Harriman Outdoor Center
New York’s second largest state park is getting a major upgrade this July, when the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Harriman Outdoor Center opens near the banks of 64-acre Breakneck Pond. An idyllic basecamp for a weekend of adventure filled with hiking, paddling and, of course, s’mores, the center will offer cabins (from $96/night) tent platforms and three-sided shelters, as well as kayaks, canoes, a dining hall, and guided programs.
Distance from NYC: 42 miles; 1-hour train ride
How to get there: Drive 47 minutes or take NJ Transit from Penn Station to Tuxedo Station, where an AMC shuttle will bring travelers to the park.
This spring, consider basking poolside atop Time Nyack, far from the city’s cramped rooftops and overhyped swim spots. Opening in May, the 133-room hotel will breathe new life into your predictable weekend, just like it did the four-story former factory, which now offers stylish loft accommodations, Hudson River views, BV’s Grill, and cool packages like Time to Wine Down (from $239/night) that include a bottle of wine from Brotherhood Winery, a cheese board, and transportation to the winery for a tour and tasting. While in Nyack, visit the Edward Hopper House, hike Hook Mountain, and devour a maple bacon donut at Gypsy Donut.
Distance from NYC: 31.2 miles; 39-minute train ride
How to get there: Drive 30 minutes or ride Metro-North to Tarrytown, where the hotel shuttle can take you to the property 15 minutes away.