Quick Trips From New York
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Quick Weekend Vacations From New York City
Browse a collection of New York weekend getaways, including romantic inns, resorts and unique hotels. If you are looking for weekend getaways from NYC, you can't go wrong with any of these great hotels and lodges.
The Castle on the Hudson is a romantic New York weekend getaway offering wood-burning fireplaces, turret alcoves and scenic views of the Hudson Valley and Manhattan Skyline. Since the hotel is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, you can sneak away for a quick one or two-night getaway, even if you are dealing with a very busy schedule. In the summer, relax next to the outdoor pool and dine at a 4-diamond AAA rated restaurant.
The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid is a weekend getaway destination for nature lovers. Choose from an array of outdoor activities and relaxing spa treatments during your stay. The lodge is especially popular during the summer weekends, so be sure to book early. In the spring and fall, the weather is cooler but there are fewer people.
The Sagamore is surrounded by a lake and offers an array of activities for the whole family.
Popular with couples, the luxury Land's End Inn offers spectacular sunset views from its rooms and common areas.
The Lower Hudson River Valley
Just a short drive from New York City, the Lower Hudson River Valley features historic buildings, scenic views and many vacation activities. Whether you are interested in shopping or visiting historic sites, the Lower Hudson is a quick weekend getaway from the city.
Several historic estates managed by Historic Hudson Valley in Westchested County are located close together near Tappan Zee Bridge on Route 9. During the warmer months, the beautiful grounds of Sunnyside and Lyndhurst offer a perfect setting for a picnic lunch. You can also visit the Philipsburg Manor, Kykuit and Van Cortland Manor.
Continuing north along the valley, there is the Bear Mountain State Park, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Boscobel and the Storm King Art Center.
The Lower Hudson River Valley is home to several charming inns and B&Bs. Hudson House in Cold Spring has rooms with beautiful views of the Hudson River. Rates range from $140 to $225 (845-265-9355, www.hudsonhouseinn.com). The Thayer Hotel at West Point has 151 guest rooms which have recently been restored (800-247-5047, www.thethayerhotel.com). t the Pig Hill Inn in the historic village of Cold Spring you can take your breakfast in bed or in the garden. Room rates range from $150 to $220 (845-265-9247, www.pighillinn.com).
The Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruises
Fall foliage in the Hudson River Valley is eagerly anticipated by many every year. If you are planning a New York vacation in the fall, spend a day aboard the NY Waterway high-speed catamaran and enjoy a beautiful display of colors on Hudson River.
NY Waterway offers Fall Foliage and West Point Cruises which depart from Pier 78 at West 38th Street & 12th Avenue starting in September. The cruise costs $60 for adults; $30 for children and $56 senior citizens. A tour of the United States Military Academy is included.
For upcoming cruises and reservations, call NY Waterway at 800-533-3779 or visit www.nywaterway.com.
On your trip to the Hudson River Valley, Lyndhurst is a must-see. This Gothic Revival mansion, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, offers beautiful views of the Hudson and its grounds. There is a pretty rose garden, a large greenhouse and a carriage house where you can have lunch.
Lyndhurst, located at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown, offers guided and self-guided tours. The mansion is open to visitors from mid-April through October, Tuesday through Sunday and Holiday Mondays, from 10 am to 5 pm. From November to mid-April, Lyndhurst is open weekends only and Holiday Mondays, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Admission is $10 for Adults; $9 for Seniors; $4 for Students ages 12 to 17; and free for children under 12. The grounds fee is $4. To confirm opening times and admission fees, visit www.lyndhurst.org or call 914-631-4481.
The Storm King Art Center in the Lower Hudson River Valley is a unique art museum featuring more than 100 sculptures exhibited on 500 beautiful acres of fields and woodlands.
Located on Old Pleasant Hill Road, in Mountainville, New York, the art center was founded in 1960. The permanent collection of sculpture, which includes works from 1945 to the present, features several specially commissioned site-specific works. There are also temporary outdoor and indoor exhibits.
The Storm King Art Center open Wednesday through Sunday, April 1 through November 14, 2004. From April 1 to October 30, the center is open from 11:00 am 5:30 pm; from October 31 to November 14, it is open from 11:00 am 5:00 pm; from May 29 through September 4, 2004, the grounds remain open until 8:00 pm on Saturdays.
Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens and college students; $7 for students (K–12); and free for members and children under five years old. To confirm opening times and admission fees, call Storm King at 845-534-3115, or visit www.stormking.org.
This charming stone mansion is one of the most famous attractions in the Hudson Valley. Sunnyside was the home of Washington Irving (1783 - 1859) who wrote short stories such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Sunnyside is located on West Sunnyside Lane in Tarrytown.
On your tour of Sunnyside, you will be lead by guides dressed in mid-Victorian period costumes which fit well with the surroundings. On a warm day, bring a picnic lunch which you can enjoy on the grounds.
Sunnyside is located on West Sunnyside Lane, off Route 9 in Tarrytown, New York. The grounds are open to the public daily, except Tuesdays; April through October from 10 am to 5 pm; in November and December from 10 am to 4 pm; January and February closed; weekends only in March from 10 am to 4 pm.
Admission is $9 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 to 17; $8 for seniors; free for kids under 5. The grounds only pass is $4. To confirm opening times and admission fee, visit www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-0081.