For residents of the cultural hub that is New York City, vacation doesn’t always mean travel. From hotels to eateries, these ideas can help you plan the perfect staycation without straying too far from home.

Arlo Hotel NoMad

North of Madison Square Park, the Arlo NoMad is a boutique hotel ideal for a close-to-home staycation. Their micro guest rooms average 150 square feet and make the most of the small space, with large windows providing a view of the city surrounding the hotel. Their space-effective rooms are comfortable and inexpensive, especially for New York City residents taking a local vacation, traveling light and foregoing luggage.

Cooking Classes at Eataly

The Italian marketplace has enough shops and restaurants to keep visitors busy for a day. For a vacation experience, though, you can take advantage of Eataly’s cooking classes at either of their two locations. La Scuola di Eataly, in their Flatiron location, and Foodiversità, in the Downtown Eataly, both offer a variety of classes for culinary-inclined daycationers. Classes range from demonstration-style to hands-on workshops about making pasta, risotto, and more.

close up of a person making spaghetti

Spa at Premier 57

Every staycation requires a spa day, and the best saunas are found at Premier 57 in Midtown. $75 a day grants unlimited access to the hydrotherapy pools, meditation room, café bistro, and aqua bar as well as the six saunas in their Sauna Valley. These saunas claim to have a variety of detoxifying and healing properties, and range from the gilded Gold Sauna, the Himalayan Salt Sauna, the Ice Igloo, and Premier 57’s largest and hottest sauna room, the Loess Soil Sauna, made of yellow clay. Premier 57’s saunas and pools are guaranteed to rejuvenate guests and give staycationers a welcome break from their hectic NYC lifestyles.

Hotel Henri

Hotel Henri is a Broadway-inspired boutique hotel in the heart of Chelsea. Black hallways and mirror lights in the style of dressing-room mirrors evoke the feel of stardom, and a Greek restaurant in the building makes handcrafted cocktails. Hotel Henri also provides deals for last-minute staycations, so visitors native to the area can take advantage of the Manhattan hotel’s friendliness toward in-town guests.

The Whitney Museum

Founded in 1931, the Whitney Museum of American Art is a must-see for all New Yorkers. The Whitney Museum’s varied collections and changing exhibitions always make it worth a visit, no matter the season. Until March 2019, drop by to view their headline exhibition of Andy Warhol’s art and life. “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” tracks the famous artist’s life through his work, including information that has come into public knowledge since his death in 1987.

The Museum of the Moving Image

This media museum’s location in Astoria, Queens, makes it slightly off the beaten path for many residents of New York City, meaning it is ideal for staycationers looking for a new experience outside of their usual commute. Their Jim Henson exhibition is permanent and free with Museum admission, displaying artifacts from Jim Henson’s iconic work on everything from The Muppets to the cult classic movie Labyrinth.

Hotel Indigo

Located in the Lower East Side in Manhattan, Hotel Indigo’s curated list of attractions and cultural stops to make in the surrounding neighborhood is helpful for both out-of-town guests and visitors taking a daycation away from their regular routine. Custom graffiti murals decorate the interior, and recommendations ranging from brunch and cocktails to live music venues and landmarks map a route for guests to explore the city in a new way.

Hot Yoga at Bode NYC

Sweat the winter weather away with Bikram yoga at one of Bode NYC’s locations around the city. Bode offers hot yoga classes for all skill levels, including a “Hot-Ish” class at their Upper East Side location for those getting accustomed to introducing heat with their yoga. Drop-ins are welcome, and waitlist spots are given away seven minutes before every class.

Dinner at Dimes

Dimes is a trendy micro-eatery in the Lower East Side that specializes in healthy fare and breakfast served until 4pm. They serve eclectic meals laden with fruits and grains in delicious combinations, as well as typical breakfast sandwiches and steak dinners. For brunch, try the juice-of-the-day mimosas or the wheatgrass margarita.  

Cocktails at The Wooly Public

A cocktail bar and full-service restaurant sitting within the neo-Gothic national landmark Woolworth Building, the Wooly Public provides plush seating and creative cocktails both new and old. Some of the drinks and food are inspired by historic fare, including cocktails by legendary London bartender Harry Craddock, while others are twists on classics or new to the Wooly Public entirely.

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