(Closed) Best long weekend vacation in the NY/NJ/PA area?

posted 4 years ago in 30 Something
Post # 2
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Poconos in PA. It’s a little touristy, but you can easily find great places the locals go to, and I find it’s cheaper than other mountain towns. Or how about Chincoteague/Assateague, VA? Not sure how far a drive that would be for you, but I love it there. There are plenty of touristy places on Chincoteague, then head over to the nature preserve on Assateague and see the birds and wild ponies. My SO and I are heading there in a few weeks for a romantic getaway.

Post # 4
4040 posts
Honey bee

Cape May, NJ. I live there 5 months a year. I think they have 5 wineries (sp?), in the county, maybe more. For the Poconos, we used to have a home on the Skytop resort grounds. My daughter has stayed at a B&B, The French Manor, twice. I love the Mystic, Conn. area, too.

Post # 5
3037 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Watkins Glen & the finger lakes area in NY is beautiful. 

Post # 6
991 posts
Busy bee

BurlapnLace:  Darling Husband and I just had our first year anniversary but spent it moving 1000 miles, so we didn’t get to really celebrate.  We’re in Pittsburgh and planning a long weekend trip end of October 🙂  One of the places we’re considering is the Omni Bedford Springs resort.  It looks pretty amazing.  I’m excited for this thread though so I can see other ideas, since I’m not from the area!!

Post # 7
5161 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

BurlapnLace:  I second the Fingerlakes in NY. It’s ~5 hours from Central Jersey depending on what lake you go to. They have a HUGE wine trail (seriously, hundreds of wineries) and it’s beautiful. I bet you could get a good deal on a lake front house / cabin during that time – however, watch out for snow! 


Post # 8
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Finger Lakes area of NY is beautiful. I used to live near there and went camping one year at Taughannok Falls state park. The falls iteself are beautiful and there’s some good hiking in the park Ithaca which is nearby is a really cute artsy kind of town with good shops and restaurants. 

Also this might be pushing your five hour drive time but Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is gorgeous. I would imagine though that at that time of year there would probably be snow. Skyline drive is a gorgeous drive at any time of the year and there is great hiking for all levels. Also nearby are plenty of wineries and other tourist-y type attractions (Luray Caverns, horseback riding, etc.) 

Post # 9
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Finger Lakes! (I live an hour from them!)

There are many great B&B’s and some great wineries! Heck, we could meet up for a wine tour 😉 lol



Post # 10
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Cape May is absolutely gorgeous and now that the summer season is over, prices have dropped for B&B stays. While it is mainly a summertime resort place there’s a lot of things to do during the other months. There’s lot of wineries (Cape May Winery is by far my favorite), beer brewery, bird observatory, free admission zoo, the light house, dolphin/whale watching and so on. 

Ive only been to the Poconos once and it was pleasant.

Post # 11
860 posts
Busy bee

ImaStarr:  Bedford Springs is absolutely incredible. I second this suggestion. It’s in a really sweet little town too – there are a bunch of cute little shops and cafes as well. 

Post # 14
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square PA just a hair north of DE.

Go there! It’ll take your breath away! It’s technically Christmas season by then and the lights are spectacular.


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Post # 15
4040 posts
Honey bee


BurlapnLace:  Now that you mentioned Rhone Island, we vacationed in Newport for a week, two different years. If you love historic architecture (I certainly do), that’s a great place to visit.

I live 1.15 hours from Lancaster. My aunt and uncle lived there and I visited a few times a year. Never visited as a tourist, though, although we’ve seen many of the sights. We spent Labor Day weekend 2014, in Hershey. Over holiday weekends and special events weekends the Hershey Hotel offer packages – we’ve visited numerous times. (We don’t visit the amusement park).

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