Whether you live here year round or you're here for the summer: you can get tired of the same-old same-old and want pastures new. Take a short trip somewhere else for a weekend to refresh yourself. Here's a selection of quaint spots nearby with plenty to see, delicious restaurants to try, and things to do. Pack lightly and have fun.Read More
Sick of the Hamptons? Try these 7 nearby getaways
Get out of town, people!
On your way, stop at Briermere Farm to get a pie. Then spend your day on a bike tour. If you're a knitter, visit Altman's. When it's happy hour, stop at Macari Vineyard for a tasting or Shinn Estate, which also has a B&B where you can stay. Love Lane Kitchen is the place to go for dinner.
Greenport, NY 11944
Greenport used to be a center for shipbuilding, so visit the Seaport Museum. Then wander around antiques shops and art galleries around the village center. Ride the antique carousel in Mitchell Park and visit the camera obscura. If it’s mealtime, Claudio’s Clam Bar or the Frisky Oyster are worth a visit, or go for a tasting at Kontokosta Winery.
Orient, NY 11957
Orient is a historic town filled with well preserved houses, so visit Oysterponds Historic Society to get an introduction to this old hamlet. The Orient Inn is a charming place to stay nearby the state park, and Orient by the Sea Marina and Restaurant offers great seafood.
Mystic, CT 06355
Mystic is easy to go to via the ferry to New London. The Whaler's Inn is a charming place to stay, and makes an easy base to explore the seaport, the aquarium, and the Charles Morgan whaleship. For dinner, try the Captain Daniel Packer Inne Restaurant and Pub.
5. Block Island
New Shoreham, RI 02807
Get there via the ferry from Montauk. Rent a bike and pedal around the island to take in the beautiful views. If you have kids with you, visit Manisses Animal Farm, and if you're into history, go to the Peleg Champlin House. The Hygeia House is a charming place to stay, and Poor People's Pub a great place to eat.
After you've toured some of the famous summer "cottages," such as Rosecliff and the Breakers, and gone on the Cliff Walk, how about a harbor tour? The Hotel Viking is an historic place to stay, while Restaurant Bouchard and the Mooring are both excellent restaurants to try.
Nantucket, MA 02554
OK, we admit it's not easy to get to--unless you go all out and take a plane! Or an elaborate network of ferries. But it's worth it once you get there. Th Whaling Museum should not be missed. There's also the Old Mill and the Athaneum, but mostly Nantucket is about relaxing. The Nantucket Hotel is a great place to stay; restaurant to try include Fog Island and Lola 41.