Locals and visitors alike looking to discover nearby getaway experiences will appreciate a variety of brand new trips offered this month and throughout the year on the newly branded I LOVE NEW YORK Bus. Throughout the month of August, planning an affordable much-needed summer escape to popular Hamptons destinations is easier with new tours. The new excursions are also on the agenda for the fall season.
Hampton Jitney was selected as the transportation partner for the I LOVE NEW YORK Bus, a new tourism initiative launched last October to provide easy and comfortable year-round transport from New York City to some of the state’s most popular attractions and experiences. Locations include wine, beer, and cider trails; seasonal festivals; and mountain ski destinations.
Listed below are just a few of the many seasonal trips, offered for the first time, as part of Hampton Jitney’s extensive tour schedule:
Counted among the nation’s top beaches and most popular South Fork attractions, white-sand Cooper Beach features a concession stand, chair and umbrella rentals, bathrooms with fresh water showers, and lifeguard stations. Buses leave from NYC at 8 a.m., include a short shuttle ride over to the beach upon arrival in Southampton, and depart for the city at 5 p.m. Offered on Tuesday and Wednesday through August 26, and priced at $84 per person.
Taste of the Hamptons
Food-lovers and museum-goers will want to take advantage of this fun-filled day that includes a docent tour of Water Mill’s Parrish Art Museum, a wine tasting at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponach, and strolling along the quaint streets of Sag Harbor. The day concludes over hor d’oeuvres and beer tastings at Southampton’s Publick House Brewery, and a quick pit stop at the Country Garden Farm Stand. Bus trips leave from NYC at 8 a.m. and depart the Hamptons at 7:30 p.m., and are priced at $199 per person.
Wine, Food and Craft Beer Fest at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck
For nearly half a century, the annual Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival has celebrated some of the best wineries, distilleries, and tastes from across New York State. And for the first time this year, the Valley’s Craft Beer Fest has been added to the spirited agenda. Pour a pinot, sip a stout, feast on food trucks, and catch cooking demos from celebrity chefs showcasing their regional cuisine. The event takes place on Saturday, September 12, with buses leaving the city at 9 a.m. and departing from the festival at 5 p.m. Priced at $129 per person. Tour package includes festival admission and wine tasting OR beer tasting ticket; ticket holders have access to both festivals with additional charge for samples at opposite festival.
Hudson River Valley Tour/Pride of the Hudson Cruise and Motorcyclepdia Museum
This scenic getaway kicks off with lunch at Newburgh Brewing Company, followed by a narrated cruise along the Hudson River. Then it’s off to the unique Motorcyclepedia Museum to view their impressive collection of specialty and antique motorcycles. Bus trips are scheduled on Saturday, October 3 and 17, leave the city at 9 a.m., return at approximately 7 p.m., and tickets are priced at $169 per person.