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Did the summer just sort of sneak up on you while you were chained to your cubicle? Yes, July 4th is next Saturday, and if you haven't yet booked your long-weekend escape, the pickings may be slim. That said, there are still places available for the taking (as of press time), and we've rounded them up for you at quintessential New Yorker destinations.
We suggest you gather a group of friends and pack into this charming Westhampton cottage, which will cost you $2,550 for July 3 to 6 (there's a three-night minimum). The backyard is large enough for croquet and a lot of sunbathing. There's also a screened-in porch for dining al fresco and sans mosquitos.
For about $2,000 this "geodesic dome home" (yes, you read that right), can be yours for four nights (that's the minimum over July 4 weekend). It sleeps six — with a loft and two additional bedrooms downstairs. The wraparound deck has an outdoor shower, grill, lounge chairs and dining table for lots of outdoor dining. There are beach chairs, an umbrella, toys, beach towels, and a wagon for your use. And the place is a block from the beach. Design nerds and beach fans rejoice.
Rent one of the cabins at J and S Reeve Cottages for about $500 a night (two-night minimum) and you get access to kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. You can swim and fish right off the docks, and your stay includes access to five local beaches. Plus, the three-acre waterfront property is located in Long Island wine country. Seriously, what's not to like?
This funky, two-floor, 1,500-square foot, three-bedroom house has a private lake. Eat out on the deck and you also get a view of Hunter Mountain. Book for at least two nights at $375/night.
This six-bedroom house in Sea Girt may not be on the beach, but it's got a pretty substantial pool area. We'd imagine that when you're not swimming or sunbathing by the pool or nearby beach, you'll probably just spend your time running around that house that makes your NYC apartment look like a dollhouse. Staying Friday through Monday will cost you about $1,800.