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4 Small Towns to Explore in the Tri-State


If you’re looking to get away from the noise and stress of urban life for a day or two, the Tri-State region surrounding New York City is home to dozens of inviting destinations for a relaxing escape. Start with these four villages, where you can live life at a slower pace and luxuriate in the restful rhythms of small-town life.

Mystic (Connecticut)

On your visit to the village of Mystic, you can soak up maritime history, enjoy waterfront scenery and stroll quaint streets lined with dining and shopping destinations. The Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Museum of Art and immersive Mystic Seaport Museum will provide you with hours of entertainment and enlightenment. For lovely Long Island Sound vistas, head to Williams Beach Park or the Barn Island Wildlife Management Area. Explore Mystic’s historic downtown area and discover fine dining with Mystic River views at S&P Oyster Restaurant or Red 36. You’ll also find numerous comfortable inns and dozens of locally owned shops selling everything from clothing and jewelry to books and art.

Lambertville (New Jersey)

Nestled on the eastern shore of the Delaware River, Lambertville is a lovely little town dotted with restored historic houses and inns, outstanding restaurants and treasure-laden shops and galleries. You could easily spend a whole day just browsing antiques and artworks or admiring vintage Victorian mansions and Federal-style townhomes along the shady streets. While you’re here, savor a farm-to-table meal at D’floret, waterfront dining at Lambertville Station Restaurant or an organic scoop at Owowcow Creamery. For even more riverside scenery, head down to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park towpath trail for a walk or a bike ride.

Cold Spring (New York)

Just a short trip up the Hudson River from New York City, Cold Spring offers scenic surroundings, small-town charm and an abundance of vibrant little spots to eat, drink and shop. If you’re the outdoorsy type, rent a kayak and explore the river or hit one of the many hiking trails that cross the rolling hills and rocky ridges of neighboring Hudson Highlands State Park. Back in town, the historic Main Street district offers numerous antique shops and quirky local businesses, not to mention a lineup of popular eateries — including Hudson Hil’s Cafe, Rincon Argentino, Cold Spring Pizza and Moo Moo’s Creamery — to satisfy your hunger.

Milford (Pennsylvania)

Located at the edge of the Pocono Mountains on the Delaware River, Milford boasts a variety of intriguing historical sights, a wealth of recreational opportunities and plenty of inviting places to eat and drink. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the village’s beautiful downtown district is a relaxing place to admire architecture, shop for art and antiques and enjoy a bite at Waterwheel Cafe or the Milford Diner. Just outside of town you’ll find the Grey Towers National Historic Site, once home to noted conservationist and politician Gifford Pinchot. For outdoor adventures, head to the sprawling and gorgeous Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, where you can hike, bike, camp and boat to your heart’s content.

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by modern life, retreat to one of these four small towns and enjoy dining, shopping and outdoor experiences that the big city just can’t match.

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