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1 Greenwich Hotel
Greenwich Hotel
377 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10013

You talkin' to me? Yes, Robert De Niro is an owner of the Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa, De Niro's backyard and a neighborhood he's helped put on the map as a culinary and cultural benchmark. Despite the big name behind it, the Greenwich flies under the radar, with an unmarked entrance leading to a lobby without a discernible theme. Upstairs, rooms combine Moroccan, French, and Japanese styles, with lots of tile, rugs covering floors made from reclaimed oak, and French doors. No two rooms are decorated alike. Locanda Verde, Andrew Carmellini's Italian hot spot downstairs, serves rustic Italian fare. The spa is done in a traditional Japanese style, as is the hotel pool. Pros:

varied yet clever room decoration; great restaurant.


odd lobby; price out of sync with quality; can be costly in high season. www.thegreenwichhotel.com. 88 rooms, 16 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, spa, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Subway: 1 to Franklin St.

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2 Hotel Gansevoort
Hotel Gansevoort
18 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10014

Don't you hate it when a younger sibling shows you up? Unfortunately, that's the case at the Gansevoort, which is looking a bit frumpy since the Standard opened a few blocks to the west. Still, there's plenty to like at this chic Meatpacking District pioneer, starting with the sleek rooms that overlook the city or the Hudson River, a rooftop deck with a 45-foot heated pool that remains a draw for locals and tourists alike, and even video-game systems delivered to your room for free. The furnishing themselves are starting to show signs of wear, though the Exhale spa works much better now that it doesn't have to double as a lounge. What was once the high-end restaurant Ono is now the scaled-down Tanuki Tavern, but it's still serving Asian fusion fare. Pros:

rooftop pool; wonderful art collection; nice amenities.


too-trendy location at times; worn rooms; slipshod service. www.hotelgansevoort.com. 166 rooms, 21 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bars, pool, gym, spa, business center, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Subway: A, C, E, L to 14th St. and 8th Ave.

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3 InterContinental New York Times Square
InterContinental New York Times Square
300 W. 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

The new InterContinental stands to be a top contender among places to stay in midtown, with a central location (mere blocks from the heart of Broadway, Times Square and Hell's Kitchen) and reasonable room rates. Standard guest rooms are decorated in muted shades of brown, beige and tan, providing a much-needed, calming retreat from the chaotic streets below. They come outfitted with modern amenities like coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, and in-room computers; wired or wiressless Internet access is available. For the foodie traveler, the hotel's lobby-level French-brasserie restaurant, Ça Va (featuring a special pre-theater menu), is operated by celebrity chef Todd English; no need to travel for a good meal. Pros: close to many different subway lines and a bus terminal; in-house restaurant helmed by celebrity chef; attentive staff. Cons:

no pool; fee for Internet. www.intercontinental.com. 518 rooms, 29 suites. In-room: a/c, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 1 restaurant, bar, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority Bust Terminal.

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4 Le Parker Meridien
Le Parker Meridien
118 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

A splash of kookiness in otherwise staid Midtown, the Parker is a whimsical place to visit, and the little touches shine through. Start with the lobby, where Burger Joint is hiding behind a velvet curtain. This carefully dressed-down fast-food restaurant serves one of the city's best patties. If you've got more scratch, there's always the famous $1,000 omelet at Norma's for brunch or breakfast, though the restaurant also serves slightly more cost-effective options. Rooms are modern functionalist, with low platform beds and televisions hidden in recessed, cherry-paneled cabinets that rotate. Views of Central Park are worth asking after, though city views are also impressive. The 15,000-square-foot gym is one of the largest in the city, and especially nice for a hotel. One caveat: the boffo lobby, with marble floors and archways supported by hand-painted columns, can get crowded at peak times. Pros:

lively, animated spirit; best hotel gym in the city; fun eating options; tech-friendly rooms.


lobby is a public space; small bathrooms. www.parkermeridien.com. 484 rooms, 249 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet. In-hotel: 3 restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted. Subway: B, D, E, N, Q, R to 57th St.

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5 Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental
80 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023

The Mandarin brings some Asian style to a rather staid corner of New York. Its cavernous lobby sizzles with energy from the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center. From two wonderful lounges and the restaurant Asiate you can soak in dramatic views above Columbus Circle and Central Park. On the higher floors silk throws abound on plush beds, and the marble-clad bathrooms prove the Mandarin's commitment to excess. That said, the regular rooms feel small when they're contrasted with the monumental frame created by floor-to-ceiling glass, and the view it presents. Suites are really what set this hotel apart, by creating enough stage space to make the hotel's Asian-influenced decor really dazzle. The swimming pool is one of the city's best in a hotel, with panoramic Hudson River views, and the elaborate spa is also impressive. A caveat: breakfast at Asiate (around $50) is an expensive proposition, so consider a pastry at Bouchon in the Time Warner Center instead. Pros:

fantastic pool views; all the resources of the Time Warner Center; expansive suites.


Trump hotel blocks portion of park views; expensive; mall-like surroundings. www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork. 202 rooms, 46 suites. In-room: a/c, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa. Credit cards accepted. Subway: A, B, C, D, 1 to 59th St./Columbus Circle.

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6 Millennium UN Plaza
Millennium UN Plaza
1 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

This sky-high tower near the United Nations begins on the 28th floor. The rooms, which make generous use of warm woods and neutral tones, have breathtaking views—get one facing west, toward Manhattan. The multilingual staff caters to a discerning clientele that includes heads of state. The views also dazzle from the elegant 27th-floor pool and health club, and the indoor rooftop tennis court attracts name players. Service throughout the hotel is first-rate, though the common areas have seen better days. Pros:

unbeatable East River and city views; good value; great front-door and bell staff.


a walk to the subway; pricey Internet access. www.millenniumhotels.com. 382 rooms, 45 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, tennis court, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7, S to 42nd St./Grand Central.

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7 The Peninsula
The Peninsula
700 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

Stepping through the Peninsula's Beaux-Arts facade onto the grand staircase overhung with a monumental chandelier, you know you're in for a glitzy treat. Service here is world-class and personalized: expect to be referred to by name as you make your way through the hotel. Recently renovated rooms have the latest touches in luxury comfort. The views are stunning: see the northward sweep up 5th Avenue to Central Park past church steeples, or look east toward the beautiful St. Regis across the street. The excellent high-tech amenities include a bedside console that controls the lighting, sound, and thermostat for the room as well as a TV mounted over the tub for bath-time viewing (in all but standard rooms). The rooftop Peninsula Spa, with indoor pool, is monumental. The Salon de Ning, a rooftop bar bedecked with Chinese-style daybeds, has dazzling views of Midtown. Pros:

brilliant service; fabulous rooms, with the best lighting of all city hotels (good angles, easy to use); unforgettable rooftop bar.


expensive. www.peninsula.com. 185 rooms, 54 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bars, pool, gym, spa, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Subway: E, M to 5th Ave.

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8 Room Mate Grace
Room Mate Grace
125 W. 45th St.
New York, NY 10036

A favorite of European visitors and business travelers in fashion and entertainment, Grace delivers high-design lodgings on a budget. The decor is modern and playful—Jonathan Adler reflective wallpaper, bright geometric patterns, and a check-in desk that doubles as a newsstand. Guests and locals gravitate to the lobby bar and swimming-pool lounge (a real glassed-in pool, with sauna and steam room) for cocktails and eye candy. Rooms are smallish, around 230 square feet to 300 square feet, but smartly designed (comfortable beds are elevated on platforms, so luggage can be stored underneath) and well insulated from street noise. Room capacity varies from two to four people (in a quad bunk-bed layout—each bed with its own TV and headset), convenient for traveling with teenagers or kids. Pros:

free, ample continental breakfast; friendly, helpful staff.


tiny rooms; little in-room privacy (no door separating shower from main room). www.room-matehotels.com. 139 rooms. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St.

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9 Thompson LES
Thompson LES
190 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002

The best expression of the Thompson Hotels philosophy, the Thompson LES is a stylish addition to the neighborhood, the smoked glass tower contrasting with the Hotel on Rivington's wide-open views. The two-story lobby, dominated by a hanging black-and-white curtain made of glass, bustles with Europeans, musicians, and others with carefully crafted hair (that includes the too-cool-for-school staff). Shang, a pan-Asian restaurant from Toronto's Susur Lee, shares space on the second floor with the lounge, which has roll-up windows for alfresco drinking in the warmer months. Rooms are stark, black-and-white affairs, with low platform beds whose headboards are light boxes displaying works by the photographer Lee Friedlander. The desk space can be cramped, and although the windows are big, come nighttime it's oppressively dark. Bathrooms are stocked with products from New York's own Kiehl's as well as rainfall showerheads; the minibar includes snacks from Dean & Deluca, another New York-based company. Suites, on the building's corners, come with balconies with sweeping views of both downtown and Midtown—some of the best in the city. The neighborhood is a nexus for nightlife on the weekends, and it's just a short walk to Chinatown. Pros:

great amenities; in the heart of downtown; great views from suites.


snobby staff; rooms stylish but dark. www.thompsonhotels.com. 131 rooms. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bars, pool. Credit cards accepted. Subway: F, J, M, Z to Delancey/Essex Sts.

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10 Bethesda Fountain
Bethesda Fountain

New York, NY

Few New York views are more romantic than the one from the top of the magnificent stone staircase that leads down to the ornate, three-tier Bethesda Fountain. The fountain was built to celebrate the opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which brought clean drinking water to New York City. The name Bethesda was taken from the biblical pool in Jerusalem that was supposedly given healing powers by an angel, which explains the statue The Angel of the Waters

rising from the center. (The statue was designed by Emma Stebbins, the first woman to be commissioned for a major work of art in New York City, in 1868.) The four figures around the fountain's base symbolize Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace. Beyond the terrace stretches the lake, filled with swans and amateur rowboat captains. Subway: B, C to 72nd St.

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11 The Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo
Bronx River Pkwy. and Fordham Rd.
Bronx, NY 10460

When it opened its gates in 1899, the Bronx Zoo had only 843 animals. But today, with 265 acres and more than 4,000 animals (of more than 600 species), it's the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States. Get up close and personal with exotic creatures in outdoor settings that re-create natural habitats; you're often separated from them by no more than a moat or wall of glass. Don't miss the Congo Gorilla Forest



) a 6.5-acre re-creation of a lush African rain forest with two troops of lowland gorillas, as well as white-bearded DeBrazza's monkeys, okapis, and red river hogs. At

Tiger Mountain

an open viewing shelter lets you get incredibly close to Siberian tigers, who frolic in a pool, lounge outside (even in cold weather), and enjoy daily "enrichment sessions" with keepers. As the big cats are often napping at midday, aim to visit in the morning or evening. In the new $62 million exhibit


, the formality of the old Lion House has been replaced with a verdant re-creation of one of the most threatened natural habitats in the world. Here you'll see adorable lemurs and far-from-adorable hissing cockroaches.

Go on a minisafari via the Wild Asia Monorail



), open May-October, weather permitting. As you wend your way through the forest, see Asian elephants, Indo-Chinese tigers, Indian rhinoceroses, gaur (the world's largest cattle), Mongolian wild horses, and several deer and antelope species. Try to visit the most popular exhibits, such as Congo Gorilla Forest, early to avoid lines later in the day. In winter the outdoor exhibitions have fewer animals on view, but there are also fewer crowds, and plenty of indoor exhibits to savor. From mid-November to January 1 the zoo is decorated with holiday lights and open until 9 PM. www.bronxzoo.com. Admission: $16; extra charge for some exhibits; free Wed., donation suggested; parking $13. Hours: Apr.-Oct., weekdays 10-5, weekends 10-5:30; Nov.-Mar., daily 10-4:30; last ticket sold 30 mins before closing. Subway: 2, 5 to E. Tremont/West Farms, then walk 2 blocks up Boston Rd. to zoo's Asia entrance; Bx11 express bus to Bronx River entrance.

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12 Central Park Wildlife Center
Central Park Wildlife Center

New York, NY

Even a leisurely visit to this small but delightful menagerie of more than 130 species will take only about an hour. Officially known as the Central Park Wildlife Center, this would never be confused with the Bronx Zoo—there's no space for such animals as zebras and giraffes to roam, and the biggest specimens here are polar bears. Don't miss the sea lion feedings, possibly the zoo's most popular attraction, daily at 11:30, 2, and 4. Clustered around the central Sea Lion Pool are separate exhibits for each of the Earth's major environments. Penguins and polar bears live at Polar Circle, the highlights of the open-air Temperate Territory are the chattering monkeys, and the Rain Forest contains the flora and fauna of the tropics. www.centralparkzoo.org. Admission: $6. Hours: Apr.-Oct., weekdays 10-5, weekends 10-5:30; Nov.-Mar., daily 10-4:30. Subway: 6 to 68th St./Hunter College; N, R, W to 5th Ave./59th St.; F to Lexington Ave./63rd St.

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13 Children's Museum of the Arts
Children's Museum of the Arts
182 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10013

In this bi-level space a few blocks from Broadway, children ages 1 to 14 can amuse and educate themselves with various activities, including diving into a pool of colorful balls; playacting in costume; music making with real instruments; and art making, from computer art to old-fashioned painting, sculpting, and collage. www.cmany.org. Admission: $10. Hours: Wed. and Fri.-Sun. noon-5, Thurs. noon-6. Subway: 6 to Spring St.

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14 Ground Zero
Ground Zero

New York, NY 10281

Although the World Trade Center grounds remain largely a construction site, people continue to visit and reflect on the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and the heroic acts of rescue workers and average New Yorkers that fiercely united the city in the aftermath. Dubbed Ground Zero, the fenced-in 16-acre work site that emerged from the rubble has come to symbolize the personal and historical impact of the attack. A steel "viewing wall" now encircles the site, bound on the north and south by Vesey and Liberty streets, and on the east and west by Church and West streets. Along the east wall are panels that detail the history of Lower Manhattan and the WTC site before, during, and after September 11. There are also panels bearing the names of those who perished on 9/11/01 and during the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

After years of delays, the process of filling the massive void at Ground Zero is well under way. Reflecting Absence, the World Trade Center memorial designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, will be set in an oak-filled plaza. Water will cascade down into two subterranean reflecting pools outlining the twin towers' original footprints, and then tumble down into smaller square holes at the center of each pool. A museum and visitor center will be built below the plaza surface. In 2009 a preview site opened at 20 Vesey Street, where visitors can learn about the plans for the memorial.

The memorial plaza will be bordered by four distinct new skyscrapers: the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, and Towers 2, 3, 4, all designed by famous architects. The site will also include a performing arts center designed by Frank Gehry. An estimated date for the finished construction of the Freedom Tower is 2013, with other buildings following.

The corner of Vesey and Church streets is a good starting point for viewing Ground Zero; walk clockwise around the site. The main viewing area is on Liberty Street, but you'll have a better view from the two pedestrian bridges to the World Financial Center as well as in the WFC itself. www.national911memorial.org. Subway: 1, R to Rector St.; 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z to Fulton St./Broadway-Nassau; E to World Trade Center/Church St.

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15 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY

Art enthusiasts and novices alike are often awestruck by the masterpieces before them here, including Monet's Water Lilies,


Les Demoiselles d'Avignon,

and van Gogh's

Starry Night.

In 2004, the museum's $425 million face-lift by Yoshio Taniguchi increased exhibition space by nearly 50%, including space to accommodate large-scale contemporary installations. Its current building gave the museum an opportunity for an increased focus on contemporary art, evident in the recent creation of a Media and Performance Art department. The museum continues to collect: most recently it obtained important works by Martin Kippenberger, David Wojnarowicz, Jasper Johns, Kara Walker, and Neo Rauch. One of the top research facilities in modern and contemporary art is housed inside the museum's eight-story Education and Research building.


In addition to the artwork, one of the main draws of MoMA is the building itself. A maze of glass walkways permits art viewing from many angles.

The 110-foot atrium entrance (accessed from the museum's lobby on either 53rd or 54th Street) leads to the movie theaters and the main-floor restaurant, Modern, with Alsatian-inspired cuisine.

A favorite resting spot is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Designed by Philip Johnson, it features Barnett Newman's Broken Obelisk

(1962-69). The glass wall lets visitors look directly into the surrounding galleries from the garden, where there's also a reflecting pool and trees.

Contemporary art (1970 to the present) from the museum's seven curatorial departments shares the second floor of the six-story building, and the skylighted top floor showcases an impressive lineup of changing exhibits.


Consider the free audio guide, especially if the scribbled and rather ambiguous nature of modern art occasionally confounds you.Entrance between 4 and 8 pm on Friday is free, but expect to wait in line. Check out the free Wi-Fi service within the museum to listen to audio tours as you wander through MoMA (log on to www.moma.org/wifi with your HTML browser-enabled device). With so much art on display, it's hard to remember that the MoMA has three movie theaters. Film passes to the day's screenings are included with the price of admission. Tickets to MoMA also include free admission to its affiliated PS1 in Queens. Don't worry; you won't need to trek out to Queens on the same day. Save your ticket and you can go in for free any time within 30 days of your original purchase. www.moma.org. Admission: $20. Hours: Sat.-Mon., Wed., and Thurs. 10:30-5:30, Fri. 10:30-8. Closed Tues. Subway: E, M to 5th Ave./53rd St.; B, D, F, M to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Center.

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16 Russian and Turkish Baths
Russian and Turkish Baths
268 E. 10th St.
New York, NY 10009

It's clear from the older Soviet types devouring blintzes and Baltika beer served in the lobby that this is no cushy, uptown spa. But the three-story public bathhouse, which dates to 1892, isn't about pampering as much as hearty, Slavic-style cleansing. The baths have five saunas and steam rooms, an aromatherapy steam room, a Finnish sauna, a Turkish room with a pull chain shower, and a Russian room where you can douse yourself with cold water. You're encouraged to alternate cooking in the hot rooms with plunges in the cold pool to stimulate circulation, a bathing cultures staple. Traditional massages and scrubs are offered without appointment. Except for a few single-sex hours per week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, the baths are coed, with bathing suits or shorts worn, and felt hats (alleged to decrease lightheadedness) for the seriously old-school. www.russianturkishbaths.com. Admission: $30. Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. noon-10, Wed. 10-10, Sat. 9 am-10 pm, Sun. 8 am-10 pm. Subway: L to 1st Ave.

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17 Beaver Pond Campgrounds
Beaver Pond Campgrounds
County Road 98
Stony Point, NY 10980

Adjacent to Lake Welch in Harriman State Park, the campground occupies an open area dotted with trees. Man-made Lake Welch has the largest beach—½-mi long—in the park and is popular for swimming, fishing, boating, and picnicking. Some 14-by-14-foot platforms for freestanding tents are available. Access is from Route 106, Exit 15 off the Palisades Parkway. www.nysparks.com. 73 regular tent sites, 55 platform tent sites, 7 RV sites without hookups. Flush toilets, running water (non-potable), showers, fire pits, grills, picnic tables, public telephone, swimming. Credit cards accepted. Closed mid-Oct.-mid-Apr.

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18 Belvedere Mansion
Belvedere Mansion
10 Old Rte. 9
Staatsburg, NY 12580

The commanding neoclassical-style house sits on a hill with distant Hudson River views. Trimmed with marble, crystal, silk, and damask, the main-house rooms are the most elegant lodgings on the property, which includes several other buildings. Most rooms in what's called the Hunt Lodge, in the woods behind the main house, are suites with fireplaces and private terraces. The more modest Carriage House building—a motel-like strip—has small rooms, some with fireplaces. Pros:

enchanting grounds; doting service.


not ideal for children. www.belvederemansion.com. 31 rooms, 5 suites. In-room: no TV, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, tennis court, water sports. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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19 Castle on the Hudson
Castle on the Hudson
400 Benedict Ave.
Tarrytown, NY 10591

The magnificent mansion, completed in 1910, sits amid 11 hilltop acres overlooking the Hudson River. With two impressive towers and a stone exterior, the mansion was modeled after Lismore Castle in County Waterford, Ireland. Rooms occupy the original house and a stucco wing, where you'll also fine the spa. Rooms are elegant, decorated with antiques, silk curtains, and four-poster beds. The food at the Equus restaurant is as refined as the surroundings. Pros:

luxurious rooms; award-winning restaurant.


difficult to reach without a car; restaurant only open weekends. www.castleonthehudson.com. 25 rooms, 6 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, tennis court, gym, spa. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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20 Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn
1 Holiday Inn Dr.
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

This branch of the national chain has a quiet lobby with knotty-pine paneling and a roaring fire, but on Friday and Saturday evenings the place rocks with the sounds of a DJ in the bar, which has a mirrored ceiling and a disco ball. Some of the guest rooms have small sofas; executive rooms have large work areas. Pros:

music on weekends; free Wi-Fi.


can be frenzied on weekends; not a tranquil setting. www.hudsonvalleymanor.com. 122 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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21 Inn at Silver Maple Farm
Inn at Silver Maple Farm
1871 Rte. 295
East Chatham, NY 12060

Exposed timbers, wide-plank floors, antique trunks, and custom-made cupboards evoke a Shaker spirit at this 1830 dairy farm. On the way up to the Loft Room—which recalls a romantic, shabby-chic beach cottage—you pass a shimmering hallway mural of flower sprigs, silver maples, and a rogue bunny. Ralph Lauren sheets complement the elegantly simple rooms. You could lose hours pondering the Berkshires from the expansive back deck. Pros:

tranquil setting; lovely views.


young children not allowed in some rooms. www.silvermaplefarm.com. 9 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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22 Mohonk Mountain House
Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561

The rambling Victorian-era hotel—a jumble of towers, chimneys, porches, and turrets—sits at the edge of a mountaintop lake. The resort's 2,200 acres encompass private woodland and elaborate gardens and overflow with options for recreation, including 85 mi of hiking trails. Antiques fill the guest rooms, which are luxurious and spacious. Choice accommodations in the towers have original Victorian woodwork, wood-burning fireplaces, and balconies. Your room rate includes three meals daily, plus afternoon tea and cookies. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style; dinner is a formal affair (men may want to wear jackets). Four self-catering cottages, which sleep four to six people, are also available and include full kitchens. Pros:

all-inclusive plan; tons of activities; great for kids.


grounds can be packed with day-trippers; not for those looking for quiet getaway. www.mohonk.com. 265 rooms, 7 suites, 4 cottages. In-room: safe, no TV (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf course, pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, water sports, children's programs, laundry facilities, business center. Credit cards accepted. Cottages closed mid-Oct.-mid-May.

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23 Mountain Meadows Bed & Breakfast
Mountain Meadows Bed & Breakfast
542 Albany Post Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561

Linger over breakfast by the pool and hot tub, which face the Shawangunk cliffs, or in the country kitchen. Later you may want to test your badminton game in the garden or shoot some pool in the cozy rec room, which also features a fireplace. Frills and florals adorn furnishings in the guest rooms. Pros:

short drive to New Paltz; heated pool.


floral decor seems dated. www.mountainmeadowsbnb.com. 4 rooms. In-room: no TV (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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24 Rocking Horse Ranch
Rocking Horse Ranch
Rte. 44/Rte.55 at Pancake Hollow Rd.
Highland, NY 12528

Seven miles southeast of New Paltz, this all-inclusive dude ranch is loaded with activities, including a children's zoo, a waterslide, climbing walls, kayaking and water skiing, and even a video-game room with four large-screen TVs. Accommodations include rooms in the main lodge, where the lobby is hung with wagon wheels, and motel-style buildings. Pros:

tons of activities; perfect for families with kids; all-inclusive plan.


lobby could use updating. www.rhranch.com. 119 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: bar, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, water sports, children's programs. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: All meals.

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25 Tarrytown House
Tarrytown House
49 E. Sunnyside La.
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Two 19th-century mansions—one Georgian, the other a stone Gothic Revival that's a National Trust site—dominate this conference-oriented property, once home to tobacco heiress Mary Duke Biddle. The grounds, high above the Hudson River, are loaded with recreational diversions and include massive specimen trees and antique garden statues. Most of the mansion rooms serve as restaurants and other public meeting places; modern wings provide the bulk of the guest rooms, each with a desk and free Wi-Fi. Pros:

many rooms have hot tubs; lots of recreational activities.


frenetic during conventions; not a tranquil setting. www.tarrytownhouseestate.com. 207 rooms, 5 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, pools, tennis courts, gym. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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26 Beczak Environmental Education Center
Beczak Environmental Education Center
35 Alexander St
Yonkers, NY 10701

Set along the Hudson River with views of the Palisades, Beczak is a hidden gem. Here, you'll find a sandy beach, and a tidal marsh where kids can use a spotting scope to view birds like osprey. The center offers a host of educational programs, but kids will have the most fun wading into the water and catching fish with a 30-foot net. www.beczak.org.

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27 Innisfree Garden
Innisfree Garden
362 Tyrrel Rd.
Millbrook, NY 12545

A unique contribution to garden design in America, Innisfree is based on Chinese-garden design and draws inspiration from ages-old Chinese paintings. The term cup garden

is used to describe the concept; it refers to the way spaces frame, or "cup," features, such as striking rock formations or small pools. Cliffs, low hills, waterfalls, streams, and picnic spots surround the 40-acre lake at the center of the garden. A path takes you through Innisfree. www.innisfreegarden.org. Admission: $5. Hours: May-late Oct., Wed.-Fri. 10-4, weekends 11-5.

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28 Lake Taghkanic State Park
Lake Taghkanic State Park
1528 Rte. 82
Ancram, NY 12502

The centerpiece of this 1,569-acre park, Lake Taghkanic has two sandy beaches, picnic areas, boat rentals, playgrounds, restrooms, and trails for hiking. You may camp here from early May through October, choosing between tent or trailer sites or rustic cabins (with bathrooms and hot and cold water). Kids enjoy climbing the water tower. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and ice fishing are options in winter. nysparks.state.ny.us. Admission: Parking $7 (late May-Labor Day). Hours: Daily sunrise-sunset.

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29 Opus 40
Opus 40
50 Fite Rd.
Saugerties, NY 12477

The late Harvey Fite put 37 years into the making of this 6-acre outdoor sculpture, created in the rock bed of an abandoned bluestone quarry. The architectural creation is an assemblage of curving bluestone walkways, swirling terraces, and finely fitted ramps around pools, trees, and fountains. The Quarryman's Museum

contains 19th-century tools. www.opus40.org. Admission: $10. Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day, Fri.-Sun. noon-5.

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30 Keeler Tavern Museum
Keeler Tavern Museum
132 Main St.
Ridgefield, CT

A British cannonball is lodged in a corner of this 1713 former inn, tavern, and stagecoach stop that was also the home of the noted architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934). Period furniture and Revolutionary War memorabilia fill the museum, where guides dressed in Colonial costumes conduct tours. The circa-1910 Charleston garden was designed by Gilbert and contains a reflecting pool. www.keelertavernmuseum.org. Admission: $5. Hours: Feb.-Dec., Wed. and weekends 1-4.

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31 Ash Mill Farm
Ash Mill Farm
5358 York Rd.
Holicong, PA 18928

Past a pasture of grazing and bleating sheep and goats, this handsome taupe manor house dating to 1790 is now a country B&B. Indefatigable innkeeper David Topel and Beau, his golden retriever, provide a warm welcome. Ornate moldings and four-poster beds satisfy those who love vintage, while flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet access attract those who can't leave modern life behind. Fun details include window sashes transformed into mirrors. In addition to the main house, you can stay in the charming Bo Peep's Hideaway, which was converted from feed storage, or Shepherd's Cottage, with pale wood paneling, a potbellied stove, kitchenette, whirlpool tub, and a glass door that the sheep press their noses to. David's buffet breakfasts—with healthy and decadent options, such as challah French toast with grilled maple mango—can be enjoyed outdoors on the deck or in the breakfast room. Guests here on Saturday mornings are invited to join the Zumba Latin-inspired fitness class held in the bright, airy converted barn, and an on-site masseur is available. Pros:

farm charm with modern conveniences; attention to details: French sheep soap, gym membership, use of guest fridge for leftovers, welcome snacks.


not for those averse to barn animals or their aroma when the wind blows just right. www.ashmillfarm.com. 5 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: some age restrictions. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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32 Barley Sheaf Farm Estate & Spa
Barley Sheaf Farm Estate & Spa
5281 Old York Rd.
Holicong, PA 18928

Once the home of playwright George S. Kaufman, this remarkable country retreat has a staff that takes a devilish delight in the details. Suites, all named for Kaufman works, are exquisitely furnished with pieces like the ornate carved East Asian canopy bed in the Seven Lively Arts Suite. The 19th-century barn has original touches like wood beams and ladders, while the Manor House, whose original section dates to 1740, features exposed stone walls. Tastefully chosen art and crafts—Mercer tiles, stained glass, luscious textiles, and hand-painted murals—are sprinkled throughout. Pleasing the senses doesn't stop with the eye, however. Wine and cheese are delivered to your door when you arrive, gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs keep you feeling toasty warm, and the on-site spa (which uses all-natural, organic products) lets you pamper yourself. A delicious breakfast is served in the glass-walled dining room, where you can also enjoy a seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings on Friday and Saturday night. Pros:

spot-on artistic touches; charm of faithful historic restoration with modern amenities; Chef Tom's tasty meals.


you won't have enough room to eat all the breakfast goodies; dinner is offered only two nights a week. www.barleysheaf.com. 16 suites. In-room: safe, kitchen (some), Internet, Wi-Fi (some). In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, spa, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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33 Doylestown Inn
Doylestown Inn
18 W. State St.
Doylestown, PA 18901

Guests have been flocking to this hotel in the middle of town since 1902. Through the neat, clean, and professional lobby and past two levels of office and retail space, the inn's guest rooms, on the third floor, are individually decorated with dark woods and traditional furnishings. Some rooms have whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Rates include a certificate good for a continental breakfast at Starbucks. Pros:

in the heart of town; good for vacationers, visiting families, special events, and business travelers.


free parking pass for borough lot provided, but lot is sometimes full. www.doylestowninn.com. 11 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: bar. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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34 Hargrave House
Hargrave House
50 S. Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901

The spirited British innkeeper, Lorna, watches over Hargrave House like someone who helped re-create it, because she did. Formerly the 1814 House Inn, this B&B—Doylestown's only true bed-and-breakfast—has been completely spruced up and refurnished. The inn's previous name came from the era the oldest section was constructed, its new name is courtesy of Thomas Hargrave, the stonemason who built it. The Nest, a cozy room tucked under a beamed ceiling, is the only room in the original part of the house. The other rooms, which are larger, are in a new annex; most have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Feather beds and 600-thread-count linens show the innkeeper's attention to detail, as do her cooked-to-order full breakfasts, prepared at a time of each guest's choosing (and accommodating dietary constraints). Don't be surprised if she offers you a glass of sherry in winter to go with some afternoon nibbles. Pros:

attentive and flexible innkeeper; free on-site parking; central location.


only one room in historic part of house. www.hargravehouse.net. 7 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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35 Mill Creek Farm
Mill Creek Farm
2348 Quarry Rd.
Buckingham, PA 18912

Like most old Bucks County farmhouses (the oldest part of the house dates to 1730), this one has been expanded over the years. Curl up by the Mercer-tile fireplace in the library, pay a visit to the Thoroughbreds who gallop nearby (there are even facilities to board your horse), or gaze at the creek and pond from the glass-walled dining room. Guest rooms are named for presidents. In the George Washington Suite, the master bedroom has stone walls and a beam ceiling. The second bedroom, which is great for children, has a bed tucked in an alcove, which is painted to look like a four-poster bed. Pros:

tranquil farmlike setting with plenty to do: tennis, swimming, fishing, and massage.


if you want to be where the action is, this may be too quiet and out of the way. www.millcreekfarmbb.com. 4 rooms, 1 suite. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, tennis court, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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36 Wedgwood Inn
Wedgwood Inn
111 W. Bridge St.
New Hope, PA 18938

The accommodations at this B&B include two 1870 Victorians (including a blue "painted lady" with a gabled roof, porch, and a porte cochere) and a Federal-style 1840 stone manor house. A few blocks from Main Street, the inn has 2 acres of parklike grounds with colorful gardens. Every room is decorated with the namesake china, and many have two-person whirlpool tubs, wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and private porches. A hearty continental breakfast (dietary restrictions accommodated) is served in the breakfast room, on the porch or in the gazebo, or in your room. At night, sip the hosts' homemade almond liqueur. For a fee you can arrange tennis and pool privileges at a nearby club. Pros:

lovely grounds near to, but set apart from, the middle of town, welcomes children and dogs.


rooms are tasteful, but if you don't like Victoriana, wall stencils, and Wedgwood blue, this may not be for you. www.wedgwoodinn.com. 14 rooms, 5 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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