THE BIGGER APPLE
Getting to the core of New York means escaping the metropolis and exploring the fringes
As many residents of Gotham will attest, the trick to surviving life in New York is getting away from it all. While the city is jammed with eye-opening sights and endless activities, there are also wondrous ways to escape the frenetic pace. Here’s a hit list of day trips and overnighters New York visitors should add to their itinerary.
DAY TRIPS ROCKAWAY BEACH, QUEENS 1 hr from NYC GREAT FOR …
Seaside revelry: Catch the A train or the ferry from lower Manhattan to this lively seaside spot that beach lovers flock to from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Each summer hosts the Rockaway Beach Bazaar where local bands play, food vendors set up camp, and retailers hawk vintage classics and tropical tees to the sunbathers. RIISPARKBEACHBAZAAR.COM
BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDENS 30 mins from NYC GREAT FOR …
Flora gazing: The beauty of the Botanical Gardens has been taking New Yorkers’ breath away since the 1900s when the majestic grounds first provided an escape from the frantic pace of Manhattan. During spring
and summer, the gardens are in full bloom. Take a picnic by the lily pond. BBG.ORG
COLD SPRING 75 mins from NYC GREAT FOR …
Outdoor exploring: Slow the pace down as you step back into the 19th century in this charming Hudson River-side town. With rolling hills, hiking paths (including the famous Breakneck Ridge hike), bike trails and kayaking on offer, this nearby getaway is the perfect opportunity to breathe in Mother Nature. If you’re travelling without your hiking shoes, there are plenty of antique and craft boutiques to spend time, and money, in, as well as Instagrammable eateries like Hudson Hil’s Cafe & Market. HUDSONHILS.COM COLDSPRINGGENERALSTORE.COM
CONEY ISLAND 1 hr 10 min from NYC GREAT FOR …
Beachside nostalgia: This former New Yorkers’ playground was neglected until a recent resurgence. You can spend the entire day just cruising the boardwalk and people-watching. When you’re done gawking, be sure to grab a hotdog at Nathan’s Famous and catch a ride on the iconic Cyclone at Luna Park amusement grounds. NATHANSFAMOUS.COM LUNAPARKNYC.COM
OVERNIGHT NEW PALTZ, NY 1 hr 45 mins from NYC GREAT FOR …
A history lesson: Visit the historic Huguenot Street riverside location for a peek inside houses that were occupied by 17th century French Huguenot settlers before the US even attained independence. The 4ha National Historic Landmark District allows you to tour homes, a burial ground and reconstructed 1717 church. HUGUENOTSTREET.ORG
The Minnewaska State Park is a flourishing preserve on Shawangunk Ridge, one of the best rock-climbing sites in North America. If climbing is not your thing, Minnewaska State Park Preserve also offers waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and bike trails to explore.
Mohonk Mountain House on Lake Mohonk offers private cottages, a spa package and free outdoor activities. MOHONK.COM; ROOMS FROM $US500 (ABOUT $650) A NIGHT
HUDSON, NY 2 hrs 20 mins from NYC GREAT FOR …
Antique shopping: Head to Warren Street for rare vintage finds like centuries-old furniture and fashion. HUDSONANTIQUES.NET/WIDEBOARD/WARRENST-ANTIQUES/
The Hudson River locale knows how to satisfy a foodie. Treat your tastebuds at Wm. Farmer and Sons (where you can also bed down for the night) with dishes including clam fritters and fried frogs legs.
In a quaint suite at this unique establishment. WMFARMERANDSONS.COM, ROOMS FROM $US249
WEEKEND AWAY The Berkshires, Massachusetts 3 hrs from NYC GREAT FOR …
Art: Artisans and entrepreneurs head to the Berkshires for its art, theatre, design and music scene thriving amid the area’s small-town setting. Visit the MASS MoCA – one of the States’ largest contemporary art centres. MASSMOCA.ORG
At the Hotel on North where no two guest rooms are the same in this historic setting with modern spirit. HOTELONNORTH.COM, ROOMS FROM $US150 PLUS PER NIGHT
THE HAMPTONS, LONG ISLAND 3 hrs from NYC GREAT FOR …
Beach vibe: Not just for the jet set (every wealthy New Yorker has a weekender here), The Hamptons – from South Hampton to Montauk – is a laid-back landscape with beach mileage. Surf at Ditch Plains in Montauk, celebrity spot in East Hampton shops, sip a margarita at the Blue Parrot and fuel up at the Lobster Roll on Montauk Highway. BLUEPARROTEASTHAMPTON.COM LOBSTERROLL.COM
The Surf Lodge in Montauk has 32 waterfront rooms aside Fort Pond. The rooms’ boho-chic interiors have white-washed walls, basket-weave lighting, balconies with hammocks and Evo bath products. THESURFLODGE.COM
Luna Park is a great way to enjoy the sunshine on Coney Island; head to Rockaway Beach, Queens, for more seaside fun and a beach bazaar in summer.