Summer is slowly but surely approaching and for many that means one thing: vacation. While not everyone has ample time to take off of their daily duties, anyone can surely squeeze in a weekend out of the city to find some peace and quiet. We all know trendy trips to the Hamptons and Cape Cod are always in style, but we tend to overlook the amazing hidden gems New York has to offer. Here are five off-the-beaten-path weekend trips for you to try this summer.
1 Geo Dome on Farm Upstate Catskills
A modern dome on a 12-acre property is available for your indulgence on AirBnB. You can find this former resort town turned hub for artists and small farmers in Sullivan County. It is the ultimate spot to escape the noise pollution that is New York City. In fact, this couldn’t be more opposite than the city center. Here you will be surrounded by a fully functioning farm with sheep, rabbits, and whatever else one finds on a farm.Here you can also cook, hike, swim, and visit local farmers markets for genuinely fresh food. And for you artsy folk, there is also a full-service recording studio as well as a fiber arts workshop space. Bring up to 16 people for a true escape from New York City.
2 The Time Hotel, Nyack
Just a mere hour outside of New York City is a modern oasis for creative folks and business travellers alike. Maybe your weekend away isn’t all about fun, and you’re trying to get some quality time with a client to close that big deal. The newly opened Time Hotel in Nyack is the perfect place to do just that.The industrial-chic vibe is present throughout the rooftop lounge, outdoor patio, BV Grill restaurant, event spaces and each and every room. The forward-thinking atmosphere also lends to a great space to clear your head and focus your energies. Next time you’re looking for a productive weekend away from it all, look no further than The Time Hotel, Nyack.
3 Finger Lakes Wine Country
Life is too short to drink bad wine, so if there’s anything worth traveling for, it’s a world-class winery. When you have what’s described as the second best wine country in the US outside of Napa just a few hours drive from your doorstep, you’d better hit the ground running. There are countless ways you could experience Finger Lakes. From different wine trails, touring trips, breweries, distilleries, lake adventures and more this is sure to be a weekend you won’t remember, because you will have had too much to drink, of course.Along with a diverse range of activities, there is also a plethora of places to stay. Finger Lakes Wine Country has over 200 lodging options to accommodate virtually any of your needs. Take a look at the official listings on the link provided.
4 Lake Placid Lodge
As the only hotel on Lake Placid, you can rest assured you will get some quiet serenity. Dubbed ‘a Great Camp for the new century,’ the Lack Placid Lodge boasts details like beds carved by local artisans and 50 stone fireplaces laid piece-by-piece by Adirondack masons, right on Lake Placid’s waterfront. Beyond being a lavishly beautiful place to be at one with nature, this Relais & Chateaux hotel has delectable dining offerings.The culinary experiences at Artisans Restaurant and Maggie’s Pub are paired with hand-picked vintages from Lake Placid Lodge’s very own Wine Cellar. At Artisan’s you will bask in panoramic views of the lake whilst sampling an exciting menu of fresh, seasonal cuisine. Opt for a more casual experience at Maggie’s pub with pub-style eats paired with games for all ages.
5 Ogunquit, ME
Okay so maybe Ogunquit isn’t in New York, but it is still only a 4-hour drive away. The quaint coastal town in Maine is world-famous for their culinary specialty, lobster. Lobsters steamed, boiled, rolled, stuffed, and pretty much any other way you could possibly imagine it. Local treasures like Barnacle Billy’s have even been known to attract the likes of Tom Brady, Bill Clinton and George Bush, to name a few.Beyond all of the lobster you’ll be eating, Ogunquit is just an incredibly peaceful place to be. Enjoy over 3 miles of white sand beach that is perfectly preserved against the rocky coastline. Go for a sunset sail, take a scenic stroll along the Marginal Way, or just eat lobster until you can’t anymore. Whichever way you chose, Ogunquit will be a weekend trip you won’t forget.