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How to Have the Perfect Staycation in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Skip airport headaches and get thee to one of Brooklyn’s most bustling—and fun!—neighborhoods.

Photo courtesy of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Looking to vacation somewhere near the water to unwind, eat good food, stroll lovely streets, and take in some culture? You don’t need to head to Italy; Brooklyn’s Dumbo area has all that and more.

DO: Check In and Check Out Breakfast In Bed

To get the most out of the neighborhood, stay overnight at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, steps from Brooklyn Bridge Park and featuring reclaimed materials, organic bedding, and sweeping views of the East River, Manhattan, and the Statue of Liberty. In the morning, grab delicious to-go pastries from Neighbors, a café conveniently located on the hotel’s ground level, and bring them back to bed. 60 Furman Street

EAT: At a Secret Sushi Spot

Take a short trip to Karasu, an intimate Japanese izakaya that’s a 15-minute drive or 14-minute bike ride from the hotel. Tucked into the back of neighborhood dining staple Walter’s, Karasu has a small but exquisite menu featuring sashimi, salads, and koji prime rib eye. 166 DeKalb Avenue

DRINK: Your New Favorite Cocktail at Gran Eléctrica

You can’t go wrong with a margarita, but why not try the playful ¡Ay Mamí!, with mezcal bruxo, pineapple and lime juices, maraschino cherry liqueur, and Campari bitters. Sit in the backyard, kick off your shoes, and toast yourself for knowing the best way to staycation. 5 Front Street

DO: Listen to Bach on the Water

Nothing enhances a lovely musical performance like the lapping sounds of the East River. Barge Music, a boat docked at Pier 1 under the Brooklyn Bridge (and a short walk from the hotel), hosts year-round concerts in an acoustically calibrated, wood-paneled cabin. Pier 1 

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