days are long again, you've spent the last year
saving up sick days, and you're more than ready
for a break from the old routine. Grab the kids
and try some of these summer day getaways a short
jaunt from home.
Eastern Long Island
The Hamptons and the areas surrounding the East
End of Long Island have long been hailed as a
great getaway for people looking to escape the
City for a weekend. And although the recent popularity
of the area among celebrities has given the Hampton
beaches a reputation for luxury and excess, there
are still ways to enjoy the Hamptons for a weekend
on a more frugal budget.
Make reservations in advance to score special
deals at bed & breakfasts and hotels in the area
that are located more inland, and then walk or
drive to the beach. Or, if you're looking to enjoy
incredible views of the ocean at very little cost-try
camping out with your family for the weekend.
Spaces available to camp at places like the Hither
Hills State Park in Montauk and the Cedar Point
County Park in East Hampton are clean and comfortable
and cost around $30 a night. Hither Hills offers
incredible beachfront views while Cedar Point
has a woodsier and more rustic appeal.
With a little planning ahead of time, it's easy
to spend the days swimming and fishing, and enjoying
the local restaurants and nightlife when the sun
goes down in the Hamptons-even on a budget.
The Great Lake
Lake George, NY
|Townhouses are available on the shore of Lake George.
a family trying to escape the City or a couple
looking for a romantic respite, delving into options
at Lake George would be a great vacation spot.
The upstate getaway offers so much for vacationers:
hotels, houses, condos, bed and breakfasts, jet
skiing, white water rafting, rock climbing and
so much more. It's as beautiful as it is serene
and it's the perfect morale refresher for those
working through long hot summer days and nights.
Most townhouses, which are furnished, offer free
amenities, including kayaks, canoes, paddle boats.
Speedboat and Jet Ski could get pricy, but are
enjoyable nonetheless. Fishing is the sport of
choice and mornings are the operative time dropping
Located just a few hours away from the city in
Pennsylvania is Bucks County-an ideal place to
enjoy a romantic weekend filled with specialty
shops and lots to do outdoors. With many bed and
breakfasts, intimate restaurants, wineries and
theatres, the towns and villages of Bucks Country
are a wonderful place for a weekend retreat for
One of the main draws to Bucks County is the number
of antique dealers in the area. These antiquing
opportunities draw couples looking to furnish
their homes with unique and historic décor from
all over the nation. From architectural antiques
to clothing and furniture, Bucks County boasts
antique stores which appeal to every aesthetic.
For summertime fun, visitors to areas in Bucks
Creak such as New Hope, Newtown, Doylestown and
Yardley can enjoy kayaking, horseback riding,
rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, fishing and even
ballooning in the sunshine.
|North Fork wineries host wine tastings for those of age.
a weekend away with your significant other, North
Fork is an optimal place to enjoy cultural activities
and fine outdoor dining in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.
Home to numerous shops, art galleries and studios,
North Fork is a great place to go window shopping-and
see some amazing art at the same time.
The award-winning wineries of North Fork alone
are worth the trip. To sample some of best local
wine and grapes in Long Island, tastings and tours
are available throughout the summer in numerous
locations. For more information about the various
wine tastings offered, check out www.northfork.org/wineries.html.
New Jersey Shore
|Treat yourself to a day of sunshine in Seaside Heights.
Heights in New Jersey has all the ingredients
of a summer getaway: a road trip, a beach, restaurants,
a mini-amusement park and a boardwalk. Those components
From its beautiful beaches and its mile-long boardwalk
filled with many attractions to its magnificent
sunrises and sunsets and exhilarating ocean air,
Seaside Heights is magnetic. A community of 3,100
year-round residents, Seaside Heights expands
to more than 30,000 in the summer. It's a compact
town: almost a mile long and a third of a mile
wide with everything within walking distance.
Hotels and townhouses accommodate family vacations
and college and high school students looking for
a good time. Jenkinson's Breakwater Beach Water
Park is also loads of fun for all ages.There is
a vibrant nightlife that suits the 21-and-over