It was too busy to get away during the holidays, spring break for the kids is just around the corner and summer can’t get here fast enough to enjoy a little R&R.

If any of this, or something else, applies to you, or you don’t have or want to spend the time, money or energy to go away, how about a staycation?

New York City is a fabulous place for residents to explore through the eyes of a visitor and not necessarily by going to all of the typical, crowded tourist spots. From nearby beaches to relaxing accommodations, foot- or bike-friendly tours, mind, body, spirit retreats and more, you will find it in the Big Apple.

Here are just a few ideas and places to whet your staycation whistle.


One of the best things about staying in a hotel is that you don’t have to make the bed, just get out of it and get on your way (and when you return—poof!—it’s all done for you!).

Situated just blocks from Madison Square Park and the Empire State Building in the NoMad neighborhood is the Martha Washington Hotel. This luxury, 265-guest room property featuring the ultimate in class and comfort also has an interesting history: When it was founded in 1903, it was the city’s first women’s only residence.


If you’d like to enjoy “an exhilarating New York experience,” check out 102Brownstone. This beautiful accommodation, located on West 118th Street between Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell avenues, offers a home-like ambiance with elegant private suites and a private apartment with amenities such as luxury queen-size beds, Jacuzzi tubs, full kitchens or a mini fridge, coffee machine and microwave and more.



Who says you have to go out to eat? Instead of the usual fast-food pick-ups or reheating last night’s leftovers, opt for a special treat that is perhaps a little more nourishing and more relaxing.

At the aptly named GrubHub, a leading online and mobile food ordering company, their motto is, “Ordering from your favorite restaurant is even easier than eating.” Simply browse any number of literally hundreds of menus from local restaurants, submit your order online and sit back and relax! You can even search their website by type of cuisine or by borough.


If cooking relaxes you but the grocery shopping part of it does not, order from Plated. Just choose from their seasonally inspired weekly recipe options, select the ingredients that fit your health needs and desires and follow their simple cooking steps once your order arrives. If where your food comes from is important to you, you’ll be glad to know that Plated uses only responsibly raised and antibiotic-free meats and domestically and sustainably sourced seafood.



New York City is one of the best places in the world to explore on foot, and with so many different “themes” from which to choose, you could literally never run out of options.

Whether you live, work or frequent Harlem, you might still be surprised at all of the history you’ll learn by embarking upon a tour with Welcome to Harlem. There’s no one better than the folks who wrote the Harlem Travel Guide, composed by Carolyn Johnson, president, writer and CEO of Welcome to Harlem, and editor and writer Valerie Jo Bradley, to take you on a customized day trip featuring unique culinary, religious, cultural, artistic and other itineraries designed with passion for their special neck of the New York woods.


Street art is much more than colorful graffiti. It represents artistry, vision, passion, storytelling, history and other elements combined to bring a piece of work to life. Street Art Walk is a fascinating two-hour tour that exposes participants to a whole new world of international artists using the Bushwick and Williamsburg neighborhoods as their canvas.


With locations in both College Point and Manhattan, Spa Castle offers a wide variety of hydrotherapy bath and sauna, indoor and outdoor pool, massage, facial, body scrub and other beauty services at reasonable prices for the entire family. You can also choose from a handful of delicious dining opportunities as well.


As the recipient of numerous “Best of New York” awards, Ohm Spa & Lounge has been described as an “ideal place to relax and Zen.” From couple’s massages to body scrubs, facial peels to waxing, individual and spa package services and everything in between, you will find it here. Ohm Spa is also popular with those seeking a fun place for a spa party with friends or family. Despite the wide range of services they provide, the ambiance is quiet, intimate and feels like a world away.


Lysa Allman-Baldwin is a freelance writer and the publisher and editor of Amazing Escapades, offering “adventures for the Mind, Bod and Belly” ( She can be reached at