Publisher’s Picks: Last-minute getaways

As autumn rolls in, the carefree days of summer don’t have to end. From a scenic cruise along the Hudson River to a rejuvenating spa retreat, here’s a roundup of a few fall destinations for day trips or even guiltless and easy overnight affairs. So, pack your bags (or don’t!) and find your perfect getaway in the Garden State — it’s closer than you think.

Tom Hughes, publisher & chief revenue officer

Spa getaway

Take me away. With eight floors of pampering, including saunas, a therapy pool, a foot-massage walk and a rooftop infinity pool, plus available spa services from head to toe — literally — it’s easy to spend the day here. If one day isn’t enough, no problem — SoJo has a 30-room hotel.

SoJo Spa Club, Edgewater

Room rate: From $395; Spa special rate: $50

Atlantic City adventure

Lucky 7s. Shiny and new, with world-class entertainment, and right on the Boardwalk, the property boasts ample guestrooms, plus amenities including the Rock Spa & Salon, Body Rock Fitness Centre, luxury retail and the world-famous Rock Shop — featuring Hard Rock merchandise and classic music memorabilia. Don’t forget to try your luck on the casino floor, followed by dinner at Robert’s — the in-house steakhouse.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City 

Room rate: From $79

Hudson River cruise

A 2½-hour tour. Cruise north along the Hudson River past the George Washington Bridge, and enjoy picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline as well as the fall colors of the changing landscape. Lunch cruises include freshly prepared seasonal cuisine as well as live DJ entertainment and games on the rooftop deck.

Spirit Cruises, Lincoln Harbor Marina, Weehawken 

Price: $67.90 per adult