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Historic Hideaways

City slickers are escaping to these iconic winter retreats—all less than five hours from NYC—offering luxury treatments and exquisite dining experiences.

The 101-year-old Mayflower Grace hotel sits on 58 acres of gardens and woodlands.

1. The Mayflower Grace
Nestled in the remarkable Litchfield Hills, this 101-year-old oasis (that’s also a Relais & Châteaux property) is engulfed by 58 acres of pristine gardens and woodlands. Highlights at the 30-room hotel include the 20,000-square-foot spa house, where guests can unwind after snowshoeing or cross-country skiing; The Mayflower Grille, serving classic New England dishes with fresh local ingredients; and the Tap Room, a casual spot that has live piano music on Saturday nights. 118 Woodbury Road, Washington, Conn.

2. The Sagamore
This enormous estate, first opened in 1883, completely encompasses Lake George’s Green Island. The Victorian hotel has private luxury suites, condominiums and even a 12-guest home rental. There are luxurious spa and salon services, but food lovers will revel in the resort’s eight unique dining venues, with themes ranging from Old World Italian to a modern steakhouse to an Irish-style pub. New to the property this season is The Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge (open on the weekends of Jan. 22 and Jan. 29), an outdoor venue made of 18,000 pounds of frozen water, where you can sip a creative cocktail in glassware made of solid ice. 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, N.Y. 

3. Twin Farms
Author Sinclair Lewis and journalist Dorothy Thompson bought this 300-acre property for $10,000 in 1928, and political and literary figures have stomped these grounds ever since. Winter activities include ice-skating on the pond, sledding and bonfires, but the property’s real gem is the high-end wine cellar, which houses a whopping 20,000 bottles. Bonus: Food, wine and spirits are part of an all-inclusive, per-night rate, so wine tastings and meals can be customized for foodies and oenophiles. 452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, Vt.

4. White Fences Inn
Originally built in 1740, the rooms and suites at this newly renovated Hamptons-based inn have been completely modernized and luxuriously appointed with gas fireplaces, soaking tubs and Frette & Matouk linens. Co-owner (with her husband, Eric) Liz Brodar prepares breakfast every morning, using fresh local ingredients to whip up everything from homemade scones and orange cardamom French toast to asparagus-avocado egg sandwiches. Foodies looking to explore their surroundings can indulge in a variety of special deals offered by the B&B, including tasting tours at Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm. 371 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, N.Y.