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Take a Weekend Vacation to Get Away from the Rush

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jan 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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In the midst of the dreary winter weather, summer seems so far away. However, a getaway to a local destination can be exactly what you need to lift your spirits. Check out some of these spots on your next weekend vacation.

A Weekend Vacation that’s Just a Drive Away

The Hamptons

One might not typically think of The Hamptons as a choice destination in the dead of winter. However, there are plenty of reasons that The Hamptons is just as great in the off-season.

With all the typical summer vacationers back in their hometowns, all the beaches will be empty, serene and perfect for a peaceful day of contemplation and relaxation. The South Fork, where The Hamptons is located, is also famous for their year-round vineyards where you can always stop in for a tasting.

In addition to the beautiful, sprawling scenery, The Hamptons also boasts a lively and informative cultural scene. You can enjoy:

  • Art exhibits
  • Film screenings
  • Historical sites
  • Live theatre
  • Nature preserves

The Hamptons really does have it all, and, because it’s only a short drive away, there’s no better time to visit than now.

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Just a four hour drive upstate, Cooperstown, New York, is the perfect quaint, little weekend vacation. Upstate New York has beautiful landscapes year-round, but there’s something about a fresh coat of snow that makes it a perfect winter getaway.

Any trip to Cooperstown would be remiss without visiting the historic Baseball Hall of Fame. There are also many amazing restaurants and cafes, in addition to local breweries like Brewery Ommegang, that would make a great place for a meal or a drink.

During the winter, you can also take advantage of the many local ski and snowboard resorts like the ones at Plattekill and Hunter Mountain.

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The Pocono Mountains

There isn’t a better family getaway than the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. In addition to the many ski and snowboard resorts nearby, there are plenty of other fun activities.

Families can enjoy nearby attractions including:

  • Waterparks
  • Zoos
  • Miniature golf
  • NASCAR raceway

For mature crowds, they have a casino, delicious restaurants and a lively nightlife scene. There are also hotels, resorts, campgrounds, lodges and bed and breakfasts available, so you will always find the option that makes sense for you.

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Boston, Massachusetts, is one of those quintessential American cities that everyone has to visit in their lifetime, and it’s only a few hours away from New York City. Besides having unbeatable history behind it, Boston has so much to offer in terms of culture, food, nightlife and general attractions.

After you check out all of the mandatory historical sites, you can catch a game at one of Boston’s successful sports franchises like the Patriots, Bruins or Celtics.

Boston is also famous for having some of the best microbreweries and seafood in the United States, so make sure you indulge in some before the end of your trip.

What are some of your favorite weekend vacation destinations near New York? 

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Topics: NYC, Travel, Vacation, weekend vacation

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