Skip to content

Thanksgiving Getaways From NYC: 11 Unforgettable Holiday Escapes

By Charlotte Dow. This post contains affiliate links, meaning if a booking/purchase is made Jessie on a Journey earns a commission, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting this site! 

Looking for Thanksgiving getaways from NYC? 

Then you’re in the right place! 

Thanksgiving and travel go together like turkey and stuffing.

Whether you’re heading over the river and through the woods to visit family or just to the grocery store for some extra cranberry sauce, you’re bound to be in transit for at least some of the holiday.

This year, why not make a new tradition and head out of town for a holiday escape?

With the built-in long weekend, Thanksgiving is a great time to plan a mini-adventure, especially for New Yorkers. 

Luckily, there are plenty of great destinations just a short drive or train ride from New York City.

And if you’ve been wondering where to celebrate Thanksgiving in New York and nearby, this list of easily accessible hotels and resorts offers incredible holiday getaways for locals as well as those visiting New York City in fall.

Need help capturing the best views in NYC — with you in the photos? Book a private NYC Photo Journey, a walking tour that includes photos of your group to keep. Or step your game up even further with an NYC Influencer Shoot. Email [email protected] with inquiries.

Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ
Get festive by the fireplace in Congress Hall’s cozy lobby. Photo courtesy of Congress Hall.

11 Thanksgiving Getaways From NYC

1. Congress Hall (Cape May, NJ)

2 hrs 45 min from NYC by car

Looking for fun Thanksgiving travel ideas?

The Jersey Shore has so much to offer outside of the summer season, and the region doesn’t get much more picturesque than Cape May.

Located in the heart of Cape May’s historic district, Congress Hall offers gorgeous, classically-styled rooms, several dining and drinking options, and a full-service spa for peak relaxation.

Book their Winter Warm-Up package for dining and cocktail credits, complimentary hot chocolate, and a discount at the spa.


2. Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz, NY)

2 hrs from NYC by car

There’s a reason Mohonk Mountain House has been a go-to getaway for New Yorkers since the 1870s.

This resort has something for everyone at any point in the year, from ax-throwing to board games to Qigong. Plus, it’s one of the most romantic getaways in New York State!

Visit during Thanksgiving for family-focused activities and an extensive buffet that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

Ready to venture off property?

Visit Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz and check out ten acres of 17th-century buildings and artifacts.

3. Morris House Hotel (Philadelphia, PA)

1 hr 45 min from NYC by train

More of an urban explorer?

Hop on Amtrak for a Thanksgiving getaway in the City of Brotherly Love.

Located just three blocks from Independence Hall, you’ll feel like you’re back in the Colonial era at the Morris House Hotel — with all the comforts of the modern age, of course.

Grab some complimentary continental breakfast and head down to the Ben Franklin Parkway for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest in the country and a great celebration of the city’s community.

Need help capturing the best views in NYC — with you in the photos? Book a private NYC Photo Journey, a walking tour that includes photos of your group to keep. Or step your game up even further with an NYC Influencer Shoot. Email [email protected] with inquiries.

Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, VT
Get festive during your stay at the Green Mountain Inn. Photo courtesy of the Green Mountain Inn.

4. Green Mountain Inn (Stowe, VT)

6 hrs from NYC by car; 1 hr flight to nearby Burlington

Vermont is full of adventurous getaways

Can’t wait for the (official) first day of winter to get your ski on?

Head up to Stowe in Vermont for some of the best snow on the east coast.

Whether you’re ready to carve down the mountain or not, spend your Thanksgiving at the Green Mountain Inn.


Enjoy a traditional holiday meal in their Main Street Dining Room — no cooking or dishwashing required.

Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a stay at the Hershey Lodge. Photo courtesy of Hershey, PA.

5. Hershey Lodge (Hershey, PA)

3 hrs 30 min from NYC by car

If you’re ready to fully give in to the Christmas Creep, immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane.

Book the Christmas Candylane Package at the resort’s signature hotel, the Hershey Lodge, for admission to the park and plenty of other perks, like access to Hershey’s Sweet Lights display and complimentary milk and cookie delivery.

Your sweet tooth and inner child will thank you.

6. Sound View Hotel (Greenport, NY)

3 hrs from NYC by car; accessible by bus and train

If you’re wondering what to do for Thanksgiving in New York, the answer may be trading the city for the island. 

Long Island wineries, farms, beach walks. There is a lot to experience on the North Fork of L.I. 

Stay at the Sound View Hotel in Greenport for a relaxing holiday by the sea.

Lounge in one of their luxe nautically inspired rooms, have a drink and sing some songs in the piano bar, and visit the adjoining SALT Live Energized dry salt therapy spa for some R&R.

Woodloch Pines, Hawley, PA
Family fun is the name of the game at Woodloch Resort. Photo courtesy of Woodloch Resort.

7. Woodloch Resort (Hawley, PA)

2 hrs from NYC by car

If you’re searching for Thanksgiving trips you can enjoy with the family — or family of friends — here is a tip: 

Book a room, suite, or entire home at Woodloch Resort in the Poconos.

Aside from their year-round offerings of indoor waterslides, nature trails, and a top-rated spa, Woodloch has plenty of Thanksgiving-themed activities planned to keep your whole crew entertained.

And don’t worry:

They’ve got the big dinner all sorted.

Need help capturing the best views in NYC — with you in the photos? Book a private NYC Photo Journey, a walking tour that includes photos of your group to keep. Or step your game up even further with an NYC Influencer Shoot. Email [email protected] with inquiries.

The Roxbury Motel, Roxbury, NY
You’re in for a colorful stay at The Roxbury. Photo courtesy of The Roxbury.

8. The Roxbury Motel (Roxbury, NY)

3.5 hrs from NYC by car

While you’ll find tons of quirky things to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, those seeking an atypical getaway just need to head a few hours north. 

Care to spend Thanksgiving sleeping in the nightclub from Saturday Night Fever?

How about the Emerald City?

Take a drive up to Roxbury, New York for a holiday in the quirkiest motel in the Catskills, complete with a 60s-inspired cocktail lounge and breathtaking mountain views.

Though the Roxbury Motel doesn’t have its own restaurant, the area is home to plenty of great restaurants and you’re bound to find a spot for your turkey fix.


You’ll be perfectly positioned to explore some of the best places to hike in Upstate NY!

Omni Mount Washington, New Hampshire
You can’t beat the mountain views at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts.

9. Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods, NH)

7 hrs from NYC by car

Hikers and skiers alike will enjoy a Thanksgiving adventure up to New Hampshire’s, Omni Mount Washington Resort.

Aside from some of the best trails in the White Mountain National Forrest, this historic resort boasts a 25,000 square foot spa, restaurants, and bars to tempt every palate, and some of the best golf courses in the state.

Visit at Thanksgiving for a holiday buffet and flag football on the lawn.

The Sagamore Resort, Lake George, NY
Curl up by the fire after Thanksgiving dinner at the Sagamore. Photo courtesy of The Sagamore Resort.

10. The Sagamore Resort (Bolton Landing, NY)

4 hrs from NYC by car

Looking for road trip ideas from NYC?

Take a drive to Lake George for a stay at the historic Sagamore resort.

The Sagamore has your Thanksgiving covered with a dinner buffet on Thanksgiving Day and a full schedule of activities for everyone.

Cozy up by the bonfire with some s’mores and a glass of wine, or head to the resort’s rec center for a game of pick-up soccer.

The Cooper Inn, Cooperstown, NY
Located in the heart of town, The Cooper Inn is the perfect place to stay in Cooperstown. Photo courtesy of The Cooper Inn.

11. Cooper Inn (Cooperstown, NY)

4 hrs from NYC by car

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving vacation ideas, here is a great one. 

Cooperstown may be home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, but there is so much more to see in this idyllic lakeside town than historic bats and gloves.

Located on Otsego Lake, Cooperstown is home to plenty of outdoor activities, farms, and shops that will help you relax and rest up for the holiday season.

Stay at the adorable Cooper Inn in the heart of the town and take advantage of their Inn for the Holidays package for complimentary breakfast, WiFi, parking, and a free gift (who doesn’t love free gifts?!).

Whether you’re staying in town or hitting the road, be sure to take some time for gratitude and relaxation this Thanksgiving.

Bonus Stays For Thanksgiving In Upstate NY

Looking for Upstate New York accommodation?

Click here for a list of local hotels!

Prefer self-contained stays? 

Click here to check out unique local rentals! 

You can also use the map below to search for local stays. I currently have it set to Cold Spring, which is a popular Upstate New York hiking destination, but you can easily change that:

Travel Insurance

While you hope everything runs smoothly, sometimes travel just doesn’t go according to plan.

This is why I recommend always purchasing travel insurance. The scary truth is it only takes one bad accident to lose everything — or be thankful you were covered.

Personally, I use SafetyWing, as they’ve got a large network, offer both short-term and long-term coverage (including limited coverage in your home country), are budget-friendly, and offer $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.

Click here to price out travel insurance for your trip in just a few clicks.

ultimate travel planning kit

What are your favorite Thanksgiving getaways from NYC?

Enjoyed this post? Pin it for later!

The Best Getaways for NYC to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Pin me! 🙂

The Best Thanksgiving Getaways from New York City
Jessie Festa standing in front of grafitti wall

Hi, I’m Jessie on a journey!

I'm a conscious solo traveler on a mission to take you beyond the guidebook to inspire you to live your best life through travel. Come join me!

Blogging Courses

Want to live your best life through travel?

Subscribe for FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!



  1. Lea on October 8, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I actually needed some cool ideas for this year, great suggestions. Lovely opportunity to bond with my family!

Leave a Comment