Summer Road Trips from NYC

It's almost officially summertime, though the summer weather has definitely hit us in NYC, and in anticipation, Keith and I have been brainstorming weekend road trips for the past month. Our first is this upcoming weekend, in celebration of five years of marriage (woo!) and Keith's 1st Father's Day (double woo!). We're driving to the Catskills for a few days and staying in a tiny cabin in Woodstock, NY with our five-month old daughter and eight-year old pup.

Image from Flickr

I have been researching things to see and do in the area, and apparently it's an artist's mecca and big foodie spot. Sounds like our kind of place! I can't wait to explore art galleries, try all the local cuisine, check out a Tibetan Monastery, and take Adeline on her first hike to Kaaterskill Falls.

Image from Panoramio

In July and August, we'd love to spend some time at nearby beaches. I really want to ride some of the coasters at Coney Island, since I was pregnant during our last visit and couldn't. Keith wants to go back to the Rockaways, and maybe even rent bikes this fall once Adeline is big enough for a bike seat. We'd also love to explore Fire Island on Long Island, and perhaps, if we can find anything within our price range, spend a few nights in The Hamptons. Mostly, I want to put on a bathing suit, lay in a beach chair with a good book, let Adeline splash her feet in the cold water, and enjoy a few glasses of a sweet white wine.

Coney Island Beach by Fan Pop

Fire Island by Wikimedia

The Hamptons Beach from Tastes of the Hamptons

For longer weekend trips, I've always wanted to see Maine and just a 5-hour drive up the coast from us, Portland is supposed to be another foodie and brewery lover destination with a cute historic downtown and waterfront, nice beaches, and lots of hiking options. Two other potential destinations even closer to us are Newport, RI (3 1/2 hour drive) and Philadelphia, PA (just under 2-hours). Country Living listed Newport as one of the 20 places people should see before they die, and even though I've driven through before, I've never stayed and explored the historic downtown or toured any of the massive mansions from the 19th Century. We've never been to Philadelphia, but we've heard from several New Yorkers that it's a fun weekend getaway, best spent vintage shopping, exploring historical landmarks, enjoying local craft beers, and spending plenty of time in the museums (Rodin? Yes please!).

Portland, found on Pinterest (original owner not linked)

Portland by Captain Kimo

Newport by Venture Galleries

Philadelphia by CN Traveler

This summer, we also plan to pack a picnic and spend an entire day lounging in Central Park, check out all the Olympic-sized pools in Brooklyn, take the free Staten Island Ferry (just for the heck of it), check out the Beer Garden on Randalls/Wards Islands, and go to a Mets game. But first, please cross your fingers for us that this first weekend getaway with a baby and pup goes well, so we'll want to do all the other ones still!