For me, the 4th of July used to mean a BBQ followed by lighting up fireworks bought from some shady part of Chinatown, followed by a meat hangover the next day. Oh, how times have changed!
This year, we decided to have a low-key, upstate trip to Kingston, NY. Our main motive was to go to a “Twin-Peaksy” type place with plenty of nature, (hopefully) vegan yumminess and hiking. I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed my trip!
For transportation from NYC, we had two options: Amtrak ($41 round trip economy) or Trailways Bus Line ($52.50). However, being that I booked on a Monday leaving on Saturday, there were no cheap Amtrak tickets left, so we went with the Trailways Bus option. BIG mistake.
First of all, I neglected my investigative consumer instinct on reading the yelp reviews for Trailways. If you click through, you can see all the jilted customers they’ve left in their trailway (sorry couldn’t help myself). I took a look at yelp during the long 40 minute wait on line at the Trailway Penn Station gate, which BY THE WAY I ran through the station to “catch” since I thought we would miss the bus. Should’ve taken my sweet time to enjoy a vegan Auntie Anne’s pretzel instead 😒
In order to really enjoy our getaway, renting a car was essential. Since the stupid Trailways bus made us miss our Enterprise appointment (they close doors at 1:00 PM up there, nice, huh?), I quickly used the wonder of the internet to find a rental car business that would be open by the time we arrived on Trailways time. Ron at Sensible Car Rental, thanks for saving our behinds!
Also, we were super lucky that Uber just started operating the same week of our trip, or else it would’ve been a 40 min trek to the rental car joint.
We stayed at a cozy Airbnb that had a horse stable right next to it and the sounds of the forest waking us up each morning. As much as I love nature, I didn’t enjoy being woken up by chickadees mating. SHUT UP YA BIG FAT FEATHERED BLOBS! #newyorker