Even though it can feel like New York City stretches endlessly beyond the horizon, you’d be surprised at the number of delightful destinations just a short drive, bus or train ride away. Within a few hours, you can be soaking up the sun on the Jersey Shore, learning the ways of the Amish in Lancaster, hiking through the Pocono Mountains, or winery hopping in the Lower Hudson Valley. Pack your weekend bag and chart a course to these charming small towns and upscale inns!
Stay close to the city with a getaway to Greenwich, Connecticut. Located about an hour’s drive from Manhattan, this charming coastal town is a savory slice of small-town heaven. Instead of bright lights and busy streets, Greenwich boasts a close-knit community, tree-lined avenues, and refreshing ocean breezes. Spend your days popping into delightful downtown boutiques and going for leisurely strolls at Greenwich Point Park, and your evenings at the exquisite Stanton House Inn.
The Stanton House Inn is the epitome of a New England bed and breakfast. The meticulously crafted front parlor, crackling fireplaces, and classic furnishings exude old-world elegance befitting the inn’s title as “the closest landmark historic mansion to New York City.”
Venture a little further from the city to the Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, New York. Located in the heart of Lower Hudson Valley, Caldwell House considers countless vineyards and wineries as its neighbors–and good ones at that! Spend the day sipping and be sure not to miss the country’s oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery, dating all the way back to 1839.
There’s plenty to do beyond the vine in the Lower Hudson Valley. Take a tour of the West Point campus, pop by the Storm King Art Center, and try locally made cider at Angry Orchard. After spending the day out and about, head back to Caldwell House for a warm cup of tea, a board game or two, and a cozy room to rest your head.
If a beachside getaway is in order, the Jersey Shore never disappoints. Known as “the Jewel of the Jersey Shore,” Spring Lake has long been the destination of choice for wealthy New Yorkers and Philadelphians. Soak up the sun at Spring Lake Beach, take a stroll on the 2-mile boardwalk, and grab a few scoops at the locally beloved Hoffman’s Ice Cream.
The best place to stay in Spring Lake is undoubtedly the Chateau Inn & Suites located within walking distance from the beach. The rooms boast lavish touches like imported marble, wood-burning fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, but don’t let that fool you—its authentic seaside roots are close at hand, and guests rave about the complimentary salt water taffy.
Increase your altitude and head for the hills with a trip to Newton, New Jersey located in the Jersey Skylands. This region is known for exhilarating outdoor adventures, but it’s an equally exceptional spot for a tranquil retreat. Hike to the highest point in Jersey (aptly called High Point), explore the Jersey portion of the Appalachian Trail, and ski all winter long.
Travelers to the Skylands are warmly welcomed at The Ampersand Inn. Exceptional hospitality begins with the inn’s locally sourced three-course breakfast. Whether you spend the day exploring or simply staying put, relish in The Ampersand Inn’s spacious rooms, manicured walking paths, and sparkling pool.
Travel to the heart of Amish Country with a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which is just two-and-a-half hours from New York City. Founded in 1760, Lancaster is the oldest Amish settlement in the world with rich Pennsylvania Dutch traditions. Dive deep into the region’s history and take an Amish Farm and House tour, catch a ride on a horse and buggy, visit the Landis Valley Museum, or see a life-sized reproduction of the Tabernacle at the Mennonite Information Center.
More modern attractions (read: with electricity) also entice a visit, like family-favorite amusement park The Dutch Wonderland, or eclectic food hall Lancaster Central Market. Don’t miss a visit to the interactive and kid-friendly Lancaster Science Factory.
Between the history and the modernity of life in Lancaster, visitors will find the Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village, a Boutique Hotel. This romantic boutique hotel includes original features like chestnut woodwork, along with upscale renovations for a modern feel. Start the day with a fresh cup of coffee on the front porch while watching the people, horses, and buggies go by. Or take advantage of the inn’s heartier breakfast options like the delicious Lancaster Haystack, complete with two poached eggs, local sharp cheddar cheese, and homemade gravy.
But there’s more to Pennsylvania than just Amish Country. Make the scenic drive up to the northern Poconos and into Newfoundland, Pennsylvania for beautiful mountains and thriving greenery. With such a gorgeous natural landscape, it should be no surprise to find out that many of the best things to do in Newfoundland revolve around the outdoors. Hike, bike, horseback ride, boat, ski, snowboard, and so much more in this little Pennsylvania town.
As for where to stay in Newfoundland, the French Manor Inn & Spa is a fantastic choice. Its 19 premium rooms are the peak of luxury. The saltwater pool, crackling fireplaces, blissful spa, and AAA four-diamond restaurant are just the start of the posh features at this wonderful inn.
From hot springs to horse racing, Saratoga Springs beckons travelers of all types. Located about three-and-a-half hours from the city, this Upstate New York gem offers both adrenaline-pumping adventures and relaxation retreats. Start each day off by waking up with the sun at Saratoga Arms Hotel. This incredible inn boasts 31 welcoming rooms with modern amenities and tasteful historic touches.
Once you’ve rubbed the sleep out of your eyes, head down for an award-winning, farm-to-table breakfast. In the past, the ever-changing menu has had fun surprises like lemon ricotta pancakes, asparagus and goat cheese egg scrambles, and tricolor potato pancakes. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a piping hot cup of coffee!
Fueled up and ready to go, it’s time to start exploring the town. Soak in the natural mineral springs of Saratoga Spa State Park, stroll through the gorgeous Yaddo Gardens, take a cruise on Saratoga Lake, and watch a horse race at the Saratoga Race Course. Then, head back to the lovely rooms at Saratoga Arms Hotel for some much-needed rest and relaxation.
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