Before the weather makes like the leaves and changes, pencil in a weekend excursion packed with outdoor entertainment. Just outside of Long Island, these five road trip destinations will leave your mouth speechless but your storybook full.
Connecting with nature in Kent
Located in Connecticut’s northwestern county (Litchfield), the rural community is home to Kent Falls State Park. The trail travels ¼ mile along the falls with many scenic spots and viewing platforms that allow guests to gaze at different cascades and interesting shapes of limestone. A stop at Gifford’s Restaurant to refuel is a must. Visitors can dine at outdoor patio tables as they feast on pan roasted scallops, prime meatloaf and pecorino and smoked bacon risotto. Then toast to the end of summer with a pint of farmhouse ale from Kent Falls Brewing Co.
Boating in Lake George
It’s not too late to rent your own vessel—boat traffic on Lake George is very low in September (a reprieve from the LIE!). The 32-mile lake is perfect for canoeing, kayaking and cruising around in a sleek motorboat. F. R. Smith & Sons Marina can accommodate any experience.
Biking in Philadelphia
Travelers are going to want to eat a big breakfast before this ride—the Schuylkill River trail has a 27-mile long segment. Grab a cup of coffee and an egg sandwich at Sabrina’s Café in downtown Philly and then get ready to peddle. The trail follows the Schuylkill River and ends at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Those already planning on taking a break can pre-plan a stop at Schuylkill Bank Boardwalk and snap some beautiful pictures of Philadelphia’s skyline.
Fishing in Cape Cod
Whether fishing from a pier or beach, travelers can find bluefish, striped bass, bonito, false albacore and tuna in Cape Cod’s waters in September. Visitors looking for a more exhilarating experience can take the Hairball Charter fishing boat out of Falmouth Harbor, where the captain’s specialty is 40-inch trophy striped bass. On the website Captain Eric Stapelfeld even says, “I guarantee you’ll catch a big striped bass, or I’ll give you another trip free.” Now that’s a gamble worth taking.
Hiking in Bear Mountain
Less than a two-hour drive from Manhattan, Bear Mountain State Park is a great place to get in touch with your wild side. The 5,205-acre park has breathtaking views of the Hudson River, hikes for all levels and a famous merry-go-round with 42 hand-carved animals. Afterwards, spend the night at the Bear Mountain Inn where Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower once stayed.