Sometimes you just have to escape. Whether for a day or a Long weekend, a trip out of town may be just the reset button you need before heading back to work on Monday refreshed and ready to go. However, for every bustling big city, there’s a perfect little town for respite not too far away, as long as you know where to look. In just a few hours by car, it’s easy to feel completely transported and away from it all, without having to think about flights or the big-city pace you’re used to.
Below, we’ve covered the best small-town getaways from America’s big cities, whether you’re looking to eat well in wine country, get your toes in the sand, or never leave your bed and breakfast.
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Amangansett, New York
Two hours from New York City
Between cramped apartments and taxis honking in the street, get out of new york for a day or two is always a welcome relief. Fortunately, the Hampton are just a two-hour drive from Manhattan and promise all the space, greenery, and calming ocean views you could hope for. Our favorite destination is Amagansett, which offers a nice balance of beaches and seafood shacks, with rustic farmhouses and a quaint main street.
Plus, with great shopping like TIINA the Store, beloved restaurants like Hampton Chutney Co. and Wölffer Kitchen, and the windy dunes of Indian Wells Beach (a great place for families), there’s something for everyone. Catch a Airbnb in one of the quiet neighborhoods just off the main street, or stay in a boutique hotel like The hunting lodge.