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Trains from Westchester area to Manhattan

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Trains from Westchester area to Manhattan

My mom and I are coming to New York next April. I want to take her out of NYC for a day or two and then into the city for touristy things. Could someone recommend a quiet area North with scenery and a train to get back into town. We have never been east . I am from Oregon and she is from Nevada. I would appreciate any ideas or information you can give me.

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1. Re: Trains from Westchester area to Manhattan

From Grand Central in Manhattan you take the Metro-North Railroad to get to Westchester and Connecticut. I am not that familiar with Westchester, but I think there are some nice bed & breakfasts where you could stay and then take the train into the city.

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Hi. I thought of places that would be good in relation to hotels and such. Honestly, I was stumped a bit. I thought of Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle. I think you might be better off heading even further East to Long Island. Google L.I.R.R. Cheers.

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The Hudson River is very scenic, and the tracks run right along the water's edge. You could take Amtrak north from NYC to a town such as Hudson, or you can take the MetroNorth Commuter Railrod. For MetroNorth excursions, look here:

www.mta.nyc.ny.us/mnr/html/getaways.htm

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Since you want to get out of town for a day or two I would suggest that you rent a car for this part of the trip. Trains are great for going from one big city to another, but to explore the countryside you really need a car. A train can drop you off at the station, then what? Lug around your suitcases? Just stay at the Inn?

I agree up the Hudson is a wonderful trip - you can sightsee at West Point, the Vanderbilt Mansion, the FDR Home, so many other places depending on your interests. I also love the Berkshires - Lenox and Stockbridge - visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, Edith Wharton's Home, the fascinating studio where Daniel Chester French did his sculpting (he created the Lincoln statue in DC).

These are just 2 options - there are many, many others.

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Where would you stay? Tarrytown has hotels, as well as Tarrytown Rd. in Yonkers for that matter. There's not much around either. If you can rent a car, that opens up alot of places. Even further North, which you could get to by bus, is Rhinebeck. That's nice, but is better in Summer and Fall. Enjoy whatever you decide. Cheers.

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I agree with Warmwinds that renting a car for those 2 days might make more sense. Otherwise you're restricting yourself to places with BOTH train service AND hotels/inns. Even if there is train service, it's not always in town. There are some nice cruises up the Hudson, but they tend to run May-Oct.

If you can't or won't drive, here's a page from the Metro North line that shows day trips out of NYC. They would obviously be fine for an overnight too.

…mta.info/mnr/…get_event_outbound.cfm

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A car would help, there is a Hertz rental location just accross the street from the North White Plains train staion (I often rent here because the rates are much better than in the city) if you don't want to drive in the city or want the train experience(but it is not as bad as you think to drive here). Among the nice places are the sites listed above and also the town of Cold Spring (on the Hudson River across from West Point). West Point is cool too. Val Kill (Elanore Roosavelt's home) is also nice. Woodbury Commons for outlet shopping (if you like that). But all of these places will need a car.

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Goggle "Cold Springs New York". You might find this town to be an interesting visit. It is serviced by train - less than two hours from NY

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Love Cold Spring. Bear Mountain too. Where would you stay?

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10. Re: Trains from Westchester area to Manhattan

I'm actually asking for myself too. I've had visiting friends ask the same thing. That's why I'm curious. There are places in Cold Spring, but I don't know if there's enough to occupy a couple of days. http://www.hvgateway.com/CS24.HTM. I still like the Port Jefferson, L.I. idea. You could take the ferry up to Bridgeport, Conn. one day. If you rent a car you could explore Montauk, The Hamptons, Shelter Island, etc. I've stayed at http://www.danfords.com/ and can definitely recommend it. I'm curious for other suggestions. Cheers.