Plan Your Next Weekend Escape With Our Local Destination Guide

Our summer and fall getaways are a little closer to home than usual.

The days of jetting off for a trip seem like a distant memory and many international destinations remain closed to Americans, which means we're turning to nearby locales for weekend trips and vacations. Luckily for us, there are fabulous destinations close to New York that you can reach with just a car (or by ferry!). We rounded up our favorite spots to visit, dine, and explore in Newport, Nantucket, and in the Hamptons to give you some long weekend travel inspiration–those vacation days are burning a hole in your pocket, so it's time to start planning!

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Nantucket

WHERE TO STAY:

  • The Wauwinet: A historic seaside hotel with luxury amenities and old-world charm

  • Greydon House: A boutique hotel in downtown Nantucket known for their chic interiors

  • White Elephant: This Nantucket mainstay has luxury accommodations and is steps away from the iconic Brant Point Lighthouse

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Keepers Restaurant: A casual spot featuring American cuisine served family-style

  • CRU Nantucket: This acclaimed waterfront oyster bar and restaurant that focuses on French and Mediterranean-inspired seafood 

  • Dune: The eatery has a local-inspired menu, with outdoor patio dining available for guests to enjoy

WHAT TO DO:

  • 'Sconset Bluff Walk: Take in some of Nantucket's most iconic spots during a walk on this scenic pathway–you'll have gorgeous ocean views throughout!

  • Cisco Brewers: Stop by the Insta-famous brewery for cocktail hour 

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Newport

WHERE TO STAY:

  • The Chanler: This luxury hotel is situated on Newport's famed Cliff Walk, so iconic views are guaranteed

  • Castle Hill Inn: One of the most historic spots in Newport, this super luxurious inn is set on 40 pristine acres overlooking the ocean

  • Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina: The seaside resort has luxury accommodations and top-notch dining–it's home to Scarpetta's Newport outpost

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Salvation Cafe: A fresh and local-inspired menu meets a rotating craft beer selection at this Newport restaurant

  • White Horse Tavern: This historic restaurant dates back to 1673, offering visitors a contemporary dining experience and impressive wine pairings

  • The Black Pearl: One of the best-known restaurants in Newport is loved for its quintessential New England ambiance and classic cuisine

WHAT TO DO:

  • Greenvale Vineyards: This winery is located 10 minutes outside Newport, complete with live music and delicious wine

  • Cliff Walk: Explore Newport on foot during the Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile path where you'll get amazing waterfront views and a front-row seat to Newport's mansions

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The Hamptons

WHERE TO STAY:

  • Topping Rose House: The luxury hotel in Bridgehampton has top-notch service and amenities and is home to one of the best restaurants on the East End 

  • The 1770 House: This luxury small inn and restaurant in East Hamptons offers high-end accommodations in a charming setting

  • The Maidstone Hotel: The chic boutique hotel in East Hampton will give you the quintessential Hamptons experience 

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Tutto Il Giorno: This acclaimed Italian restaurant, which has locations in Southampton and Sag Harbor, is known for their outstanding menu and wine list 

  • Pierre's: The all-day restaurant n Bridgehampton is a Hamptons version of a chic French bistro 

  • Lobster Roll AKA Lunch: This casual restaurant is home to what many consider the best lobster roll in the Hamptons, along with other seafood dishes 

WHAT TO DO:

  • Head to the Beach: Long Island is known for its famous beaches, and they're worth exploring no matter what time of the year you're in town

  • Wölffer Estate: The acclaimed vineyard has 55 acres of vines you can enjoy, along with a tasting room where you can try all of their wines