7 Must-Visit Towns In Upstate New York (& The Best Places To Rent Once You Get There)

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New York, New York. Land of cuties, shmeers, and anarchy! We thrive on that #ChaoticGood energy. But it's important for us to see what the rest of the world upstate New York has to offer, if only for a weekend.
Of course, it’s an immense privilege to be planning cottagecore and cabin retreats, or even use “weekend” as a verb in These Strange and Uncertain Times. So as we carefully plan weekend trips to nearby towns with our quar bubbles, lover(s), or fabulous selves for a one-person getaway, it's crucial to travel in accordance with the CDC’s evolving Covid-19 guidelines.
Keeping it close to home helps. Who said you have to vacay so far away, anyway? The following seven upstate towns offer top-rated experiences in art, culture, and good eats — and lodging is plentiful on sites like Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Plum Guide, and VRBO. We’ve also made a point of plucking the best accommodations — from the affordable to the hyper-luxe — to please the senses, and offer a wanderlust-worthy backdrop for a truly relaxing weekend.
What’re you waiting for? Your IRL Hallmark movie set awaits. Only, with less 2000s-era infinity scarves and more scenic views and high-powered WiFi.
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