113 miles/two hours from NYC
Why you need to go: For a heavy dose of historic Hudson Valley charm without all the Brooklynized pretension, take a walk down Tivoli’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it main street. Its chill vibe, trek-worthy food, and idyllic setting near more popular places -- from artistic sites like Olana to the comparatively bustling villages of Red Hook and Rhinebeck -- make it a rare destination that won’t retain its unsung splendor for long. Sleep at the bohemian B&B Hotel Tivoli; stroll Broadway’s bacon-scented thoroughfare to the tune of crickets humming; step into the 19th-century church for Murray’s giant $4 egg sandwich on buttery quinoa bread; and linger on The Corner restaurant’s porch to people-watch and enjoy original cocktails, homemade pasta, and a Dusty Miller Sundae (with a surprise inside).
Why it isn't more popular: The town’s teensy stature and lack of direct public transit service from the city make it easy to overlook. Plus, there’s that possible confusion with Copenhagen’s amusement park Tivoli Gardens… or, you know, Tivoli, Italy.
The one thing you must do: No self-respecting New Yorker would miss a visit to Bard College, home to the seemingly secret Blithewood Garden and the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center’s consistently stellar cultural lineup.