Are you in the need for a vacation, but don’t want to spend the money on airfare? Well, look no further because below are three vacation spots located just a drive from New York City.
For all of the ski and snowboard enthusiasts out there, Stratton, Vermont is the place for you. Just a 4-hour drive from the big apple, Stratton Mountain provides everything you need to enjoy the perfect weekend getaway. Stratton is the birthplace of snowboarding and has a total of 97 trails that range from beginner to expert. It has the highest peak in southern Vermont, which can be enjoyed by taking a gondola ride to the summit, which provides breathtaking views.
One of the most popular places to stay is on the mountain itself. Stratton Mountain Lodge has all the amenities one could want. With various different housing options, there is one that fits your needs. After a long day on the slopes, take a day off and visit the spa that provides massages and other services to your liking. Or, if feeling active, there is a state of the art fitness center, which includes an outdoor pool and hot tub.
Other activities include shopping, dining, or taking a nice walk through the lively village of Stratton. For the shopping lovers, Stratton provides top store brands including The North Face and Lole. Ranging from casual to fine dining, the village has a number of restaurants that will satisfy anyone’s pallet. As the village is at the heart of it all, just taking a walk through and listening to the live music, watching entertainers, and experiencing trunk shows will take your breath away.
Like no other place than Stratton, Vermont, hop in the car and experience an unforgettable weekend.
Spring Lake, New Jersey
Less than an hour and a half drive from New York City, Spring Lake is the perfect beach vacation spot. With countless inns and bed and breakfasts, located just a block from the beach, you really can’t go wrong when choosing a place to stay.
Spring Lake offers two miles of beach and the longest non-commercial boardwalk in New Jersey. Simply sitting on the beach or renting a bike and taking a nice ride down the boardwalk are some of the many relaxing activities this town has to offer. If feeling adventurous, paddle boarding and kayaking are other popular and fun activities that can be done in the harbor, located closer to town.
Spring Lake is also filled with quaint, yet fashionable boutiques that cannot be found anywhere else. When searching for a place to eat, you will have no problem finding restaurants that you enjoy as Spring Lake offers all types of dining that are deemed exceptional. After a delightful meal, take a walk down to the beach and enjoy a stunning sunset.
Although just a short distance from the city, Spring Lake, New Jersey provides a calming and relaxing atmosphere that makes you think you are worlds apart.
For all those looking to visit a historic, quaint town, look not further than Essex, CT. With this town being the basis of the hit TV show “Gilmore Girls”, one can imagine why it is a must see. Made up of three villages, Essex leaves behind a great amount of history. It is one of the few American towns to ever be attacked by a foreign power. During the war of 1812, the town was rampaged by the British and when taking a stroll down Main Street you will notice some of the original buildings.
The small town has a lot to offer as the village shops and Colonial homes still remain. If looking for a place to stay, the Griswold Inn has been welcoming customers dating all the way back to 1776. Live music is played throughout the week and the five dining rooms offer historic menus that will make you feel like you traveled back in time.
Take in the natural beauty of this town by enjoying a boat tour on the Connecticut River or take a stroll through the beautiful town park. One might also want to stop by the maritime history exhibit to gain more historical perspective. There really is no way to go wrong when visiting. Just take in the sights, delicious food, and serene atmosphere.
There is a reason Essex was named the “Perfect Small American Town” in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. So get out there and experience the true magic of this town.