With gas prices in flux and flights still unpredictable, rail travel ridership is up, as Amtrak reports a rebound of up to 85% of pre-pandemic levels in the Northeast.
We’ve selected a few travel destinations in New England that you can train to from New York City. Perfect for a late-summer or fall getaway when walking and biking is especially delightful when you get to your destination, and you can Uber otherwise.
Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express service now runs from New York City directly into downtown Burlington, Vermont. Newly extended to service Burlington, Middlebury and Vergennes, the Ethan Allen Express line takes passengers through the scenic Hudson Valley, Green Mountains and finally, to the city on the shores of Lake Champlain.
The region has an array of outdoor activities, farm-to-table culinary offerings, and vibrant arts and culture. The launch of the extended train service not only expands accessibility for travelers, but adds a sustainable travel option into a city that has long prioritized environmental stewardship.
A vibrant and spirited small city, Burlington is an altogether different destination for travelers. With a focus on all things local and unconventional, the city is known for its progressive politics and environmental focus, the pedestrian-friendly Church Street Marketplace, its remarkable access to a wide variety of year-round outdoor activities, and a locally-sourced culinary scene that is bursting at the seams.
Amtrak has hourly trains departing from Moynihan Station to South Boston Station, making Boston, MA, an easy and affordable destination for New Yorkers looking to discover a new city.
Just a 15-minute walk from South-Boston Station, Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport District is convenient while exploring the bustling Seaport district.
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport is a new-build hotel located in the heart of Boston’s growing Seaport District. The sleek hotel showcases a contemporary design that celebrates the city’s heritage in visual and performing arts, as well as its traditions of academic excellence and technological innovation. Omni Boston Hotel offers several dining experiences, chic Breve Spa, and the only rooftop pool in the Seaport district.
Amtrak recently launched the Berkshire Flyer, offering a new route from New York City to the Berkshires this summer. In just 5 hours the train takes you from NYC to Pittsfield from which you can enjoy easy access to outdoor adventures, a booming arts and culture scene, idyllic small towns, and historic accommodations from Main Street Hospitality.
Stockbridge MA: An idyllic town that was home to Norman Rockwell and the scene for many of his classic American paintings, Stockbridge offers rich history and old- world charm in the heart of the Berkshires. Arts and culture abound with the opening of the Lion’s Den at Red Lion Inn (a speakeasy-esque pub off of Main Street) and access to nearby Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Co., and more.
The Red Lion Inn, iconic landmark in the heart of town, has been known and loved by travelers for generations coming through town. The property features a pool as well as iconic front porch perfect for lounging.
Great Barrington, MA: A picturesque village beneath the Berkshire mountains, the town of Great Barrington offers record shops, antique stores offering one-of-a-kind items such as vintage barware, dispensaries such as Theory Wellness, and modern food and beverage venues such as Moon Cloud, Rubiners, and the Prairie Whale. (Just a short drive from Stockbridge for those staying at The Red Lion.)
North Adams, MA: A growing destination for young creatives, North Adams is at the heart of the Berkshires’ creative movement, which began 20 years ago when a dilapidated town mill became a world class art museum, MASS MoCA. That same year, a series of run-down mill worker’s houses became a creative, quirky and luxurious boutique hotel.
Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, directly across from the museum, features a pool and a home base from which to experience exciting exhibitions at Mass MoCA or the Clark (just 5 mins away in Williamstown), music festivals and shows, and nearby outdoor activities such as hiking Mt. Greylock.
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