Looking for a second home (or just to get away)? Head North.

Many of my clients and friends have been looking upstate New York rather than to the beaches for a second home and as a weekend destination. Traffic is lighter, the crowds a bit more mellow and prices more reasonable. 

Check out Curbed's "A guide to the small towns of Hudson Valley and the Catskills" for a download on five of the best little towns north of NYC

Catskill

Visit if: You spend almost every Saturday at the Met

The view from the grounds of the Thomas Cole House.

The view from the grounds of the Thomas Cole House.

Millerton

Visit if: You’re a regular at estate sales and the Brooklyn Flea

Bottle Shop Antiques on the drive up to Millerton, in Millbrook, New York.

Bottle Shop Antiques on the drive up to Millerton, in Millbrook, New York.

Phoenicia

Visit if: Your hiking boots get more use than your sneakers

Kingston

Visit if: You’re over Hudson’s hipster vibes

Rondout Creek Bridge, Kingston, New York. Johnny Fogg

Rondout Creek Bridge, Kingston, New York. Johnny Fogg

Stone Ridge

Visit if: You’ve binged every episode of Restoration Home

The Cornelius Wynkoop Stone House, on Main Street.

The Cornelius Wynkoop Stone House, on Main Street.