With Labor Day under two weeks away, the end of summer is officially on the horizon. But, don’t worry, procrastinators, that’s still plenty of time to plan one last hurrah.
Whether you’re looking for a day trip or an international jaunt, here are 5 places to send off the season if you’re traveling from around New York City.
The Day Trip: Asbury Park, New Jersey
When it comes to the Jersey Shore, look before you laugh. Especially with Asbury Park, the eclectic, coastal city that’s becoming a booming beach destination.
After getting off the hour and half train ride from Penn Station, spend your peak daylight hours at—where else?—the beach. Then, the city is yours to explore: from the retro bowling alley, Asbury Lanes, to the rooftop bars at the new five-star Asbury Ocean Club Hotel, to the Stone Pony (the famous music venue where Bruce Springsteen got his start).
The Quintessential Summer Getaway: Westerly, Rhode Island
While Newport, with its gilded mansions and manicured lawns, is the most famous (and flashiest) summertime destination in Rhode Island, those seeking a lower-key getaway should consider Westerly and its quaint charms. The place to stay is the Weekapaug Inn, a 19th Cape-Cod style resort nestled between Quonochontaug Pond and the Atlantic Ocean. Indulge in classic summertime pursuits: paddleboarding, sailing Hobie Caps, and of course, spending a day at the beach.
The International Jaunt: Buckinghamshire, England
Looking to spend some time in not-your-country’s-countryside? Escape to The Langley, a new hotel in Buckinghamshire. Once the former hunting estate of the third Duke of Marlborough, the grand property is a mere 40 minutes from Central London, making it a relatively easy commute for out-of-country visitors. Bonus for history buffs? There's a garden designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, England's most lauded landscaper.
The Spa Escape: Grace Mayflower Inn and Spa, Washington, Connecticut
Looking to detox and deplug? 3,000 acres of Connecticut woodland and a 20,000 square-foot spa should do the trick. The Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa still has availabilities for Labor Day.