5 Getaways From Big Cities

on June 04, 2020
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You don’t necessarily need to travel far and wide to experience the vacation of a lifetime. Even a quick two to three day getaway from home can be all you need to spice things up and get out of the rut that we all fall into while stuck at home. Here are 5 up and coming weekend getaways from big cities in the US, all just a few hours drive!


North Fork of Long Island, NY

Home: New York City

Drive Time: 1.5 Hours

Just hours from New York City, North Fork, Long Island is the ultimate getaway for anyone looking for a relaxing and laid back weekend on the coast. Full of wine vineyards, bike rides and more, there is no shortage of activities for people of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other or a mini vacation for the whole family, North Fork offers activities for every interest.

What to do

Looking for some fresh seafood? You can’t get much fresher than the Little Creek Oyster Farm, a seafood market shack on the harbor, they grow their own oysters nearby in the Peconic Bay and even let you shuck them yourself if you’re up for it. Don’t worry if you’ve never shucked an oyster, they provide instructions and tools. When you’ve had your fill of oysters, you’ve got your choice of almost 50 wineries to stroll through. Joseph Macari Jr. of Macari Vineyards, a family owned 500+ acre waterfront farm, is credited for his role in the movement towards regenerative farming on Long Island. Enjoy a flight or drink your wine by the glass or bottle while overlooking this vast waterfront vineyard. Another popular waterfront winery to visit during your getaway to North Fork is Kontokosta Winery. Positioned to overlook the Long Island Sound, you can grab your tasting glass and head outside to enjoy the view.

Where to stay

A mere 5 minute drive from Kontokosta Winery, the Sound View offers a relaxing getaway right on the ocean. Spend an evening lounging by the seaside pool, enjoy live music, or even take a painting class on the beach. Bordering a quarter mile of private beach, enjoy easy access from every room.

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree, CA

Home: Los Angeles

Drive Time: 2 Hours

Though it seems worlds away, Joshua Tree is only about a two hour drive from the bustling city of Los Angeles. Joshua Tree is a town along California State Route 62, not to be confused with Joshua Tree National Park, though it is right next door and serves as one of the three entrances to the park.

What to do

If you find yourself enjoying a weekend getaway in Joshua Tree, you cannot miss out on exploring Joshua Tree National Park. Enjoy the panoramic view of nature while hiking or rock climbing during the day and star gazing at night. Joshua Tree National Park is a prime location for star gazers as it is far enough away from the big city so there is limited light pollution. When you’ve had your fill of the national park, there are plenty of restaurants and shops to explore in Joshua Tree.

Where to stay

If you are looking for a true nature getaway, you can set up camp directly inside Joshua Tree National Park. Get up and enjoy the view as soon as you leave your tent. If camping is not quite your thing, consider posting up south of the park in Palm Springs at Ace Hotel. About a 40 minute drive from Joshua Tree, Ace Hotel offers a bit more comfort and amenities than camping. Relax by one of two sizable pools or enjoy a massage at the Feel Good Spa after a day of exploring Joshua Tree National Park.

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Provincetown, MA

Home: Boston

Drive Time: 2 Hours

About two hours from Boston, at the very tip of Cape Cod, you’ll find Provincetown, the place to be for Massachusetts natives and beyond, especially during the summer. It’s proximity to the beach makes this a great summer destination, but don’t hesitate to visit year round to experience much more than just a day at the beach.

What to do

Commercial Street is lined with shops, restaurants and art galleries. Starting on the east end of the road, you’ll find the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, followed by several more art galleries. There are plenty of shops selling everything from used books to jewelry, souvenirs and much more. Commercial Street has no shortage of restaurants and bakeries to fuel your stroll to the west end of the street, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the harbor.

Where to stay

Located in the center of Provincetown, Eben House represents a quintessential Cape Cod getaway. Though restored, Eben House pays homage to its historical roots dating back to 1776, maintaining many of its original design features from its original owner, Captain Eben Snow. Being just one street away from Commercial street makes Eben House the prime location for your stay in Provincetown.

asbury park sunset

Asbury Park, NJ

Home: New York City

Drive Time: 1 Hour

Home to beaches, boardwalks, endless food options and one of America’s most iconic rock clubs, Asbury Park, New Jersey is about a one hour drive from New York City and is the perfect escape from the bustling city life, especially during the heat of the summer.

What to do

Asbury Park is home to The Stone Pony, the rock club credited for launching the music careers of several New Jersey natives, including Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. If rock clubs aren’t quite your scene, check out the Silverball Museum Arcade, literally a museum and arcade all in one. Located on the boardwalk and with over 600 games, you will not want to miss out on a visit to this place.

Where to stay

Within walking distance of the beach, The Asbury embodies Asbury Park’s victorian era and rock n’ roll roots while staying current with amenities such as bars, a rooftop lounge and an outdoor movie theater. Go no further than the lobby to enjoy live music or walk down the street a bit to the Asbury Park Boardwalk where you’ll find plenty of food options, boutiques, and more live music.

Savannah, GA

Home: Atlanta

Drive Time: 3.5 Hours

Looking for the ultimate southern getaway? Look no further than Savannah, Georgia. With cobblestone streets and moss covered oaks lining the streets, one might think they were transported straight into a scene from Gone with the Wind. You might have been, considering Gone with the Wind was set in Atlanta, Georgia, a mere 3.5 hours from Savannah.

What to do

Savannah, Georgia offers a myriad of things to do. From a stroll in Forsyth Park to Trolley Tours through Savannah’s historic district, you can easily fit as much sightseeing as possible into a short two to three day weekend getaway. Once you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, peruse the City Market, which consists of four blocks of open air shopping including bars and restaurants to fuel your day of exploring.

Where to stay

The River Street Inn, located right on the Savannah River, is a former warehouse from the early 19th century. This 86-room boutique hotel offers impressive river views and is in the heart of the most popular restaurants, bars, and shopping in the Historic District.