Weekend Ideas: East Coast
Who would have thought New York City would make the cut for introvert travel personalities? But in reality, New York City is a ghost town during the summer months as residents flee to the Hamptons and elsewhere. It’s the perfect time for wandering through 200 of the world’s best museums without the crowds. A few to consider:
- The New York Historical Society – This is the oldest museum in the city, dating back to 1804, and will call history buffs of all ages. Browse for hours on end, an introvert’s dream, at The Patricia D. Lkingenstien Library, which houses three million periodicals, books, newspapers, maps, photographs and more from our nation’s beginnings through slavery, Reconstruction, and beyond. The Gilder Lehrman Collection is where you can view signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, Thirteenth Amendment, and Constitution. Tip: Save on Friday evenings from 6 PM – 8 PM as entry is donation styled.
- The Whitney Museum – Houses a collection of American art, focusing on upcoming artists, and art from the 20th- 21st century. Its permanent collection offers visitors more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and artifacts of new media by more than 3,000 artists. New exhibitions are the perfect complement to their permanent collection.
- You’ll want to stop and grab a bite at one of the two onsite restaurants. The views alone are worth the trip. Floor One is a seasonal American restaurant with an emphasis on vegetables while Floor Eight is a studio cafe, perfect for a quick snack.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) – This is probably one of the most extraordinary museums in the world, so yeah, if you only have time for one, make it the Met. Tip: Check before you go as they often run summer specials. After you’ve wandered through two million objects covering 5,000 years of world history, you will want to shop the Met Store for unique treasures not found anywhere else.
Beyond the museums, the city’s culinary offerings will have your head spinning.
Here are a few ideas to get you started, and Thrillist has a great list of places to dine in the Big Apple:
- The Shake Shack – One of the first restaurants my NYC friends took me to when I visited many moons ago. The food is fabulous, they are planet-friendly, and their prices are affordable. Did I say the food is fabulous?
- Tavern On The Green – In Central Park is, Iconic. Need I say more.
- Milk & Roses – An Italian restaurant in an intimate library setting complete with a rose garden if you prefer outdoor seating. It’s a cozy spot and one of Brooklyn’s best.
Weekend Ideas: West Coast
Seattle, Washington, maybe a bit much for introverts, but a gorgeous slice of unhurried paradise is found a ferry ride away on Bainbridge Island, the bedroom community of Seattle. The island encompasses 28 square miles with 53-miles of shoreline and a population that hovers around 20,000. The town is quaint and intimate and has managed to escape the over tourism epidemic that so many small towns in America are facing. Great news for introverts!
Hop on the ferry and dock just up the hill from the charming town of Winslow. If you didn’t bring your car, no worries, the town offers bike rentals, which are ideal for exploring the backroads and the more hidden areas of the island. Don’t miss the Bainbridge wineries, as they capture the essence of the place.
A Few Other Ideas to Explore
- Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market – A place where fresh bread, artisan pasta, barbecue, sandwiches, and omelets can be purchased at shops, stalls, and coffee spots.
- Viking Ice Cream – Has its roots in Scandinavia and offers some of the best local flavors available on the island, which are made from the freshest locally produced ingredients.
- Bloedel Reserve – Is nod to the Japanese influence on the island with an immersive, Zen-like vibe. A French style chateau-greats visitors before they step foot into the thick forest of conifer, pine, Japanese maple trees, and lichen-covered fallen trees. Visitors can spot local wildlife, look up for migratory birds, and stroll the woods and swampy lakes of the Reserve.
Friendly Small Town Ideas to Celebrate Labor Day
- White Sands, New Mexico – Bring your camera and enjoy the rolling pure-white dunes which stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s a mystical place, still, and the bleached-white landscape is unearthly.
- Knoxville, Tennesse – Has a beautiful farmers market, and fun places to hike:
- Ijams Nature features 10 miles of trails, rock formations, lakes, and jaw-dropping overlooks.
- Down the road from Ijams Visitor Center is the beautiful Mead’s Quarry, a tranquil escape and the perfect place to spend a kid-friendly day enjoying the great outdoors canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota – Is an ideal Labor Day getaway for great outdoor enthusiasts. The Walker Art Museum greets visitors with oversized outdoor sculptures, while the Mississippi River Trail is the thing to do for reflection and stillness, while nearby small towns hold many secret escapes.
- Ocean Springs, Mississippi – Is a quaint small town on the Gulf of Mexico. Its charming downtown area is walkable and welcoming with Mom & Pop shops, curated eateries, and local art. The golf coast is blocks away, and the area offers boutique Inns perfect for an overnight stay.
- Sundance Wyoming – Black Hills National Forest is not as famous as Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, but it offers awe-inspiring climbs and recreational opportunities perfectly suited for reflection and pondering, the introvert’s way of enjoying the beauty of nature. Stay at one of the park’s 39 campgrounds and explore to your heart’s content hiking, biking, climbing, or fishing.
Labor Day Ideas for Introvert Travel Personalities
I hope you find this blog post useful. It’s always my intention to create itineraries that meet and exceed your travel personality traits. Let me know if you do happen to visit any of the places I mentioned above. I would love to hear more about your experiences.
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