Summer Getaways from NYC

July 22, 2020, 5:53.14 pm ET  


Accessible by car and public transportation (train or bus), many  of these places are less than four hours from New York City. If you have a particular restaurant or activity in mind, check ahead to see if it is open or will be when you visit. 

Beacon, NY:  An hour and one half by car, under two by train. Beacon is an artsy town that also offers lots of fun for lovers of the outdoors. Dia: Beacon is not open but there is ample hiking including a hefty climb up Mount Beacon.

New Hope, PA: Get there in about an hour and a half by car or train.  Enjoy local wines and spirits, floating in the Delaware River and some art galleries and other shops. New Hope has a thriving LBGTQ scene.

Lake Placid NY: Travel about five hours by train or bus to this town in the heart of the Adirondak Mountains.  The village of Lake Placid boasts quiet Mirror Lake—no motors allowed. Investigate the John Brown Farm in nearby North Elba, was where this Underground Railroad conductor lived. 

Clarence Fahnestock State Park, Carmel, NY: One hour and forty minutes by Metro North’s Hudson Line and then cab from Cold Spring. Get there early and claim one of the eighty camping spots; bathroom and showers are available. Plan to bring your own supplies including food and water and social distance.

Phoenicia, NY: About two hours from NYC by train or bus, Phoenicia restaurants are currently take-out only. The little town sits between the Esopus and Stony Clove creeks and is nestled at the feet of Tremper, Romer, and Sheridan Mountains.

Westport, CT: Just over an hour by car or train. Some beaches, parks, pickleball and golf courts are open with restrictions. Great town to walk around.

North Fork, NY: Ninety miles from NYC, there are many wineries to visit although tastings are limited to very small groups. Rent a single or tandem bicycle and visit Greenport, a lovely waterfront village.

Fire Island, NY: The train from Penn Station is just under two hours with a ferry ride afterwards. The National Seashore boardwalks, trails and beaches are open with some restrictions. Some small groceries are open as are some places to rent paddleboards or kayaks.

Cape May, NJ: If you don’t have a car opt for the five-hour bus ride. Although you can’t swim at some beaches you can sit or sunbathe. Restaurants are open for outdoor dining and take-out.

Long Beach Island: eighteen miles of beach, less than two hours away and places to eat and drink. If open, ramble the boardwalk. Check out the Barnegat Lighthouse.

- Mari Gold

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