If you’re a resident of New York City, you might suffer from an affliction that is quite common among your peers: a general reluctance to travel outside of the five boroughs (a.k.a. laziness). We get it. We’ve been there. However, sometimes the life of even the most devoted city dweller calls for a “daycation,” and if you’ve got the itch to immerse yourself in the changing leaves and take in some fresh air, we’ve arranged the perfect daytrip when it’s time for you to call on Mother Nature.
For a quick getaway, hop on the Metro North train at Grand Central Station, and head to Cold Spring, a village on the bank of the Hudson River with multiple trailheads to suit all levels of adventurous hikers. We recommend the Breakneck Ridge trail (it’s a grueling six mile loop, but there is a three mile option for wusses), which provides a respectable combination of spectacular river views and adrenaline-elevating climbs (proper hiking boots recommended). If you’re not too weary at the end of the trek, take a stroll through the town of Cold Spring, grab some lunch or a cocktail, and hop back on a southbound train.
For the early-riser with access to four wheels, we suggest further exploration. Post hike, enjoy lunch at Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish, the brainchild of local fishmonger Edward Taylor, and “farmer” partner Michael Kaphan. Located in North Salem, this charming eatery boasts a broad menu including bicoastal oysters, lobster rolls, tuna burgers, and a multitude of other fresh-as-it-gets selections. If you’re a strict herbivore, the menu offers an abundance of produce grown year round in the vast garden behind the restaurant, or within its hydroponic greenhouse. After lunch, take a meandering drive around the town, which is home to many of the world’s top equestrians and the picturesque stables that house their mounts.
Finally, Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard is a can’t-miss destination. Embrace the Halloween spirit by apple picking, pumpkin patching, and people watching (be forewarned – weekends are busy). For dessert, be sure to get your hands on some warm cider donuts fresh from the fryer, then bang a right out of the farm and drive a couple of country miles to the highway, which will lead you right back to your glittering metropolis.
Upstate daycation: an easy way to reconnect with nature and avoid the agony of LaGuardia airport construction. You’re welcome.