Don't have enough time or funds for that ultimate honeymoon getaway to Paris, Maui, or Bora Bora? No worries, a shorter "mini-moon" trip can still be very rewarding and unforgettable. Read about three fantastic mini-moon destinations near the New York City area that offer incredible variety, from outdoor adventures in the mountains to food and wine excursions along the coast.
About: Less than two hours from Manhattan, the North Fork region of eastern Long Island is a go-to locale for food and wine activities. For starters, look to sample recent vintages at notable wineries such as Macari Vineyards and Croteaux Vineyards. Next, spend an afternoon browsing local farm stands like Briermere Farms before exploring miles of coastline and marshes via kayak at Eagle's Neck Paddling Company. Be sure to pack along your produce selections for a memorable picnic. Make your home base in Greenport, a historic and charming port town filled with fine restaurants, shops, and fun detours like Greenport Harbor Brewing Company.
When to Go: Late spring to fall.
Stay: Jedediah Hawkins Inn. This charming luxury inn -- surrounded by 22 acres of gardens and farmland -- boasts individually designed rooms and even fireplaces. Meanwhile, couples will be treated to an acclaimed farm to table restaurant and a speakeasy with trap doors and secret passages.
About: The region, about two hours from New York City, is highlighted by steep mountains, scenic canyons, and dense forests. An endless outdoor playground, popular activities include hiking, biking, rafting, and horseback riding. Winter sports are also a favorite thanks to nearby ski resorts like Blue Mountain. The outdoorsy town of Jim Thorpe remains a can't-miss destination with its array of shopping, dining, entertainment, and accommodation options. Don't leave without booking excursions through Pocono Whitewater and Pocono Biking.
When to Go: All four seasons.
Stay: After thrilling days exploring the mountains, kick back at The Lodge at Woodloch. The 57-room boutique property offers luxurious guest rooms, excellent spa facilities, fine dining, and a wide range of activities, including fly fishing, fitness classes, and culinary classes.
About: Situated about two hours north of the city and straddling both sides of the Hudson River, the Hudson Valley region is ideal for exploring artsy towns. Start in sophisticated Rhinebeck, home to many specialty shops ranging from home decor to kitchen supplies. Next, visit revitalized Hudson, a renowned antiquing destination. After perusing several stores, stop by some other local institutions like Helsinki Hudson for live music, plus Zak Pelaccio's Fish & Game restaurant, set in a former blacksmith shop.
Finish your trip in the Beacon area to take in must-see art exhibits. Begin at Dia:Beacon, a contemporary art exhibit housed in a former Nabisco box factory. Finish your art crawl by touring Storm King Art Center, an incredible open-air museum and sculpture garden set across 500 acres of undulating terrain.
When to Go: All four seasons, though summer and fall are particularly enchanting.
Stay: Drop your bags at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, a lovely bed and breakfast that boasts gorgeous grounds, luxury guest accommodations, a farm-to-table restaurant, and first-rate spa.
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