3 hours from where??? It takes me 3 hours to get to upstate NY (heck I've spent 5 hours on the Deegan coming from upstate NY with an accident) and not deep with normal traffic. I looked far and wide in what is now yuppie Vermont but 6+ hours was the shortest trip to some nice property I've seen. Don't get me wrong, Vermont is beautiful, but I don't see how it is realistically close to LI, the commute was the biggest turnoff in my search for a realistically close-by second property.
Like it says in my post . " less than 3 hours from Bridgeport " Spending 5 hours on the Maj. Deagan is one reason I chose NOT to go through the nyc area to get to my property .I really enjoy my ride to Vt. and it is one of the reasons I chose the area.