Unique Weekend Getaways Near New York City

Whether you are a native New Yorker or just in town for a visit, the city can take its toll on you. Luckily, there are a plethora of options for unique and fun weekend getaways, within two hours of the city. Whether you are looking to explore the great outdoors or pamper yourself with spa treatments, you can find a quick getaway that will fit your needs. Try one of these three ideas for your next weekend trip.

Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains of the Hudson Valley, along the shores of Lake Mohonk, this Mountain House in New Paltz is located just a 90 minute drive from New York City. This historic resort provides guests with an idyllic getaway in its 265 room Victorian castle accommodation. For vacationers looking for something all-inclusive, this is certainly the route to go. The resort is fully equipped with onsite restaurants serving all meals and an in-house spa with 16 treatment rooms and an indoor pool. In addition, the resort can organize a variety of activities for you, including horseback riding, skiing, golfing, ice skating, and hiking.

Fire Island

For a more laid-back weekend getaway, try visiting Fire Island. Located just 90 minutes from the City via train and ferry, this national park is actually a 32-mile long island, entrenched in historic and natural beauty. With a number of local bed and breakfasts, visitors have many options when it comes to accommodation on the island. Attractions include the Sunken Forest and the iconic lighthouse built in 1826. Visitors enjoy shopping at the many boutique stores and relaxing on the beach as well. Interestingly, for those who are daring enough to go nude, there are several clothing-optional beaches on the island as well.

Hudson Valley Wineries

Wine enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Hudson Valley wine region lies just a 90 minute drive from New York City and provides a number of options for wine tasting and quaint accommodation. With over 20 wineries located throughout the region, a weekend of tasting is just within reach from New York City. There are numerous wine trails to explore, though the Dutchess and the Shawangunk are two of the most popular. Both trails feature approximately 12 to 20 wineries along the route. Many guests choose to stay at bed and breakfasts or local inns in the region and travel by car from winery to winery. For those who do not have a designated driver, there are also a number of tours, which include transportation to selected wineries and loads of information about the wine making process and region along the way.

Summer Vacation In San Antonio

Strolling by the Riverwalk San Antonio

Strolling by the Riverwalk San Antonio

After the frustrating drive on Toll Road 130 from Austin to Seguin, we arrived in San Antonio safe and sound.  Got us checked in the hotel though we still waited for a room to be available (please note that the check in time was after 3:00 P.M. and we arrived at 4:50 P.M.).  Hotels get very busy in summertime.  So I understand why they’re behind with housekeeping and stuff sometimes.  They gave us free upgrade to an Executive Suite.

The room upgrade was nice.  The living area is separated by a glass door from the bedroom in the Executive Suite.  In short, more space in the room.  Two televisions are working great.  The only thing I didn’t like is that, the room doesn’t smell good. It has an old carpet smell.  I had to spray a perfume around.  I made a review on the hotel’s site so I hope they will do something about it.

We were so tired from the travel so we relaxed for a while in the room and talked about what we’ll gonna do and where we want to eat for dinner.  We agreed to go to Guadalajara Grill.  My dear husband and I were here five years ago and  we’re back again.  They’re food’s really good. When you visit San Antonio, dine in at Guadalajara Grill.  I highly recommend their Molcajete.  It’s delicious!

Guadalajara Grill in Downtown San Antonio, Texas
Guadalajara Grill in Downtown San Antonio, Texas

After dinner, we strolled on the Riverwalk for a while. It was nice to be back in San Antonio. I liked it there.  It feels like home to me – Downtown that is.  The next was a busy day because we went to Sea World.


5 Energizing Activities in San Francisco

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San Francisco is a beautiful city to explore, and there are so many diverse ways to experience the sights. Getting some exercise is an excellent way to get about the city. Leave your downtown San Francisco hotel and get out in the sunshine to burn a few calories and see the city differently.

Cycle across Golden Gate Bridge

Pick up a bike from Pier 39 and head out past Fisherman’s Wharf, along the marina and across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The views are amazing and you’ll enjoy cycling around the Bay. If you’re feeling really ambitious, head across Golden Gate and continue to Sausalito. After a snack in Sausalito, load your bike on the ferry back to Pier 39.

Start the day with T’ai Chi

Wake up early and head over to Washington Square in the North Beach area for some Tai Chi. Join in an informal, impromptu session with the locals, which will get your chi flowing for a day of sightseeing. Chinatown is close by, so a dumpling breakfast is a natural next step.

Segway through Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is a lovely place to walk, but you can also have fun with a Segway tour. You’ll steer your way past the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, the de Young, and the Academy of Sciences. The sports facilities may tempt you to continue your day playing frisbee golf, soccer, or fishing.

Hike the Presidio

With 25 miles of hiking trails, the Presidio is the perfect place to get outdoors. Start at the Lombard Gate and take the 2.2 mile Presidio Promenade for views of Marin, San Francisco Bay, and Crissy Field. Other great places to hike are along the shoreline at Lands End.

See San Francisco from the water

One of the best ways to spot wildlife in the San Francisco Bay area is to take a kayaking tour. You’ll get some basic instruction and some exercise in the deal. There are tours around Sausalito, McCovey Cove, or others in the Bay Area that are popular with families.

There are many diverse ways to get out and about in San Francisco. After an active day burning lots of energy in this city you’ll be ready to rest and enjoy a good meal at your hotel in San Francisco.