4 Countryside Destinations for Stressed New Yorkers

For a huge number of travelers from all over the world, New York City is top of their destination bucket list. There is no denying that it is an iconic place with its own character, unique style, and fascinating history, but for residents who call it their home, New York can become too much to take after a while. So, with so many tourists flocking to NYC for their vacation, where do New Yorkers go when they need a break? The US countryside offers a slower pace of life, breathtaking scenery, and welcoming communities ready to show you what makes their home special.

Here are 4 countryside destinations to consider for your next trip away from NYC.

  1. Travaasa Austin in Texas

What could be more soothing than a spa retreat in the Balcones Canyonlands? The Travaasa is just 30 minutes from the city of Austin and offers a wide range of treatments, lessons, and activities to help you reenergize and detox. This is not your average spa as there is also yoga, an infinity pool, and reiki in beautiful surroundings, you can also try some traditional Texan pastimes like riding the mechanical bull, hatchet throwing, Texan cooking classes or hikes to Lake Travis. You can get a non-stop flight from Newark Airport to Austin in less than 4 hours. For great deals on airport parking, visit Parkon.com.

  1. Under Canvas Zion in Utah

Under Canvas Zion is a glamping destination in the stunning Zion National Park. The 196-acre park offers tents that offer a luxury camping experience with private decks, king-size beds, and wood stoves. If you feel like getting out in the fresh air, you cannot get much better than hot air balloon rides or rock climbing in the desert. You can get a non-stop flight from Newark Airport to Salt Lake City in Utah in less than 5 hours.

  1. Twin Farms in Vermont

A relaxing vacation that you’ll never forget is just an hour away by plane from Newark Airport. The 18th-century countryside resort, Twin Farms, is a 5-star resort that takes a luxury vacation to a whole new level. With its Japanese bathhouse, cottages in the forest, luscious meadows, canoeing on Copper Pond, and private ski slopes across 300 acres, you would be forgiven for feeling that you are in a whole other world.

  1. Blackberry Farm in Tennessee

If you are a food-lover, Blackberry Farm is the ultimate culinary destination. Sitting at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on over 4,000 acres of farmland, you can experience the best of farm-to-table living. The award-winning restaurant, The Barn, uses vegetables and fruits grown in its own gardens, wild berries, and mushrooms from the forest as well as milk and cheese from its own livestock. If you are a connoisseur of wine or beer, you will be over the moon to hear there is a 160,000-bottle wine cellar in addition to a brewery that produces beer using hand-picked persimmons and cherries. You can also book a private tour with the farm’s own chocolatier, butcher or cheesemaker.

There are direct flights from Newark Airport to Nashville Airport, which take just over 2 hours. The farm is then 2-3 hours away by car.