Cold Spring, NY
Head 50 miles north of Manhattan, and you'll be in the quaint town of Cold Spring. Located on the Hudson River, there is an impressive amount of history here. The town was founded in the early 18th century. Stroll through downtown and make your way through the shops, coffee houses, boutiques, and restaurants. Take the ferry to the remains of Bannerman Castle. Built-in 1901, it is a shell of its former glory. Francis Bannerman was an ammunition dealer who needed a place to store his wares outside of the city. He found Pollepel Island and built storage and a home for his family. Tragedy struck one day, causing an explosion and fire to the castle. Today, you can tour the grounds and see what is left of the castle and other structures.