This Island Feels Worlds Away From Manhattan (But It's Only an 8-Minute Ferry)

The searing July sun beats down as we weave between tourists sporting "I ❤ NYC" T-shirts, lolling about as they wait for their Statue of Liberty tours to start. My boyfriend and I are in a part of Manhattan we rarely frequent, but here we are darting through the chaotic Financial District with our weekender bags in tow, motivated by a single image we'd seen a few weeks prior.

The scene we're chasing seems too good to be true. A mere eight-minute ferry ride away sits Governors Island, a 172-acre green space that's home to two buzzy attractions: Island Oyster, a waterfront seafood restaurant and bar with an unrivaled city view, and Collective Retreats, a luxury glamping retreat that looks worlds away from Manhattan. The island is more accessible than ever this summer, thanks to a late-night ferry service sponsored by Grey Goose. Watch the sunset from Island Oyster with a Le Grand Fizz in hand, and then catch the last ferry at 11 p.m. back to the city (or retreat to your plush tent).

As the ferry crosses the 800-yard stretch toward Governors Island, the chaos and stifling heat of Manhattan slip away. Up ahead: coastal cycling paths, fresh East Coast oysters, lawn games, and one of the best vodka martinis we've ever had. Bon voyage, Manhattan—here's why New Yorkers are escaping to Governors Island in droves.

Loved the cocktails you had at Island Oyster? Try them at home with these three-ingredient cocktail recipes.

This press trip was hosted by Grey Goose. Editors' opinions are her own.