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Weekend trips from NYC to beach towns, mountain resorts and more

Plan a weekend trip to a beach town in Delaware, lake resort in New York state, mountaintop retreat in New Hampshire or lobster hot spot in Maine


Sometimes you need to get out of the city for more than a day trip, so take a weekend trip this summer. We’ve picked five options that span relaxing along a classic Delaware beachfront, burning off excess energy at an activity-filled mountain resort in New Hampshire, and gorging on lobster rolls in a quintessential Maine inlet town.

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Georgetown, ME
Photograph: courtesy Maine Office of Tourism

Georgetown, ME

Why go: Find quintessential lobster shacks nestled in the remote calm of Maine’s small-town, island-studded shoreline.

What to do: Explore Reid State Park (207-371-2303,, whose Mile and Half Mile beaches feature classic sandy stretches flanked by dunes. Charter a boat to Seguin Island Lighthouse (207-443-4808,; adults $30, children $25), on an island two-and-a-half miles offshore, or hike through the 119 acres of forest, meadows and rocky outcroppings at Josephine Newman Audubon Sanctuary (207-781-2330,

Local favorite: Five Islands Lobster Co. (1447 Five Islands Rd; 207-371-2990, is no tourist magnet, and its lobsters come straight from the harbor it sits on. It’s tough to resist a “big boy” lobster roll, served on a toasted split-top bun and dressed with mayo (market price).

Where to stay: The turreted Grey Havens Inn (96 Seguinland Rd; 207-371-2616,; $195–$395), perched on a hill that slopes into a classic Maine inlet, offers charming rooms, an in-house restaurant and, best of all, a wraparound veranda on which to take in the views.

Lake Placid, NY
Photograph: courtesy ORDA/Whiteface

Lake Placid, NY

Why go: Winter travelers flock to this village, but those in the know relish the off-season appeal of sunny mountaintops and a relaxing shoreline.

What to do: Pick up an Olympic Sites Summer Passport ($32) at the ORDA Store (2426 Main St; 518-523-1420, The booklet gets you a gondola ride to the summit of  Little Whiteface mountain, a tour of the ski-jump complex, entry to the Olympic museum and discounts on attractions like the bobsled ride down the Olympic track ($60, usually $75), piloted by a pro driver and brakeman. Nature lovers can take advantage of hiking trails, a Lake Placid boat tour (June 21–Sept 1, $15 adults, $10 children) and sailing on Mirror Lake (prices vary, visit for details).

Local favorite: Homey restaurant Chair 6 (5993 Sentinel Rd; 518-523-3630, is a go-to for its seasonally driven New American dinners (Maine scallops, grass-fed beef).

Where to stay: Art Devlin’s Olympic Motor Inn (2764 Main St; 518-523-3700,; from $76) combines proximity to Olympic sites with a swimming pool and a rustic vibe. Spring for one of the rooms with a private balcony ($76–$270).

Omni Mt. Washington Resort Bretton Woods, NH
Photograph: courtesy Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mt. Washington Resort Bretton Woods, NH

Why go: Ensconced in the scenic White Mountains, this resort has on-site recreation (much of which is free), eateries and choice digs.

What to do: Mountain-oriented options include hiking, of course, but also an extensive zip-line network, a ski lift to the resort’s namesake peak followed by a free guided tour, and mountaintop ATV rental ($35, guests $32). Horseback riding ($70, guests $60), tennis ($18, guests free with $5 racket rental) and swimming in a pool that’s heated year-round will vie for your time as well. You can also ride the historic Cog Railway (end of Bay Station Rd; 800-922-8825,; $68, seniors $63, children $39) up Bretton Woods, where a majestic view of the Presidential Range and a small natural-history museum await.

Local favorite: For a traditional country-inn splurge, book a table at the Bretton Arms Dining Room (Omni Bretton Arms Inn, 173 Mt. Washington Hotel Rd; 603-278-3000, Its refined American menu rotates with the seasons, but keep an eye out for Maine lobster and Long Island duck.

Where to stay: We like the stately, 1900-built (1902 opened) Omni Mt. Washington Resort Hotel (310 Mt. Washington Hotel Rd; 603-278-1000,; from $199). It’s been extensively refurbished and offers an outdoor heated pool.

Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Rehoboth Beach, DE

Why go: This town’s old-timey charm, boardwalk, white-sand beaches and historic cottages make it a classic summer destination.

What to do: After sunning yourself, swimming in the ocean and strolling the esplanade, rent bikes from Bike to Go (174 Rehoboth Ave; 302-227-7600,; $9–$135) and explore the Junction and Breakwater Trail, a six-mile stretch of secluded woods and waterfront. Hit the town’s Clear Space Theatre (20 Baltimore Ave; 302-227-2270, for campy repertory performances. On rotation this summer (June 25–September 5 at 7:30pm): Grease, Rent and Seussical the Musical. An hour away, you’ll find the Biggs Museum of American Art (406 Federal St, Dover, DE; 302-674-2111,, where you can inspect 18th- to 20th-century paintings and illustrations.

Local favorite: Quaint eateries abound, but try Shorebreak Lodge (10 Wilmington Ave; 302-227-1007, for its twists on standard menu items, such as a surf and turf of braised short ribs and seared scallops ($24).

Where to stay: The intimate Beach View Motel (6 Wilmington Ave; 302-227-2999,; from $174) affords easy ocean access without a hefty price tag, along with a hot breakfast, free wine (5–6:30pm) and gratis house-made chocolate-chip cookies laid on at 8pm.

Sylvan Beach, NY
Photograph: courtesy Oneida Indian Nation

Sylvan Beach, NY

Why go: Find off-the-grid anonymity at this majestic Oneida Lake destination. Boating and water-sport options sate aquatic enthusiasts, while hiking and biking routes give you a chance to stretch your legs for something other than your daily commute.

What to do: Since you’re on New York State’s largest inland lake, take the opportunity to fish, swim and rent a motor- or pontoon boat ($39–$375, visit for details). If a little shade is in order, grab panini and beer at Sylvan Beach Deli Mart (1104 Main St; 315-761-0909, and hightail it to the Woods and Wetland trail at Verona Beach State Park, to settle in for a lakeside picnic. You can also head to nearby Utica for a tour of Saranac Brewing (830 Varick St; 315-732-0022, and a visit to the Shako:wi Cultural Center (5 Territory Rd; 315-829-8801,, a museum that looks at the history and culture of the Oneida Indian Nation with an impressive collection of artifacts, artwork and traditional crafts.

Local favorite: Canal View Café (9 Canal St; 315-762-5623,, situated on the historic Erie Barge Canal, has an eclectic menu offering everything from lemon-and-dill-broiled seafood platters ($19) to Greek gyro ($9–$10) and a Bam Bam sweet-and-sour shrimp salad ($13).

Where to stay: Quaint, tidy rooms with optional Jacuzzi (all but one have a fireplace), on-site dining and easy beach access make Cinderella’s Restaurant Bar & Suites (1208 Main St; 315-762-4280,; from $99) a good place to rest your head.

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