Weekend Warrior

Weekend Warrior

1 July 2014

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So, you snoozed on summer travel plans?

Not to worry. Because we have our fair share of procrastinators here at RM (hey, we’re busy), some of us are also just getting around to booking our vacays.

So, we met up with New York City travel guru Molly Olive (yes, that’s actually her real name) of Nancy J. Friedman PR and had her hook us up with 3 easy and fun weekend trips.

Since everyone and their mother will be going to the Hamptons this summer, we asked Molly to help us think outside the box and explore some new destinations close to NYC.

Ahead, Molly shows you where to go, how to get there, and (most importantly) what to eat.

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Location

Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Easiest way get there

By car or bus. About a 2 ½ hour drive from NYC.

Where to stay

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and The Water Club is by far the top choice in AC. It’s perfect for an easy weekend escape or a night out with your girlfriends.

What to do

The Water Club’s outdoor pools offer a fun daytime scene with delicious signature cocktails and snacks. You can splurge for a private cabana or lounge on one of the sun beds before heading out for the night at one of the hotel’s nightclub venues – MIXX, mur.mur or Gypsy Bar. They also offer free access to a private beach on Brigantine Island on summer weekends.

Where to eat

IzakayaBorgata’s Japanese sushi restaurant, has an amazing crispy rice sushi roll for dessert that’s prepared with vanilla ice cream, toffee, chocolate chips, and peanut butter.  Also, their edamame dumplings and crab taco are phenomenal.

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Location

Cooperstown, New York.

Easiest way get there

By car. About 3 ½ hours from NYC.

Where to stay

I love the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel, which occupies 700 feet of lakefront on the shore of beautiful Lake Otsego. It’s a great spot for fishing, kayaking, or canoeing. The resort offers two amazing restaurants that use local ingredients, an outdoor pool, and the award-winning Leatherstocking Golf Course.

What to do

The nearby Ommegang Brewery offers tours and tastings multiple times daily, and is now featuring a special “Game of Thrones”-themed series of beers.  And if you’re a baseball fan, Cooperstown is also home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Where to eat

The Hawkeye Bar & Grille at the Otesaga Resort Hotel is a beautiful place to sit outside along the lake for lunch and dinner. The Ommegang fish & chips are beer battered with a local Ommegang beer. Alex & Ika, located on Main Street, also serves an amazing anise roast duck with Thai coconut curry. I make sure to order it during every visit!

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Name of location

Newport, Rhode Island.

Easiest way get there

By car. About a 3-4 hour drive from NYC.

Where to stay

The Chanler is one of the most iconic hotels in Newport with stunning views of the coast. The hotel also offers a small fleet of Buick Enclaves for complimentary, chauffeur-driven drop-offs and pick-ups around town. Bed & Breakfasts are also very common and are typically a more affordable option. I’ve stayed at the Almondy, which was great. The innkeeper is very nice and hospitable, and they have complimentary wine & cheese hour every day from 5-6 p.m.

What to do

The Cliff Walk around the coast and sunset cocktails on the lawn at Castle Hill Inn are a must. First-time visitors should take a sailboat tour or do a walking tour of the mansions.

Where to eat

Newport is known for its amazing seafood. The Black Pearl boasts one of the best clam chowders in town, while Flo’s Clam Shack has great fried clams and lobster rolls. Aquidneck Lobster Bar is a relatively newer option with outdoor seating on the water.

Photo credits: Borgata Hotel & Casino; Otesaga Resort Hotel; The Chanler