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4 UNIQUE NY VACATIONS FOR UNIQUE TRAVELERS

GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH WITH THESE NEW YORK VACATIONS

Planning a vacation takes a lot of consideration. From budgeting your money to deciding where to go, there are multiple elements to consider and lots of research to be done. At the end of the day, we all deserve a vacation that enlightens us, helps us relax, and most importantly, helps us re-charge our batteries and head back home feeling refreshed.

For city dwellers, especially those in NYC, the stress of city life can be wearying; when summer comes, many busy professionals need the escape of a vacation to help them unwind.

Not all vacation spots near New York are created equal, however. For vacationers looking for a unique experience, finding the ideal spot can be a little challenging. Here are our picks for the top unique destinations for your vacation from NYC.

HUDSON, NY

STAR ATTRACTION: OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE

With 300 historic destinations, dozens of antique shops, lots of waterfront property and plenty of great views, Hudson is the ideal destination for those seeking solace and relaxation in a small town.

The star attraction in Hudson is the Olana State Historic Site, which is the home and studio of Hudson River School painter, Frederic Edwin Church.

During your visit to Olana, you can tour the house (reservations are recommended), visit the Sharp Gallery, stroll through the Visitor Center, make purchases in the Museum store and enjoy the expert landscaping, which was designed by Church himself and is maintained to this day.

For vacationers who are interested in the important role the Hudson River Valley played in the history of American art, Hudson, NY is the perfect unique vacation.

GARRISON, NY

STAR ATTRACTION: MANITOGA/THE RUSSEL WRIGHT DESIGN CENTER

This small New York hamlet, a part of Phillipstown, is home to plenty of fascinating places, many of which are listed on the National Historic Register. One of the big attractions in Garrison is the Boscobel House and Gardens, a 200+ year-old mansion with period interiors and grounds.

The star attraction in Garrison is Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, a 75-acre estate, woodland garden and studio that was designed and owned mid-century designer, Russel Wright. The property contains Dragon Rock, Wright’s home and studio, which is a considered an essential example of modern architecture in the mid-20th-Century. Enjoy breathtaking views of the property’s 30-foot waterfall and surrounding landscapes, as well as tours of the studio and hikes around the vast property.

AURORA, NY

STAR ATTRACTION: BET THE FARM WINERY AND GOURMET MARKET

Located in Cayuga County near the Finger Lakes, Aurora is a beautiful historic town full of local shops, natural beauty and historic sites. Stay at Annie’s Guest House on Main Street and peruse the local art galleries for a taste of local Aurora life.

The star attraction is the Bet the Farm Winery and Gourmet Market, where you can spend the day sampling wines and specialty made foods with ingredients sourced from local farmers and growers.

MOUNT TREMPER, NY

STAR ATTRACTION: KATE’S LAZY MEADOW

To really get away from it all, head upstate to Ulster County and Mount Tremper in the Catskills, where solace, breathtaking scenery and a unique local culture combine to create an ultimate escape. Check out the hamlet’s arts culture and galleries or stop in for a meal at one of the local restaurants.

The star attraction in Mount Tremper is Kate’s Lazy Meadow, owned by Kate Pearson of the B-52s and her partner, Monica Coleman. The Lazy Meadow is a retro-inspired lodge that features cabins, airstreams, and suites, each of which offers a different mod-inspired theme. Pops of color, retro furniture and appliances and mid-century flourishes line every room at Kate’s Lazy Meadow. It’s truly a unique place to stay in upstate New York.

TRANSPORTATION FOR YOUR NEW YORK GETAWAY

Executive Ground Transportation of Long Island knows the importance of a vacation, especially when city life is getting you down.

With an Executive chauffeur handling the driving and one of our late-model luxury vehicles on hand, you can begin your vacation the moment we pick you up. The drive to your vacation destination will be pleasant, relaxing and peaceful; all you have to do is enjoy the company of your loved ones or friends.

With ground transportation that you can trust, you can have the vacation you deserve.

Here’s a great escape this summer, no matter where you go.

Top Photo Credit: Jamison Foser

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