I have never had a car in the city. The luxury of having a car always sounded like more of a nuisance. Call me converted because having a car now especially during the summer has provided some fun excursions on the weekend (not to mention much easier Trader Joe's trips). It's probably like that first time you get a washer/dryer in your apartment; it's hard to go back. One such trip recently was to Bedford, NY in the Hudson River Valley. What feels like miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this quaint town is about a 90 minute drive (also easily accessible via Metro North). The highlight is Dia:Beacon, a massive modern art museum housed in 300,000 square foot former Nabisco factory. The space alone allows for works of art you can't find in NYC. After you get your fill of art, be sure to walk Main Street to stop in to the many small galleries. You also can't beat the picturesque Roundhouse for dinner which overlooks a waterfall. Get out before the summer is over!