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Frugal Summer Fun Series: Discover a New Town

If you have a free day with not much to do and not much money to spend, why not get out of town? I’m not talking about a vacation – I’m talking about a day trip to another town šŸ™‚ It could be 10 minutes away, it could be an hour away. The point is to go discover a new place and enjoy everything it has to offer (within your budget of course).

I love walking around tiny towns that are filled with the most random of things. Little antique stores, hidden book shops, parks, libraries, independent stores, consignment stops, ice cream stands, retro diners and festivals galore. Put your credit cards away and a little cash in your pocket and adventure out to see what you can find!

For my local friends, here are a few favorites!

  • Beacon, NY. I’ve lived in Dutchess County practically my whole life so I know that Beacon hasn’t always looked the way it does now. It has hard sections. The school district has some issues. There are areas I walked around in at 2am 12 years ago that would give my parents a complete heart attack. BUT. Beacon is definitely changing. It’s filled with art galleries, unique eateries, shopping, antiquing, coffee shops and a fun flea market on Sundays (I bought a shirt for $1 last week!) The 2nd Saturday of every month is the most exciting time to visit. Shops are open late. Galleries are open to the public. There is music. There is food. There are sidewalk sales. And there are…unique(?) people at every corner haha. It’s an experience! Some shops I recommend: Beacon Bagel (seriously delicious sandwiches, gluten free bagels, friendly owners, organic coffee, espresso bar, kid friendly except no bathroom), Blackbird Attic Boutique (great consignment for the hip and cool without the high price tag), Dream In Plastic (a super eclectic, trendy, fun store with toys and collectibles and just crazy items you didn’t know you needed. Plus we’re friends with the owners and they’re the coolest roller derby girls ever), Bank Square Coffeehouse (that coffee house you’ve always wanted to go to. Every drink you can think of including a huge loose leaf tea selection, gluten free and gluten filled bakery items, beer and wine drinks too), Sukhothai (the best Thai food I’ve had outside of NYC. And so many options are gluten-free). I could honestly go on and on…but I won’t. Just seriously, go have fun. And last one, Poppy’s Burgers…grass-fed amazingness!
  • Coldspring, NY. Great little shops. More than a few ice cream places. A cool diner that serves gluten-free breakfast. The tot park is awesome. The library is old and just a piece of history.
  • New Paltz, NY. We haven’t been there in a while but we used to visit a lot. Fun shops. Yummy food. Unique people all over the place. Make sure to go on the side streets too!
  • Woodstock, NY. I can’t even explain how much fun Woodstock is. We haven’t been in a while just because a double stroller on a crowded sidewalk just sounds unappealing but if you don’t have that issue – go visit! So many shops and food and music and it’s…well….Woodstock!

I suggest doing a little research if you’re looking to make the most of your day or if you just want a fun experience, jump in the car and see where the day takes you — just don’t forget to pack some snacks and drinks to make it frugal šŸ˜‰


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