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.
It is the first day of Fall and already we’re craving apples. Not those store bought, Gristedes-esque apples, but the freshly picked treasures that are plucked by your own hands. Although we just missed peach season, there is still plenty of fruit, ripe for the picking. You have a choice of plums, tomatoes, apples, pears and pumpkins. How does it work, you ask? Easy, you get a bag and pick to your heart’s content, then your pickins’ are weighed (charge is per pound so be sure to get what you need- although we know how enticing it is to fill as many apple bags as possible.) That’s not all there is to do at Dubois Farms. If you’re with your sweetie, kiss in the dead end corners of their corn maze, check out the wagon ride around their expansive farm, or visit the bakery for delicious homemade treats (we’re talking fresh from the oven) like pumpkin pie, apple pie and preserves. For the kids, bring them to “Tiny Town,” a miniature, brightly colored, village, delight them with pony rides and a visit to the farm animals. With tons to do plus a barbeque each weekend until the end of the season (November), you’re bound to love this family friendly farm. For more information, go to http://www.duboisfarms.com/
Tarrytown- Castle on the Hudson
Just forty minutes outside of NYC is the charming historical town of Tarrytown. Home to Washington Irving’s fairy tale property (think Sleepy Hollow), Sunnyside, and Lyndhurst; a majestic castle that sits with the Hudson River as its backdrop; this town has many low-key things to do for a relaxing weekend getaway. Book the prestigious boutique hotel, Castle on the Hudson, for the royal treatment. Each suite has a regal tone with gold accents, thick drapery, and arguably the most comfortable beds New York has to offer. Really, when is the next time you can say you’ve slept in a castle (unless you’re Kate Middleton, of course)? While there, check out the pool, oversized chess set and did we mention the Zagat rated, palate experience, Equus? This restaurant is a must in Tarrytown, with the quality and presentation of NYC’s finest dining. Also, be sure to check out the quaint downtown for upscale boutiques and cute restaurants. For reservations, go to http://www.castleonthehudsonhotel.com
New Paltz- Mohonk Mountain House
Traveling ninety minutes upstate, you will find yourself in outdoor activity central, New Paltz. More specifically, Mohonk Mountain House, which may have you reminiscing on 80s favorite Dirty Dancing. With traditional Victorian rooms and cottages, you’ll feel right at home in this cozy hotel. While sexy young Patrick Swayze won’t be able to swoop you into a dancing frenzy (sigh), you will, however, be able to explore through their 85 acre hiking trails (think Jennifer Gray learning balance, while crossing the fallen log). That’s not all there is to do at Mohonk. You can also play on a 110 year old Scottish golf course, go rock climbing, and strap on some ice skates to glide across the 18,000 square foot rink. If you’re sore from all of the daily programs, you can indulge in a spa day at the resort. For handmade arts and crafts, head over to their downtown area. For reservations go to http://www.mohonk.com/
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.
Oh, the famous NY RenFaire, a once in a lifetime must. And with only a few weeks left before the end of season, you should definitely spend a day, frolicking with these medieval mistresses and mongrels. The faire opens daily from 10:00-6:30, and you’ll want to get there early to experience the various activities and shows. You can welcome the queen, watch jousting tournaments, see a living chess match, and even be knighted. This upcoming weekend is Romance Weekend, which has a free wine tasting, renewal of your vows, treats and (our personal favorite) wooing. For admission go to http://renfair.com/ny/index.asp