Catskills + Hudson Valley

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In mid-August, I spot an intriguing item in the newspaper: to supplement their incomes, dozens of farmers across the country are planting corn in the shape of mazes. It reminds me of my childhood in Ohio, when a big group of us would race through ...
The evening I arrived at Esalen in a torrential, one might even say biblical, rain, rockslides closed the Pacific Coast Highway in both directions. I was among the last of the guests to make it in. At the gatehouse, a young man in a slicker checke...
North America Iconic Hikes Our top picks for tackling some of the most scenic U.S. landscapes. Yosemite National Park, California: On the Yosemite Walking & Hiking tour from Backroads, stroll beneath an 1,800-year-old giant sequoia in the park’...
On a sunny morning in Hudson, New York, the skies hazy as though made of milk glass, I stand on Warren Street, trying to make sense of this town’s layered history. Set on the Hudson River less than 100 miles north of New York City, the town’s hist...
Day 1: New York City to Livingston Manor to Cochecton (154 miles) Leave the Manhattan skyline behind on the two-hour drive north on the Palisades Parkway. Hop on NY-17 to enter the Catksills Region, which begins in the scenic former lumber town o...
Most people assume rock climbing requires bulging arm muscles and a nonchalant attitude toward bodily harm. Neither is true. In reality, climbers need to have the concentration of chess players and, at least initially, to be in moderate physical c...
Maine’s Southern Coast(260 miles round-trip from Boston) This is Maine at its most alluring: a rich landscape where sunrise on a sandy beach can be followed by a hike through a mist-shrouded wildlife preserve, where a lobster-roll lunch can prece...
My favorite days of the year are ones when the Amtrak train pulls me up to Hudson, New York. I’m being slowly chugged out of Manhattan, past the sun-dappled Hudson River, past some of America’s most storied suburbs with their spotless platforms. W...
Only on the web: More Responses to Our Parents' Poll Question Tony Hawk CHAMPION SKATEBOARDER My three boys [Riley, 12, Spencer, 5, and Keegan, 2] and I love the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui—an amazing family place with a labyrinth of waterslide...
Getting There From Manhattan, northern Dutchess County is a 2 1/2-hour drive up the Taconic State Parkway to Route 199 and Red Hook, or via the Saw Mill River Parkway to I-684, then Route 22 to Amenia or Millerton. Amtrak service between New ...
For us, no souvenir is sexier than a taste of something discovered on our travels--farmhouse goat cheese from the Pyrenees, Isle of Skye smoked salmon, a rose-colored soft drink from Ladakh, India. But who wants to lug such delicacies home?A stink...
Whether you're headed to St.-Tropez or Santa Cruz this summer, there's a sunscreen tailor-made for your travel plans YOUR DESTINATION: A sail to the stylish shores of Monte Carlo. PACK: Bain de Soleil Luminessence SPF 8 Sunscreen ($9.59). Your s...
Don't let the frivolous pink façade of Lefèvre House fool you. Behind the Victorian frippery is a sleek, European-style inn. The 1870's farmhouse in New Paltz, New York, a funky mountain town 90 minutes north of Manhattan, puts a contemporary spin...
Inside: the Facts. As we arrived at Sprout Creek Farm, a dairy just southeast of Poughkeepsie, on a warm May morning, the pastures were bathed in a soft, sparkling light that made every blade of grass and leaf look sheathed in glass. Cows graz...
Sure, there's a fitness center, but who needs it?After a day of rappelling the glacial outcroppings of neighboring 12,000-acre Minnewaska State Park Preserve, guests at Minnewaska Lodge—75 miles north of New York City in Ulster County—are more inc...