New York City is the city that never sleeps, but the small-town charms of historic Hudson Valley are just 45 minutes away. Water lovers won’t want to miss the fabulous Finger Lakes of central New York or the tranquil shorelines of Long Island. And don’t forget the mountainous Adirondack region for great-outdoors experiences.
New York City We could go on for days with all the great things to do in Manhattan, so instead, here are a few ideas beyond the obvious. If you want time to acclimate to the fast pace of the city, take a leisurely stroll along the High Line (an elevated railroad track transformed into a park). Once you have worked up an appetite, it is time for dinner at an upscale restaurant in the meatpacking district. SoHo is a mecca of designer clothing shopping if that is your thing, while artsy types can gallery-hop their way through Chelsea. You can always take the road less traveled and do an outer-borough trek to Astoria, Queens, for amazing Greek food, or hit Brooklyn Heights for a fabulous brunch, and a ferry ride to Staten Island for amazing views of lady liberty.
Hudson Valley Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture and a delectable food and farmer’s market scene. Among many attributes, it’s the oldest wine producing area in the country. Literary buffs can start in Tarrytown, where author Washington Irving lived in the riverside retreat of Sunnyside. For a taste of how the New York Elite lived, visit Kykuit; this lavish estate was home to the Rockefeller family for four generations. Finish the day with dinner at elegant Castle on the Hudson (a great place for weddings). For the ultimate in antiquing, head to Cold Spring; you will feel like you are lost in time and will never want to leave.
Finger Lakes Said to rival many of the finest California wines, New York’s varietals should be high on any bride and groom’s list. More than 100 of these wineries are located in the spectacular Finger Lakes wine-country region. The popular wine trails border the lakes for which they’re named, with the greatest concentration of vineyards around Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca. And once you’ve spent a few days finding your favorites, you can settle in at a B&B on your preferred lake and enjoy the endless water activities the area has to offer.
Long Island Whether you choose a barefoot walk on the beach…a climb atop a famous lighthouse …an afternoon sampling the latest vintages at a local vineyard…or touring the stately halls and gardens of the opulent Gold Coast mansions, which inspired the writing of the classic novel, The Great Gatsby…there is something for everyone.
How about challenging yourself with a round at a championship golf course? Or enjoying the many cultural and historic treasures Long Island has to offer. History buff? Long Island is filled with fascinating tales of Early Settlers, Revolutionary War Spies, Maritime Adventures, and great advances in Science, Aviation and Transportation.