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Memorial Day Weekend ushers in a few things: the ability to wear white jeans with abandon, those little gems we like to call Summer Fridays and the desire to flee the city as fast as humanly possible. Although the Jitneys are filling up fast, there’s still time to book a trip outside the boroughs for a quick refresh. Whether you’re looking for a hotel, B&B or vacation home, take your pick of these last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaways from NYC.

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  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: nature walks, summer festivals, cultural attractions
  • Where to Stay: Red Lion Inn
Catskills: Been there, road-tripped that. This year, go east of the Hudson to the Berkshires. Not only does it have the same (obvious) cabin-and-trees situation, but it’s also rife with history. (Psst: Norman Rockwell’s old studio is located here.) The centrally located Red Lion Inn is a fan favorite, we suggest you hop to it.

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This little town on the shores of eastern Connecticut is basically one long Main Street—quaint New England at its finest. Stay at the Saybrook Point Resort & Marina for a home base that epitomizes old-world charm. (It’s also just a 20-minute walk to the beach).

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  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours, 50 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: family-friendly, beach town, affordable
  • Where to Stay: Downtown Dewey Beach Villa
If you’re looking to throw a big family bash, load up the RV and head over to Rehoboth Beach. The almost four-hour drive is the perfect amount of time to crank up some tunes and sing-along without everyone losing their minds. You can stay in lush rentals such as this gorgeous beach villa that sleeps 15 people comfortably. It comes with a ping pong table and board games perfect for a rowdy family game night.

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  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: beach front, historic sites, shopping
  • Where to Stay: La Mer Beachfront Resort
Looking for something right on the water? Check into the La Mer Beachfront Resort in this pretty-as-a-postcard beach town. Located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, Cape May is filled to the brim with pastel-colored bed and breakfasts, antique shops, tennis courts and trolleys. Just think of the Instagram stories!

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A modern hotel in the heart of historic Newport, The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina is primed for a fantastic weekend escape. Um, have you seen the Marina-dining situation? What about the indoor heated saltwater pool? Take advantage of your Zipcar membership and scoot on up there first thing Friday morning for a real long weekend without too much traffic (fingers crossed).

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  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: isolated, relaxing, tons of shopping
  • Where to Stay: Payne’s Harbor View Inn
If you’re the type who likes to unplug on vacation (i.e., phoneless with zero chance of running into Erin from accounting at the Surf Lodge), this secluded isle off the coast of 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. Oh, but first, make your reservation at Payne’s Harbor View Inn.

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OK, so forget Block Island—you’re dying to go out East. Luckily, there are still a few homes available, like this absolute charmer on Shelter Island. With three bedrooms, two balconies, a fire pit and a charcoal BBQ grill, it’s the perfect retreat for you and your gang. If you need us, we’ll be lounging in the hammock.

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  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: small town, fishing, state parks
  • Where to Stay: Marram
You just caught a ride to the Hamptons on Friday night. Score. Now, where to stay? For a true surf-inspired weekend, head to the Marram. Chic quarters, beach cruisers and your choice of the waves or the pool. For some adventure, visit the Montauk Brewing Company, Montauk Point State Park or Deep Hollow Ranch.

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9. Catskill, NY

  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: short drive, family-friendly, diverse activities
  • Where to Stay: Serene Retreat by a Stream
This may seem like an obvious choice, but the Catskills are popular for a reason. There is no shortage of things to do—from touring historic sites, to hiking, visiting local animal parks and even catching a theatre play, your stay in the Catskills will be eventful.

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10. Amagansett, NY

  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: tons of beaches, relaxing, small town vibes
  • Where to Stay: The Roundtree
When you visit Amagansett, take things up a notch (or three) at The Roundtree where you can book your very own cottage complete with Frette linens, rainforest showerheads, continental room service breakfast and in-room massages. (And those are just some of the super luxe perks available.)

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11. Mystic, CT

Historic Mystic is the ultimate antithesis to New York City. This little town is always bustling with tourists but is not nearly as overcrowded as the Big Apple. Known for its maritime culture, there are plenty of water-based activities for the family to partake in, from kayaking to power boating. Those who prefer to stay on solid ground can have a blast at the Mystic Seaport Museum—the nation’s leading maritime museum—or head to the Mystic Aquarium for some quality time with the whales.

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12. Tarrytown, NY

Maybe you don’t want to go too far away from the city, you just want to escape the Memorial Day madness. Head over to Tarrytown which is only an hour and 15 minutes away. Merely 25 miles north of Midtown Manhattan, this village is also served by a stop on the Metro-North Hudson Line so you don’t have to worry about traffic. Once you touch down, you can spend the day shopping the various local boutiques, tour the beautiful grounds at Lyndhurst mansion and top it off with a nice dinner at popular eateries such as Sweet Grass Grill or Bistro 12.

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13. Nantucket, MA

It may not be officially summer yet, but the beautiful beaches, towering lighthouses and dreamlike harbors of Nantucket will have you rocking your short shorts and T-shirts in no time. Check out larger than life exhibitions at the renowned Whaling Museum, take a load off at Madaket Beach (or Jetties or Surfside) or go for a hearty lunch off set by some booze courtesy of Cisco Brewers. Hey, you’re on vacation, right?

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14. Saranac Lake, NY

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway that allows you to disconnect and become one with nature, then Saranac Lake is the ideal destination. Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, this small village was once used as a hideaway by the likes of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson. Saranac Lake offers you the opportunity to detach from the outside world and truly unwind. Whether you take a romantic stroll along the eponymous lake, hike on Baker Mountain or go river walking, you’ll definitely feel like you’re in your own little world.

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