After trudging through the freezing city streets for the last five months, you deserve a vacation.
There’s only one problem: You’re saving up your vacation days for that life-changing trip to Shanghai in July.
What’s a gal to do? Take a quick weekend trip to one of these three local gems and recharge.
New Hope, Pennsylvania
This quaint town on the Delaware is a great place to get some R&R, but it’s not so rural that you’ll be bored out of your mind by Saturday afternoon. You’ll get lots of wide-open spaces but also an artsy, bustling town to explore.
Where to stay: Bridgeton House, a charming B&B with rooms overlooking the river (spring for the Delaware Suite with a fireplace and whirlpool tub).
Where to eat: Start your morning at the quirky and colorful Cafe Blue Moose–order the almond croissant French toast.
What to do: Browse for antiques in nearby Lambertville, then catch a show at the legendary Bucks County Playhouse–its productions often feature Broadway and film actors.
Phoenicia, New York
OK, we know you’ve probably already been to the Catskills, but make a return visit to check out this teeny town (its population is only 300) nestled in the mountains.
Where to stay: The Graham & Co., a boutique hotel that’s one part rustic cabin in the woods and one part hipster chic. (Bonus–there are movies and bonfires in the backyard.)
Where to eat: The Phoenicia Diner is everything you’ve ever wished an old-school diner could be. It’s vintagey, homey and laid-back, but it serves local grass-fed burgers.
What to do: Hike up to Kaaterskill Falls and take enough Instagram photos to make your NYC friends jealous.
Princeton, New Jersey
Washington, D.C. isn’t the only place with cherry blossoms. Hop on New Jersey Transit and in under an hour, you’ll be exploring acres full of beautiful blooms around the Princeton campus.
Where to stay: The Inn at Glencairn, a Georgian manor built in 1736 with stately rooms and blooming gardens galore.
Where to eat: Splurge on the nine-course chef’s tasting menu at the innovative dinner spot Elements.
What to do: Get lost on Princeton’s sprawling, 500-acre campus, featuring hidden gardens and art installations.