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weekend getaway for Wedding anniversary (from NY/NJ) in July

weekend getaway for Wedding anniversary (from NY/NJ) in July

Old May 2nd, 2006, 04:50 PM
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weekend getaway for Wedding anniversary (from NY/NJ) in July

My wife and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary in mid July. We wanted to take off on Jul 15/16 for a romantic weekend getaway within 1-2 hours of NYC / Jersey City. We would prefer places that are scenic, relatively quiet and laidback, which are accessible by rail (we would prefer not to drive that weekdend).

Any ideas would be really appreciated. Thank you.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 06:47 PM
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I am posting this as a 'forget me not'

My wife and I are really looking forward to ideas from you to plan our wedding anniversary getaway. Please help make our first anniversary a very special one

Thank you very much!
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 10:19 PM
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The rail thing is throwing me a little bit, but if your are OK with a commuter rail like Metro North or NJ Transit and then a taxi, then some suggestions would be below. You have not given a budget, none of these are inexpensive:

The Delamar on the water in Greenwich, Connecticut, less than 30 minutes by Metro North from mid-town. Go to http://www.thedelamar.com or slh.com

The Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown (30 minutes from NYC). Go to http://www.castleonthehudson.com or slw.com

Mohonk Mountain House, in New Paltz New York, about 90 minutes from NYC; I believe you could take Amtrak to Poughkeepsie or maybe Metro North would get you to New Paltz. Check out their website at Mohonk.com

The Jersey Shore is very accessible by NJ Transit, esp Bay Head where you could walk to the following B&B's from the train station, and could walk to restaurants and shopping so a car would not be necessary at all. These could be booked up in July, but take a look at:

The Grenville
345 Main Ave.
Bay Head, NJ 08742
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (732) 892-0599
Fax: (732) 892-0599

Has an excellent restaurant, a block from the beach.

Conover's Bay Head Inn
646 Main Ave
Bay Head NJ

Bay Head Gables Inn
200 Main Avenue
Bay Head NJ

Inn at Montchanin Village in the Brandywine, Delaware area. You could either go by train via Philly or Newark Delaware, either trip would take about 1 to 1.5 hours by Amtrak from Newark NJ. I don't know about getting to the hotel from Philly or Newark Delaware, you could ask, there may be local commuter train or they could arrange for private car transport. Go to http://www.montchanin.com or slh.com. Not having a car might be a little bit of a drawback here, as you would want to get around to see this area, i.e. the Brandywine Museum and Wintherthur, but with just 2 days I suppose you could just stay on the property.

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Old May 4th, 2006, 02:47 AM
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You can take NJ Transit to Spring Lake and stay at the Hewitt Wellington.
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Old May 4th, 2006, 05:16 AM
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Spring Lake is a nice idea. Do you want a beach type weekend or more country? Bucks County Pa (New Hope Pa./Lambertville) is nice but I don't think you can get there by train.

What about going up the Hudson to Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate? There's even a cruise. YOu could cruise up there and take the train home.

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Old May 7th, 2006, 06:44 PM
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The Castle on the Hudeson, mentioned in my post, is close to Kyuit, and the other "Robber Baron" mansions along the Hudson. A good place in July and close to NYC (even better in the fall for foliage, IMO).
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Old May 8th, 2006, 08:49 AM
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njwanderer, I was just browsing through a book yesterday in Barnes & Noble that might help you. It's called "Heavenly Weekends: Travel Without a Car." It describes many different options within a few hours of NYC, ranging from daytrips to overnights to extended weekends, all accessible by rail or bus.

Though my husband and I have a car (we live in Queens), it's nice to know of so many options that don't involve the hassle of driving out of the city! I particularly enjoyed the section on daytrips. Many of them are NJ towns I've never even visited (I grew up in Maplewood).
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Old May 8th, 2006, 10:41 AM
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What about Boston? I know it is 3 hours but it is a wonderful town.
Old May 8th, 2006, 06:01 PM
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Thanks a lot to everyone for ur wonderful suggestions and help! We have finally decided to go to Lambertville for our wedding anniversary. We are considering staying in the Lambertville house as it is right next to the bus station in downtown Lambertville (we will have no car!)

Any suggestions on places to stay, things to do etc would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks once again!!
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