or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Best Route from NYC to Stratton?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Best Route from NYC to Stratton?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
The Stratton Mtn. website gives two different possible routes from NYC.

Can anyone tell me which is better? And is it really only 4 hours from NYC to Stratton, or is that advertising hype?
post #2 of 12
Thats probably correct. It took us about 6 hours to get to Stratton and it probably takes 2 hours to get to NYC from here. That includes rest stops. Anyway, we used the I-80 w route, through Jersey, to the NY Throughway, through the Catskills, past Albany, through Troy into VT. That said without rest stops the total drive time for us would have probably been about 5 1/2 hrs, and well worth it too. Stratton is really an excellent place and an excellent big mountain experience.
post #3 of 12
I agree with PA RR. Get to the Thruway your favorite way. Then north to Albany, east to Troy, Bennington, and north on VT 7 to 11-30 in Manchester. But I think 4 hrs is reasonable with no rush hour traffic. I make it from Philadelphia in 5 and a half. Stratton is really fun. Hope the weather holds.
post #4 of 12
The Thruway goes too far west. Take the Taconic Parkway to the last exit before the tolls at the end, then take NY 295 east to NY 22 north, to NY 7 east to Bennington VT, then VT 7 north to Manchester. It will take 5 hours minimum by the Thruway, maybe 4.5 hours by the Taconic.

Don't even think about going through Brattleboro.

If the weather is bad, take the Thruway.

RR
post #5 of 12
We make the drive to Stratton from NW NJ in just under 4 hrs,including stops, going up the Thruway following PA RR directions. From Queens Rolands route is probably faster. And don't even think about going through Brattleboro.
post #6 of 12
OK - Thruway to 787, over Collar City Bridge - that's Rt7 aka Hoosick St. At the top of the hill stop at Mazelli's for cold cuts and stuff. Roasted Turkey for sandwhich makin - the best.

Stop at Two Bro. for great pizza.

Go to Bennington and watch for Hemming's News. Take the next left to dodge the city center.

On the way home to avoid trafic take Rt 22 (left off Rt 7 a little way out of Bennington) then grab Rt 2 all the way into Troy and over the Hudson. Pick up 787 south and you are "truckin".

By the way, why Stratton.
post #7 of 12
What Roland Rock said. Just watch out for various speed traps on the Taconic. You'll find them mostly near the beginning & end, but sometimes, they'll try to surprise you.
post #8 of 12
If you leave NY by the Garden State Parkway, the Thruway is probably the better way. If you can get to the Major Deegan faster than the GSP, get off the Major Deegan at Central Park Ave in Yonkers, turn right and get the Taconic (maybe it's called Sprain in Yonkers ) about 1/2 miles on Central. Central Ave is OK at any time.

Don't use the Sawmill River Parkway. If you have to, there's a sign for the Taconic P'way by way of the Cross County. Don't take the bait. That's the long way around. Sawmill ends up at Taconic further north.

If you use the Whitestone Bridge, take
Hutchinson River P'way to Cross County P'way (exit 12) west to Sprain to Taconic. If you use the Throgs Neck Bridge, switch to the Whitestone.

Regards, John
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
That's exactly the way I drive to Hunter.

Whitestone to CC to Sprain; Taconic, (then I-84 to Thruway to Hunter..).

It's only 4 miles longer than taking the Deegan, and I avoid all those delays at the Tappan Zee construction zone.

And the drive along the Taconic, past the old Fahnestock ski slope, is beautiful in the morning.

When I drive to Stratton to buy new boot liners at Startinggate in Bondville, I'll take the Taconic.
post #10 of 12
Be careful on the Taconic, when you spin off, its better on the Thruway than on the Taconic. I railed on the Taconic before and its not a good feeling. Perhaps 684 to Brewster and 22 all the way? Well, the 22 is not a wide open either.
post #11 of 12
Quote:
Originally posted by JackW:
Be careful on the Taconic, when you spin off, its better on the Thruway than on the Taconic. I railed on the Taconic before and its not a good feeling. Perhaps 684 to Brewster and 22 all the way? Well, the 22 is not a wide open either.
Guys who like to drive like the Taconic, but a lot of people don't like it. It's narrow and turny, especially at the southern end, and it's hard find a place for the girls to pee. But there's no trucks. North of Exit 17, the Thruway is a 2 lane trucks-in-the-left-lane parade.

RR
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
I love the Taconic driving up, in the morning, but coming back, after dark, the headlights of cars headed in the opposite direction are in my eyes, it's ugly.

The Thruway is wide enough to avoid that.

BTW I was doing about 80, following a line of trucks north of exit 17, and an SUV pulling a U Haul passed us, doing at least 85!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Best Route from NYC to Stratton?