Escape From New York City

Get outside: With miles of mountain trails just steps away, daily hikes are always on the menu. ("It's cooler than the city and there aren't any bugs," says Elizabeth Winograd, the owner, who notes that Basha and Kasha, the Inn's two pet goats, often like to tag along.) Choose from a challenging two-hour uphill climb or a leisurely foraging walk, where a guide teaches you how to identify wild edibles, like mushrooms, then helps you prepare them for dinner. The hotel also provides complimentary road and mountain bikes as well as tennis rackets (the courts are located on a private island adjacent to the hotel).

Rainy-day options: Choose from one of 30 spa choices: More adventurous types can try the Scotch Hose ($115), a one-hour circulation-boosting treatment during which you're massaged with jets of alternating hot and cold water. But more traditional options, like a hot stone massage ($160) or herbal wrap ($115), are also available. Later, meditate in the sunlit yoga studio, do laps in the 60-foot indoor pool or take a free hour-long class, like African dance or tai chi. The gym also features a 15-station weight circuit. And if you hate to be away from e-mail, don't worry; there's wireless Internet access in each room.

Book it: Fall foliage season, especially Columbus Day weekend, is always packed, so book at least a month in advance at this time of year. But a last-minute reservation is usually doable during the off-season (November and December, or February through May). Rates start at $299 per person and include all meals, daily hikes, classes and a $45 daily spa credit (845-688-2460,

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