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Weekend Getaways In New York
Everyone needs to take off and enjoy a short weekend getaway to refresh the mind and soul. If you live in New York, or surrounding states, such as New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, or Pennsylvania, you still live close enough to these weekend getaways to hop on the road on a Friday afternoon after work and be there Friday evening to enjoy the entire day Saturday and most of the day Sunday. Take a look at these weekend getaways and figure out where you will be heading the next time you need a break from the hustle and bustle of life.
You may or may not remember the year 1969, when Woodstock rocked the dairy fields of New York about a two hour drive today from NYC, but even if you do not remember the year, you have probably heard of it. Bethel, NY is this small farm town that is located in the mountain range called the Catskills, still known as the grounds of Woodstock. Now, where the legendary music festival took place, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts hosts summer concerts and provides the public with a museum that is structured to be interactive for visitors to explore the history of the legendary festival and the chaotic decade that surrounded it.
If you want to take a quick jaunt to Bethel from NYC, Coach USA offers $68 round trip rides to Bethel from NYC on Saturdays (as well as Tuesdays, if you are in-store for a mid-week outing) on their Short Line bus. Otherwise, you will need to hop on the New York Thruway to get to Bethel, NY. Bethel is full of accommodations, including hotels and motels, but if you desire a look R&R at a B&B on Saturday night, check out some of the local Bed and Breakfasts, such as the Ecce Bed and Breakfast, which offers seasonal rooms that run between $200 and $300 per night.
Sag Harbor, NY
If you love the aura of old-world style romanticism mixed with the classiness of the Hamptons, Sag Harbor sits amongst Southampton and East Hampton. You may have heard that the Hamptons are where you would visit if you wanted to run into celebrities and stars, but they are also filled with history that dates back to the 1700’s. Reach back far enough, and you will find out that this village was originally the nucleus of whaling, and you can still to this day visit remnants from before the War of 1812. The Umbrella House and the Old Whaler’s Church are two historical places to check out.
If you head to the city by car, you can expect a two hour trip or you can spend $53 for a round-trip hike from Manhattan to the village of Sag Harbor aboard the Hampton Jitney’s Montauk Line or take the Hampton Ambassador bus, which also starts in various spots in Manhattan and costs about $45 one way. If you elect to take the line or the bus, your trip will be longer than the two hour car ride, however.
While you may not be planning to stay for the three night minimum that the historic 150 year old American Hotel requires, definitely take a couple of hours to enjoy the historic surroundings while sipping a drink at the bar. During the heat of the summer, you can expect to spend nearly $400 on a snazzy hotel room, such as the environmentally friendly Forever Bungalows and the American Hotel.
The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum is a must-visit, with its rich history and 1845 built structure. Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf (what is a harbor without a wharf?) exhibits the day and night life entertainment, including comedy performances and nightly theater at the Bay Street Theatre. You can fulfill your desires to charter a sailboat or spend some time at one of the many gorgeous beaches in the Sag Harbor area or take a leisurely walk through the art galleries, ice cream shops and boutiques on Main Street.
Head up to upstate New York to the village of Cooperstown, which will take you two hours longer arrive at than Sag Harbor and Bethel, if you have the extra time. Again, there are buses like the Adirondack Trailways, which will cost you a little over $100 for the round-trip travel from NYC. Enjoy a classic room at the Inn at Cooperstown for anywhere between $100 and $250 or you can enjoy sitting amongst seven acres of land at the Gateway Inn & Suites of Cooperstown. A summer weekend night there will run you about $120 to $500.
One of the most visited places at Cooperstown is the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which is open each day during the summer between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. A ticket will run you about $20, but you also gain admission to the Plaque Gallery, featuring exhibits that document over a century of Major League Baseball’s history, as well as an impressive collection of baseball cards which amounts to over 135,000 cards.
The Fenimore Art Museum was once the home of the village’s founder, who was the father of the classic American author, James Fenimore Cooper’s, and generations of their family. Check out the Farmer’s Museumm which displays a compilation of artifacts and a historical village that boasts a Colonial Williamsburg-type flair. Learning the history of Cooperstown, whether you enjoy baseball history or the founding Cooper family’s history, is definitely worth the time of one of your weekend getaways in New York. History and arts buffs will surely enjoy the artsy history appeal of Cooperstown. Top off the night at the Ommegang Brewery, where you can hop on a tour any day of the week, at the top of the hour, and get in on the $3 wine tasting after the tours.
New York Sunset Panorama
Weekend getaways do not have to be expensive and far away. New York has so much to offer to the weekend getaways warriors. Quaint, serene towns with rich history can be just as relaxing and enjoyable as time spent in a tourist area on an island in the tropics if you keep your mind open and are ready to learn about the history and culture of each area.