Main Street, Cold Spring. Photo by Daniel Case via Wikipedia
In theory, the thought of escaping to a faraway place seems pretty attractive. In practice, however, it could mean long drives (bordering on interminable with traffic) and more time away from home.
Want to stay within two hours of Brooklyn? Then two quaint villages await your perusal: Cold Spring in Putnam County, and Cornwall-on-Hudson in Orange County.
Cold Spring is your best bet in terms of travel. Take the Metro-North to the Cold Spring station which sits right in the center of town, at the bottom of Main Street.
The whole trip takes a little over an hour. From there, you can cab it to your accommodations. Drive time takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes.