Fall Getaways

Pergola in Yaddo gardens in Saratoga Springs, New York in fall

Pergola in Yaddo gardens in Saratoga Springs, New York

Make no mistake, fall is here.  The days are shorter and just a bit cooler, time to plan a fall getaway.  Weekend getaways can do wonders for the heart and soul.

Conde Nast suggests:

Asbury Park, New Jersey, as the classic Jersey Shore town. it’s super accessible from the city – just an hour and fifteen minutes by car on the Garden State Parkway, and only thirty minutes longer if you’re traveler from Penn Station on a Bay Head-bound North Jersey Coast Line train.

Fire Island, New York, An all-time favorite summer escape, and one that is especially important to NYC’s queer community, is Fire Island. With its many towns and beaches, each boasting their own local flavor, the Long Island barrier island makes it easy to choose the spot to match your vibe.

The Finger Lakes, New York’s biggest wine region, has plenty of options for sampling its famous riesling—but wine tasting is hardly all the area has to offer. The adventurous can pencil dive into a gorge, wade under a waterfall, paddleboard, kayak, or windsurf. Between four and five hours from New York City, the Finger Lakes are just far enough to be a true escape.

The PointGuys like:

Saratoga Springs is not all about the racetrack. This city about four hours north of New York City is having a bit of a renaissance, thanks to some excellent new hotel openings and the Upper Hudson Wine Trail, which features an ever-growing roster of family-run vineyards and wineries.  And from here, you can easily explore scenic Lake George and the high peaks of the Adirondacks.

The Hudson Valley, New York, is an easy weekend escape. The charming town of Hudson is just two hours away via Amtrak or two and a half hours by car. It has a nice selection of  non-chain hotels, including the Rivertown Lodge, The Wick, The Maker Hotel and the Troutbeck inn, but regardless of where you stay, be sure to go sailing on the Hudson, enjoy leisurely hikes and go apple picking. This is fall in New York state, after all.