For those looking to step far outside of New York City without untethering entirely, Columbia County is located about two hours north just west of the Massachusetts border. Accessible to the city by Amtrak train, it offers a relaxing lifestyle without removing you from the modern world.
With a population of around 60,000, Columbia County may be quieter but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do. Many local farms call this county home and provide fresh produce for locals. Art lovers appreciate the many galleries, studios, and gardens found here, while the many heritage sites and open country roads offer plenty to see and explore. Theater, concerts, and festivals mean there’s always something happening, while the antique shops, boutiques, farmers’ markets, and bike trails mean there’s always something for everyone going on in Columbia County.