THE BIG­GER AP­PLE

Get­ting to the core of New York means es­cap­ing the metropo­lis and ex­plor­ing the fringes

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DESTINATION | USA - KELLI ARM­STRONG

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

ROCK CLIMB­ING

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.

STAY

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/

DIN­ING

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.

STAY

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

STAY

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

STAY

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

PIC­TURES: ISTOCK; EL­LIOTT SCOTT

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.

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