So, you’re a New Yorker — a dedicated city dweller. You are someone who measures distance in blocks and avenues, rather than feet and miles. Perhaps you’ve just nabbed a stunning new Long Island City condo or the perfect dwelling in Astoria. You adore the city; you feed on its energy; you are emboldened by its vibrance. But you — yes, even you — need a bit of time away from the din of NYC now and again. Fortunately, there are some incredible destinations not far from the city that are perfect for a weekend getaway. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Hamptons, N.Y.
We’ll start with perhaps the most notable of summer excursions: the Hamptons. Located on the southern fork of Long Island, the Hamptons has long been a premium destination for residents of the five boroughs looking for a luxurious weekend of beach-going, shopping, and fine dining. There are countless wineries, shopping outlets, couture boutiques, and renowned eateries — and it’s only a two-hour ride from the city.
Shelter Island, N.Y.
If you’re looking for a serene, peaceful getaway, Shelter Island is the place for you. It’s a small refuge located between the north and south forks of Long Island, but when you are there it feels as though you’ve traveled to another region entirely. There are hikes through forests and wetlands, great fishing, spectacular beaches, and stellar restaurants. It’s a quiet place that is ideal for relaxing and shedding stress. The best part: It’s only an eight-minute ferry ride from the Southampton stop on the Long Island Rail Road.
Asbury Park, N.J.
A storied, atmospheric seaside town, Asbury Park, N.J., is even closer to the city than the Hamptons, at only 90 minutes away. It is a place with charm to spare. Widely known for its wealth of impressive live music venues (this is where Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi got their start), you will find great shows happening on any given weekend. The food is phenomenal, and the boardwalk is beautiful. To put it simply, Asbury Park is a colorful, seaside haven that we can’t recommend highly enough.
Camelback Mountain Resort, P.A.
About two hours of travel time from NYC, the Camelback Mountain Resort, located in the Pocono Mountains, offers a great, mountain-centric escape for all seasons. During the winter months, Camelback is a popular ski destination boasting 35 trails. But it’s not all about the snow. During the summer months, Camelback offers a massive water park with 37 rides, as well as Mountain Adventure Park, which features two 1,000-foot zip lines, a mountain roller coaster, and a treetop adventure course. If you’re looking for a weekend with a bit of pulse-racing fun, Camelback is a great choice.
Hunter Mountain, N.Y.
One of the most popular ski destinations for NYC locals, Hunter Mountain is only two and a half hours from the city. It has 67 different trails and 100 percent potential snowmaking coverage, which means that, unlike other mountains, the majority of Hunter will be open regardless of the weather. The skiing is great, but Hunter is worth visiting at any time of the year. There are stellar hikes, mountain bike trails, as well as zip-line and canopy tours. Plus, it’s a wonderful spot to see the leaves change in the fall.