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My 2 daughters, mother and I are holidaying in New York City for a week this July and want to follow it up with a second week in the area but with a more relaxed feel. Ideally I'd like to travel by train and end up in a location that has good beaches and other sites of interest/activities within easy access (bus or train - I am opting not to drive). We're travelling from the UK and I think after the scale of NYC we would prefer somewhere quite small. I'd also like to stay in one hotel/apartment with the option to go self-catering.

We plan to return to NYC and fly out from the same airport that I fly in to.

Any recommendations gratefully accepted!

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