Top 3 Places to Plan Your Summer Getaway

Make the most out of the summer and be the tannest person at the office when you return. These are 3 of my favorite locations for a long weekend or if your lucky enough make it a week :) Be sure to click the links to learn more about the places I mention. Follow me on social media for more updates. 

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The Catskills are famous for fly fishing, beautiful nature, swimming holes and miles of hiking trails to enjoy. The preserve has many lakes such as Big Pond and Alder for easy access parking to enjoy kayaking or start your hike. After a day in the woods, you can visit Trout Town Brewery (aka Roscoe Beer Company) or Rolling River Cafe for a stream side meal. Primitive camping is permitted nearly anywhere in the park. If you prefer a more luxurious experience the Beaverkill Valley Inn is a classic 19 room lodge with farm to table meals and local spirits. 

How to get there? If you are driving its a straight shot on NY Route 17. This drive can be a breeze in 2.5 hours with stops, but if you hit NYC traffic from Brooklyn it could take up to 4-5 hours taking your time. Want to make it easy? Take the newly established Catskills Carriage which just opened up this summer. Its a luxury bus much like the Hampton Jitney. They have several locations for a nice upstate weekend. 

Here are a few websites that are very helpful. 

www.escapebrooklyn.com and www.livingstonmanor.org

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Visiting Saratoga means horses, great food, and music. This city is home to my alma mater Skidmore College which holds a dear place in my heart. You can walk the beautiful campus and take a look at the most recent installation at the Tang . Summers are in full swing in August as racing season gets started. You can set up on the lawn before entering or put on your fancy racing hat with white gloves and head to the private box. Win or lose at the tracks you can head downtown for a drink or head over to Saratoga Performing Arts Center to catch a show in the beautiful outdoor venue. The Peerless Pool is famous for its beauty, do not miss. This town has it all from golfing to boating and award winning dining. One of the best parts about Saratoga is that there always seems to be a place to stay. From Airbnb to all the Hotels  you can always find something. 

How to get there? 

Driving is a straight shot up i87, thats it. You are lucky because Amtrak is a easy comfy option.  Greyhound and a new bus service  offers $31 tickets. 

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 Nantucket boat slips are ranked as one of the most expensive in the country

Nantucket boat slips are ranked as one of the most expensive in the country

This once sleepy whaling island is now a booming summer destination for all ages. The beautiful beaches, a one of a kind protected harbor, historic downtown, and a vibrant night life earned Nantucket "best island in the world" by National Geographic in 2016. Most of the island is protected by The Land Bank to preserve the natural beauty of the island which also has limited real estate development. This island is home to small fishing shacks and opulent summertime mansions for the worlds uber wealthy. Just check out some of these places on zillow. The Russeel Dale Phelon Estate sold for $59 million in 2015 which sat on a secluded 69 acres. Don't worry you can still find some equally beautiful but less secluded Airbnb rentals for a lovely get away. You can spend most of your time on the beach but if the fog roles in therer are still plenty of things to do. A few favorites include The Whaling Museum, The Summer House, Cisco Brewery, and Sunsets at Millies. If you are feeling adventurous take a ride on Great Point or book a charter to go fishing.

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Getting there and getting around:

The drive from New York can be a bit long if you don't time it out right and leave early. Even thou driving might be a gamble and takes a while, the boat ride from Hyannis are part of the experience. You can bring your car over via The Steam Ship Authority or take a passenger ferry Hi Line Ferry. This flight is an easy 45 min ride and if you plan early, Jet Blue offers round trip tickets for around $160 or less. Once you are on the island you can rent bikes downtown, uber, or rent a car. 

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I hope you make the most of the rest of summer and get out there! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or you want to buy a home in one of these lovely locations :)

- Marcus