Summer Getaway from NYC: Where to?

When planning a summer getaway from NYC, you’re lucky in that you have so many incredible options. Whether you’re just looking for a weekend spot to chill or you need at least a week to decompress from life, the following can kick off your search.

There’s nothing like a summer getaway from NYC. Summer in the city is cool and all that, but sometimes you want nothing more than to get away for a few days…or a month. If you’ve got a summer home in the Hamptons or Martha’s Vineyard, your probably set for the season. If you don’t have a summer house or access to one, there are still ways that you can make this and every summer “the summer to remember.”

Hudson, New York

Hudson, NY, may seem like a cliche at this point, but it truly is one of the nicest and most popular places to take spend a few days out of town. Called “Upstate’s Downtown,” this artsy enclave’s hip art galleries, artisinal restaurants, festivals and hip, small-town vibe are located a little over 100 miles (or two hours) from NYC. It’s the go-to town for people who want to get out of the city without getting too far away from urban sensibilities. Pick up a gorgeous handmade leather bag from Rue de Papier or rent a bike from Steiners Ski shop to explore the area close up. You can stay in one of the town’s vintage-cool bed-and-breakfasts, or you can stay in one of the many airbnb’s in the area. The Croff House Bed & Breakfast is one of the most popular places to stay. It’s tiny, with only five rooms, but its size adds to the inn’s intimate quality. Exquisite, luxuriously appointed rooms and baths help give the space an indulgent feel.

Woodstock, New York

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Many people don’t realize that 1969’s famed Woodstock festival wasn’t actually held in Woodstock but instead took place in the town of Bethel, NY, 40 miles southwest of Woodstock. In spite of this splitting of hairs, the actual town of Woodstock went on to become known as an area with a laid back, down-to-earth vibe. A two-hour drive from NYC, Woodstock was an artists’ haven long before the festival “showed up,” and it has remained so for years. Many urbanites on a summer getaway visiting the town for — albeit displaced — nostalgia were charmed by the architecture, the cool, small-town vibe, and the laid-back feel, and they ended up buying and staying. If you want to take all of the guesswork out of figuring out where to stay, look no further than the DeForest House. Located on five wooded acres, this residence is run by hosts/owners John and Catherine, a couple who’ve become famous for their hospitality. DeForest House is ideal for people who wish to be pampered while feeling like they’re in a private home. Hike the route along the Kaaterskill Falls, or follow the path that leads to Overlook Mountain, home of dreamlike views of the Catskills and the Hudson. Have one of the most fabulous, locally sourced Italian meals you’ll ever have in your life at Cucina, Woodstock’s acclaimed Italian restaurant.

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Bucks County is filled with the art galleries, hip boutiques, and a creative scene that draws people from major cities along the East Coast. if you’re a wine aficionado, the Bucks County wine trail is waiting for you. Sip your way through vineyards tours at popular vineyards like the Crossing Vineyards and Winery and the Buckingham Valley Vineyards. Bucks County is hiking country, with plenty of trails perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. When you’re all tuckered out, head to one of many awesome places to stay in town, including the extremely popular Homewood Suites by Hilton Doylestown. Comfortable, clean accommodations, an extremely friendly staff and delicious cuisine make it a can’t miss stop.

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