You might think that every single vacation rental upstate, or in the Catskills, or in the Berkshires (or anyplace else leafy, green, cooler and quieter) is booked for the summer, but you’d be wrong! Yes, a lot of families have headed out of town for part of the summer after a long spring of sheltering in place, but you can still find a kid-friendly vacation rental near NYC. We found several in various vacation spots in New York State, as well as Massachusetts, and beyond. Some are fancy, some are rustic; some lakeside, others in small towns. So unplug, take a hike, jump in a lake and chill at one of these family-friendly vacation rentals for Summer 2020! (Note: rates fluctuate so may have changed since publication.)
For a Hudson Valley House
This charming three-bedroom, two bath house in Saugerties is a short walk to stores in town but also near local outdoor recreation spots for hiking, biking, boating and more. Bonus: it's got queen bunkbeds (!) and it's pet-friendly! Listed for $280/night.
For a Chic Retreat Near Northampton
This stylish little cabin is on a property with fresh water streams, but is also 12 miles from groovy Northampton for when you need some action. It sleeps four, and is the place to really unplug—there's no internet, and even cell service is a bit spotty. Listed for $240/night.
For A Deluxe Cabin in Sullivan County
Like that natural wood look? You're gonna love this place, 'cause there's a lot! A three-bedroom deluxe lodge that sleeps eight, this rental also has a full-on game room and pond for fishing (or just relaxing and watching the frogs). Listed for $270/night.
For a Hot Tub With a Mountain View
Take in nature's splendor from the hot tub of this funky two-bedroom home, then head out to the nearby nature preserve or state park for hiking, fishing, biking and more. Listed for $189/night.
For an Historic House in Finger Lakes Wine Country
Head way upstate to this 1870's stone house near Keuka Lake. This three-bedroom, two bath house sleeps five, has views of the lake and is a quick drive into the nearest town if you need provisions. Listed for $350/night.
For a Pet-friendly Rustic Cabin with Lake Access
Get comfy at this Finger Lakes cabin that offers all things summer: grilling, lakeside fun and fresh air. The Cayuga Lake rental sleeps five, and yes, you can bring the dog! Listed for $300/night.