Every Friday in 2013, the Let’s Fly Away Across the USA series will feature a different state, documenting the things we love about each sate and what you should do or see when you visit. Want to submit your photos or travel tips? Visit the Across the USA page.
Honestly, I expected to have a hard time getting travel tips for anywhere in New York outside of NYC, but surprisingly, that wasn’t the case! These travel tips prove that while NYC is amazing, there are definitely other areas of New York worth seeing as well. I’ve always wanted to visit NYC but haven’t been yet — looks like I’ll need to plan some extra time to get out of the city as well!
I’m Kathy, and I blog at Beauty Palette. I currently live in Manhattan. I went to NYU for undergrad and have lived in NYC since graduation.
KATHY LOVES // New York is definitely one of the most well-rounded states in the country! I love that I can enjoy New York City’s amazing restaurant / shopping / art scene anytime I want but if I’m feeling a little antsy, a quick train ride can get me to the Long Beach for some seaside relaxation or to upstate to get in some hiking and clear my head.
KATHY RECOMMENDS //
1. Mohonk Mountain House. The most beautiful Victorian-style castle in Hudson Valley on Lake Mohonk. It’s the perfect blend of old-world luxury and outdoorsy charm. I used to spend my childhood summers here, canoeing on the lake and hiking their trails. If you’re a little worn out at the end of the day, you can take a leisurely brunch break and enjoy their amazing food inside the castle itself.
2. Storm King Art Center. One of my favorite art exhibits in the entire state (that’s saying a lot considering the Met and the MoMa are just a few steps away from my apartment). It is an amazingly curated sculpture garden that is located on a 500-acre field. Absolutely stunning and incredibly unique — there is nothing like it. Just keep in mind they aren’t open during the winter!
3. Blue Hill at Stone Barns. One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Farm-to-table cuisine at a restaurant that is literally right on the farm — all their food is from Blue Hill Farm. Before your meal, you can tour the farm grounds and really know where your food came from. It is pretty hard to get a reservation, so plan ahead (as in, if you’re calling a month out — that’s already too late).
FOR BONUS POINTS // If you’re visiting NYC, please please please don’t waste your time at some chain restaurant in Times Square. Do your research first (hello Immaculate Infatuation!) and make your reservations ahead of time to make sure you get the best of what NYC’s culinary scene has to offer.
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