Ridgewood is a truly outstanding place — in fact, it might just be the best town in the state. But that doesn't mean you'll never need to just "get out of town". Everyone deserves at least one summer getaway — and luckily for Ridgewood residents, there is a lifetime's supply of world-class destinations within a short distance of home. From pristine beaches to woodsy alpine lodges, historic attractions, and world-class dining, your options are virtually limitless. So, pack up your car and start driving — there's so much to see!
Phoenicia isn't tourist free — but a few tourists don't take away the authentic appeal of this scenic destination. Phoenicia makes for a perfect getaway, offering a "home-away-from-home" comfort combined with an ultra-stylish ambiance that defines its "in the know" disposition. Set among the lush hills of the Catskill Mountains, this community features a backdrop of rolling wooded bluffs that give it a delightful seclusion. Within this setting, you can take part in a multitude of experiences. From unique music festivals and diners serving traditional farm-to-table American fare, to incredible hikes to hidden places, the experiences here are truly cultivated.
Driving time from Ridgewood: About 1 hr 45 minutes
New Paltz, NY
Get away to New Paltz and witness some of the most striking scenery within driving distance of Ridgewood. New Paltz in the fall is a mosaic of red green and gold; in the summer its sprawling forests and sparkling Wallkill River waters dazzle. Just moments from the village itself is a world of pristine nature where you can hike, bike, and swim in iridescent natural pools surrounded by rugged cliffs. If you stay in the village, you can sample artisan delicacies, view local creations at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art or other smaller venues, and traverse through welcoming record shops. West Paltz is also close to many lovely rural areas where you can pick orchard fresh fruit, sample sweet honeys, or tour a vineyard. Golf at the prestigious New Paltz Golf Course, go rock climbing, or explore peaceful winter trails on skis or snowshoes.
Driving time from Ridgewood: About 1 hour
Fire Island, NY
Located among the outer barrier islands, the slices of immaculate land that make up Fire Island make perfect holiday destinations for the serenity-seeker, someone who loves soft unspoiled beaches, brackish air, and a timeless nautical aesthetic. Often thought of as a "best kept secret", Fire Island is part of a designated US National Seashore by which you'll find meandering bike baths, roaring surf, and sand that almost melts beneath your feet. Go sailing, fishing, surfing, or visit the historic lighthouse. Top it off with a seafood dinner or an evening of tennis.
Driving time from Ridgewood: About 2 hours, 10 minutes; various routes
Shelter Island, NY
Shelter Island is located just outside Greenport and, though popular, feels exceptionally tranquil. A short 5-10 minute ferry from Greenport takes you to a coastal paradise rife with opportunity for upscale dining, paddling, and exploring the outdoors. The relaxed and sophisticated ambiance is accentuated by the luxurious but character-rich accommodation options. Wake up to crisp white curtains and a briny ocean breeze in your quaint seaside villa. After a handcrafted breakfast, go on to relax and use top-notch amenities, grab a beer in a cozy tavern, or take a waterfront yoga class. Taste fresh dairy ice cream, or discover the wildlife at Mashomack Preserve. Plus, the local history is so rich which you'll see through its stunning heritage buildings and educational attractions such as the Havens House Museum. Don't forget to stop by the gorgeous Sylvester Manor to learn about organic farming and pick up some delectable produce.
Driving time from Ridgewood: About 3 hours
Cape May, NJ
Cape May, NJ is a popular destination due to its turquoise waters, waterside bistros, and Victorian architecture. Known for its cobblestoned pathways, "gingerbread trim" buildings, and classic beaches, this alluring storybook town is the quintessential setting for a New Jersey family vacation. Here you can take in a theatrical production, learn all about the history, or wind through boutique shops. Go surfing, birding, or fishing, and stop by the Cape May Brewing Company to sample some locally renowned craft beers. Whether you prefer a relaxing, slow paced day or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, Cape May is an unmatched locale from which to start.
Driving time from Ridgewood: About 2 hours, 45 minutes
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