With all the hustle and bustle we deal with on a daily basis, sometimes it’s time to just get away.
“Stay cations” and mini-getaways have become a very popular choice for alot of people these days, especially for people on a budget. It’s a budget-friendly way to take a vacation without breaking the bank.
Here are a handful of places we recommend right in your own backyard that provide for an affordable yet relaxing getaway!
- SAG HARBOR, NY: The village of Sag Harbor, which straddles both East Hampton and Southampton, has retained a lot of its old world romanticism, boasting remnants of a past dating all the way back to the early 18th century. The village has historic lodging, museums, a theater, sailing trips and a main street with boutique shopping, ice cream and art galleries.
- BEACON, NY: A fun city just an hour or so north of Manhattan. It’s know for its contemporary collections from famous artists along with restaurants, and an endless supply of antique stores. There’s Beacon’s Main Street, in addition to the shops in its surrounding towns, hamlets and villages. There is a number of charming inns and bed & breakfasts available for lodging.
- COOPERSTOWN, NY: About a 4 hour drive from the city…this Upstate New York village is a bit of a hike from the city, but the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is worth a visit, even if there’s only one plaque with a New York Met hat in the whole place.And while the Baseball Hall of Fame might be Cooperstown’s biggest draw, the village is also a prime spot for history and literature buffs with even a local brewery.
- MONTAUK: Technically, it’s part of the Hamptons. But maybe because it’s the farthest point east, Montauk has its own identity. Is there that much of a difference between Hamptons people and Montauk people? There just might be.
- THE NORTH FORK: Despite being close to NYC and the bustling Hamptons, the north shore of Long Island has retained its pastoral charm. Large plots of farmland, farmstands, U-picks, wineries, and tiny town centers dot the Main Road (Route 25) and Sound Avenue (Route 48).
- THE HAMPTONS: That Hamptons is comprised of a series of villages and hamlets that stretch along Long Island’s South Fork. Most of the action happens in Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor. Best times to go are summer and fall, when you can take advantage of pristine beaches on the Atlantic, bike rides, farm stands, and wineries.
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