6 Cozy Getaways Perfect for Fall 

Firelight Camps / Photo x Tiffany Sun Jung


Originally published September 2019 | Updated September, 23 2020

There is no need to travel far and wide just to have the perfect cozy getaway. There are so many sweet spots to spend a fall weekend with your favorite person, or your besties within hours (some even minutes) of Buffalo. We’ve created a list some awesome spots to enjoy friends and fam, food and drink, vibes and views. Here’s a list of places that you need to check out this Fall:

Do you think we’re missing a really awesome spot? Tell us about it at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!


Firelight Camps / Photo x Kaylyn Leighton & Joe Sinthavong

1. Firelight Camps 

1150 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 / (607)-229-1644 / firelightcamps.com

Distance from Buffalo: 3 Hours

We know camping isn’t for everyone, but we are fully convinced that these trendy luxury tents will make anyone a diehard camping fan. These tents are designed with hardwood floors, a king or double queen beds, a private tented porch with rocking chairs, battery-powered lanterns, and even a desk and chairs. The tent is totally cozy and 100% Instagram-worthy. 

Besides the great set-up your stay includes: 

  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Immediate access to Upper Buttermilk Falls hiking trails. 
  • Bathhouse with hot showers, flushing toilets and eco-friendly bath products.
  • Four of the tents have electric heaters, fans, floor lamps, and outlets. 


Photo courtesy of Posh Primitive

2. Posh Primitive 

435 Stock Farm Rd., Chestertown, NY 12817 / (518) 744-6808 / poshprimitive.com

Distance from Buffalo: 5 Hours

If you want to try a different approach on your ‘glaming’ experience, check out Posh Primitive in the Adirondacks. Since the camp is located in the Southern Adirondack mountains, there are plenty of activities around. Some of the activities include numerous rafting companies for whitewater rafting trips, public launch sites on local lakes for canoes and kayaks, hiking trails, rope and zip-line parks, caves to explore, garnet mine tours, and more.

Each tent has custom made, log-embellished canvas walls tents. Each tent has a queen-size mattress. The tents are decorated with antiques and homemade furnishings made by local craftspeople, which creates the perfect aesthetic. 


Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley

3. The Tamarack – Ellicottville

6447 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / (716) 699-7000 / holidayvalley.com

Distance from Buffalo: 1 Hour

Is there ever a bad time to plan a trip up to Ellicottville? (The answer is no, there is not!) Whether you like to ski, or snowboard, or you just like to try new foods, and sip on some craft beverages, or just enjoy the beautiful changing leaves, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Southern Tier’s most adorable village. 

One of our one of our favorite spots to stay is the Tamarack Club Slope Side Hotel @ Holiday Valley Resort. This resorts creates the coziest getaway with it’s view of the slopes. The resort includes heated indoor/outdoor pools, 2 outdoor hot tubs and indoor dry sauna, Ellicottville Oasis Full Service Spa on site, and so much more. This location is also close to Ellicottville’s main strip filled with shops and restaurants such as Ellicottville Brewing Company, Dina’s and West Rose.


Photo courtesy of Vineyard Villas

4. Vineyard Villas – Seneca Lake 

3708 Mathews Rd, Burdett, NY 14818 / (607) 882-2345 / thevineyardvillas.com

Distance from Buffalo: 2.5 Hours

Wine, cheese, and the great outdoors, what could possibly be better? If you haven’t been to a wine tasting in the Seneca Lake area, you need to asap, like now… We even found these totally cozy villas for you to stay at too. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, each villa has a deck and balcony with a complete view of the lake. Each place fits 2 people comfortably, perfect for a cozy getaway. If you’re going for a larger outing, multiple villas can be rented too! You can literally eat, drink, and breathe wine.  


Photo courtesy of Belhurst Castle

5. Belhurst Castle – Seneca Lake

4069 W Lake Rd, Geneva, NY 14456 / (315) 781-0201 / belhurst.com

Distance from Buffalo: 2 Hours

If you want something with a little history behind it, we highly suggest checking out Belhurst Castle. This historic castle is a wine hotel that offers lodging, dining, a spa and salon, and of course, a winery. Belhurst was named a World’s Best Wine Hotel, was voted number three in USA Today’s Top 10 Wine Country Hotels, listed on the National Register of Historic Properties, and voted one of the Most Romantic Places in New York State. Sign us up! 


The Cabins at Becker Farms / Photo Courtesy of Becker Farms

6. The Cabins @ Becker Farms

3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY 14067 / (716) 772-2211 / beckerfarms.com

Distance from Buffalo: 50 Minutes

The Cabins at Becker Farms consist of just 10 eco-friendly cabins nestled in between the vineyard and orchards. Lodging is open to 10 families or couples at a time for a chance to unplug and enjoy the countryside – complete with private hosts and activities for guests to enjoy social distancing when out and about.

At Becker Farms, once guests have made a reservation, a “host” will be in contact to create a customized itinerary of sequestered activities from a private barrel tasting with the vintner to feeding the animals with the owner or gathering around a bonfire for story time with smores. BTW, these are pet friendly!


Do you think we’re missing a really awesome spot? Tell us about it at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

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