- By Kevin
- On Jun 5, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
I'd like to recommend 5 affordable hotels around East Coast and best travel line for weekend with East Coast tours.
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
The Vineyard has been a preppy-chic getaway off Cape Cod since the Kennedy days (the old family compound was just sold). The best way to explore the island is from the seat of a Fuji carbon bike, available for day rentals from Edgartown Bicycles (we love the 18-mile round-trip trail between Edgartown and Vineyard Haven). You’ll need to unwind after the ride, so head to Lucy Vincent Beach, with its crystal-blue water, pristine sand and craggy cliffs. For dinner, L’etoile is a must, loved for its on-point desserts like Toasted Coconut Rum Creme Brulee.
Long Beach, New York
Just a forty-minute ride on the Long Island Railroad from New York City lies this diverse coastal enclave—with a two-mile wood boardwalk built in the early 1900s. Stop for breakfast at Laurel Diner, an Art Deco dinette that's been in business since 1932 (The Elvis Stack, pancakes topped with banana and housemade peanut butter sauce, is a must-try). After taking in the scene at the beach, make your way to Corazon de Cuba, where ginger mojitos and chicharrones de pollo—fried garlic chicken—make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean. Top off the day with a boozy horchata or rum raisin ice cream at nearby Frozen Cows.
The Hamptons, New York
This group of waterside villages is everything you’ve heard: stylish, exclusive and so moneyed that some of the wealthiest Manhattanites arrive for the weekend by helicopter. There are plenty of beaches to lay out on, trendy boutiques to check out and cocktails to drink. Rent a stand up paddleboard at Amagansett Beach & Bicycle, and go for a spin in Accabonac Harbor, then head to farm-to-table Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton for dinner, where chef Kyle Koenig runs the show. Their monthly pig roast is required eating (think spit-roasted pig with housemade Andouille, served in a gorgeous Italianate barn). Bed down for the night at the elegant Quogue Club at Hallock House.
This teensy 14-mile isle was once a Quaker capital; it’s now a swanky second-home getaway for big names like John Kerry, Tommy Hillfiger, and Jack Welch. In the mornings, locals line up to taste the buttery Portuguese bread at Something Natural; make sure to get there at 8 a.m. Owned by the Silva clan since 1958, Galley Beach is Nantucket’s only restaurant on the sand. Order the Painkiller, a summer favorite made with British Navy Pusser’s Rum, pineapple juice, OJ, cream of coconut and shaved nutmeg. Nantucket's main draw is the white-sand beaches, but there’s plenty more to explore in the area; check out the Whaling Museum, which pays homage to the island’s onetime bread and butter, the restored 1847 candle factory, and The Oldest House—yes, the oldest home on the island built way back in 1686.
We all know Kennebunkport is Bush territory but there’s a lot more to this quaint Maine village. Chic boutiques selling beachy house décor and antiques, and artisanal shops line the streets, and the rocky coastline is dotted with postcard-perfect lighthouses. Keep an eye out for eagles and osprey on a kayak tour of Mousam River Estuary with Coastal Maine Kayak & Bike or try your hand at lobstering from a 65-foot boat with Kylie’s Chance Scenic Lobster Tour. Don't go home without sampling the bonfire dinner at Earth, where James Beard award-winning chef Ken Oringer uses mostly local, just-picked ingredients; the Birch glazed short ribs with pickled chanterelles are worth the trip alone.