Where to Travel Near NYC Based on Your Personality
So you’re a workaholic who lives on the Upper East Side...
Fleeing New York City in the summer is kind of your M.O. (or everyone’s M.O., for that matter).
But what happens when that Hamptons share house makes you want to cringe rather than binge? Luckily, there’s life beyond Surf Lodge, folks.
Take a peek at these five easy weekend trips perfectly suited for five varying NYC personalities.
UES Workaholic: Block Island, RI
When you finally get a chance to go on vacation, you really want to go on vacation (i.e., phoneless with zero chance of running into Paul from accounting). Notably less sceney than Nantucket or the Vineyard, this quaint isle off Rhode Island is just the ticket. Take the Amtrak to New London, Connecticut, where the train stops just steps from the Block Island Ferry dock, and you?re golden.
Where to Stay: The 1661 Inn, a family-owned oceanfront inn that?s just a six-minute walk from the ferry.
Where to Eat: Lunch at The Oar, the casual restaurant known for its expansive New Harbor views, ?shifties? (a mudslide meets iced coffee) and nautical decor.
What to Do: Hit the beach. The best part about Block Island is that all 17 miles of sand are free. If shopping is more your speed, mosey on over to the boutiques on Water Street. And don?t miss a walk up to the historic Southeast Lighthouse.
What to Pack: Your beach towel and a wear-everywhere tunic.
Williamsburg Original (Pre-2000s): Saugerties, NY
The Hudson Valley is peppered with small touristy towns (Rhinebeck, Woodstock, Phoenicia). But for you and your propensity for not following the crowd, there is Saugerties.
Where to Stay: The Saugerties Lighthouse, a bed and breakfast in a--you guessed it--lighthouse.
What to Eat: Miss Lucy?s Kitchen, a farm-to-table (not surprisingly) spot. But its bread and ice cream are both made from scratch and downright ridiculous.
What to Pack: Your Chucks and a non-ironic backpack.
West Village Historic Preservationist: Cape May, NJ
Unlike your friends, who love to complain about their lack of space, you live for your tiny, prewar, 300-square-foot apartment (which also happens to be nestled on the most charming street in all of NYC). The perfect weekend jaunt for you: This Victorian beachside destination at the southernmost tip of New Jersey--filled to the brim with pastel-colored bed and breakfasts, antique shops, tennis courts and trolleys.
Where to Stay: Congress Hall, America?s oldest seaside resort (which also happens to have some highly coveted, yellow-striped cabanas).
Where to Eat: The Pier House. Go for the surf-and-turf; stay for the crème brûlée cheesecake.
What to Do: Get yourself a bike and ride through the tennis club on Washington Street while admiring the colorful, well-manicured homes. Pick up some traditional beach candy and roasted nuts at Morrow?s Nut House, then head to West End Garage for some antiquing or go wine tasting at Cape May Winery and Vineyard. (Instagram tip: It has a peony farm.)
LES Nightlife Enthusiast: Wellfleet, MA
You may pretend like you live on Bowery because of your adjacency to Whole Foods, but let’s be honest--you love yourself a late-night dance party. The vacation equivalent? Cape Cod’s very own Wellfleet.
Where to Stay: Rent a cottage at the Colony of Wellfleet, cozy abodes that once served as a private art gallery.
Where to Eat: Moby Dick’s. It looks like a tourist trap because of the lines, but nothing beats its New England Clambake (any size lobster, a pound of Chatham steamers and corn on the cob). If you’re in a pearly mood, don’t miss Wicked Oyster.
What to Do: Spend your entire day at the beach, then walk (sandy feet and all), up the dunes to the Beachcomber. It has different live music each night and plenty of drink specials to help you dance your heart out. On the following night, take it easy by catching a flick at the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre.
Prospect Heights Foodie: Portland, ME
Unbeknownst to most, Portland is actually a booming locale for America's food elite. And although you might not find any Jamaican cuisine equivalent to your hidden gem The Islands, you will discover what slow-cooked squid tastes like (read: heaven).
Where to Stay: The Portland Harbor Hotel. Pro tip: It offers complimentary car service into the downtown area.
What to Eat: Breakfast at The Standard Baking Co. for fresh croissants, serious baguettes and unreal rugelach.
What to Do: Shipyard and Allagash both have breweries in downtown Portland that make for a fun (and mildly educational) afternoon. Peruse the shops in Old Port and grab a milkshake at Duck Fat to hold you over afterward. For a true local haunt, visit Days Crabmeat and Lobster (on the site of the highway 295) and sink into an authentic lobster roll.