Escape to These 4 US Islands Not Too Far from NYC This Winter
By Madina Papadopoulos| January 19, 2017 |
As the weather outside turns frightful, it’s time to retreat to a more delightful place—but without the hassle of dealing with long flights and customs. Here are four nearby islands within the USA that provide an ideal reprieve from another nasty NYC winter.
Hop on a two-hour flight from either JFK or LGA to Savannah, followed by a 45-minute drive, and find yourself in Hilton Head. (Direct flights from NYC to Hilton Head are offered seasonally.) This eco-friendly resort was designed around its stunning nature, with buildings higher than five stories prohibited. After checking into the luxurious Inn and Club at Harbour Town, explore the many activities the island has to offer. Enjoy a day at the ocean, and at night, head to the Ocean Lounge rooftop bar and restaurant, taking in the view while sipping on the Firefly Sweet Tea vodka martinis.
The Florida Keys are renowned for their beauty and entertainment, with the most famous amongst them being Key West. For those looking to trade seven degrees for 70, take a direct three-and-a-half-hour flight from Newark Liberty International Airport into Key West’s airport. This island has something for everyone, be it relaxation, fun, outdoor activities, or history (it was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Frost.) When staying at the Oceans Edge Key West, be sure to take a stroll on the walkways near the shore, and don’t forget to feast on sustainably-caught seafood at The Stoned Crab, paired with organic cocktails from their Eco-Bar.
This privately owned island perfectly blends comfort and refinement. Guests can escape to the Cloister hotel, which is reminiscent of a coastal Spanish Villa, but with the benefit of being so much closer to NYC. Sea Island is located between Savannah and Jacksonville (around a two-and-a-half-hour flight), and then about an hour’s drive from both airports. The resort boasts five miles of private beach, five-star restaurants, a blissful spa, Yacht Club, a Tennis Center, and championship golf courses.
With pristine sand dunes and maritime forests, Kiawah Island holds some of the most beautiful landscape the US has to offer. The island is home to permanent residents and resort-seekers, who can reach it from New York on a two-hour flight into Charleston, then a 45-minute drive to the island. Golf lovers will enjoy seven courses, while cyclists can explore the nature and wildlife along the 30 miles of biking trails. The acclaimed Sanctuary Hotel is an experience unto itself, with top-of-the-line restaurants, bars, a spa, and fitness facilities.