For many people summer means taking a vacation; spending some time away from the obligations of home and work. However, with the economy the way it is, it may not be possible for everyone to take a week off and jet away to somewhere. If that is the case though, it does not mean that it‘s impossible to get away from it all. The following are five weekend getaway ideas perfect for families, all within driving distance of Rockland County.
Cooperstown, NY – A weekend spent in Cooperstown will surely delight almost anyone. As both the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the birthplace of James Fenimore Cooper, there is something for everyone in the capital of Otsego County. In addition to those attractions, Cooperstown is a must for any beer lover as it is also home to the Ommegang Brewery, one of the northeast’s most famous. The brewery offers tours and tastings. Furthermore, Otsego County is home to many farms and orchards, quite a few of which can be visited by the public. For more information about a weekend getaway to Cooperstown please visit http://www.cooperstownchamber.org/
Mystic, CT – If you prefer a maritime aesthetic to an agrarian one, consider a weekend spent in Mystic. Mystic retains the nautical flair that is characteristic of much of coastal New England with a historic waterfront seaport complete with historical vessels that can be boarded and toured. Furthermore, the seaport also has historic village complete with actors recreating scenes from the 19th century. The Mystic Aquarium also offers a wealth of family fun. After you are done checking out the seaport and aquarium, Mystic also offers a wealth of shopping options. Additionally, Foxwoods Casino is not terribly far away either. For more information on Mystic please visit http://www.mystic.org/browse/what-to-do/fun-for-kids
Montauk, NY – Another seaside option for a weekend getaway is Montauk out on the eastern end of Long Island. It is a particularly great option if you are looking for some time on the beach, which is always a popular summer vacation activity. In addition to some stunning beaches, Montauk also offers a wide array of water sport and other outdoor activities including golf, fishing, horseback riding, biking, tennis, and hiking. If you want to take a break from being outdoorsy, then you can visit one of the area’s museums or famous lighthouse. For additional information on visiting Montauk please go to http://www.onmontauk.com/index.shtml
Windham, NY – If your family prefers mountains to the beach, then consider a weekend away in the Catskills. The town of Windham is known for its wealth lodging options and antique shops. The town can serve as perfect base of operation for weekend in the mountains. Along with hiking, the mountaintop area features a wealth of outdoor activities such as golfing, swimming, mountain biking, and even zipline tours. For a quieter activity, check out one of the many cultural attractions that the Catskills have to offer. For more information about Windham and a weekend away in the Catskills please visit http://www.windhammountain.com/summer/
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY – Finally, if you’re looking for the all-inclusive feel of a resort consider a weekend at the Mohonk Mountain House. Truly one of the Hudson Valley’s greatest gems, it is ranked as one of the United State’s top 20 resorts. It has all the trappings that any resort would, including a spa, world-class dining, and a wealth of activities. Moreover, if lounging poolside or playing golf gets old then you can venture into the town of New Paltz which has a multitude of quaint shops and eateries. For more information on the Mohonk Mountain House please visit http://www.mohonk.com/