5 of the Best Luxury Resorts in New York State


Beyond the bright lights of New York City, you’ll find this state offers so much more than just your urban attractions. From the beautiful mountains of upstate New York to the quaint riverside villages to the wine regions of the Finger Lakes, there’s so much to do, see and enjoy. Along with many luxury travel experiences, you can also expect luxury accommodations, such as what you’ll find at these five of our favorite luxury resorts in New York State. 

There’s far more to New York than taxi cabs and skyscrapers (Photo: Daniel Mennerich)

Whether you’re looking to explore some American history, see the natural wonders of the Northeast or enjoy some world-class wines and craft brews, you’ll find it in New York State. The region is perfect for any kind of traveler, whether you’re business, leisure, family or a young couple. Regardless, you’ll find plenty of luxury resorts to keep you coming back year after year. 

Mohonk Mountain House

New York’s historic spa resort is the award-winning and picturesque Mohonk Mountain House  (Photo: cgc76 via Flickr)

A National Historic Landmark and Historic Hotel of America, Mohonk Mountain House has been featured in countless publications for its beauty and luxurious offerings. Founded in 1869, the Victorian-style resort is about 90 minutes outside of New York City, making it a convenient getaway. Explore the surrounding 40,000 acres of forests, the spectacular spa or the farm-to-table dining. If you’re planning a trip with flexible travel dates, check out the resort’s calendar for upcoming events sure to please, such as wine tasting weekends, nature getaways led by the resort’s own naturalist and more. 

1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz

Sagamore Resort

The Sagamore Resort overlooks Lake George in Bolton Landing, New York (Photo: Ron Coleman)

A classic Upstate New York resort, the Sagamore offers classic American luxury at its finest. The stark white structure set against the lush green lawns and the welcoming lake beyond — it all adds up to a summer getaway you won’t soon forget. The historic main hotel was built in 1883 and features classic Victorian architecture, with 137 guestrooms and 54 suites. The club-style atmosphere is desirable to many families looking for a child-friendly, yet classy and upscale, experience. Extensive dining options and spa treatments are available. Other activities include golf, tennis and water sports on Lake George, a traditional vacation spot for New York’s elites, from the Vanderbilts to the Rockefellers to the Roosevelts. 

110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing 

Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina

On the other side of the state, Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina has been serving up classic Hamptons-style experiences to luxury travelers for years. The resort provides beautifully decorated, maritime-themed guestrooms, many with patios and views of the water, perfect for a leisurely afternoon of sunbathing with a good book. Meanwhile, the award-winning marina (named one of the top ten in North America, Mexico and the Bahamas) provides the perfect spot to dock your yacht, but if you haven’t gotten around to purchasing your own yet, you can still find a charter boat to take you out for a little sailing or fishing.

32 Star Island Rd., Montauk

Whiteface Lodge

For a more lodge-like experience, complete with log cabin theming, the luxury Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid is a good choice (Photo: Lou Stejskal)

Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid offers beautifully luxurious, yet rustic, accommodations in the Adirondack region. A newer build, it was completed in 2005 within Adirondack Park. The rustic theming incorporates wood beams, cozy furnishings, gray stone and cast-iron fireplaces. However, while the decor harkens back to another time, the amenities and services are hardly outdated. Visitors enjoy only the finest experiences while staying at Whiteface Lodge, with amenities such as an on-site movie theater, full spa, sauna, salon and more. While in the area, be sure to visit the historic Olympic Village and get outdoors for some fun ice-skating, hiking and canoeing. 

7 Whiteface Inn Ln., Lake Placid

Geneva on the Lake

Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country, Geneva on the Lake is a small boutique property with all the luxury of one of the larger resorts. Set on 10 acres, it boasts beautiful styling after an Italian villa, with formal gardens, a 70-foot pool and boathouse. The 29 guestrooms are outfitted with handcrafted furniture and suites feature wood-burning fireplaces, cathedral ceilings and full kitchens. You can even book an on-site townhome, for larger parties. Dining features menus filled with locally sourced ingredients and wines straight from the Finger Lakes. The property’s long history began in 1910 and includes a stint as a monastery for a little more than two decades, before opening as the “elegant small resort” it is now in 1981. 

1001 Lochland Rd., Geneva

By Holly Riddle