My husband has been working as an insurance claims adjustor for the Hurricane Sandy damage for the last month. I am flying to NYC (JFK) on Christmas Day and got a great price on a fancy hotel in Manhattan for 12/25-12/26. He is worn out from the long, stressful days and all the traffic (we live in a rural area of Texas with only 15,000 population in the entire county.)
While there are many interesting things to do in the city, I think we need to get out and see more of the scenery and historical sites away from the extremely busy areas.
We have a vehicle and can take off any direction as long as I get back to JFK on 1/1/2013.
Please help me with suggestions of routes, places to stay (not too expensive) and great local places to eat. I do have a cousin in Springfield, MA and would like to include that town along the way.
And our 34th wedding anniversary is New Year's Eve and would love a place to stay and eat out (not Times Square or necessarily even in NYC.)
Thanks in advance.