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  • Block Island, RI

  • St. Pierre and Miquelon, France

Block Island, RI


Block Island, RI
Come to this island for a dose of New England cuteness—plus ample hiking trails, bike paths and, of course, beaches. Then hop on a shuttle from the New London side for a night of spending and scandal at Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun.
Travel: Amtrak from Penn Station to New London, CT; round-trip from $44. Ferry from New London, round-trip from $43 (goblockisland.com)

Fire Island, NY
If you don’t yet have an apartment share in Fire Island’s lesbian and gay villages, Cherry Grove and the Pines, you better meet someone at Low Tea at the Blue Whale restaurant. (Otherwise, this will probably turn into a day trip.) If you do manage to score accommodations, check out Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and nine other companies at the Fire Island Dance Festival, hosted by Bruce Vilanch, July 16--18 (dradance.org/fidf, $125--$325). If you have time between mackin’ it with drag queens and investigating renovations of the gay bars, that is.
Travel: LIRR from Penn Station to Sayville, L.I.; one-way from $11. Ferry from Sayville, round-trip $14 (sayvilleferry.com)

Martha’s Vineyard, MA
The epitome of a quaint summer colony on the New England coast, Martha’s Vineyard is an essential weekend getaway for the extremely lazy who don’t mind loafing around with the unbearably wealthy: Just board the Seastreak ferry in Manhattan, sit on your butt for the next five hours, and you’re good to go.
Travel: Seastreak ferry from Pier 11, E 35th St at the East River; round-trip $210 (seastreak.com)


St. Pierre and Miquelon, France
Splurge on a long weekend in Europe—without actually leaving North America—on a jaunt to these tiny French islands just off the coast of Newfoundland. The basics are indeed Francophilic—croissants, currency, language, even voltage—but the candy-colored houses lining the harbor evoke true Atlantic Coast charm. The Arethusa, which departs from Fortune, Newfoundland (a five-hour drive from St. John’s), goes “transcontinental” in only 90 minutes.
Travel: Flight from New York to St. John’s, round-trip approx $450; the Arethusa, round-trip approx $103 (spmtours.com)

Staten Island, NY
A 30-minute bus ride from the St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island’s South Beach has very little in common with Miami’s—but going for it is surprisingly clean sand and a surreal sunbathers’ view of the Verrazano and Coney Island.
Travel: Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Terminal, free (siferry.com); then take S51 bus to Father Capodanno Blvd and Sand Ln.

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