Today’s post is definitely a LONG one! I absolutely love a quick getaway. I am always getting requests for ideas for weekend getaways (and have a lot to share!). So I wanted to round them all up into one big long post with lots of fun ideas if you are looking to plan a city escape. They definitely err on the side of summer. But many (most, really!) of these little escapes are perfect year-round.
From the best bed and breakfasts to the best outdoor adventures to my favorite ice cream, lobster rolls and wine tastings, I think I have you covered! Bookmark this one for your next trip. (Also: these are all relatively local and on the East coast. You could go further for a weekend away but I wanted to keep this list to mostly drive-able places!)
The 24 Best Summer Getaways From NYC
My Favorite Hamptons/Beach Escapes…
Sag Harbor is about a 2-hour drive from the city (or a little over 3 hours on the train). It’s my favorite of the Hamptons as it’s the most low-key and while it does have some of the fanciness of the Hamptons, it’s much more chill. I take a yoga retreat here every year and Sen is one of my absolute favorite spots for sushi!
Where to stay: The American Hotel; A Butler’s Manor.
Where to eat: Sushi Sen, Big Olaf’s Ice Cream (made fresh daily; there’s a long line but it’s worth it!), Page, Wolffer Kitchen, The Beacon (get the crab + avocado salad!), Le Bilboquet (amazing views!). If you want to drive a little bit, Moby’s + The Maidstone (both in East Hampton) are two of my favorites.
Things to do: The beach (of course!), Harbor Books and Mashashimuet Park
Shelter Island is 3 hour trip by car or bus (you’ll probably need a car as you take a car ferry!) It’s one of my absolute favorite parts of the Hamptons… so removed, so beautiful and peaceful (or not peaceful if you want to go to Sunset Beach and day drink/people watch!) I have a post about Shelter Island from 2012!
Where to stay: The Chequit (definitely eat at The Red Maple while staying there), The Pridwin (the hotel restaurant has beautiful outdoor seating), Seven, Shelter Island House, Sunset Beach (def more of a party vibe)
Where to eat: Tuck Shop Ice Cream (cash only), Vine Street Cafe (one of my personal favorites!), 18 Bay (dinner only), The Flying Goat
Things to do: Outdoor farmers’ market at the Shelter Island Historical Society, rent paddleboards from Venture Out, go to Mashomack Preserve, rent a kayak from Shelter Island Kayak, day drink at Sunset Beach.
The North Fork
The North Fork is a 2 hour drive and around a 3 to 3.5 hour trip by bus or train! Go for the wine tasting, stay for the ice cream and amazing farm to table dining.
Where to stay: Sound View Greenport (a 1950’s design lover’s dream!), North Fork Table & Inn (the restaurant is amazing! Note: it’s cash only).
Where to eat: Snowflake Icecream, North Fork Table & Inn (now accepts credit cards), Barba Bianca (beautiful waterfront view!), Frisky Oyster, American Beech (a renovated 19th-century horse stable featuring a farm-to-table menu with local ingredients and homemade desserts!)
Things to do: Pindar Vineyards, McCall Wines (know for its pinot noir and merlot), Croteaux Vineyards (the perfect spot for any rosé lover! Croteaux is the sole rosé-only vineyard in the United States!), Lavender By The Bay (one of the country’s largest lavender fields), 8 Hands Farm (The 28-acre family-run farm sells fresh eggs, hand-woven rugs, and knitted clothing made using wool from the farm’s Icelandic sheep).
Hudson Valley is a little under 2 hours if you drive, or just slightly over two hours by train (the train is SO easy; and a lot of it is very walkable so you’re fine if you don’t have a car). Here’s a blog post I wrote about Hudson Valley when I visited 4 years ago.
Where to stay: The Forsyth in Kingston; Hudson House. Or rent an Air BnB, there are soooo many cute ones!
Where to eat: Bellvale Farms Creamery, Rivertown Lodge Tavern, Brushland Eating House, Wm. Farmer and Sons, Bavarian Manor Inn and Restaurant in Greene County, which is known for serving up the best German food in the region.
Things to do: Shopping! (I really love 2 Note Perfumery + Lili and Loo!), Wine tasting at Hudson-Chatham Winery or Brotherhood Winery (established in 1839, is said to be America’s oldest winery!), Blue Hill at Stone Barns (restaurant and attraction), Olana State House in Columbia County (home to famed Hudson River School painter Frederic Church!), Wing’s Castle.
Rhinebeck is just under a 2 hour drive or a 3 hour bus ride. It’s a quick escape, but you feel miles and miles away from home.
Where to stay: Rhinecliff Hotel (a former live-music venue turned Victorian hotel), Beekman Arms (the oldest continuously operated hotel in the U.S., founded in 1766! George Washington even lodged in room 21 during the Revolutionary War! also be sure to try out the restaurant!
Where to eat: Holy Cow Ice Cream, Terrapin (located in an old church), The Amsterdam, Osaka Sushi
Things to do: Rent a mountain bike from Rhinebeck Bicycle Shop and bike to Montgomery Place Orchards Farm Stand , The Omega Institute (a 195-acre educational retreat, holistic wellness center, and spa eight miles south of Rhinebeck Village), Upstate Films (a nonprofit theater has shown the best indie, foreign and classic movies since the 1970s), Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market (across from Beekman Arms Inn), FDR Presidential Library at Springwood (the home and estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt!), Poet’s Walk Park
The Adirondack Mountains
I love the Adirondacks. I haven’t been in years and years but used to go all the time with my ex. His parents lived up there. It’s beautiful and so peaceful. The Adirondack mountains are a little over a 5 hour drive. And an easy 1 hour and 15 minute flight away!
Where to stay: Mirror Lake Inn (must visit The View Restaurant while staying there!), Lake Clear Lodge, Fern Lodge, The Stagecoach Inn,
Where to eat: Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, barVino, Smoke Signals (great for live music and BBQ!), The Good Bite Kitchen (great vegetarian options!), Caffe Rustica
Things to do: lots and lots of hiking if you’re into that sort of thing (not a big hiker personally!) Whiteface Mountain (the most scenic views in the Adirondacks!), Wild Walk, High Falls Gorge, Adirondack Coast Wine Trail, Adirondack Scenic Railroad, The Strand Theater (perfect for a rainy day!)
Lake George is around a 3.5 hours drive or just under six hours on the bus.
Where to stay: Romeo & Giulietta’s Hideaway, Lake George Bed & Breakfast, The Inn At Erlowest
Where to eat: Martha’s Dandee Creme, Adirondack Pub & Brewery, The Log Jam, Mario’s Restaurant
Things to do: Buck Mountain Hiking Trail, Lake George Steamboat Co., Lake George Historical Association & Museum
A Little Closer than Upstate…
Pound Ridge, New York
Pound Ridge is around a 1 hour drive, just over a 2 hour bus ride, or 1.5 hours away by train.
Where to stay: The Bedford Post Inn (they have a yoga studio where you can take daily classes while staying here!)
Where to eat: Bluebird Ice Cream, The Inn at Pound Ridge (so, so, so good!), North Star, Blind Charlie’s Cafe (great for breakfast!), The Kitchen Table
Things to do: John Jay Homestead (the home of one of the founding fathers), Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Henry Morgenthau Preserve
Bedford, New York
Bedford is just under a 1 hour drive and around 1.5 hours by train! I am lucky in that one of my best friends lives there – I love visiting her!!!
Where to stay: Bedford Post (a 1762 homestead with 8 rooms that all have working fireplaces and double soaking tubs. Eat breakfast in your room or in the parlor that opens out into the garden), Homestead Inn (twenty minutes from Bedford! The Barn and The Farmhouse are two great restaurants located on the property)
Where to eat: King Kone Ice Cream, Bedford 234, Truck Restaurant, Ristorante Lucia, The Whitlock, The Reading Room (avo toast!)
Things to do: The Katonah Museum of Art, Bedford Village Memorial Park, Bedford Golf And Tennis Club, Katonah Yoga!
Beacon is just over an hour drive. You can also get there in almost 2 hours by train or nearly 3 hours by bus!
Where to stay: The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls
Where to eat: Ron’s Ice Cream, Beacon Bread Company, Marbled Meat Shop, Max’s On Main
Things to do: Dia: Beacon (I still haven’t been but this is so incredibly high on my list!), The Pandorica (a Dr. Who inspired British style tea room!), The Beacon Theatre
Storm King, NY
Storm King is just over a 1 hour drive, around 2 hours by train, or 3 hours by bus! This is actually a really great day trip if you have a car. One of my most favorite Saturdays ever was spent riding bikes and having a picnic at Storm King Art Center. It was heaven!
Where to stay: Storm King Lodge, Caldwell House
Where to eat: Zora Dora Popsicles, Brother’s BBQ, Storm King Tavern (locally sourced ingredients and it overlooks a Storm King Golf Club), Canterbury Brook Inn (recommend making a reservation ahead of time!)
Things to do: Storm King Art Center, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, take a ferry out to Pollpel Island and tour Bannerman Castle, Storm King Golf Club (one of the oldest golf courses in America)
Cape Cod and the Islands
I grew up on Cape Cod, in Dennis. It is now just an easy 1 hour flight, which is amazing! By car it’s about a 5/6 hour drive. A bus or train to Cape Cod is around 8 hours! (For that reason I wouldn’t have recommended it as a weekend trip until JetBlue started flying there during the summer. It’s a game changer!) Honestly, go to my Cape Cod travel guide as all my recs are over there.
Where to stay: I get asked this a lot. I only have fancy recommendations (Chatham Bars Inn, The Wequasset, Scargo Manor) and would otherwise recommend renting a house – that’s way more fun, anyway!
Where to eat: the best lobster rolls of your life at Sesuit Harbor Cafe, sandwiches at the Merc, The Pheasant, The Flats, Inaho (my favorite sushi – get the spicy scallop!), or ice cream at the Sundae School.
Things to do: go to the beach, see a movie at the Chatham drive-through, or visit Scargo Pottery (my favorite pottery; that’s where I got a lot of my plates and mugs). Try wine tasting at Truro Vineyards or a day trip to Provincetown!
Matha’s Vineyard is just over an hour flight or a 5-6 hour drive and then the ferry (another hour or so).
Where to stay:
The Christopher (in Edgartown), Nobnocket Boutique Inn
Where to eat: Mad Martha’s Ice Cream , Artcliff Diner (perfect diner for breakfast or brunch), Atlantic Fish & Chop House, Garde East (great waterfront view!)
Things to do: South Beach/Katama Beach, Chilifest (perfect event for the off season), Illumination Night (such a neat annual summer event), Catboat Charters, Menemsha Beach (best sunset view!)
Nantucket is a 1 hour flight… or you could drive to the Cape (5-6 hours). Then take the ferry (another hour). I’ll be honest, I am not a big fan of Nantucket. I liked it but didn’t feel a strong need to go back. I know that feels like a blogger sacrilege but I like the Cape a lot better. (Probably because I grew up there). I even prefer Martha’s Vineyard to it. I’ve only been twice but both times I just felt like it was small, rich, and a little boring (despite having some very good food). Don’t hate me!!!! Here’s a post from when I went during the Fall.
Where to stay: Brass Lantern Inn, Union Street Inn, Veranda House Hotel
Where to eat: The Juice Bar Ice Cream, Black-Eyed Susan’s Brunch, Cru Oyster Bar (I did really love it here), American Seasons (had an incredible meal here), The SeaGrille, Galley Beach (beautiful outdoor and beachside dining!)
Things to do: Surfside Beach, Cisco Brewers (great place for a beer and live music!), Whaling Museum , Madaket Beach (beautiful sunset view!), Nantucket Looms Giftshop
Rhode Island and Connecticut!
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport is a short 1 hour flight away. It is a little over a 5 hour drive or bus ride!
Where to stay: The Chanler is probably one of the prettiest places I’ve ever stayed.Cliffside Inn, The Almondy, Oceanside Beach House Rooms at Castle Hill Inn (grab cocktails on the lawn at sunset!)
Where to eat: Kilwin’s Ice Cream, Del’s Frozen Lemonade, The Mooring (best chowder!), The White Horse Tavern (America’s oldest tavern at 350 years old!), Midtown Oyster Bar, The Newport Lobster Shack, Cru Cafe
Things to do: The beach! Newport Mansions (a lot of them offer guided tours which are so interesting – I loved touring The Breakers), Fish’n Tales Adventures Lobster Tours, the famous ‘cliff walk’ trail along the coast (walks behind the Newport mansions!), International Tennis Hall of Fame, Easton’s Beach
Essex is just over a 2 hour drive, 3 hour bus ride, and a 4 hour train ride! It’s the cutest little town. I went for a wedding a few years ago and fell in love with how charming it is.
Where to stay: The Griswold Inn (I stayed here and loved it. The Wine Bar is a must-try restaurant inside the inn!), The Copper Beech Inn
Where to eat: Scoops Ice Cream, Black Seal Seafood Grille, Olive Oyl’s, Abby’s Place Restaurant (waterfront view with a kitchen that uses locally sourced fish and vegetables)
Things to do: Truffle Shots at The Barn at Griswold Square, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock, Becky Thatcher Riverboat
Westport is a short 1 hour drive away, or around 90 minutes on the train. My aunt and cousins live in Fairfield. I love visiting them + going to Westport for shopping and lunch. (Terrain + Bartaco is an excellent afternoon!)
Where to stay: The Inn at Longshore, Delmar Southport, Roger Sherman Inn (they have a great restaurant too).
Where to eat: Sunny Daes Ice Cream, Harvest Wine Bar, Spotted Horse Tavern, Bartaco (such great margaritas and fresh food), The Pearl at Longshore
Things to do: Compo Beach, Sherland Island State Park, Westport Farmer’s Market, Westport Country Playhouse (for shows and events on a rainy day), shopping at Terrain (my fav!!)
The Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore is around a 1 hour drive, just under a 2 hour bus ride, or a 3 hour train ride!
Where to stay: The Flanders Hotel, The Bentley Inn, Spring Lake Inn
Where to eat: Strollo’s Lighthouse (famous Italian ice), The Chicken Or The Egg (island fav breakfast), Max’s Bar & Grill (legendary footlong hotdogs since 1928 though it’s more of a sports bar now), Windmill (no atmosphere but better hotdogs), Red’s Lobster Pot Restaurant, Porta Pizza
Things to do: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and Aquarium (Point Pleasant), Visit Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Absecon Lighthouse (tallest lighthouse in the state)
Asbury Park, NJ
Asbury Park is an easy 1 hour drive, 1.5 hours by bus, or just under 3 hours on the train.
Where to stay: Ocean Park Inn, The Carriage House, Lillagaard B&B
Where to eat: Cookman Creamery, Modine’s (southern comfort food that was a bank in the 1920’s), Porta (NY times raved about it), Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Taka Japanese Restaurant, Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant (served Paul McCartney last year!), Talula’s Pizza
Things to do: Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, Silverball Museum (600 working pinball machines that date back to the 1950s!), The Stone Pony (the legendary venue that’s famous for launching the careers of both Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi), Wonder Bar
Atlantic City is just over 2 hours by driving, 2.5 hours by bus, or around 4 hours by train. I have personally never been to Atlantic City but am dying to go for a fun girls’ weekend. Just haven’t been able to sell it to any of my friends… yet!
Where to stay: Carisbrooke Inn, Jonathan Pitney House, The Claridge; A Radisson Hotel
Where to eat: Custard’s Last Stand Ice Cream, Knife and Fork Inn (historic steakhouse), Dock Oyster House, Chef Vola’s (a hidden gem that’s BYOB and cash only!)
Things to do: There are dreamy spas to visit in every resort and Atlantic City is also known for its casinos that mimic Las Vegas! Atlantic City Boardwalk, Long Branch (a longer drive, but townies brag that this was one of the country’s original seaside resorts with spots including Seven Presidents Park, named for former beachgoers like Woodrow Wilson), Steel Piera
Other Fun Escapes from New York.
Fire Island is around a 1 hour drive or just over 2 hours by train.
Where to stay: Palms Hotel Fire Island (CJ’s, the hotel restaurant, is a great place for drinks and dinner), Fire Island Retreat
Where to eat: Scoops Ice Cream, Flynn’s (beautiful place for a waterfront dinner!), Top of the Bay, SandCastle on The Ocean
Things to do: Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island Lighthouse, Sunken Forest, Sailor’s Haven, Cherry Grove Community House & Theater
Mohonk Mountain is just under 2 hours away by bus or driving. It is just over a 2 hour train ride away! We went when I was a kid and I fell in love. I’m dying to go back at some point.
Where to stay: Mohonk Mountain House (SOOO much to do, see, and eat here!), Mountain Meadows Bed and Breakfast
Where to eat: Jane’s Ice Cream, The Village Tea Room, A Tavola Trattoria (New Paltz, NY), Carriage Lounge (at Mohonk Mountain House)
Things to do: Minnewaska State Park, Mohonk Preserve, Robibero Family Vineyards, Coppersea Distilling, Lowell’s Boat Shop (the oldest boat shop in America National Historic Landmark)
The Berkshire Mountains
The Berskhire Mountains are between 3-5 hours by driving or taking the bus. Or just under 6 hours away by train.
Where to stay: The Old Inn on The Green, The Red Lion Inn (one of the oldest in the Berkshires), Wheatleigh (built in 1893 by tycoon Henry H. Cook as a wedding present for his daughter and her husband), Blantyre (thousands of books shelved in the halls and rooms are available for guest use; during the winter months there’s an outdoor ice rink and horse-drawn carriage rides!)
Where to eat: SoCo Creamery, Nudel (sources from local farms), Mission Bar & Tapas, Cantina 229, Gedney Farm
Things to do: Monument Mountain (several famous novelists hiked up the mountain including Nathaniel Hawthorne), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art or the Clark Art Institute Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Canyon Ranch Luxury Wellness Retreat, and for the classic Berkshires experience Lenox is where you’ll find the area’s most iconic properties!
Or… just staycation!?
New York, New York – or Brooklyn!
Okay – this is not a real getaway but sometimes a staycation is just the thing. If you live in Manhattan, try staying in Brooklyn, or vice versa. Switch things up without any of the travel headaches.
Where to stay: a few recent favs: The NoMad Hotel, Arlo SoHo (a Scandinavian design lover’s dream!), Ace Hotel
Where to eat: Anywhere in Little Italy! OddFellows Ice Cream, Madcap Cafe (for a great brunch), Roberto’s, The Butcher’s Daughter, Los Tacos No. 1 (for a quick lunch if you don’t mind standing to eat, but the tacos are worth it!)
Things to do: The MET (obviously!), Domino Park (the BEST view of the city from Williamsburg!), The High Line, Strand Bookstore, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Dang, all these escapes sound fab! I feel like J need a vacation – even if it’s just a small one – now! ❤️✨
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
It’s amazing how much of a difference even just a small vacation can make!
Oops. Best not include La Cremaillere. Check recent news stories. Sad. Horrible.
Ah thank you – wow – that’s so sad!!!! Removed.
Wow! This is comprehensive and amazing. I’m always looking for new quick trips outside of the city and love that you include an ice cream rec for nearly all of them:).
Thank you I’m so happy it was helpful!
Such a great post! You’ll have to try Saratoga Springs one day. My family has a house on the lake-there’s always something going on, even when the track closes.
Oh that is a great idea!!! I’d love to get there at some point!
Great list- FYI North Fork Table & Inn takes credit cards!
Thank you – updating!
Round this out to 25 and add PHILLY! A short trip to a fun, less expensive, and easily walkable/manageable world-class city!
You are SO right! I always forget how close Philly is. I’m going to update this post after we go in October for our live show.
I second this! I have actually done NYC as a day trip from Philly more times than I count. It’s under 2hr on Amtrak. I also had to laugh at the “jersey shore” as a destination. It’s so big! Each town could almost be a guide on their own. I’ve done AC as a girls trip when I was younger, but don’t feel compelled to do it again haha
Of course – I am sure the Jersey Shore could be it’s own whole blog post!
Love, love, love posts like these! Anything NYC related, so fun!
So crazy how many options we have for quick escapes from the city!
Dana | The Champagne Edit
I know!!!! Thanks Dana, hope you’re having a great week.
I take the New Haven line daily and your travel time by train to Westport, CT seems a little off. Does it include the time it takes you to get to Grand Central? If so, that makes sense. It’s definitely not 2.5 hours from Grand Central to Westport.
You’re totally right – that’s a typo, it’s more like 90 minutes!
I love Nantucket but I’d definitely recommend renting a house out by one of the beaches like Madaket or Cisco. Town can get a bit crowded and annoying – I’d prefer to relax by the beach, read, ride bikes, etc. The Sandbar at Jetties beach, Something Natural and Madaket Millie’s are a few of my favorite spots outside of the main town. But if you’re downtown Cru and the Nautalis are my faves!
That’s a great idea, thanks for sharing!
Love this post! So happy to see Westport, CT on it! Bartaco is absolutely the best!
Yes!!! I want to get back to go shopping and go to Bartaco – so yummy!
You included Long Branch under Atlantic City. That would be a long drive! Stone Harbor would be closer to AC. Love/hate that you included the Bentley & spring lake inn. Jersey shore was a great place to grow up. My family enjoys visiting these gems that no one has ever heard of! Thanks for your post. Next time we head back east I’ll reference it.
Thank you for pointing that out – oops!
Agreed, Long Branch is a really long drive back towards NYC and is deserving of its own entry as a weekend getaway. I grew up near AC and love to see it included here but think these suggestions miss the essence of – stay at a casino, eat at a fun and fancy casino restaurant, gamble, go to the beach, plan the weekend around a concert! Oh and also, Absecon Lighthouse is in AC. I got married there!
Grace! This list is so comprehensive. Amazing, thanks for everything. Now I want to go back to Terrain
I grew up in Katonah (a village of Bedford). King Kone is the best, I miss it.
I would also add Whitlock to your list! And the reading room for their avo toast
OMG you are right about the Reading Room – love it there!
It’s the best! And owned by the same people who own Noka Joe’s (a cute bookstore with a coffee counter right across from the train).
OMG brava on this amazing post!!! So much great research and it shows! I have been looking at this to plan a little birth trip for myself at the end of the month (I live in Jersey, so locations are perfect for me for a short trip!!). I love the Hamptons, but maybe I should change it up with all your great options here!! Thanks Grace (and thank you intern Hannah!!)!! 🙂
So happy you found it helpful! xx
Madcap Cafe has also closed 🙁
Ugh, this reads for me more as places I’d love to live rather than visit! Actually, that gives me a blog post idea maybe you’d be interested in…I’ve lived in NYC and now live in Edinburgh, UK because I was looking for a quaint, historic place that won’t break the bank but still had stuff going on. As much as I love it, it’s still a city, and I’m learning that while I love to visit, I’d rather not live in one.
But it’s really hard to find someplace that’s either got enough going on itself OR nearby a major city for a short commute for necessities, that’s alsooo affordable and surrounded by nature. It seems too much to ask that it’s also aesthetically pleasing, but that really matters to me, lol.
It’s something my friends and I, all in our late 20’s, were talking about the other day. We seem to be priced out of any great towns or suburbs. Maybe you could poll your following about their recommendations and write a post about great towns to live in for those who are over the city but want to still have a life? Or advice from your friends who don’t live in cities?
Might be an odd idea and I promise I don’t consider you my real estate agent, lol! Anyway, thanks for the great post, I’d move to Sag Harbor in a heartbeat if I could afford it!
Haha thanks Danie! I am afraid I wouldn’t even know where to start with a post like that (I personally LOVE the city – for me, moving to Brooklyn was the answer!) BUT if I stumble across s post like that, I will absolutely let you know!!!!
Love all of these recommendations! Come to Cape May in South Jersey! You would love the beaches, seafood, cute bars, and charming houses.
I want to! It sounds beautiful! x
had the chance to experience Atlantic City casinos. very lively and yes you can get that Las Vegas vibes. not sure how it is nowdays. i have been staying away from public and crowded places with the on going pandemic.