Calling all workaholics, overachievers and those plagued by cabin fever: If your dream for a relaxing mini vacay has drifted away with the waves of the summer, read on, and rest assured that our favorite mini-breaks will have you fishing for that same dream and turning it into reality.
Tarrytown- Castle on the Hudson
New Paltz- Mohonk Mountain House
Bedford Post Inn
Hole up in A-list celeb Richard Gere’s bed and breakfast ( Night in Rodanthe, anyone?), the Bedford Post Inn for a weekend of understated elegance. Gere’s hand-selected staff are ready to welcome you into their little piece of New England style paradise. From the double soaking antique claw baths, to the outdoor fireplace, this b&b amidst the woods is the place to go for a romantic weekend done right. The 8 rooms are all designed differently, with multiple textures and looks to create a personalized experience, just for you. In one room could be a tufted tan headboard, in another it could be a poster canopy bed. For your dining pleasure, there are two incredible restaurants, The Farmhouse, a fine dining experience and The Barn, a casual setting, both inspired by Italian and American delicacies. Nurture your spiritual side and go to the Yoga Loft, conveniently situated at the inn. For reservations call 914-205-3773.
Hope you got your fair share of summer's juiciest tomatoes, because they're all down hill from here, folks. The cool breeze brought us something new to mount on our fruit stand, “It's apple picking season!”
The nostalgic pleasure of laborious apple picking is far, far from the mind when the summer comes to a close. Nonetheless, the sentiment is true, there is nothing like tasting a fruit in its ideal state. So, the apple has come to take its seat on the “Septober” pedestal and on the list of DC things-to-do for the fall.
If you must take the bucolic route, do it the right way and go crawl around on the historic, apple-strewn grounds of Stribling Orchard in Markham, VA. Not only do they sport a fantastic selection of locally made products, pies, and cider, they are also located within a 3-mile drive of Naked Mountain Winery. Take your freshly picked harvest over to the winery for a harmonious trifecta of apples, wine, and cheese.