A Guide to North Branch, NY

By |2023-06-29T21:01:47+00:00July 28th, 2016||

Just over the two hour mark from New York City, the North Branch Inn is an unlikely hotspot located in a tiny hamlet of the Western Catskills. Drawing in locals and tourists alike, weekends are especially busy here — whether its for a drink, a bite to eat, or ...

Hermit Thrush Treehouse in West Pawlet, Vermont

By |2021-05-06T14:01:32+00:00July 16th, 2016||

  When Escape Brooklyn is looking for a quick, easy getaway, we head to the Catskills. When we're looking to really get away, though, we head to Vermont. Though our inner New Yorkers hates to admit it, it's just so much more beautiful there! Vermont doesn't allow billboards, neon signs, subdivisions, or roadside ...

A Scandinavian Chalet in Cragsmoor, NY

By |2021-05-06T15:05:56+00:00June 16th, 2016||

Built by owner David Pivnick, the Scandinavian Inspired Chalet is located in the Shawangunk Mountains just two hours from NYC. Clocking in at about 100 miles from Brooklyn, it’s a closer alternative to the nearby Catskill Mountains, and the house itself is less than ten minutes from our favorite hike in New York State: Sam’s ...

Foxfire Mountain House in Mt. Tremper, NY

By |2021-05-06T21:43:17+00:00May 30th, 2016||

Since its somewhat quiet soft opening early this year, Foxfire Mountain House in Mt. Tremper has made a big splash. Along with its popularity among in-the-know New Yorkers, Foxfire also seems to have enchanted the international travel world. The hotel was recently featured in both Conde Nast Traveler and Gear Patrol as one of the best new boutique hotels in ...

A Guide to Hudson, NY

By |2021-09-13T14:03:29+00:00May 23rd, 2016||

Planning a trip to Hudson, NY? Use our curated travel guide to Hudson for recommendations on the best spots to eat, shop, stay, and play.

Roadtripping Through the Pacific Northwest

By |2021-05-05T19:38:55+00:00May 3rd, 2016||

The Pacific Northwest is filled with iconic landscapes, dense forests, and coastline scenery so beautiful that it would turn even the most modest Instagrammer into a feed-spamming nightmare. After moving to the West Coast from New York, I've made the trip here many times, but on my most recent visit to what's commonly referred to ...

The Best Hiking Near NYC That You Don’t Need a Car For

By |2021-01-08T16:27:20+00:00March 27th, 2016||

No doubt about it: Denny and I are spoiled New Yorkers. We have a car. But for a long time–the first years of Escape Brooklyn, actually–we didn't. Instead, we somehow managed to launch a travel website without one, making the most public transportation like the MetroNorth, NJ Transit trains, and even Adirondack ...

A Guide to Bovina, NY

By |2021-05-07T16:27:22+00:00March 27th, 2016||

"Bovina?! What the hell'er you doin' there? Ain't nothin there but cows!" asked a local with a guffaw. We'd just told him our plans to spend the weekend there after asking directions from Delhi. Though a tad dramatic, the guy's reaction wasn't unwarranted, because what he said was true. On the drive into ...

The Briarcliff Motel in the Berkshires, MA

By |2021-05-07T05:54:10+00:00October 25th, 2015||

Early this September, Denny and I began traveling further and further north in search of autumn. Though we'd had a great summer, those first 60 degree days had us craving cooler temperatures and magical autumn hikes with colorful foliage. Though our go-to is the Catskills, for this adventure, we needed to venture further north–and in ...

The Spruceton Inn in West Kill, NY

By |2023-01-10T18:18:38+00:00August 1st, 2015||

A heron makes itself at home in a wildflower field behind the Spruceton Inn. Photo: Escape Brooklyn. Have you seen this article by the New York Times: "Plan B, Open a Country Hotel in Upstate New York?" No? Well, it tells the story of a handful ...

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