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Top Picks for Day Trips Out of the City

Christopher Ritz-Totten
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Chef Concierge, 70 Park Avenue - A Kimpton Hotel
Christopher Ritz-Totten
Chef Concierge, 70 Park Avenue - A Kimpton Hotel
70 Park Ave.
212.973.2400

Although there is a lot to be said for spending time in New York City, several areas that surround the five boroughs are also great places to visit—many of which are picturesque small towns teeming with activities, restaurants and historic attractions. Christopher Ritz-Totten, Chef Concierge at 70 Park Avenue - A Kimpton Hotel, shares his top three picks for out-of-NYC excursions. Pocantico Hills, a hamlet in the town of Mount Pleasant, N.Y., is “the perfect place to visit for a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of the city,” Ritz-Totten says. The picturesque spot boasts more than 1,000 acres for hiking, horseback riding and more. This is also the location of the Rockefeller family estate. Cold Spring-on-Hudson, a quaint village on the Hudson River, is great for adventurous daytrippers, offering opportunities to kayak on the Hudson, hike the Breakneck Ridge or discover the majestic Storm King Mountain. If a more relaxing day trip is your speed, “Cold Spring has everything you could want—from cafés, to great restaurants, to the myriad antiques and collectibles shops that line Main Street.” In Short Hills, N.J., the century-old Greenwood Gardens is now open to the public after several years of renovations. “Start out by visiting the welcome center, a revival Georgian manor, and then make your way to a formal garden that is marked by beautiful pergolas and stone terraces,” Ritz-Totten advises. “You can then follow stone walking paths to the arts-and-crafts–style cottages, then find the three-foot-tall limestone chess pieces lining the steps to the teahouse. You’ll feel like you’ve just leapt into a classic fairytale.”