A gazebo on a grassy field is a popular spot for locals to picnic.

Kristina Hayhurst

Talk of the Towns

April 23, 2018

City life can be overwhelming. I’ve felt it for a while, but when I left Manhattan for Easter I realized how much of a toll it had been taking on my mind. It’s loud here, everything is constantly in motion — I needed to slow down more than I knew. Often growing up, we take our small towns for granted. I remember dreaming about big city life and escaping the slower pace.

I wasn’t until I left it all behind that I learned to appreciate it. The idea for The Talk of the Towns came to me in a time of deep stress, when there was nothing I wanted more than to escape the city. We profiled seven small towns in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that are easy and cheap to travel to by bus or train. Take a day, leave the city, and come back a refreshed version of yourself.

+  Westport,CT  +

Westport, CT is a polished picture of home.

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+  Peekskill, NY  +

Peekskill, NY offers eclectic shores beyond the big city.

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+  Bear Mountain, NY  +

Bear Mountain offers picturesque views of the Hudson from hiking trails.

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+  FAIRFIELD, CT  +

Sights and sounds of Fairfield, CT will make you feel like a Gilmore Girl.

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+  Clinton, NJ  +

Clinton, NJ is a homey town and a pleasant escape from city life.

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+  Beacon, NY  +

Things to do in the quirky town of Beacon, NY.

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+  Princeton, NJ  +

Historic Princeton, NJ offers quaint, small-town views.

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