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Weekend-trips from NYC
However much I like to live in New York City, I have the feeling that it is important for my mind to flee from time to time. While there are a lot of fun towns that make simple NYC week-end trips - Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC - I often crave something far away from the lively pubs, world-class museum and bustling roads I can find here.
My favourite NYC week-end trips are a little quieter: small cities, lakeside cottages, single-lane motorways, farmers' market, which are just a stone's throw away from the real estate. Thankfully, there are actually a ton of choices within a three-hour drive from Manhattan (as long as you don't get off at 5pm on a Friday).
At the end I wonder why I pay so much to stay in town when I could have so much more outside! Berkshires is my first stop for a week-end away from New York City: It is situated on the border of Western Massachusetts and New York State, is only two hours by car from the town and has little transport.
Per tip: Stop at Red Rooster for a hamburger and a kirsch dipping on the way there and/or back. Nyack is a hinterland town with an artistic atmosphere if you want to get away from NYC but don't want to go too far. Time Nyack is a brandnew resort in the area and it pays to stay only one night by the water.
It is a brief stroll from the Hudson River road, surrounded by cafés, restuarants and inns. The Nyack library, shrouded in ice, was particularly popular with me, and I stopped for a delicious breakfast at Gypsy Donuts. Instead, these small cities have a vintage flair: You have to get a ball into Springer's Ice Cream at dark (wait in line!), get a gluey role at Kohler's in the mornings ( "wait in line" too), play miniature-golf at the countless places and pick up sun cream and sun games at Hoy's 5&10.
Dollar County is really one of my favourite places to spend quite a week-end, although I believe how it is greatly underestimated, especially by the New York City sets. In Pennsylvania, it is a group of charming cities and main streets. Even though we spent the night in a nice B&B not far from Peddler's Village, I think it would be great to sleep in the small city of New Hope - it's full of great places to eat and drink (also very homosexual and homey).
While this small port city is best known as the setting for Julia Roberts' Mystic Pizza break-out roll (yes, there is a Mystic Pizza, and yes, you can eat a big cake there), it is also home to a world-class tank and a beautiful coastline. Could you suggest a week-end trip from NYC?