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Memorial Day Weekend 2016 Getaways From NYC

If a three-day weekend of sin sounds like your idea of a relaxing Memorial Day holiday, then Atlantic City, or even Las Vegas are still both very much on the table. The two entertainment capitals have never been more affordable.

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One solid place to start for Memorial escape suggestions is the Weekend Travel Ideas round of NYC-specific destinations for New Yorkers looking to make a hasty and budget-friendly escape from Gotham.

Weekend Travel Bloggers: Memorial Day Getaways Round Up

If a three-day weekend of sin sounds like your idea of a relaxing Memorial Day holiday, then Atlantic City, or even Las Vegas are still both very much on the table.  The two entertainment capitals have never been more affordable.  In fact, New York Magazine’s just completed a comprehensive feature about where to find the best deals.  [Las Vegas – Sinning on the Cheap]

For last minute deals to Atlantic City, Vegas, or elsewhere, you’ll want to check our Travelocity’s “Last Minute” packages.  It’s also worth trying sidestep.com and kayak.com to search for discounted airfare and hotel packages.

Looking to rent a cabin, house, or secure a room in a bed and breakfast?  You can search Vacation Rentals by Owner and find out what’s still available for the weekend.  (Probably not much – but it’s worth a try!) [VRBO]

Looking to plan a last-minute Memorial Day trip around a random, special event in New York State?  The State Tourism board’s blog has a roundup of Memorial Day Events being held around the state, including fun at Bellaeyre Mountain, special lectures at The Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library, and a quilting convention in Sackett Harbor, NY.  [Memorial Day Weekend Events in New York State]

Of course, you have the option of planning a “Stay-cation” and making the best out of exploring what the city has to offer.  For suggestions on this strategy, check out our “Flee New York in New York” section.  And if you’ve never checked it out, the local “New Yorkology” blog has some decent suggestions for NYC stay-cation options.

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New York City Beach Getaway Options: Beaches Close to NYC

Long-beach-ny As the thermometer rises, how can anyone be expected to get through the summer months without a trip to the beach? Well, they can’t, which is why Flee New York is putting together an ongoing list of convenient beach getaway options within close range of Manhattan Island.

Long-beach-ny As the thermometer rises, how can anyone be expected to get through the summer months without a trip to the beach?  Well, they can’t, which is why Flee New York is putting together an ongoing list of convenient beach getaway options within close range of Manhattan Island.  Check back for more suggestions…

Here is a general rundown of the best options for [Beaches Near NYC: Weekend Travel]

We defy you to read this New York Times article on Sandy Hook Beach and not want to immediately take the half hour ferry ride from Manhattan.  [Sandy Hook Beach: New York Times]

Check out this video: It’s a great introduction to beaches close to NYC that are accessible by public transportation: These include Rockaway Beach (A Train), Coney Island (F Train), and Jones Beach (L.I.R.R.)

For that matter, remember that Long Beach and several other Long Island destinations are available via the Long Island Railroad. [L.I.R.R. Long Beach Timetable]

Here’s a fairly informative discussion board with the subject “Beaches Close to NYC.” [Ask a New Yorker]

And for you East Coast surfers, be sure to check out the New York Surfrider website for inside info on the best breaks and beaches for surfers. [Surfrider NYC]

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4th of July Getaways From New York City: Flee NYC on Independence Day Weekend 2016

Still haven’t made your plans to get out of town on the weekend of July Fourth? Relax — you’re not alone and the areas surrounding New York offer plenty of options. There’s still time to line up a trip to places like the Hudson Valley, the Delaware Watergap, the Jersey Shore, or even, God forbid, the Hamptons.

Nyy-4th-of-july-getaway Still haven’t made your plans to get out of town on the weekend of July Fourth?  Relax — you’re not alone and the areas surrounding New York offer plenty of options.  There’s still time to line up a trip to places like the Hudson Valley, the Delaware Watergap, the Jersey Shore, or even, God forbid, the Hamptons. If you’re ready to not pass go and get away, the Weekend Travel Ideas website also has some great suggestions for first-rate July 4th Getaways From NYC.

Cabin?  Looking for a cabin or house rental in a quaint town far from Manhattan’s maelstrom?  Check out VRBO’s New York page.  You can search for still-available rental properties and they’re usually pretty good about letting you know if a cabin or guest house remains up for grabs for the current weekend.

Different Big City? Try Travelocity’s last minute weekends section. You should be able to find flight/hotel deals for about $250 or so to a several decent spots.  If you want to watch fireworks over a different skyline this is a reasonable way to make it happen.  Just keep in mind the deals will be better to places like Pittsburgh or Milwaukee, than they will to more desirable getaways like Denver or Portland, Maine etc…

Hunker Down?  Or you might just choose to ride it out here in the city.  In that case, you’ll find New York Magazine’s guide to July 4th in New York indispensable.

Old standby? Pick someplace you’ve been and enjoyed before and get in touch with the proprietor of the bed and breakfast or hotel you stayed in.  If they don’t have vacancy, chances are they’ll be able to refer you to one of their colleagues.  We once had good luck with this when planning a last-minute trip to the Jersey Shore’s Long Beach Island — incidentally a great place to spend Independence Day Weekend!

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