A broad online search for a spring weekend getaway offering easily accessible peace and quiet opened up a world of unexpected accommodations recently. After fathoming the flurry of options—through Hotel Tonight, bedandbreakfast.com, and the MTA’s getaway packages—I chose to embark on a new kind of local adventure.

Skip the predictable, impersonal hotel experience on your next city break and opt instead for an affordable and memorable stay in a house in the wilds of Woodstock, a luxurious yurt in the Hudson Valley, a chic barn on the coast of Rhode Island, an environmentalist’s geodesic dome on an organic Connecticut farm, or a hotelier’s own cottage with a private beach in East Hampton.

For those interested in raising the travel bar, consider one of these six romantic hideaways near NYC.


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