Whether your idea of a great Thanksgiving escape from New York City is a Friday dash up the Taconic to Duchess County or a last-minute hop from JFK to Puerto Rico, we've got some suggestions for the countrified, the beachified, the traditional, the modern, and every turkey day escape from NYC in betweeen.
As usual, the earlier you can check out property rental sites like VRBO or Air BnB, the better. Waiting until the last minute to book a cabin or a house to enjoy the long weekend in? That's ok too, there are still soem gems available, but your research time will run longer, require more due diligence, and perhaps be subject to as much as a 50% price premium for the truly good properties that may be experiencing a cancellation or sudden inlux of excess capacity.
If you're staying close to home, consider taking the entire day Wednesday off and leaving town around 10AM that morning. You'll thank yourself for avoiding both the daytime and evening rush hours and you'll arrive at your destination - be it upstate New York or downstate New Jersey, in a more relaxed and merry state of mind than you could possibly imagine after a fend-for-yourself scramble up or down I-95 on Wednesday evening.
Looking to get out of town? Perhaps to a warm weather climate? Then airfaire watchdog is first-rate resource for getting a handle on what airlines are offering the most attractive fares to where. The site organizes New York area airport departures by airport, and we've found amazing fares to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and places like Tulum, Mexico using this method.
Or perhaps you're undecided and need some of the more reliable resouces around the web to make a determination. Here are some of the sites we think you'll find most helpful.
Early bird and, later, last minute specials, are combined at the Travel Zoo holiday travel news desk. [Travel Zoo]
Escape Maker roundup of Thanksgiving getaway packages in the Tri-State Area. [Escapemaker]
Get the juices flowing with the Grey Lady's 25 Northeast Getaways suggestions. [NY Times]
10 Thanksgiving escapes around the U.S. - photo montage. [Huffington Post]