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Bed and breakfasts near NYC

Between booking hotels and planning flights, vacations aren't always as relaxing as they should be. Bed and breakfasts are perfect for when you really want to unwind.

Leave the stress of work and the busy city streets behind and head to a B&B to take in ocean views, explore bits of history and relax on comfortable front porches.

Plan a spontaneous weekend getaway to one of these B&Bs near NYC.

Cromwell Manor Inn, Hudson Valley

Why not learn about the past while you're
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Why not learn about the past while you're relaxing at a B&B? The Cromwell Manor Inn is surrounded by history along the Hudson River. It's less than 15 minutes from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where football games, outdoor concerts and parades often take place. Its neighboring buildings are the former mansions of the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. This B&B is surrounded by 4,000 acres of hiking trails. Between historic mansions, horseback riding, mountain biking and kayaking, you'll never be bored. The Cromwell Manor Inn has two houses for guests to choose from: the Manor house, a grand estate with nine guest rooms and wood-burning fireplaces, and the 1764 House, a cozy cottage perfect for large groups. Rooms start at $190.

Location: 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall, N.Y.

Travel time: About an hour by car from midtown Manhattan.

Ruby’s Cove, North Fork

Ruby's Cove is only 127 steps to Main
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Ruby's Cove is only 127 steps to Main Street restaurants in the East End village of Greenport, according to the owner. The Bohemian-style B&B is top-rated on TripAdvisor.com and Yelp.com. The owner keeps a laid-back vibe -- there are no TVs. You should try to turn electronics off and explore the area on a bike (free of charge), kayak, swim or lounge on the porch. If the free bikes don't tempt you, there's also always a complimentary growler of beer or bottle of wine to share in the fridge. The original Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is right next door. Rooms start at $275.

Location: 151 Bay Ave., Greenport, N.Y.

Travel time: About 2.5 hours via car from midtown Manhattan; Just under 3 hours via Hampton Jitney and regularly scheduled LIRR service.

Sunrise Guest House, Montauk

Have you been dreaming of a beachfront getaway?
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Have you been dreaming of a beachfront getaway? Fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves at the Sunrise Guest House. The Montauk B&B has three suites, offering ocean views, and one smaller guest room. While not quite the Hamptons (20 minutes away), the area offers the same laid-back vibe. Run by a husband and wife duo, Sunrise Guest House is near the Montauk Lighthouse, a walking trail, spa, shopping center and the beach, of course. Rooms start at $295.

Location: 681 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, N.Y.

Travel time: About 2.5 hours by car from midtown Manhattan; Just under 3 hours via Hampton Jitney and regularly scheduled LIRR service.

Henry Sawyer Inn, Cape May

Henry Sawyer Inn will take you back to
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Henry Sawyer Inn will take you back to 1877. The Victorian-style cottage, run by the Morris family, has five rooms for you to choose from, plus a fireplace, porch and formal dining room. Breakfast is served between 8 and 9:30 a.m. daily, but early risers can sip on coffee and tea starting at 6:45 a.m. The Inn is near the beach and the Cape May County Zoo. But it's not just a summertime stay. This B&B gets decked out for the holidays, with multiple Christmas trees and collections of Victorian Santa dolls.

Location: 722 Columbia Ave., Cape May, N.J.

Travel time: Just under 3 hours via car from midtown Manhattan.

Brookview Manor Inn, Poconos

Surround yourself with nature at the Brookview Manor
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Surround yourself with nature at the Brookview Manor Inn in the Pocono Mountains. If you're into golfing, boating, horseback riding, skiing or snowboarding, you won't even mind the fact that the nearest grocery store is typically 40 minutes away. There are 11 rooms with old-world décor. The Inn hosts a murder mystery event on select weekends. Rooms start at $155.

Location: 4534 Rte. 447 Canadensis, Pa.

Travel time: Just under 2 hours by car from midtown Manhattan.

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