Mon Jul 19 2010
Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony, PA
Lake Harmony, PA
Sure it’s secluded, but the activity in this northestern Poconos nook is anything but sleepy. At the cozy Split Rock Resort, you can indulge in swimming, boating, archery and 27 holes of golf. For more adrenaline, hit the indoor water park where three slides drop you three stories and then recuperate at the tiki bar. Horseback riding and hiking are available in the area as well. (splitrockresort.com). Water park packages from $241 per night, two-night minimum; golf packages from $362 per night.
Lake Placid, NY
This town was the location of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, and you can still zip down (on wheels if it’s summer) the bobsled track (whiteface.com, adventure passport $54). Cool off with a dip in Mirror Lake, in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain. Across the water, pamper yourself at the Mirror Lake Inn (mirrorlakeinn.com; rooms from $299 with $50 resort credit) with a super-luxe Adirondack Maple Sugar Scrub treatment (50 minutes for $125).
Shawangunk Wine Trail, Ulster and Orange counties, NY
Start your vino jaunt in Washingtonville at the family-owned Brotherhood Winery (100 Brotherhood Plz, Washingtonville; 845-496-3661, brotherhoodwinery.net; tastings from $5), which claims to be America’s oldest. Sip your way north to Applewood Winery (82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick; 845-988-9292, applewoodwinery.com) and educate yourself with a wine tasting. Finally, stop in Pine Bush at Baldwin Vineyards (176 Hardenburgh Rd, Pine Bush; 845-744-2226, baldwinvineyards.com) to sample its trademark strawberry wine, made on premises along with 14 other varieties. Bring a designated driver and download a trail map (shawangunkwinetrail.com) for this 11-winery tour.
This is a small town with big-city ambitions. Thanks to local organization ArtSpace Connecticut (artspacect.com), a cavernous former warehouse on the riverfront is now home to live/work art studios and public gallery space. If you’re more interested in the environment than art, visit Willimantic’s own High Line, Garden on the Bridge, a restored stone bridge turned manicured garden on the edge of a waterfront park development (willimanticwhitewater.org).
The upstate hamlet still has the friendly, peace-loving funky vibe of the festival that took its name. Stop at Bread Alone (22 Mill Hill Rd, 845-679-2108, breadalone.com) and grab a loaf of whole grain Health bread before renting some wheels from Overlook Mountain Bikes (93 Tinker St, 845-679-2122, overlookmountainbikes.com; $10 per hour). Ride to Tannery Brook, a beloved swimming hole, and soak your toes with the locals. For a good sleep, head 15 minutes west to Kate’s Lazy Meadow in Mt. Tremper (lazymeadow.com; from $175 per night, with two-night minimum during summer and fall on weekends). There you’ll shack up in cabins built in the ’50s and Airstream trailers owned by B-52 Kate Pierson.
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