Yonkers: The Hella Speedy Suburbia Getaway
If you’re really not into venturing too far, Yonkers is the the perfect pit stop for you. It’s roughly as far away from Yankee Stadium as Union Square, so you’re really not going to feel isolated, but it’s perfect for that smaller-town vibe when a walk through Carroll Gardens just won’t do. Tibbetts Brook Park offers a top-of-the-line aquatic center, but also some beautiful, quiet river walking trails and lakes. Located right on the river, Yonkers is a wonderful town to wander around. The perfect escape, without actually, y’know, escaping.
Dobbs Ferry: The Cute Town With A Cuter Name
Dobbs Ferry is a straight-up VILLAGE! When’s the last time you hung out in one of those that wasn’t the East or West? You only need to image search the place to see why “tranquil” is the main word people use to describe it, with parks and trees and little shops selling freshly picked apples (probably). As with all the locations on this list, Dobbs Ferry is located RIGHT on the Hudson river, meaning if you want to stick around for sunset, you’ll get a beautiful view over the water.
Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow: Serene and Spooky
What better time to visit a place with a vague reputation for “ghost stuff happened here!!” than the fall? Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are located side-by-side off the Tarrytown Metro North stop, and both offer some cool history to go along with the beautiful, calming aura of the towns. The area is home to “Kykuit,” or, as you might know it better, John D. Rockefeller’s house. It’s open to the public, and along with checking out the cool interior design, the grounds are worth a stroll, too. And for you thrill seekers, don’t worry: it’s almost DEFINITELY haunted. I mean c’mon.
Cold Spring: The Tiny Upstate History Lesson
Now we’re getting serious. Cold Spring is a longer train journey, but boy is it worth it. You won’t feel isolated so much as you will transported back to a different time. Antique stores, pavilions overlooking the river, farmers stalls, you name it, they’ve got it. There are hiking trails steps from the edge of town for the more adventurous, or if you’d rather relax a little harder, go ahead and hit up Doug’s Pretty Good Pub. Besides the excellent name, it’s an authentic beer-and-burger experience that overcrowded NYC bars just can’t quite match.
New Hamburg: The End Of The Line (Kinda)
I’m gonna go ahead and assume you don’t want a day out in Poughkeepsie (but hey, you do you) and skip one stop south to New Hamburg. This beautiful town offers HELLA historic houses and areas to walk around, and it’s a short trip away from all kinds of other upstate towns just waiting to be discovered.
BONUS ROUND: Port Henry, New York
If a day break just isn’t enough for you this time of year, why not transfer over at the Poughkeepsie Amtrack hub and take a ride WAY upstate to Port Henry, NY? The Montreal-Albany-New York line is listed as one of the top 10 most scenic train rides in the US, and there’s no better place for a weekend mini-break than the small, quiet, but fascinating Port Henry. It’s got everything you want in a small town: hiking trails, shopping, and, yes, a liquor store. On a clear day, you can walk down to the water and even see Vermont.