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NYC Winter Time – Cold Weather Wintertime Getaways

Screen shot 2011-10-28 at 8.15.56 PMNYC in winter can be both rewarding and trying… …

Anyone who’s lived through a shut-down-the-city snowstorm knows that a cold winter’s day can be the best of times and the worst of times.  Of course, many people opt to leave the city entirely – either on the weekend or for the entire winter season. The NYC winter time season can mean getting away to Puerto Rico or riding it out in Manhattan – or some combination of both. Flee New York has several options for making your time in the New York winter worthwhile.

Planning a winter escape? Have a look at Weekend Travel Ideas suggestions.
[Winter Getaways From NYC – Weekend Travel Ideas]

If snow, mountaineering, and frigidly beautiful scenery appeal to you, then the Catskill mountains should be your destination. [Catskills in Winter]

For the polar opposite, consider a last minute flight to the Caribbean.  Often during the winter, airline will slash their rate to some amazing destinations in Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and beyond.  To watch for timely bargains, airfare watchdog’s New York page is your best bet. [Airfare Watchdog NYC]

Want to stay closer to home but still have a cold weather adventure?  The outer reaches of Long Island are actually quite charming if you visit Montauk after the mercury drops. [Montauk in Winter]

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MLK Weekend Getaways From NYC – Martin Luther King Long Weekend Trips

Where should you start your search for an MLK Day getaway from NYC? Well, you’re in luck. The New York Times just published an incredibly useful article on the top 20 travel utility sites.

Screen shot 2012-01-05 at 7.37.56 AMThe first long weekend of the year is quickly coming upon us.  When Martin Luther King day rolls around every year in mid-January, New Yorkers start itching to get out of town and enjoy a three-day long weekend in more relaxing quarters than cramped apartments and souless office buildings.  Want to get away for MLK Day? Flee New York can help.

The good news is that traffic should be comparatively light this weekend compared to other holidays.  More people will stay in the city than usual, because everyone is getting into the swing of the new year and might not be able to leave there business or families for a long weekend so early in the year.  So – leaving Friday afternoon for upstate or accross the Hudson doesn’t have to be as big of an ordeal as it normally might.

Where should you start your search for an MLK Day getaway from NYC?  Well, you’re in luck. The New York Times just published an incredibly useful article on the top 20 travel utility sites.  From booking a bed and breakfast to structuring an optimal bid on priceline, it’s all there.  [NYT – 19 Websites for Travel Savings in 2012.]

As well, you might look in the surrounding area on Hotel Tonight’s mobile app. This is an intriguing new player in the last minute travel space.  And, of course, there are always the old standbys of VRBO and Airbnb.

Either way, we hope you have a wonderful long weekend celebrating the reverned doctor Martin Luther King’s great American legacy.  It’s a sign of the times that many folks now only know of MLK as a long holiday weekend forefather that is an excuse for a trip or vacation or three day getaway from NYC.

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President’s Day Weekend Getaways From NYC – Take a Long Weekend Vacation

President’s Day is an incredible bargain to most U.S. destinations and many other international locales besides. Additionally, if sticking in the tri-state area appeals to you, then you’re in luck. From the Adirondacks to Atlantic City, to the Hudson Valley and the New Jersey Pine barrens, most B&Bs, cabin rentals, and hotel rooms are cheaper on President’s Day weekend than on Fourth of July or Labor Day.

Screen shot 2012-01-06 at 10.52.39 PMPresident’s Day weekend- falling as it does in darkest February – gets short shrift among its more muscular patriotic cousins in July and September. However, this holiday and three day weekend getaway opportunity offers some great opportunities for very affordable getaway travel. A good place to start for suggestions for getting out of NYC is Weekend Travel Ideas – Presidents Day Destinations.

Airfare spikes a bit for the holiday, but, compared to the other major holidays, President’s Day is an incredible bargain to most U.S. destinations and many other international locales besides.  Additionally, if sticking in the tri-state area appeals to you, then you’re in luck.  From the Adirondacks to Atlantic City, to the Hudson Valley and the New Jersey Pine barrens, most B&Bs, cabin rentals, and hotel rooms are cheaper on President’s Day weekend than on Fourth of July or Labor Day.

What better way to celebrate the heritage of Dewitt Clinton, Al Smith, George Pataki, and … oh, right. Those were some of New York’s felled Presidential timber. However, let us not forget that Franklin D. Roosevelt, maker of most Presidential top 5 lists, hailed from the Empire State.  Why not honor Roosevelt with a trip to see his estate at Hyde Park? There’s tons of great bed and breakfast opportunities nearby, and the country is beautiful even in the NYC vicinity’s ugliest winter season.

“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River,” Roosevelt once said, shortly before developing a terrific headache and dying.  And what a home it was. It’s also a national park service administered attraction.

If something closer to NYC’s stretch of the Hudson River appeals to you, then you can always take the Weehawken Ferry over to New Jersey and re-trace the famous Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton death match.

Whatever you do, we wish you a great long weekend and a happy respite from the NYC work week.

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