I was a late bloomer when it came to travel and vacation. Once I had a full-time job, I slowly began traveling here and there. My first major trip was a trip to Italy to visit family quickly followed by 10 days in Greece with friends.
I never fully believed my friends when they told me it helps them recharge. My mindset was always “I could be catching up on so many things with my days off!” Yeah, I’m that person.
After I experienced the travel bug, my trips are usually long overseas trips. I rarely consider quick weekend getaways because I break out into hives trying to figure out how to squeeze in an actual trip and enjoy it in such a short amount of time. With age, comes wisdom. A few days away and even a stay-cation really does help recharge and refresh the batteries.
This seems like the most obvious suggestion for most New Yorkers during the summer but perhaps you should consider visiting the Hamptons during the off-season? I visit the Hamptons once each summer for a work function and I only stay for the day because, well, crowds. Hotels are more affordable during the off-season and you can beat the infamous summer crowds. There are many fantastic restaurants and museums to visit. I have heard that the wineries are worth a visit as well. No car? No problem! Take the Hampton Jitney which has many pick up and drop off locations throughout NYC and even Queens.
I was in the Hudson Valley one weekend this past summer for a wedding and I really wish I had more time to visit! Foodies will enjoy visiting this bustling yet chill metropolis as there are a ton of restaurants from farm to table options to the Culinary Institute of America. There are many historic sites worth visiting including The Rockefeller Estate, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, and more. I’d love to visit the many antique shops and pick up some cool pieces of artwork, furniture or clothing.
I’ve been to Philadelphia numerous times over the past 15 years as one of my closest friends is from there. I must admit that I really love this city. There is so much to do and see and it’s a quick trip from NYC via Amtrak or even NJ Transit with a connection to the Septa line. Aside from visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, check out Eastern State Penitentiary, run up the infamous Rocky Steps on your way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, brush up on your knowledge of works by Edgar Allan Poe at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, and head over to Reading Terminal Market for some treats to go before catching your train back to NYC.
This city has a special place in my heart. It was my very first real vacation! It was always at the top of my list – before any European or exotic location. My college roommate and I spent 4 lovely days in this magnificent city. The people are super friendly. We did all the usual touristy things – enjoyed coffee and beignets at Café Du Monde, strolled the French Quarter, visited St. Louis Cathedral, enjoyed a Riverboat Tour, took a trolley to the Audubon Zoo, toured Mardi Gras World and learned the history of Mardi Gras and the floats, and even squeezed in a ghost tour. Whether you only have 2 days or 4 days to spare, you should definitely visit New Orleans. Flights from NYC are a little over 3 hours and many airlines fly in and out of New Orleans.
I’ve been researching Ottawa the last couple of weeks for a winter getaway. I have a rough itinerary in mind when I visit Canada’s capital including visiting Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the Canadian War Museum, and the Byward Market. I know people tend to visit Quebec, Montreal and Toronto but I’m thinking that Ottawa might be a really cool and interesting place to visit especially over a weekend. Flights from NYC are fairly affordable and short.
Are there any cities you recommend? Travel from other places beside the Northeast US? Let us know!
Happy and safe travels.
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