New York City to Cold Spring (by train)
NEW YORK CITY
New York City doesn't need an introduction. Every neighborhood offers its own character and local favorites, so a visit is really about choosing where you want to stay. If you're new to the city, look towards the Ace Hotel near Union Square where a centrally located subway station will take you anywhere you want to go. Don't miss getting a bowl of ramen at the now iconic Ippudo right by Union Square. If nightlife is what you crave, check in at Sixty LES on the Lower East Side before sniffing out a couple of the area's incognito speakeasies like The Back Room. When luxury and history top the list, go straight to the legendary Plaza Hotel perched over Central Park. Spend the evening at the Delacorte Theater watching Shakespeare in the Park before a late night sandwich at Jumbo Bagel where they completely get how voracious your drunken appetite is (and meet you with no judgement).
After a couple of full throttle days and nights in the city, the best thing to do is get the hell out. Cold Spring, a beautifully preserved 19th century town with a population of just over 2,000 people along the banks of the Hudson River is the perfect getaway. Located 50 miles north of Manhattan, you'll want to stay in a 19th century house at a Bed & Breakfast like The Pig Hill Inn or The Caldwell House to get the full experience. Hiking around Cold Spring (or cross-country skiing in the winter) is a great way to see the area and parks like The Hudson Highlands and Breakneck Ridge Trail. Don't skip kayaking across the river to Constitution Marsh; you can rent kayaks and other gear from Hudson River Expeditions. The Riverview Restaurant and Hudson House Inn are both Zagat rated and will convince even the most spoiled urban epicure to think and eat beyond NYC's borders.
New York City to Cold Spring
Distance: 60 miles
Travel Note: Buy a ticket to Cold Spring at Grand Central Station and hop on the Hudson Line towards Poughkeepsie. It'll take you about an hour and fifteen minutes to get there, so grab a window seat and enjoy the outstanding views that are enough to calm even the most harried of New Yorkers.