New York City is crowded, fast-paced and offers activities for any budget. However, sometimes you want to get away from that hustle and bustle and enjoy a little peace and quiet. Here are some great getaway options that are close enough to New York for you to relax and recharge your batteries. You’ll feel much better after you’ve spent a few days away from the city.
1. Bear Mountain
Located less than 90 minutes from Manhattan, Bear Mountain is a spectacular forest enclave that’s perfect for unwinding after a long week. The state park lies in a small mountain range nestled on the Hudson’s west bank. Bear Mountain is great for hiking and biking as well as other activities.
If you want a more relaxing weekend, the state park includes picnic groves and both lake and river fishing. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset, while the local zoo closes at 4:30 p.m. If you’re staying overnight, the historic Bear Mountain Inn is a popular venue, but there is a wide range of lodging options that can suit any budget.
This little ocean town is located on the far side of Long Island, approximately 4 hours from New York. While Montauk is technically part of the Hamptons, it’s far less densely populated and doesn’t have its “see and be seen” attitude.
What Montauk does have is a much more relaxed style of luxury and a cozy little downtown that brushes up against Long Island’s natural beauty. You can sit on the beach with a cocktail or join the locals in surfing or stand-up paddle boarding. Lodging approaches Hamptons-level prices, but the high-end options often include oceanfront terraces and private beaches.
3. The Berkshires
Located in neighboring Massachusetts, the Berkshires are only a three-hour drive from New York City. For many, the Berkshires epitomize the perfect balance of natural beauty and culture.
Curious about what that means? Check out Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony. Throw down a picnic blanket and uncork a bottle of wine while you enjoy some classical music on the edge of the forest.
Want a little more physical activity? The Ashuwillticook Trail runs 11 miles along the Cheshire Reservoir and is great for hiking or biking. There are also several great golf courses stretching from Williamstown to Great Barrington. When you get hungry, check out the Six Depot Roastery and Chez Nous.
4. The Hamptons
The fabled retreat for New York’s rich and powerful appears frequently in movies, TV shows and celebrity magazines. While there are certainly some cost-effective options, lodging and dining in the Hamptons aren’t cheap. That being said, the Hamptons never disappoint.
For unique dining experiences, check out Bhumi Farms and Amber Waves “Copper Oven” Dinner Series. These farms host locally sourced dinners right in the fields. For a quick bite, try Carissa’s Bakery in East Hampton, which serves fresh made breads and pastries. Family-friendly options include outdoor activities at Amber Wave Farms and, of course, the beach!
These weekend getaways offer a chance to relax while still enjoying some of the familiar big city amenities. Whether you want a great meal, hike a challenging trail, or just sit on a beach chair and enjoy the sunset, these getaways are a great respite from the weekly grind.