Cold Spring, N.Y.
If you’re looking for a quaint small village with a thriving restaurant scene, Cold Spring in Putnam County, N.Y. — not to be confused with Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island — is a charming town scenically located alongside the Hudson River, 35 miles north of Manhattan. It’s a commutable hour and 15 minutes by car or train (Metro North) from the city.
Chic boutiques and local mom and pop shops on Main Street will have you sauntering through natural home remedy shops (Cold Spring Apothecary), craft stores (The Country Touch) and then stopping off for lunch at the Cold Spring Depot. Arts and entertainment are centered around the Philipstown Depot Theatre located in Garrison Landing, which is a local performing arts center which hosts plays, festivals, films and classes for young and older alike.
With stunning parks, a summer Shakespeare Festival and a yoga center, not to mention a striking view of the Hudson, it’s almost enough to make an urban dweller forget all about Soho and Williamsburg.
A fairly modern home with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in almost 3,000 square feet is currently listed for $649,000. More budget minded buyers might consider a renovated two-bedroom and 1.5-bath condo with just under 1,000 square feet that is listed at $280,000.