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The Best Places for a Mini Getaway Around NYC

By: Sarah Saxty

You know what they say, New York is all about the hustle, it’s a concrete jungle—and you know what? It’s true. But—luckily, this bountiful state is also home to a bevy of cute towns and even some pretty good beaches. Why spend the weekend hunting for a patch of green when you can spend a day or a whole weekend drinking local wine and beer, going on waterfall hikes, tubing down the Delaware River, or roasting marshmallows like you’re in a movie from the ’80s (in the very best way). We agree, and we’re making it easy for you with our hand-picked guide featuring places perfect for a mini getaway, all less than two hours away from our beloved NYC.

The Best Spots For A Mini Getaway Less Than Two Hours From NYC

Brunette Wine Bar
33 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

It’s Instagram heaven, where a true love for pink prevails. Along with the perfect picture to share on your feed, you’ll find natural wine, beer, cider, cheese, meats, and savory snacks at Brunette. Owned by a graphic designer and fashion consultant who found themselves in Kingston by way of NYC, they decided to make their weekend house their “always house” and converted the former barber shop into Brunette. This divine little wine bar is one of our favorite spots to hit when venturing upstate and is sure to become yours too.

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Cedar Lakes Estate
1 Team USA Way, Port Jervis, NY 12771

Cedar Lakes is on the bougier side of upstate life, but it’s one of the few places that manages to combine it with rustic authenticity. Originally a 1970’s summer camp, the property was converted into a luxury resort many years ago. Situated on a 500-acre property, your only issue will be finding the time to see everything. Take a wander around and you’ll find countless bunkhouses, a rope course, tennis courts, and several lakes (all with paddleboat, canoes or kayaks.) We suggest spending one day at Cedar Lakes, then saving a second day to explore the area surrounding. Some highlights: Rogowski Farm, Barryville, and Narrowsburg.

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Tuthilltown Distillery
14 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner, NY 12525

You’ll probably recognize the label of this spot’s award-winning Hudson Whiskey when you see it, as one of the most widely used whiskeys in NYC bars. But the home of said whiskey, Tuthilltown Distillery is worth just as much of your time and was one of New York’s first whiskey distilleries since prohibition. You’d never know it from the website, but the property boasts two large barns—one for the whiskey tasting room and shop, the other for the cutest, coziest restaurant that plays live music and serves up amazing gastropub style food. Perfect for a long afternoon event, or a casual weekend drive. Guided tours are held Saturdays & Sundays at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm.

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Cold Spring | Breakneck Ridge Trail & Riverview
Breakneck Ridge Trail, Cold Spring, NY 10516 | Riverview, 45 Fair Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Cold Spring is one of the more well-known towns in Upstate New York, for two reasons—one, it’s right by a train line so you don’t even have to get a car, and two, because it’s so damn cute! It’s everything you’d picture with a General Store, Coffee shop, and even a semi-secret sandy patch where you can take a quick dip in the Hudson River after your strenuous hike on the Breakneck Ridge Trail (it’s hard, but worth the awesome view at the top). Grab a bite at Riverview Restaurant, then jump on the train and head back to reality.

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Sea Queen Fishing Boat VII
Sheepshead Bay

A’Hoy Captain! Take the romance to the waters with Captain Steve and the crew of the Sea Queen VII. An experience open to all would-be fishermen and women for half-day and nightly excursions, the Sea Queen VII is no chartered-yacht—but a large, clean vessel with a fun atmosphere. The crew are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and will always share their expertise with you. If the fish you catch are big enough, they’ll fillet them for you on the spot. The best part—it’s BYOB—our hot tip: pack your cooler with soda and Aperol, to make your own Aperol Spritz’s.

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Tarrytown is another great option if you can’t be bothered to drive. A picturesque little town, sitting on the eastern side of the Hudson River, it’s accessible by the Metro North train and is filled with history. It’s famed for the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (home of the Headless Horseman story) and the Kykuit Rockefeller Estate, both of which you can visit (bookings recommended for the Estate). There are plenty of other things to do in Tarrytown too though, from a scenic walk on the Hudson to mansion gazing, and the more obvious, shopping, eating and drinking at one of many restaurants and cafes. Only 45 minutes from the city, you might also find yourself paying a visit to the real estate agent.

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Fishkill Farms
6551, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Fishkill Farms is a huge property, founded by family friends of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and is one of the Hudson Valley’s oldest apple orchards. With a barn to pick up some local farm foods, food trucks, and a live band on the weekends (check their website for schedules) it’s an idyllic place to spend the afternoon with friends. (They also make hands-down, the best apple cider donuts in the fall). Many New Yorkers have spent many an afternoon at this beloved apple orchard, but in the more recent years, they’ve added their own cidery—Treasure Cider. It’s a welcome addition nestled into the hill behind the farm store. The site has beautiful views of the orchards and the Catskill Mountains where you can buy tastes, or bottles and find a little patch of grass to soak it all in. 

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The Peekskill Brewery
47 South Water Street, Peekskill, NY 10566

Peekskill Brewery makes for great pitstop on the way home if you’ve traveled further north or as a destination in itself being so close to the city. Peekskill (the town) is located right in the middle of hiking heaven too—because who doesn’t need a beer after a hike? The taproom serves the full collection of their inventive (and delicious) beers on tap to enjoy either by the pint or in a flight (perfect for sharing), plus elevated comfort eats in a bi-level industrial space. In true craft brewery form, their can designs are pretty impressive too. If you’re there around sunset, we recommend taking a stroll down to the waterfront after your beer fix to watch the earth retire for the day.

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Terrain Garden Cafe
561 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880

Terrain is like a place that you’d expect to find in the city but has remained a Greater New York treasure, with two other (secret) locations in Philadelphia. If it was in the city, it’d have lines around the block—housed inside a greenhouse, the cafe offers a seasonally changing brunch, lunch, and dinner menu featuring hand-selected local produce, meats, and dairy with a well-curated beverage program from near and far. The chic spaces were designed to deliberately blur the line between indoor and outdoor spaces, filled with lush green foliage, trees, hanging plants, and more—all of which you can buy in the adjoining home and lifestyle store. There are studies to show that plants make us all happier people—we think you should take a touch of green home to the city with you and test it out.

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Credit: Terrain

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