Sadly, summer is fast coming to a close. If you have not yet been able to escape the confines of the concrete jungle that is NYC as of yet it might be time to plan a weekend getaway before it’s too late. You probably won’t have the chance to go to Japan or Tangier this late in the game, but lucky enough for New Yorkers there are plenty of northeast vacation spots well within driving range. Here are five quick vacations for you to plan before the weather drops to an intolerably low fahrenheit.
The best thing to remember with Cape Cod is that it’s thoroughly psychotic to attempt to go on any vacation weekend. The traffic at both the Bourne and the Sagamore Bridges can ruin a vacation before it even started turning a four-hour drive into an all-day excursion and you might end up spending more time in the car than on the beaches, which would be a shame, because the beaches of Cape Cod are thoroughly beautiful. The borders of Breakwater Beach in Brewster make it feel like a gated community that you are a part of. Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable allows those with four-wheel drive to venture out on a seemingly endless neck of rocky sand. And as with any Cape Cod trip, copious drinking is encouraged.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Who knew there was such a lovely little beach town could be tucked away so close to New York. In just three and a half hours you can soak in sun, walk the boardwalk, luxuriate on white sand beaches, and absorb the classic feel of this small, quaint town. The town has been rated five stars for their water by NRDC, so for those of us used to taking dips in the sludge of Far Rockaway, this water can literally be bathed in. Also, the Biggs Museum of Art has a pretty great collection of 18th and 19th century paintings.
For the iconoclastic bohemian type, look to Phoenicia. The town has a great mix of townies and artsy visitors on the weekend. Perched underneath the beautiful Slide Mountain, the town is great for artsy types that feel homesick for New York’s culture when gone with choice art festivals and coffee shops, and not to mention some water sports for kicks.
Bear Mountain, NYC
Some might think that the huge EMS retail store in SoHo is out of place, but hardcore hikers know that the store is a good thing to have around considering that the Hudson Valley hiking mecca Bear Mountain is only an hour away. So strap on your best pair of ugly hiking boots and head an hour north for an outdoors-y getaway.
Portland is an underrated place in every possible way. Though paling in hip credentials opposed to the other Portland, the town offers its own kind of refined, New England-bred sophistication. Though cosmopolitan might not be the right word to describe the place, it is loaded with unique culture. For one, it’s a foodie’s dream weekend getaway as its 230 restaurants designate it as the city with the most restaurants per capita of any city in the United States. It has its own art district loaded with museums, galleries, a theater house, and more. And on top of all that, it affords you the relaxation that can only come from a weekend of fresh air.