Looking to make the most of the precious few summer weekends we have left? Rent a car (or find a friend with one), skip the Hamptons traffic, and head North for a dreamy day exploring all the It-Destinations upstate has to offer. From Hudson to the Catskills, you can indulge in cider-tasting, art-viewing, antique-shopping and more. A mini country escape just a couple of hours out of the city? Count us in.

[Photo courtesy Seminary Hill Cidery]