The Big Apple is a major city and attracts millions of tourists each year, so it comes as no surprise that the city offers a ton of fun things to do like catching a new show on Broadway or checking out stunning art pieces around the city.
But, the city can also be exhausting and a getaway could be just what the doctor ordered.
Here are the best weekend getaways from New York City.
Bear Mountain, NY
Bear Mountain is a great location to get away from the city without having to drive halfway across the state. The state park is an hour and fifteen-minute drive away from the city and offers a ton of fun outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and picnic groves.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and would like to get in touch with nature, Bear Mountain is the park for you. The park is also home to a gorgeous lake and river which you can use to fish, a swimming pool, and a zoo.
If roughing it isn’t quite your style, the Bear Mountain Inn offers 15 luxurious guest rooms, as well as a spa and restaurant.
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island is fantastic for a weekend getaway, especially if you’re looking to enjoy the gorgeous summer sun. The drive to Newport can take around three and a half hours by car so we suggest leaving early so you have more time to relax.
This coastal city offers a ton of fun activities like surfing, swimming, stunning beaches, and boat rentals in Rhode Island if you’re looking to relax on the water.
Newport is home to a ton of delicious restaurants. It comes as no surprise that the Newport specialty is seafood. We recommend you visit Diego’s for some yummy fish tacos and street corn.
Asbury Park, NJ
Asbury Park is a mere hour and a half drive from the city and is ideal for a couples getaway. This seaside city has been around since the 1950s and offers a ton of fun indoor and outdoor activities.
The Silverball Retro Arcade is a personal favorite of ours and offers a ton of fun retro arcade games. The Paramount Theater is another must-see, especially if you’re a fan of musicals.
The Asbury Splash Park is perfect for outdoor fun, especially if you’re looking to cool off during summer.
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel is great for weekend stays or an extended visit if you’re planning a family vacation.
Lake Placid, NY
Lake Placid is the ideal location if you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature and get away from the noise of the city. The area offers a ton of fun outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and taking lovely walks around the area.
The Wild Center is also a must if you’d like to experience some gorgeous views. The Wild Center offers stunning elevated walking trails across the Adirondack treetops so it feels as though you’re walking through the clouds.
We also recommend that you check out the Lake Placid Art Center and enjoy a few local shows and art exhibitions.
The Mirror Lake Inn is also the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of activity. All of the rooms overlook the lake and contain cozy fireplaces. So, if you’re looking to take your mind off of things, Lake Placid is ideal.
Winvian Farm, Connecticut
Winvian Farm is one of the most beautiful places on earth and is ideal for both a family or couples getaway. The resort is over 113 acres and has 18 gorgeous cottages. It is also home to a pretty impressive 35-foot tall treehouse.
While at the Winvian Farm you can enjoy fun activities like croquet, mountain biking, fancy cruises on Bantam Lake. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you could also take a day trip to the Sunset Meadow Vineyard on the CT Wine TRAIL.
The best part is that the resort is only a 2-hour drive from New York.
Hudson, New York
Hudson is a mere two and a half-hour drive from the city center which means it’s far enough that you’re away from the city, but close enough so that you won’t spend most of the day stuck in a car!
Coined “Upstate’s favorite downtown,” Hudson offers a ton of gorgeous walking trails and delicious restaurants so it’s perfect if you’re just looking to relax. The Sonder Hudson is a must if you love wines and cake and the Swoon Kitchenbar serves the best seafood around.
Overall, the Hudson is a great place to unwind and is close enough to the city if you want to catch a show on broadway.
In conclusion, these 6 spots are perfect for a weekend getaway.