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Escape The City With These 5 Socially Distant Summer Getaways From NYC
New Yorkers have been feeling extreme cabin fever after being stuck in the city for months during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that summer is here, the need to escape for a weekend has become more pressing.
Fortunately, New Yorkers don’t have to go far this summer for a change in scenery and peace of mind while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Here are 5 places New Yorkers can escape to for a socially distanced getaway:
If you’ve been plugged into the news and have been feeling the weight of the world intensely for the past few months, a secluded retreat may be what you need.
The Adirondacks is approximately a 3.5-hour drive from NYC and encompasses over 6 million acres of land.
Clear your mind and move your body with a hike. The Adirondacks’ tourism website offers hiking trails for every level of hiker.
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Long Beach Island is about 18 miles long, allowing you to soak up the sun while social distancing.
To get a full view of the beach, climb 217 steps to reach the top of the Barnegat Lighthouse.
With only a 2 hour drive from NYC, Long Beach Island is sure to give you all the summer feels.
The Finger Lakes
Visit the largest wine region in New York by taking a 4.5-hour drive to the Finger Lakes Region. You’ll be able to sample wines while safely social distancing as well as getting gorgeous views of nature and a waterfall!
Hudson River Valley
If you’re a lover of vintage shopping, Hudson River Valley is the spot for you. Only a 2-hour drive from NYC, this area offers gift stores and restaurants offering curtsied pickup.
Shopping and eating out may be different now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience this unique region.
Instead of visiting the Hamptons, head to North Fork, also located in Long Island. Greenport, the largest town in North Fork, is perfect for seeing beautiful fields of lavender during the month of July.
The town is taking social distancing measures, enforcing guests to make reservations for pool time at Sound View Greenport Hotel and restaurants seating up to 6 patrons at a time.
Nature lovers will enjoy the hiking trails at the Mashomack Nature Preserve and enjoy the summer despite the current pandemic.