4th of July Escapes (While Social Distancing)
Above photo: Sullivan Catskills

Many summer vacations have been disrupted and July 4th celebrations have been canceled for this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out of your apartment and enjoy a day trip or long weekend away from home! Check out some ideas below for escapes you can make while social distancing this upcoming holiday weekend.

Please note that businesses may be offering abnormal hours of operation and/or specific rules due to Covid-19. Visit websites, check social media updates and call ahead to confirm hours and availability. 

Berry Picking in Central New Jersey. You might be surprised to see the thousands of acres of preserved and productive central New Jersey farmland, many offering on-farm markets, u-pick opportunities, hayrides, and other family-friendly activities. Pick blueberries and explore the grounds of Snyder’s Farm in Somerset, NJ.

Fishing in the Catskills. If you know fishing, you already know about the Willowemoc, the Beaverkill, and the Delaware. Spend the weekend fly fishing and enjoying the fresh air and solitude in the Sullivan Catskills.

Wine Tasting in the Finger Lakes. Taste the wine that has earned over 6,000 national and international medals over the years while taking in the breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake, Taughannock Falls, and the rolling vineyards. Check out the wineries of Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, America’s First Wine Trail.

Cider Sipping in Albany. Spend the weekend upstate and sample from a large collection of brews from Nine Pin Cider. Their ciders highlight the incredible variety and quality of New York agriculture while also supporting local farms and orchards. The selection of specialty ciders changes regularly due to their commitment to using fresh, local ingredients.

Explore Hudson. Lace up your walking shoes and take in the historic charm of Hudson, NY. Though some of this trendy town’s retail spaces and restaurants may not yet be open to the public, there is so much to learn and enjoy while walking and exploring. Cozy up at The Croff House, carry in local eats, plan picnics outside and wander through the beautiful streets!

Camping on Long Island. From beachfront campsites among the ocean dunes to wooded parks overlooking the bays and waterways, camping in Long Island, NY is an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Beer Tasting in Brew Central. Take yourself on a beer tasting adventure (pick up curbside for a picnic for those that aren’t open to the public or if you are still in isolation mode!) and check out some of the unique local breweries in Central New York.

Farmers Market Shopping in the Hudson Valley. Find fresh-from-the-farm produce, baked goods, and other culinary specialties at farmers markets across the Hudson Valley. While social distancing rules may be in effect, the produce is bountiful and the farmers are still working hard to put food on your table. Looking for a small, local lodging option? Book an intimate stay at Rushmore Estate.


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