Excursions

Weekend Getaways From NYC

getaways1Sometimes, I just really need to get out of the city.  Whether it’s for wide open spaces, hiking or warmer weather…these are my favorite weekend getaways from the city that are 5 hours and less.

1. Washington DC

getaways2 {That’s me in the rose garden at the White House}

Chicken with pepperoni sauce {Chicken with pepperoni sauce at Graffiato}

getaways3 {Lincoln Memorial}

I love DC especially since I have a lot of friends and family who live there. It’s only a 5 hour drive from the city or a 1 hour flight. There is so much to do and see in our nation’s capital it’s hard to mention everything. DC has a great food scene with a lot of different ethnic foods. I have gone just for a specific restaurant read here. I can’t forget to mention my favorite place, Ben’s Chili Bowl. I love going there late night because the scene is very vibrant and getting the yummiest chili dog. What I love about DC is that all the museums are free. You can’t really beat that!

2. Hyde Park

getaways4{At the Culinary Institute of America} 

Hyde Park, New York is about a 2 hour drive from the city and the drive alone is worth the trip. You get views of the Hudson and beautiful landscapes which you don’t get to see very often in the city. I love going in the Fall to see the leaves change. You should definitely check out the many restaurants at the CIA because they are all amazing and the school grounds are gorgeous. I will also drive 30 minutes North to Rhinebeck for the antique shops. For more read here.

3. Mohonk Mountain

cn_image.size.mohonk-mountain-house-new-paltz-new-york{Mohonk Mountain House-Photo Credit: Conde Nast Traveler}

getaways5 {The Lemon Squeeze}

I’ve been going to New Paltz for years because my sister went to college there. In about 2 hours, you can do anything outdoors you would like. There are thousands of hiking trails and rock climbing. Two years ago, my sister and I went on a 10 mile hike to the Lemon Squeeze which is a very narrow passageway between a crevice in a rock. It’s actually smaller than I thought it would be. When we got to the top of the mountain, the 10 mile hike was worth the effort. For an indulgence, my sister and I have a girl’s spa day at the Mohonk Mountain House and have brunch afterwards, which is included in the spa price. The Mohonk Mountain House is an expansive old Victorian hotel which is both beautiful and reminiscent of The Shining at the same time. I always go here when I need a dose of nature and wide open spaces.

4. The Hamptons

getaways6{Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack}

getaways7 {Cavaniola’s in Sag Harbor}

New Yorkers usually go to the Hamptons during the summer but I actually like going during the off season, even in the Winter. There are no crowds and you really get the local feel. There’s something about the ocean during the Winter time that is so calming for me. People usually associate the Hamptons as being very fancy but there is also a very low key vibe there that I love. I love going to the farmer’s markets and buying the freshest ingredients for dinner. Last summer, we discovered a beautiful winery called Wolffer Estate and had one of the best nights there. A bottle of rose and live music, that’s my kind of heaven.

5. Miami

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I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve been to Miami. It’s probably because for New Yorkers, it’s the quickest and easiest warm weather vacation. It’s a 2 hour flight from the city and you get turquoise blue water and a hot beach scene. I’ve been to Miami as a kid with my parents to clubbing it up in my college days and now I just love going there for the diving and the Cuban food. I love the old art deco hotels and the burgeoning art district.  But really, I could just sit at the beach all day and I would be happy.