Five NYC-area retreats offering luxe for less this fall

By: Dana Schuster - The New York Post

Summer may almost be over, but your weekend getaways don’t have to end. Fall and winter are some of the best seasons to retreat to the beach or countryside — especially since rates tend to dip as the temperature declines. Here are five tri-state resorts to recharge (and warm up) in the upcoming months.


Mayflower Grace

This charming Relais & Chateaux hotel and spa — in the quaint town of Washington, CT — is the country experience of your dreams. After a quick two-hour drive from NYC, sink into a plush four-poster bed in one of its recently restored rooms. Book a spa treatment — the 20,000-square-foot facility offers everything from deep-tissue massages to sound healing — and squeeze in a hike. Wash away the day with a dip in the heated indoor pool (people rave about the comfy lounge chairs!) and make sure to try the cheddar burger at the hotel’s restaurant. It gives new meaning to the phrase “spa cuisine.”

Cool deal: Winter rates start at $610 per night, $130 less than summer ones.


Glenmere Mansion

It takes barely 80 minutes from Manhattan to feel transported to the Tuscan countryside. This 1911 Italianate villa in Chester, NY — designed by the famed architects of the New York Public Library — hosted the likes of the Duke of Windsor and Babe Ruth in its heyday. In 2010, it was transformed with a $30 million restoration. Linger over cocktails in gardens designed by Edith Wharton’s niece, then head into the 8,000-square-foot spa, where couples can share in a hammam bathing ritual or relax in side-by-side soaking tubs before a crackling fire. Winter means cross-country skiing and swimming in the heated outdoor pool. Make sure to book a tasting menu dinner in the candlelit Supper Room (complete with a player piano). There’s a reason chef Daniel Boulud hosted his wedding at Glenmere.

Cool deal: Come Jan. 1, starting rates drop from $750 a night to $550, and 10 percent to 20 percent discounts are available mid-week starting in November.


The Asbury

Is the Jersey Shore cool again? The Asbury hotel has us thinking yes. The brand-new hotel opened in July in an old Salvation Army building that combines Soho-style cool with a Montauk-like beach vibe. Graffiti adorns a wall; there’s an in-house rooftop club and an array of vintage vinyl for guests to peruse. The ground-floor lobby includes a ping-pong table, pinball machines and board games — all in the hotel’s unique rocker-meets-surfer style. It’s the first new spot to open in the city in 55 years. If the summer’s rave reviews are any indication, an Asbury revival is underway.

Cool deal: Starting Sept. 15, mid-week rates start at $125, compared to $160 in the summer.


Topping Rose

One of the only luxury hotels in the Hamptons, Topping Rose in Bridgehampton has 22 super spacious guest rooms, a heated outdoor pool and complimentary Lexus vehicles to scoot around town. During the summer, guests dine al fresco, but as sweater weather rears its head, it is the perfect place to cozy up with a loved one, take a walk on an empty beach and indulge in Jean-Georges’ palate-pleasing fare like truffle pizza and crispy salmon sushi. (The famed chef took over the restaurant this summer.) The restaurant has two woodburning fireplaces for those chilly nights. The best part of winter visits? No traffic.

Cool deal: Starting rates in the summer are a whopping $1,600. But don’t cry, in the fall they dip to about $495 per night — and, in the winter, $300.


The Time Nyack

Just four months old, this boutique hotel is more Brooklyn than Rockland County with its loft-style accommodations set in an old factory warehouse that used to produce plastic toys. And that’s just fine by its guests. Located in the charming village of Nyack, 20 miles north of NYC, the 133 rooms are outfitted with funky, gritty décor and views of the Hudson River. The hotel restaurant, BV’s Grill — from parent company Bobby Van’s Steakhouse — is the perfect place to fuel for a next-day jaunt to Bear Mountain State Park (a 20-minute drive away) or relax after a day of shopping at nearby Woodbury Commons.

Cool deal: Package deals are actually $10 more expensive per night in the winter. But for $219, you do get ice-skating tickets and skate rentals, transportation to and from Bear Mountain, and gloves to keep your digits warm for the weekend.

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