Top Day Trips from new York CityNew York City Day Trips
Farms, food and wine
As soon as the wintry robes and caps are securely stowed away until next year, New Yorkers will only itch to savour spring and all that - from stroll in scented orchards to drinking a glass of good old grapes in an open-air degustation room. Here is a listing of 20 great things that will be done outside of NYC (and maybe a few right in town) as soon as the sunshine is up.
Cruise the 80 hectare non-profit Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills with lush orchards, pasture and field (Dan Barber's award-winning Blue Hill restuarant is also here). While you can buy Valley Shepherd Creamery, cheeses at NYC Greenmarkets, you can go to this working ovine creamery in Long Valley, New Jersey for trips and cheesetour.
Spend an after-sun tanning session at Warwick Valley Winery in Warwick, New York. In Gardiner, New York (via the Thruway) you will find Tuthilltown Spirit, a still that produces whiskies from local cereals and Hudson Valley apple to taste in the Den.
Explore the work of 100 famous carvers such as Louise Bourgeois and Isamu Noguchi at Storm King Art Center, a 500-acre Hudson River Valley Art Reserve and Muse. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey (halfway between NYC and Philly), the Grounds for Sculpture is a 42 hectare large statue garden with more than 200 works by modern US and foreign artist.
A part of the Met-Cloister in Fort Tryon Park in the north of Manhattan contains five mediaeval passages. Philipsburg Manor, a lively historical town in Sleepy Hollow with a 300-year-old building, barn, gardens and a working scrap mill.
Walk among rock and metallic sculpture, wells, and lakes in the 145-hectare sculpture garden of the Nassau County Museum of Art on the former Frick Manor in Long Island Harbour. The former home of US steel-bearer John S. Phipp, Long Island's Old Westbury Garden has over 200 hectares of them.
Guided tours of the park include the Italian Park, official patios and the Adam and Eve Fountains. In the 28 acres of Greenwood Garden in Short Hills, New Jersey, take a one-hour trip to explore the gorgeous plane trees avenue, the sloping patios of the landscaped parks and the wildflower-covered grass. Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust in Tarrytown, is an example of the nineteenth c. landscaping with extensive lawn, a rosary and the country's first steel-framed atrium.
New York's Botanical Garden is an enchanting flower garden in the Bronx with everything from ancient woods to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Walk among deciduous woods and cascades to gorgeous Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve, near the art city of New Paltz in the hinterland of Ulster County.
For kayakers, register for the Hudson River Recreation's Sleepy Hollow Tour, a three-hour trip on the Hudson, which includes Tarrytown Lighthouse from 1883 and Tappan Zee Brug. We offer guided tours on the elk and Sacandaga River in the Adirondack.