bus and Greyhound offer daily scheduled service to Geneva. Take a less than 10 minute cab ride to the Castle. The entire journey may take five to six hours from New York Penn Station. (Belhurst Castle, 4069 Route 14 South, Geneva, NY, 315.781.0201)
Boston, MA | Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
The Package: “It is Team Time on the Boston Waterfront”
The Perks: Celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with this package that includes deluxe accommodations, admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for two adults and two children, “Boston Harbor Tea” cocktails for two adults, afternoon tea time snacks at Capiz Bar, plus cookies and mulled apple cider and complimentary use of the health club and indoor pool.
The Price: From $244/night, available through February 28, 2014
How to get there: Consult oM’s public transit guide to Boston. (606 Congress St.)
Highmount, NY | Belleayre Mountain
The Package: With the Ski Bus Package, Adirondack Trailways and Belleayre have teamed up to help make getting to the slopes a breeze for New Yorkers.
The Perks: Choose from several options, like the $189/pp deal for double occupancy, which includes an overnight stay at one of three area hotels (recommend staying at the Pine Hill Arms). The package comes with roundtrip transportation from NYC, two-day lift tickets, shuttle service and luggage lock-up.
How to get there: The ski bus departs from Port Authority Terminal and operates Fridays thru Mondays.
Atlantic City, NJ | Harrahs Resort
The Package: “Romantic Getaway”
The Perks: Overnight accommodations in the Waterfront Tower, three-course gourmet meal for two, 2pm late check out, and the realized winter dream of lying poolside in a cabana, surround by palm trees.
The Price: From $108/night. Use code PGET when booking. Valid through March 27, 2014.
How to get there: Consult oM’s transit guide to AC.
Photo: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel