There’s far more to the Hamptons than just drinking rosé while lying on a giant swan-shaped pool float (though you’re absolutely welcome to do that if you so please). From a secret sculpture-dappled nature preserve to the best cocktail spots and the coolest place to spend the night (for just $35!), these are the things you absolutely must do in the Hamptons.
When the magic of living in the giant interactive art exhibit that is New York City gets so overwhelming you can’t shrug it off with coffee or punk rope, you know it’s time for a change of scenery. Instead of getting lost in the transcendent beauty of other people’s Instagram feeds, discover where to go on your own architecture- and sculpture-dappled adventure this fall with this list of 10 inspiring (and seriously photogenic) places worthy of a day trip.
It’s no secret that a perfect antidote to a long workweek is a small town with a lot of charm, a great food & drink scene, and some oddball claims to fame. While there are plenty of great escapes just outside the city, these 10 tiny towns near NYC have somehow escaped detection, which means you get to enjoy a weekend free of crowds and high costs. Whether you want to relax on a secluded beach on the Jersey Shore or make a great catch in Trout Town USA, each of these quaint retreats in the Tri-State Area is less than three hours from the city, but couldn’t feel farther from home.
Despite all the activity guides that try to tell you leaf peeping is the ONE thing you must do in fall, upstate New York has much more to offer than just staring at nature dying beautifully. This season, consider escaping to an adult campout in the Adirondacks, hiking to a hidden live music café on a New Paltz rail trail, taking flight in the Finger Lakes, and toasting to autumnal flavors in a new open-air restaurant from a James Beard award-winning chef.
Fall is on its way, and with it the promise of foliage, fresh air, flannels, and some rugged outdoor adventure. Consider the following rail-to-trail routes that you can access just by hopping on Metro-North, from the nation’s first Natural History Landmark, to a birder’s paradise, to a glamping hideaway.
Forget the heart-shaped tubs and cheesy overpriced hotel packages, and opt for something a couple hours outside the city that’s just as cool and interesting as the two of you think you are. From a bike retreat at a Red Hook barn, to a safari-inspired glamping resort in Ithaca, to a liveaboard sailboat in Sag Harbor, these 10 destinations throughout New York offer way more than your average romantic escape.
With 178 state parks in New York, there are literally THOUSANDS of hiking trails to choose from. But don’t sweat it (or, um, do). We scouted, skinned our knees a little, and consulted an outdoor adventure expert to uncover the best upstate hikes worth a getaway, including trekking to the Devil’s Hole whirlpool in Niagara Falls, summiting the famous Saranac 6, and wandering through an under-the-radar wildlife sanctuary.
New York has the most National Historic Landmarks of any state: 261, to be exact. We scoured the entire Empire State to find them -- from Manhattan landmarks you can now sleep in, to a famous artist’s home in the Hamptons, to a remote log cabin visited by US Presidents in the Hudson Valley.
consider these 10 Hamptons activities you've definitely never done before, including roaming through an under-the-radar sculpture garden, gliding 40ft over Shelter Island, and sailing on a Polynesian catamaran.
Upstate New York was made for driving, offering some of the country's most beautiful winding roads and roadside attractions. This summer, when you're vacationing in beautiful Upstate, take a day trip to explore the area on one of these drives. From “New York's Adventure Route” in the Catskills, to a backcountry adventure in Cooperstown, to a three-hour backroads quest for some of the best BBQ in the country, they're all worth finally getting your driver's license for.
Instead of blowing up your summer travel budget on one extravagant weekend in the Hamptons, use this guide to the best free and cheap things to do on Long Island that won't leave you high and dry. From yoga on the beach to shucking your own oysters, check out these 29 activity ideas -- all for $15 or less.