Thursday, May 21, 2015

Planning an Almost-Staycation in Upstate New York

May 21, 2015
New York, NY

Scott's been working really hard.  And his boss has been bugging him about when he's going to take some of that PTO he's been racking up since before we even moved here and get it off the books already (finance people!).  Well, Scott checked his calendar and we determined that the four days following Memorial Day (plus weekends) would be a good time for some R&R. 

First we talked about possibly going to Italy again after all these years - this time to Rome and Sicily - taking advantage of the shorter and therefore less painful transatlantic flight from NYC versus from the west coast. (The travel time between NYC and London and NYC and San Francisco is nearly identical).  Nah, still too many hours on an airplane to anyplace other than London or Iceland, we decided.  And besides,  after our first three months calling NYC home, we desired something less urban than London (and warmer than Iceland).  Then we talked about a roadtrip to North Carolina's Outer Banks.  I did a little research.  Hmmm, we were still not feeling inspired.  Washington DC to visit our friends Janet and Mark?  No, we really could use some solid couple-time.

Finally, we struck on the idea of making a week-long trip out of what might possibly amount to a year's worth of day trips from NYC.  There's so much to see and so close by.  But getting a car for the day or weekend for repeated weekend/day trips sounds like such a hassle.  And, if I may be completely honest, I am totally freaked by the thought of trying to visit all those lovely places so close to NYC on pleasant summer weekends...just like every. body. else.  Oh, the crowds!!!

Perfect! So, in a couple of days, on Saturday morning, we'll take the Airporter Express bus to LaGuardia Airport where we'll pick up our well-priced rental car (our new favorite travel-sport).  From there, we'll drive out Long Island, spending one night in the center of Long Island and enjoying the idyllic scenery and maybe a winery or two in the North Fork along the way.  From there we'll travel north to the Hudson Valley to see what we can see and then on to check out the Catskills from there.  Our final two nights (Friday and Saturday following Memorial Day) remain unscheduled so we can check out what we missed on the front end...or more likely, if I know us, go even further afield.

Being the end of May as it is, the weather forecast for the week is pretty crappy, with lots of possible rain showers and thunderstorms, so packing has been a challenge.  But I am still getting pretty excited to hit the road and spend some quality time exploring our new home state and even relaxing a little with my favorite travel companion!

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