It’s incredibly fulfilling to wake up on a Saturday morning and just decide that you’re going to take a little day trip. This could turn into an overnight trip and the spontaneity of that moment is what makes it the most special. I have to say, I’ve been so excited to sit down and write this post! I love escaping from the city on the weekends, and all the places I chose for this post are easily accessible by car or train.

I’m going to start with a couple spooky destinations, since Halloween is just a few weeks away. So let’s start with the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze which takes place in Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY. Where hundreds of carved pumpkins are lit up in elaborate displays with special appearances by the headless horeseman. You can get there in under an hour on the Metro North from Grand Central. If you’re into more real hauntings, TimeOut did a great job of recapping the ten creepiest places in New York. From abandoned asylums to horror houses, they rounded up some great spots for the real haunting enthusiast.

I want to end this section with a place that’s actually in Brooklyn, because in my research I came upon it and it really scared the shit out of me. It’s called, This Is Real, and it’s not a haunted house. It’s actually an experience that starts at a warehouse in Red Hook, where you witness a lot of fucked up scenarios and you have to devise an escape plan. Only eight “players” go in for 70 minute intervals.. that’s a long ass time. If anyone is brave enough to go please tell me what happens!

 

To recap your Halloween destinations with all the clickable links:

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze | Top Ten Real Haunted Destinations in NY |  This is Real

 

Ok, so Halloween is over and you don’t want the shit scared out of you anymore, you just want to sip on some apple cider in a cute cozy aesthetically pleasing place. Well let’s start with Hudson, NY. Just two hours outside the city via train, Hudson is full of historic charm.

Next let’s visit New Paltz, NY. This one is my favorite, I’ve gone hiking here a couple of times, they have a great trail to a beautiful waterfall, Awosting Falls. Just hit up the welcome center and someone will be more than happy to map out your hike. The town is charming and draws a lot of artistic people.

To round out our upstate adventures let’s go to Beacon, NY. Dia:Beacon is a contemporary arts organization and it’s a must visit.

Apart from the main attractions of these three New York towns, they also have cute little restaurants, coffee spots, antique shops & friendly bars!

 

To recap the top three cities upstate that you should visit with all the clickable links:

Hudson | New Paltz | Beacon

 

I thought this post would be best accompanied by some cozy camping, because if you stay overnight you’re going to need somewhere to sleep & camping is just more fun.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and please shoot me over an email | eastcoastfoxblog@gmail.com | and tell me about your own experiences, or if you have any suggestions of places that you think I should visit. 🙂

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