Most people come to New York for New York City, but what if you want to escape the bustling and hustling of Manhattan just for a day? There are many day trip (or even weekend trip) options to get away from New York City, but I think the cutest one so far has been my day trip to Cold Spring during the MLK weekend.
Cold Spring is a small town about 1.5 hours drive from Manhattan. It’s a popular destination during the summer due to its proximity to the Hudson River. The town is really small but has a lot of cute restaurants and shops. What’s even more note worthy are all the hikes around this area that attracts thousands of visitors.
How to get in:
- Train: Take the Hudson Line on Metro North and get off at Cold Spring (or Breakneck Ridge for hiking)
- Car: 1.5 hour drive from Manhattan. Plenty of free parking on the street.
Explore the town:
The town is quite small and really walkable. Most of the restaurants and shops are on Main Street. We walked by some really cute stores selling signs and souvenirs as well as a French restaurant and some cafes. Maybe because it is now winter, there weren’t many people in the morning and most of the stores open at noon. I imagine there would be a lot more visitors in the summer.
We stopped by a brunch place called Hudson Hil’s (probably one of the only restaurants that was open before noon). NO surprise it was packed and the food was simply delicious.
There are several hikes around the town. The most popular one being Breakneck Ridge. It’s a relatively short hike (depending on the trail you choose) with a short but steep scramble at the beginning of the trail. There is a rewarding view of the Hudson River at the top of the trail. Generally people hike it in the fall due to beautiful foliage color changing.
During this trip, we tried two hikes that were both short but with nice views.
One was the Constitution Marsh & Indian Brooks Fall. It’s a short drive (~10 minute) from Cold Spring Main Street. Once we parked the car, it was about an hour hike (round trip) to the marsh.
After coming back from the marsh, we walked down towards the bridge and found this wonderful waterfall
The second hike we really liked was called Little Stony Point, it’s about 5 minutes from Breakneck Ridge. It’s a great place to walk on the beach, swim (when it’s not cold), and see the sunset.
Another town very close to Cold Spring is Beacon, it’s a slightly bigger town about 10 minutes north of Cold Spring. It’s famous for its museum called Dia: Beacon. There are even more shops and restaurants here than Cold Spring and the town is very close to the hikes. If you have time, definitely explore this town and walk along the water front! For more information, visit their website.