We love Manhattan. It’s electric and vibrant, and we’ll always call it home. Despite our love, we also understand the benefits of getting out of town, whether it’s for a day or a weekend trip. When our guests want to take a break from the city, we often point them towards a few favorites. But first, how do they get there since many of our guests arrive without a car? At Arlo Hotel NYC, we suggest they use the nearby Port Authority Bus Terminal which provides several routes to various destinations. It’s a quick, inexpensive, and reliable way to travel.
A common recommendation for our arts-inclined guests is to visit nearby Mountainville, a scenic New York town that’s only an hour or so from the heart of Manhattan. The town itself is gorgeous, with gently rolling hills and lush countryside. The main attraction for the town is a 500-acre outdoor sculpture park, the Storm King Art Center. Showcasing some of the world’s foremost sculptors, the center is a magical place any time of year. Getting around the artwork is easy with a bike rental or guided trolley ride.
Another fascinating New York town is famed Woodstock. Yes, we’re aware the legendary music festival was held in nearby Bethel, but Woodstock gets all the fame. This town embraces its hippie past with eclectic galleries and some fantastic food. It’s a great day trip during the spring and summer, which should hopefully coincide with the pandemic slowing down substantially.
A third recommended trip is another New York standout—the town of Beacon in Dutchess County. A former mill town, Beacon is now a hotspot for artists and other creative types who run galleries and support the arts. It’s also a great town for some grownup beverages, with distilleries and brewing companies that should be opening their doors wider in the spring and summer.