Summer’s in full swing at Manhattan Fruitier and we’ve got vacation on the brain. While it’s always busy here, it’s also a time to book our trips and schedule some long weekends. We’re all city people but we like to get away – even for a day.
Where are you going this summer? Wherever it is, we hope it’s Beachy Keen.
If you still have some undecided weekends in your near future, maybe we can help. Here are our favorite local and not so far away haunts that we enjoy. Cheers!
Lisa – Production “Usually I take Metro North to Cold Spring in Putnam County. It’s a wonderful little town on the Hudson river. It’s cooler there in the summertime, being right on the Hudson River. Lots of hiking trails and kayaking opportunities. When I want a getaway closer to home I head to the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Their Frieda Kahlo show this summer is a must see.”
Arlinda – Production “I go to Manhattan Beach almost every weekend. It’s near Coney Island and Brighton Beach but nowhere near as crowded. I just love it. The parking is free and the water and the sand are much cleaner.”
David – Head of Customer Service “ I do day trips to Southampton in the summer. It’s just beautiful there. I get up early, jump on the jitney and spend the day at the beach then around Main street for the shops and cafes. When I don’t leave town, I grab a drink and head straight to the Highline. It’s the best urban oasis the city has to offer. ”
Charles – Head of Expediting & Facilities “My getaway is Cape May. You can get there quicker, but I like drive to the end of G.S. Parkway and jump on the Cape May Ferry. It’s kind of like the Hamptons but better in my opinion because it’s all coastline. Beautiful views, old houses on stilts and little casinos. Tons of history if you want to visit the little museums. Sometimes we do mini-golf and there are great restaurants that serve seafood that they catch fresh that day.”
Jackie – Production “City Island! I love it. The scenery is beautiful, the air is so fresh.I like watching the speedboats, walking around and then get a table at Sammy’s Fishbox for Coconut Shrimp. They are the best!”
Hugh – Finance & Bookkeeping/IT Manager “I have two favorites for day trips in the summertime that both a short ferry ride away. Governer’s Island and Snug Harbor. Governor’s for the great food carts. I grab a bite and go to the big grassy area at the top of the hill where you can look back on the Manhattan skyline. Snug Harbor for the Chinese Scholars Garden.”
Jehv and Lauren – Co-Owners “Lauren and I like to sneak away for a day – preferably in the middle of the week – to Point Lookout Beach on the south shore of Long Island. PLB is a pretty well-kept secret, which means it’s relatively quiet. It’s a very long and deep beach so it’s not hard to find a little island of serenity in the sand. You get there as if you’re driving to Jones Beach, and then take the Point Lookout exit just before the Jone’s Beach toll plaza. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Manhattan.”
Sara – Marketing Manager “I like spending the summer taking day trips all over the NY area, but I am especially fond of the Pine Barrens in NJ. You take County Rte 539 through the barrens and along the way are lots of country towns with markets and farm stands on the weekend. When it’s blueberry season it’s a great road trip since that’s where they are mainly grown and there are tons of roadside stands to pick up quarts (or pick them off the trees on a hike!). Sometimes I’ll go back out in the fall for the Cranberry Festival. They have cranberry bog tours in early October.”
Sarah – Product Development, Purchasing “Summer and I have an uneasy relationship since I burn in a hot NY minute, so I seek out the the shady places. I’m fortunate to live down the street from my favorite place in the city, Greenwood Cemetery. I spend a lot of time there every week walking the paths. There are over 8000 trees and most are giants, the oldest trees in NYC. It may seem a bit morbid but it’s the most idyllic, peaceful place. Plus, the cemetery really encourages tourism with tons of events – theater, dance performances, picnics, trolley and walking tours.”
Amanda -Customer Service “Shakespeare in the Park (Central Park). My sister and I will go at least once this summer. We bring a picnic blanket and some folding chairs and wake up really early for the ticket line.”