Part of the rhythm of living in Manhattan is getting out of the city on weekends. Fortunately, there's abundant countryside in all directions. This guide covers five options that are three hours or less from the city and contain the requisite weekender mix of restful scenery and fine restaurants and inns as well as a sprinkling of sights—some dating back to the country's beginnings.
Remember that many of these inns are small—some with as few as three or four rooms—so book early.
Laurie Werner is Departures' contributing editor for travel.
About This Guide
Prices In U.S. dollars.
Hotel Prices For high-season, double occupancy, from the least expensive double to the most expensive suite.
Restaurant Prices For a three-course dinner for two, without wine or service.
Telephone Numbers The area code for the Berkshires (Massachusetts) is 413; Bucks County (Pennsylvania), 215; Hunterdon County (New Jersey), 609; Dutchess County (New York), 845; the Hamptons (New York), 631; Litchfield County (Connecticut), 860.
Platinum Card Travel Service (PTS) or Centurion Travel Service (CTS) For travel assistance, call 800-443-7672 (PTS) or 877-877-0987 (CTS).
$ Establishment accepts no charge/credit cards or accepts cards other than the American Express Card.
Disclaimer: The information in this story was accurate at the time of publication in October 2001, but we suggest you confirm all details with the service establishments before making travel plans.