5 Eco-friendly Stays to Help You Wind Down 5 hours from NYC

Catherine Xi
July 14, 2021

Whether you’re a fan of architecturally impressive A-frames or cozy cabins, we’ve compiled a list of the best stays you need to visit for your next trip out of NYC. By Travis.

As breathtaking as New York City is, the hustle and bustle can often become overwhelming for the regular city dweller. Therefore, for those looking to wind down and experience a slower and more sustainable way of living, here are 5 eco-friendly stays less than five hours away from NYC!


The Zen House in front of forest background


1. The Zen House, Livingston Manor

Livingston Manor, New York. $758.84 per night.

Tucked away in the up and coming town of Livingston Manor, The Zen House offers amenities to satisfy the affluent traveller, including a private indoor movie theatre and a private spa retreat. If you should want to leave the house, the Willowemoc Wild Forest in the heart of the Catskill Mountains is only minutes away! Luxury staycay? We think so.


Dining area of A Black A-Frame with wooden floors, a ceramic dining table and a suspended light


2. A Black A-Frame, Kerhonkson

Kerhonkson, New York. $383.43 per night.

This next stay is sure to impress all the architecture fanatics out there. Named the "Coolest A-frame in NY" by the New York Post, the home features an open floor plan with two full bedrooms and a newly renovated kitchen. However, the real magic occurs outside, where acres of deeply wooded Catskills forests surround and engulf the property!


Bedroom of Tiny Catskill Cabin with a wooden wall, hanging light, deer wall mount and queen bed


3. Tiny Catskill Cabin, Kerhonkson

Kerhonkson, New York. $186.46 per night.

You will fall in love with this cozy cabin the moment you step through the door. From the minimalistic interior design to the delicate bohemian touches, each detail in this home has been carefully considered. This property also welcomes pets with an additional $25 cleaning fee, meaning that you can now explore the Catskills with the company of your furbaby!


Living room of Mountain Lake Bungalow with grey couch, white chair, a wooden coffee table and a fireplace


4. Mountain Lake Bungalow, Smallwood

Smallwood, New York. $365.26 a night.

Located in a historic Catskills vacation community with a lake, waterfall and forest reserve, Mountain Lake Bungalow provides you with the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors. It is also only a drive away from lakeside dining, Delaware River towns, and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, so you will not experience a dull moment during your stay here!


Aerial view of Darby House living room with a round dining table, grey couch, leather chair and white coffee table


5. Darby House, Pond Eddy

Pond Eddy, New York. $528.77 per night.

This last stay is perfectly suited for couples or small families in search of a local getaway. Located just 2 hours away from New York City, Darby House in Pond Eddy offers a spacious cathedral-inspired grand room overlooking the woods, and a large outdoor space suited for catering. Picture starting your day with coffee and view, exploring the Delaware River and then closing the day with drinks at Fox ‘n’ Hare Brewing!


That's a wrap on 5 stays near NYC we’d love to escape to!

Remember to stay safe and up to date with COVID-19 restrictions where you are. Need more inspiration? Check out guides shared by our Travis community on the 9 Best Regional Victoria Stays Worthy of your $200 Travel Voucher and 6 Coastal Stays to Recharge 2 Hours from Sydney.

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