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11 Summer Rentals in Upstate New York

Looking for a getaway in the Catskills or Hudson Valley? Here are some options, from bucolic farmhouses to modern ranch homes.

Photo by: Red Cottage Inc. Lakeside views are the main attraction at this peaceful two-bedroom cottage in Livingston Manor. Lounge under the pergola or simply take in the views from the master bedroom patio.

With Memorial Day behind us, the summer rental season has officially begun. If pastoral farmland and lakeside lounging is more your speed than beaches, we recommend a trip upstate. Here are four areas worth checking out. If a rental is booked up, there's always autumn.

New Paltz
New Paltz offers upstate tranquility without the giant schlep. Only 90 minutes outside the city, it’s a perfect weekend getaway destination for New Yorkers who want to trek through nature by day and wine and dine by night. The nearby Shawangunk Mountains are a haven for rock climbers, hikers and mountain bikers, while lively New Paltz offers plenty of top-notch restaurant options.

Nestled between the Catskill Mountains and Interstate 87, the Woodstock region is an ideal getaway if you’re looking for proximity to galleries, restaurants, killer antique shopping and spas. Of course, if shopping is the last thing you want to do for relaxation, the Catskills are just a short drive away, offering plenty of hikes to get away from it all.

Western Catskills
If you’re really looking to get away from it all, head further west. This area on the southern edge of the Catskills is noticeably more rural. Houses are spread further apart and you’ll find lakes and rivers aplenty, says Karen Day of Red Cottage Inc. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a swimming hole right on the premises of your rental property. Note to all fly-fishing enthusiasts: This is the place to be.

As many city-dwellers who've moved to Hudson know, the town is pleasant, inviting and walkable, with restaurants that cater to foodies and galleries that cater to art enthusiasts. Leave the city limits, though, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by farmland that will make you want to trade city life for the countryside. Be sure to visit Olana, the lavish hilltop home of Hudson River artist Frederic Church.

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