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8 NYC Escapes You Need To Take

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    We moved to New York to be at the center of it all — the culture, the fashion, the food — but that doesn't mean we don't crave time away from the chaos. And, while there's a whole lot of beauty to our north, we can rarely make the trek all the way to upstate proper. So, we look to our immediate neighbors in Westchester County, where the brick and pavement meet the mountains and lakes, for regular time-outs.

    Our first stop is often White Plains. Now, we know what you're thinking. That's not upstate. But, it is smack dab in the middle of some of our favorite Hudson Valley hangouts. From quaint river-towns like Hastings-on-Hudson and Tarrytown to straight-up nature at the Blue Mountain Reservation, we rely on this second city to keep us in the middle of it all when we're (sort of) going country for the weekend.

    To refresh our list of go-tos, we teamed up with the extended-stay hotel HYATT house®. Then, we tapped Travelocity editor and host of Let's Roam Courtney Scott for a roundup of her favorite getaways. And, did she deliver. Now, excuse us — we have a train to catch.

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    Hastings Farmers' Market
    Miles from HYATT house®: 14.4

    "The Hastings Farmers' Market is incredible because of the sheer number of vendors that come from all over the Hudson Valley. In Manhattan, there are green markets, but upstate, the scene is very robust — there's everything from organic vegetables to all the homemade cheese, honey and bread, organic pesto coming all the way from Woodstock, and honey from Newburgh, NY. It's wildly popular on social media, too. It’s a much more elaborate roster of vendors than I’ve ever seen in NYC markets."

    Hastings Farmers' Market, Hastings Library Parking Lot, 7 Maple Avenue, Hastings-On-Hudson.

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    Blue Mountain Reservation
    Miles from HYATT house®: 25

    "I love to get out of the city and hike in the fall, and Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, NY, is really special. When you hike up to the top of the two main peaks, Mount Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain, the views of the river and the surrounding 1,500 acres of parks make it really stand out from all the other trails in the area. Being able to climb to the top and look down is really special."

    Blue Mountain Reservation, 45 Welcher Avenue, Peekskill; 914-862-5275.

  4. Photo: Courtesy of Hastings Flea Market.

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    Hastings Flea Market
    Miles from HYATT house®: 14.4

    "The Hastings Flea Market feels like something you'd find in Brooklyn — there's handmade jewelry, some antiques, and vintage furniture. It feels like a real community event where it’s about more than just a shopping experience."

    Hastings Flea, MTA Commuter Lot, Southside Avenue, Hastings-On-Hudson.

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    Tarrytown Music Hall
    Miles from HYATT house®: 9.2

    "This venue has a really cool roster of artists, comedians, and local musicians. It has a really interesting vintage feel to it, too. You look at their old marquee, and you can kind of imagine what it was like when it opened in 1885."

    Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown; 914-631-3390.

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    Port Chester Hall
    Miles from HYATT house®: 3.9

    "This is a really cool spot that just opened this past summer 2014. It's actually attached to the Port Chester train station. If you catch good weather, you can sit outside. There's a huge selection of German beers and communal tables, but the best part is the massive soft pretzels they serve. It's a great happy-hour spot with the kind of vibe you would find in Brooklyn, without so much scene."

    Port Chester Hall, 3 Broad Street, Port Chester; 914-305-8383.