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My family is going to NYC for our summer vacation. We also want to go somewhere in the
country and spend a few days. I would like to go to New England, but I don't want to
drive a long distance. My friend who's from NY said she thought there were places in
northern Connecticut that were New Englandish. Does anyone have any ideas for places
we might go? Also, it would be nice to have some recommendations for places we might
As a former resident of Westchester County, I'd recommend a little town on the Hudson - Cold Spring-On-Hudson. Very pretty,charming town accessible
by Metro North train from Grand Central Station (about 1 hr ride?). Great antique shopping and a short drive/ride north will take you to Hyde Park,
home of Culinary Institute of America and their great restaurants and Roosevelt & Vanderbilt mansions. I think very New-Englandy. Stay at the ''Pig Hill
grew up in a great little New England in northwest Connecticut called
Kent. It is about 1.5 hours from NYC, and is a great little town with
antique shops, a small main street, a kayak-able river (the Housatonic), a
great Fireman's Fair, nearby to the Appalachian Trail, covered bridges, etc.
A good base for exploring the region or just hanging out.
don't be turned off by their cheesy web site: http://www.kentct.com/
My husband and I taught and lived in Salisbury, CT (NW CT) and highly recommend a visit to that
region for an authentic ''New England feel.'' It's beautiful, green and dotted with lakes and
sweet villages. So many towns on Rt 7 that passes up Western MA also fit your description: Lenox,
Stockbridge, Wiliamstown to name a few. B & Bs abound as do pretty inns along the way. Have fun and
take the time to wander down little roads off the beaten track too.
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