Spend less time planning a getaway and more time enjoying one this winter. These delightful digs—including a bohemian retreat on Long Island, a historic B&B in Connecticut, a boutique Cambridge hotel and something new just across the river in New Jersey—offer affordable rates on the weekend (not just Sunday-Thursday) and easy car-free access from New York City.
Jersey City, New Jersey
The Place: Westin Jersey City Newport
The Price: From $183
The Perks: Toss any preconceived notions of this town into the Hudson River. There’s a burgeoning restaurant scene, New York-worthy food trucks, a craft brewery, stunning views of the Manhattan skyline wherever you look, and now a place to unwind close to home, courtesy of Westin. The hotel also has an indoor pool and jacuzzi to relax in.
The Directions: Take the PATH train to Jersey City. One way is $2.75.
Greenport, New York
The Place: Greenporter Hotel
The Price: From $99/Queen room
The Perks: An inexpensive room means more money to spend on everything else, like beer at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (order the $8 tasting for eight generous pours and a free pint glass), lunch by the fire at the Greenporter’s Cuvée Seafood & Grille, and dinner and Friskafellas at the Frisky Oyster. The eco-friendly Greenporter exudes relaxation and romance—make time for the outdoor hot tub—and is perfectly-situated near the Hampton Jitney drop-off in the heart of this historic maritime village.
The Directions: Take Hampton Jitney to Greenport. $21/one way.
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
The Place: The Pratt House
The Price: From $135/weekend night
The Perks: Sometimes you come across a town that reminds you why weekend getaways exist. Old Saybrook, with its unabashed charm, pristine beaches, mom and pop shops, and intimate jazz nights, is one of those places. The Pratt House, built in 1746, will help you shed the habit of moving fast as you savor a great home-cooked breakfast and go for a leisurely ride on the inn’s free bikes.
The Directions: The Metro-North New Haven Line stops at Old Saybrook Station 1 mile from the B&B. Transportation provided to/from B&B. One way on Metro North is $6.75.
Newport, Rhode Island
The Place: The Francis Malbone House
The Price: From $169
The Perks: Like Paris, Newport is always a good idea. Perhaps especially in winter, when the festive holiday spirit oozes well into the New Year, locals stroll the narrow cobblestone streets, and after a day by the sea, touring mansions and skirting brisk beautiful beaches, there’s no place you’d rather be in the world than a cozy waterfront restaurant like The Mooring, lapping up clam chowder by a roaring fire. At The Francis Malbone House, luxurious chambers, a breakfast feast (think eggs Florentine, mixed berry crepes, blueberry ricotta pancakes), afternoon tea, and daily baked items—from cookies and lemon squares to grilled pizza and homemade soups—are alone worth a trip up to Rhode Island.
The Directions: Take Peter Pan Bus. Tickets are $40/roundtrip.
The Place: Hotel Marlowe
The Price: From $151
The Perks: Perched on the banks of the Charles River, Marlowe has all of the Kimpton hotel perks (complimentary wine hours, bikes, a light carbon footprint, $10 mini bar credit, yoga mat), plus crafty cocktails and bites at Bambara and stylish rooms with Boston views.
The Directions: Take Megabus to South Station in Boston. Tickets range from $3/one way to $20/one way.
Photos: Respective hotels. Lead photo: Hotel Marlowe.
The co-founder and editor-at-large at offMetro, Lauren is a sustainable travel specialist and freelance journalist with frequent bylines in National Geographic, Bicycling Magazine and Shape. Follow Lauren’s adventures at @laurenmati.