Your guide to getting away for the weekend
By Sam Perwin
Summer is here (sort of/finally) and with it come the inevitable weekends away. Whether you’re rolling in bougie friends with beach and country houses, or have decided to pool your resources with your similarly broke friends and cram fifteen people in to a house that sleeps seven, these weekends are an essential part of New York City Living. Very Act 2 of A Little Night Music, very Downton Abbey, very necessary.
I write this from one of these very retreats in the Hudson Valley. A good friend wanted to get away for his 30th birthday, and we’ve all chipped to rent The Barn at Copake Lake, which, if you view the pictures, is even more beautiful than it looks. There’s been a bit of creative bunking to fit all of us, but luckily we’re a tight knit bunch. It’s been a glorious 48 hours of eating, drinking, laughing, and celebrating.
Should you find yourself in one of these situations, here are a few suggestions to make your getaway as smooth as possible.
- Figure out transportation ahead of time. Hopefully you can get picked up from a nearby train station, or split a rental car with a group. But if you wait until the last minute, you might find your train sold out or no rental cars available except for an Escalade that costs $700 a day.
- If you’re a guest in someone’s home, be as gracious possible. Don’t show up empty handed: bring a thoughtful host/hostess gift or at the very least a bottle or two of wine. Sleep where you’re told to sleep, eat what you’re served, and be your charming, gracious, self. We artsy folks tend to be the life of the party anyway – you’ve probably been invited to liven up the humdrum lives of your boring, 9-5er friends. If that means (literally) singing for your supper, then belt it out, girl - you're at the beach.