Where to go for a last-minute weekend break in January
We get it, Christmas is a lot. Or maybe you’re still nursing a NYE hangover. Either way, January means one thing: a mini-break. And yes, you deserve it. Note to our Stateside readers, you’ve even got a perfectly-positioned day off on 20 January for Martin Luthor King Day.
We’re making it easy for you too: whether you’re based on EST, PST or GMT— here is our pick of destinations, hotels and hot spots for that well-earned January break.
From New York City
The Hudson Valley and the epic Catskill Mountains are easily accessible by NY city-slickers by car or train. Kingston is being touted as a new creative hub in upstate New York, and the newly-renovated Hotel Kinsley should be top of your list for a place to lay your hat.
If something more remote is required, head to the Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville – the country house vibes and Michelin-starred restaurant make it difficult to leave, but there are hikes aplenty if you do venture out.
We know, Miami is a bit, well, Miami. But it is only three hours flight from New York City and has a thriving art, culture and fashion scene. Book a room at Casa Faena or the Edition Miami Beach – both have all the good vibes you need (and Edition’s tagline is “stay and play”). See our Miami City Guide for more.
Based in New York City but don’t feel like moving too far? Treat yourself and check into the Gramercy Park Hotel for a night or two. It has the perfect East Side location for great bars and nightlife, but also gives guests access to thew city’s only private park. Cue feeling very fancy and special.
Assuming you don’t already live there, or even if you do, Malibu is an ideal spot for a weekend jaunt. The weather is perfect for beach walks, mountain hikes or vinyard tours. Stay at the enviable Calamigos Ranch, which has access to all these things from your front door.
For something a little more off-the-beaten-track, venture further north to Ojai, which is equal parts eclectic, artistic and delicious (the area’s microclimate means that seemingly everything grows here). Stay at the hacienda-style Ojai Valley Inn for the most incredible setting (on 220 acres) and everything from golf to tennis and even an on-site apothecary.
For a trip to the coast with a dash of culture, try Margate or Deal. Formally sleepy seaside towns, both are now touted as faves by busy millenials trying to get out of London for a weekend. Here’s a plan, do both in one Kent roadtrip. Check into The Rose in Deal, a former pub with buckets of charm and beautiful rooms. Drive to Margate to visit the Turner Contemporary and see the Turner Prize winners before the exhibition ends at the end of the month.
The Cotswolds check every box when it comes to manor houses with outdoors-y vibes and cozy fireside drinks. The Cowley Manor in Cheltenham has all that and more across its 31 unique (and quite funky) bedrooms and on-site, award-winning spa.
For something further afield, Marrakech is only a 3.5 hour flight from London, and has pretty decent weather in January (often upwards of 20C) without being sunburn-inducing. It’s also less touristy this time of year, making wandering around the bountiful souks and shops more pleasant. We adore El Fenn: it’s moments from the main square but like many of the riads, it is peaceful and calm and has furniture you’ll want to bring home with you.