Ways to escape: New York City

 

Even the most resilient Manhattanites dream of escaping New York City in August. While the city offers infinite rooftop pools, frozen indulgences, and the long shade of skyscrapers to ward off the relentless summer sun, often the most enticing option is a swift getaway to one of the surrounding beach towns by any means necessary.

 

For gridlocked urbanites, a motorcycle is more than a mode of transport, it's a golden ticket. On a hot day in the city, Williamsburg’s motorcycle oasis Jane is a must-visit for motorheads and cold brew connoisseurs alike. Hold on to your messenger bag: at high speeds, the Ducati Sport Classic 1000 halves travel time. Arriving at the upscale oceanside town of Montauk for a day of rest and fine dining can take as little as two hours, but there is good reason to wander away from Highway 495. Take a detour to East Hampton to visit the areas numerous historical sites and rich artistic heritage, or head towards Long Island’s North Shore for a stop at Oheka Castle in Huntington. The moment of pulling up to the gleaming dunes of Montauk’s beaches on a motorcycle makes the sizzling streets of Manhattan seem like a distant dream.

 

While traffic can hamper a timely escape from the city, there is never rush hour out on the open water. From SailTime at New York’s Chelsea Piers, a proficient navigator can travel to innumerable nearby beach destinations that feel worlds away. Sailing the calm waters up to Long Island Sound, a tidal estuary stretching over 100 miles, not only yields magnificent views of the secluded beaches but access to New England cities dotting the coast like New Haven, Bridgeport, and Beacon--each equipped with the makings of a perfect day trip. For a quainter experience, sail through the Thimble Islands, a miniature archipelago, or dock the boat anywhere along the coast of Connecticut for fresh lobster lunch and visits to historic and picturesque lighthouses along the cliffs. The weekender bag accommodates the necessities of any overnight stay, whether it’s in the small beachside village of Noank, Connecticut or the cultural hub of Beacon, New York.