Great Alternatives to New York City Summer Weekends

If you live in New York, then you know how terrible summers here can be. The streets are crowded, and the heat is sweltering. Come the weekend during the summer, the last thing you want to do is stick around in Manhattan. Here some great weekend getaway options.

Head upstate. The Hudson River runs past the city and if you head further north, you will find it is actually quite beautiful. There are plenty of great little bed and breakfasts to stay in, like the Rhinecliff.

Another option is to go to Fire Island. If you have never been to Fire Island, it is worth the trek. The island has its own climate system; so don’t pay attention to any forecasts, as it is usually good weather there.

Of course, a very popular option for New Yorkers on the weekend is to head out east to the Hamptons. I personally don’t love the nightlife out in the Hamptons, but it is a great place to be during the day.

Some of the best areas to go out east include East Hampton, Amagansett and Sag Harbor. All are about a one hour to one and a half hour drive from Manhattan without traffic.

If you have grown weary of the Hamptons, a great alternative is to head to the North Fork. It is much less of a scene than the Hamptons and is much more relaxing. There’s plenty to do there, as the area has a ton of vineyards. Go wine tasting for a day.

Head up to the Cape. If you have any friends who have a summer house in Cape Cod, take advantage of it! Cape Cod is a wonderful place to spend your summer days. In fact, my friends and I have made a tradition of going up to Cape Cod every July 4th.

Hopefully you find this guide helpful if you are living in New York or are visiting New York for an extended period of time.

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