The Jade Hotel, 52 W. 13th St., New York, N.Y., (212) 375-1300, www.thejadenyc.com
drive time: About two hours.
the scoop: Art-deco styling makes this 113-room boutique hotel a jazzy gem in the heart of Greenwich Village.
amenities: The on-site Grape & Vine serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails.
don’t miss: Get a real taste of New York at the Union Square Greenmarket in nearby Union Square Park, where more than 100 farmers and other regional food purveyors gather on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Be sure to check in at the information tent to see what cooking demos and tastings are slated for the day.