Summer in New York City is a ghost town. Every weekend the streets empty as residents flee to the Hamptons, Nantucket, and the Jersey Shore. And then there is fall. The city is bustling with New Yorkers and tourists alike. While it is a great time of year in the Big Apple, sometimes you just have to get away! Follow along for three great weekend trips from the NYC area.
For the Foodie: Mystic, Connecticut
To Do: No, I am not going to say Mystic Pizza (although, yum!). Mystic is a quaint New England whaling town sitting along the coast of Connecticut. While it is known for the Mystic River, shops, and art galleries, its food scene alone is worth the trip. Many highly acclaimed chefs have come to Mystic to open their own restaurants.
Try Sift Bake Shop for a morning coffee, artisanal breads, and specialty pastries by husband and wife team, Adam and Ebbie Young. Adam was previously the executive pastry chef at the renowned Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Next stop on the food tour: Brunch at Rise. Rise serves breakfast and lunch daily using locally sourced ingredients. With a large menu (which is available all day), there is something for everyone. Chef and owner Melody Pere is a Mystic native! Try beloved “The Little Mel” breakfast sandwich for a delicious eye-opener.
After a day of exploring town and eateries stop in at MBAR Wine Bar for a glass of wine from local Saltwater Farm Vineyard. MBAR is a restored old gas station with open-air seating when the weather is right, including bar tables, family style tables, and a lounge area.
Harbour House at the Mystic Inn is a must for dinner! Views of the water, a seasonal menu, and live entertainment make this the perfect spot to relax on a weekend away. The decor is stylish, sophisticated, and charming, and you may just want to climb upstairs to bed!
Time From NYC: 3 Hours
For the Zen Enthusiast: Manchester, Vermont
To Do: To re-charge check yourself into the Equinox Resort and Spa in Vermont’s historic Manchester Village. While the resort is surrounded by endless activities (hiking, off-roading, dining, leaf peeping, shopping, and more), one of my favorites is the spa and wellness center. Start your morning in the resort’s fully equipped gym with a personal workout, trainer, or group fitness session. One glance at the view from the yoga room will clear your mind. Then, treat yourself to a day of pampering from facials to massages and manicures. The treatments are not the only perk! Lounge by the fire or indoor swimming pool in your robe and read for hours on end. Don’t forget to enjoy the outdoor hot tub and fire pit, where you can surround yourself with colorful mountains.
Time From NYC: 4.5 hours
For the Athlete: Cold Spring, New York
To Do: If all you need is a day of fresh air and getting a little sweaty, this is the perfect trip for you. Breakneck Ridge is a gorgeous mountain between Cold Spring and Beacon, New York which lines the Hudson River. There are multiple options of trails for hikers of all levels, but Breakneck Ridge is known for its rocky cliffs. Don’t forget to dress appropriately—and we suggest a caffeinated Hint Kick before the ascent. The views you will find at the top are awe- and Instagram-inspiring. For information on trails and transportation from New York City, follow this link.
Time From NYC: 40 Minutes.
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