You once thought NYC was the hottest place to be, free of earthquakes. Now, it’s a different story. And while you love your city like you love your highest pair of heels… absence makes the heart grow fonder. Pick a fall getaway in one of these destinations that are notoriously inexpensive to travel to (think MegaBus, especially awesome if you have a friend to sleep on or the wifi on your bus is speedy) so you’ll have a little dough left over for our favorite meal of the day… BRUNCH.
Boston [Approx Travel Time from NYC 3hr 59min]: While Boston is known for the shopping and local greenery, one thing you shouldn’t miss out on is a worthwhile brunch. Meeting up with new friends you made out on the town? Towne Stove & Spirits has a recently opened garden area big enough to accommodate friends new and old, with a menu to give anyone and everyone something to chow down on, including dishes involving lobster, skirt steak, Lyles Golden Honey (which I grew up eating due to my Grandmother’s good taste for all things sugary), and rum smoked salmon. Towne Stove & Spirits Weekend Brunch (Sat 11-3 / Sun 11-4) 900 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02115 towneboston.com (617) 247-0400
Washington D.C. [Approx travel time from NYC 4hr 27min]: If you’re visiting our nation’s capital, take time to visit the outskirts, namely Arlington, VA – right over the Potomac River, for some quirky sight-seeing, shopping & grub. Rabbit, a new Clarendon “slow-fast-food” joint with a flare for healthy, organic fare is a killer place to stop, take a break and re-fuel. But don’t worry, bunnies…. our girl over at Deacon Does DC took notice that they, in fact, serve Red Velvet cupcakes, too. Rabbit Salad&Grill 3035 Clarendon Blvd Arlington, VA rabbitsaladandgrill.com (703) 243-5660
Woodstock, NY [Approx travel time from NYC 2hr 10min]: An arty small-town in the middle of the Catskill mountains, rain or shine you’ll love the shops, people, atmosphere and galleries and of course, the local food. Organic farming is all the rage in this area, and kid-friendly healthy bites are always on the menu at Oriole9, supporting most of the Hudson Valley’s farm community using their ingredients with dishes like Tofu hash, Heart of Palm salad side by side with Middle Eastern comfort food like Moroccan Lamb and Falafel with pea shoots. Oriole9 17 Tinker St Woodstock, NY 12498 oriole9.com (845) 679-5763
Toronto, Canada: [just fly. seriously, the flights are cheap. you’ll thank me.] Yes, my friends. Canerdia. The home of moose and dancing ’til dawn. Bryce took a jaunt up there and picked out some of the best reasons to visit, and I can’t for the life of me pick another spot for you to check out more than Bryce’s brunch pick Lady Marmalade. Their tag line “All Day Breakfast. All Day Lunch” just screams easy — and it is. Located in the trendy Leslieville neighborhood, you’ll find everything on the menu from 2 eggs scrambled with toast to organic buckwheat crepes and bread pudding french toast. Lady Marmalade 898 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1J3 ladymarmalade.ca (647) 351-7645