Looking for a perfect weekend getaway in the Tri-State Area? No matter what your interests might be, there are several great choices.
Mohonk Mountain House
With breathtaking views, the Mohonk Mountain House is outstanding. This 250-room resort on top of a mountain was built in 1869, and overlooks its private glacial lake and 40,000 acres of protected forest. The resort offers countless activities for the entire family. You can try tomahawk throwing, spend a day paddle boarding across the pristine lake, or relax in the peaceful surroundings of its award-winning spa.
Cape May, N.J.
Cape May offers a tour of its picturesque streets where you’ll see a stunning array of Victorian homes. You can actually stay in one of them for the weekend; more than 40 of them are bed and breakfast inns.
Tiny shops line the cobblestone streets. Seaside Sweets is worth visiting for its famous old-fashioned salt water taffy. Beautiful sandy beaches, a dinner at one of the town’s signature restaurants, boutique shopping, and wine tasting; there are a number of choices. Cape May lighthouse offers a memorable example of maritime history.
Nyack Village, N.Y.
Looking for a short break from the city? No need to travel farther than to cross the new Mario Cuomo Bridge to Nyack. The best time to visit this cute village is during fall, to enjoy the leaf-peeping season on the Hudson River. There’s a popular viewing platform from which you can watch nature’s fall show. The Victorian town is filled with shops, restaurants, a small off-Broadway theater, and lots of antiques and art galleries.
Ocean City, N.J.
Ocean City is a well-known summer destination, but it offers a variety of non-beach activities as well. Your kids love visiting the famous amusement park, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier or enjoy miniature golf at Congo Falls Golf, or Pirate Island Golf.
Ocean Beach’s 8-mile beach boardwalk is perfect for sunset walks. The boardwalk also features surf shops, novelty stores, and art galleries. Fishing is one of the most popular activities. There is a charter offering a day of deep-water fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Mystic is one of New England’s oldest shipbuilding and whaling ports. It’s a charming, historic coastal town, bustling with tourists. It was settled in 1654, its name from mistuket, for great river. You can look at the workings of the Mystic River drawbridge, explore native flora and fauna, and visit the Mystic Aquarium, to see what lives in the Mystic waters.