Where to go to escape from New York City for a weekend.
New York City is one of the prime travel destinations in the world, but there is more to the region than just Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and fascinating museums and world-class entertainment, dining, and nightlife, and taking trips outside of the city should be a prime directive for tourists and locals alike. There are so many incredible weekend getaways from New York City, but here are our top three:
Hudson, New York
Sitting in the heart of the Catskill Mountains just outside of the Big Apple is the small city of Hudson, New York. With just 10,000 residents, it is a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the vibes of small town culture. Growing weary of the ever-rising prices, many artists and former hipsters have jumped ship on NYC and Hudson is one of the places they’ve landed. There’s incredible local history, vintage shopping, well-preserved architecture, art galleries, and even an opera house. When looking for a respite from big city life, take the short two-hour ride out to Hudson is just the ticket.
Located right between North and South Fork on Long Island, Shelter Island is a small 8,000 acre island that presents the perfect escape for those looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City. The place seems to have been forgotten by time, and is full of Victorian and Colonial homes, has some of the best seafood restaurants, and miles of uninterrupted beaches. What’s even more is that you can only get here by ferry from either Greenport or North Haven, which lends to its authentic nature. So hop aboard and ride over, watch the ospreys, go swimming, hiking, or just sit back and relax in a place which presents no indication of being a mere 90 miles from Midtown Manhattan!
Lake Placid, NY
F0r those looking for a more robust excursion, Lake Placid in the heart of the Adirondack mountains is as good of a destination as any. First of all, the nature in the Adirondacks is real. This means deep forests, legitimate mountains, and wildlife — including bears. So go hiking up New York State’s highest mountain, go kayaking on Mirror Lake, or just sit back in an Adirondack chair and watch the world go by. When you’ve had enough of nature, head into town where you can find a wide variety of boutiques, flavorful local restaurants, and, yes, the facilities which hosted the Winter Olympics in both 1932 and 1980 (remember the Miracle on Ice? Well, it happened here.) Lake Placid is the place to go if you’re looking to really get out to a place that is about as un-New York City as you can get — which is, ultimately, what you’re looking for in a weekend getaway.