Every New Yorker needs to escape sometimes. But as far as local vacations go, there’s never really a need to leave the state. And that’s because, simply stated, New York State is glorious. Whether you’re into visiting the antique shops and wineries of the Lower Hudson Valley, getting lost on the trails of the Adirondacks, or catching some sun and surf out east, there’s endless enjoyment for everyone.
When it comes to lodging, options are aplenty. But if you prefer renting houses over staying at traditional hotels, there’s a smarter way to start your search than with Airbnb.
It’s called New York Rental By Owner, and unlike the aforementioned booking behemoth, this vacation rental website never charges guests fees. This can represent a savings of up to 20% … which might actually be enough to bump up your budget and book that house that was previously out of reach.
You’ll also have direct communication with property owners, allowing you to ask them all the questions you have before dropping a dime. Owners are fully vetted, registration is free and easy, and the website is super easy to use.
But most importantly, the homes are what Empire State dreams are made of.
This Lake Placid mountain chalet is located in the heart of the Adirondacks, comes with spectacular mountain views, and the property has a river running through it! You’ll have no issues keeping cozy with a hot tub, sauna, outdoor fire pit and gas fireplace. The interior is stunningly renovated and features large glass doors overlooking the mountaintops. A nature trail on the property leads to the AuSable River which is known for its fishing, and guests will also be just steps from hiking and skiing. The chalet comes with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and can sleep 16. More photos and details here.
This historic stone farmhouse in Saugerties is located on 34 wooded acres which embody the absolute beauty of the Hudson Valley. Built in 1747 by Dutch colonists, the house comes with all the country vibes you’re looking for: a cast iron clawfoot tub, wide-plank floors, an outdoor fire pit, and two wood-burning fireplaces. Additional features include a sun room, private nature trail, and a large patio with a grill and smoker. This house has 4 beds, 2.5 baths and can sleep 8. More photos and details here.
This Catskills condo comes with two fireplaces and mountaintop views from two private decks. There are barbecues and fire pits, and if you’re planning a summer getaway, a shared pool and lawn games. You’ll be a short drive away from both Hunter and Windham mountains, lots of hiking trails, golf courses, bars and restaurants. The space comes with 4 beds and 3.5 baths and can sleep 10. More photos and details here.
People are also starting to book summer rentals …
This Greenport home on the Peconic Bay sits on over an acre of land, is adjacent to a town beach, and comes with a deep water dock: bring your boat or go for a swim right off the backyard! You’ll also find a wood-burning fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs right by the water, and the house is located near vineyards, breweries and great restaurants. This property comes with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and can sleep 10. More photos and details here.
This waterfront house in Fire Island (available beginning in May) comes with dramatic sunset views and is just a couple of minutes away from the fabulous shops and restaurants of this beloved summer town. The fenced-in yard is your own private beach overlooking the water, fully equipped with Adirondack chairs and a stainless steel gas barbecue. The two story house is bright, airy and rustic with wood-paneling throughout. The property comes with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and can sleep 10. More photos and details here.
Plan your next trip today! Search New York State vacation rentals at newyorkrentalbyowner.com.