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We’ve all heard March goes in like a lion and out like lamb, but after a brutal winter, it’s normal not to trust that spring will be gentle to us. If we get a bout of snow in April, you can complain, but wouldn’t you rather cozy up with a hot toddy by the fireplace and a hearty breakfast served at these inns?

Below, we've rounded up our top three inns for such purposes, each conveniently located two hours or less from Manhattan.

Shelby at Hudson Merchant House

Three blocks away from the Amtrak station in Hudson, which is less than two hours from New York, lies the Hudson Merchant House. This gorgeous (and we mean gorgeous; check out these lovely photos) "boutique Bed & Breakfast" will have you feeling warm from the moment you check in. There's even a resident dog!

From its farm-to-table complimentary breakfast feast to its impeccably designed rooms, The Merchant House is a destination in its own right. Rooms with a private bathroom at $225/night, though if you really want to stretch out during your stay should book the lofty Captain's Suite, which has a king size bed in addition to living room-style furnishings.

Shinn Farmhouse


Shinn Farmhouse & Inn is located on a Long Island vineyard, The Shinn Estate, and sitting around the inn's library enjoying complimentary wine and a well appointed cheese plate is pretty much one of the best afternoon activities ever. Shinn's organic, locally-focused breakfast is also truly worth getting out of bed for - and on that note, all its rooms, which start at $249/night, have an understated, comfortable design, perfect for lazing about in.

Hotel Fauchere


This small Relais & Chateaux property located in charming Milford, PA is a quick 90-minute drive from city. Though the rooms at the hotel itself aren't particularly notable, the hotel itself is, with its exceptionally friendly service—unasked, they brought us a second helping of marshmallows for the delicious hot cocoa we were enjoying on the front porch during our last stay—and lovely onsite (and upscale) restaurant, not to mention surprisingly cool bar.

You could spend hours here over cocktails, or reading the morning paper and enjoying their homemade pastries from their complimentary Continental breakfast, though snowshoeing and other winter activities beckon for those who want to get active. Until May 1st, rates start at $265; there's also a $225 weekend getaway rate through April.