Have You Tried The Barnburner?

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Folk Music? Seeger Fest Is Here!

seeger festToday’s the second day of the first annual 5-day tribute festival to one of America’s greatest folk musicians. Memorials, art shows, sing-a-longs and square dancing take place in and around the City and make for fun upstate adventures in towns like Beacon, Poughkeepsie and Woodstock.

Gran Electrica’s Dreamy Garden

gran electrica patioTrekking out to Dumbo may or may not be on your list, but the back patio at Gran Electrica should be. Sunken behind tall brick walls, the garden feels almost like a secret I shouldn’t be mentioning. I randomly ended up here last summer with two girlfriends after hanging out poolside in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Try the cucumber margarita and their michelada when you’re not stuffing your face with tostadas.

East Getaway: Newport, Rhode Island

41Only 3 hours by car from New York, Newport is a gem of a little beach town with literally, something for everyone. Beach bums and surfers have many sandy beaches to choose from, but locals would send you a little further to Second Beach in Middletown.

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Seafood lovers take their picks between upscale spots like 41 North or The Mooring for dinners with harbor views or of course, hit that greasy beachside dive since 1936, Flo’s Clam Shack.

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Little galleries and souvenir shops abound on the tourist-heavy Bowen’s Wharf or on nearby Thames or Mary streets, all of which are super central.

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And if all else fails, sailing trips or hiking paths along Cliff Walk show off the colonial port’s famous castle-like “summer cottages” where newly wealthy Americans showed off their prosperity at the turn of the 20th century onwards. Sunset drinks at Castle Hill is a must.

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Founded in 1639, the history buff in you will find plenty of distractions in the old town’s Early American architecture that survived the Revolutionary War so before you know it, you’ll have seen it all.

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