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Sensational Travel Escapes
Summer getawayS guiDe


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Susquehanna River Valley
BY Jessica Benhamou hether you want to challenge a mountain lion to a staring contest, plunge into the largest river on the east coast, or feel your heart drop out of your stomach as you race and rattle along on the Phoenix Roller Coaster like a bat out of hell, the Susquehanna River Valley has it all. This criss-crossing river of blue, which slices across the rolling landscapes as if the land itself was liquid, is less than a three-hour drive from New York. You can boat, fish, water ski, Jet Ski, kayak – you name it – undisturbed, for over 13 miles. The Susquehanna River Valley is home to all kinds of exotic wildlife. A whole kingdom of sleek and suave mambas, vipers, cobras, and pythons awaits visitors at Reptiland, as well as Butterfly and Animatronic Dinosaur Exhibits during the summer. At the refuge park for wild animals, T and D’s Cats, the pluckiest can, at 8 feet away, contemplate the razor-sharp canines on their lions and tigers. If this is too close for comfort, hop on a ‘Jurassic Park’ style tour at Lake Tobias, where you can watch the emus, ostriches, and deer from the safety of a ‘convertible’ school bus. The petting zoo offers yet another wildlife alternative for those with young children, granting them the opportunity to befriend lovable farm animals. One of


the region’s most popular family destinations is the Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Knoebels, one of the few remaining free admission amusement parks in the U.S., which has over 50 rides including The Phoenix, recently ranked as the number two top wooden roller coaster in the country by “Amusement Today.” For art lovers and theatergoers, national and international artists or productions are showcased and performed at the Williamsport Community Art Center, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Degenstein Gallery and Degenstein Center Theater at Susquehanna University, to name a few. Take a stroll downtown, overflowing with boutique shops, quaint dining venues, and historical Victorian buildings. There are hundreds of antique dealers and mills as well as four annual antique festivals. When the sun sets, award-winning, fine-dining restaurants are just around the corner, offering all kinds of cuisines, including traditional Pennsylvania-Dutch dishes. So why wait? Overnight venues include tent-camping, rustic and high-end cabins for romantic getaways, historic bed and breakfasts and inns, spacious homes and of course, familiar hotel franchises. At just under 200 miles away from the city, about a three-hour drive, Susquehanna River Valley is the perfect weekend getaway.

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The Pocono Mountains have a tremendous variety of attractions, from outdoor adventure to family attractions. Famous for its breathtaking views and rushing waterfalls, the Pocono Mountains are a perfect year round vacation spot. For a fun filled Pocono vacation in the winter, ski the slopes, ride a snowmobile, or become an ice skater. Enjoy the laurel blossoms that bloom in the spring or shop at the outlets, malls or specialty stores. Horseback riding, hiking the mountains, and biking the trails are just a few activities offered in the Pocono Mountains during the spring, summer and fall. There are 9 restaurant options within the town of Lake Harmony, from a steak house to one sitting on a 18 hole golf course, and one having waterfront dining to one with a nightclub atmosphere. All of the restaurants are in a one square mile distance. Largest inventory of high end homes featuring 6-8 bedrooms, large great rooms, some game rooms with pool tables and old school arcade games and others with shuffleboard. All homes come with hot tubs and large dining areas. They all have wireless internet. Our ability to address issues should they arise, separates us from a homeowner who privately rents their home. Other services offered include full linen service (for an additional charge). Historic Jim Thorpe, PA is a 15 minute drive from our homes. Lake Harmony is located 90 miles from NYC. More trees, fewer people and a lot less noise…

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Tivoli Sailing Company invites you for an unforgettable weekend getaway! Hop on an Amtrak train from New York or Albany to Rhinecliff, where your own personal sailboat will be waiting with a four-course dinner or lunch; champagne included! Tivoli Sailing takes you on a 3 to 4 hour sail up the Hudson River, as the sun sets over the Catskill Mountains. Captain Jerome Hollick brings you to the Summinski Innski, a relaxed B&B in an 1847 Greek Revival house with a big porch. Just 5-minutes to quaint Tivoli, spend a relaxing weekend getaway browsing boutiques and restaurant. Tour or picnic at historic sites Montgomery Place, Wilderstein or Clermont. Take a kayak/ canoe to Saugerties Lighthouse or to Tivoli Bays. Appreciate breathtaking views of the Hudson and Catskills; watch a spectacular sunset! $120/ person, 4-person minimum includes dinner; call 845-901-2697 or visit http:// tivolisailing.com

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ocated on Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, The West Bay Club is a new, intimate, luxurious boutique resort that provides excellent service, affordable rates, and offers numerous complimentary amenities. There are a few exclusive rooms, only 48 suites and 20 studios, with views of Grace Bay Beach each equipped with full kitchens, balconies or patios, and situated on the widest stretch of crowded-free beach providing for great ocean views, the perfect setting for a honeymoon, a family vacation, or just a trip to relax and unwind. A warm welcome and a signature complimentary rum punch await incoming guests. Throughout their stay, guests will enjoy personal service, incredible views, and suites that are amazingly beautiful and comfortable. The resort also offers provisioning for visitors at their request along with personal service and incredible views. The onsite concierge is available for every need, including recommendations and reservations for day trips, water activities, fishing and island tours. The West Bay Club is fortunate to have a perfect location that captivates travelers. Turks and Caicos Island has an abundance of great restaurants that fit every budget and delight every taste palate. The West Bay Club offers complimentary breakfast, in-room high speed internet, a

fitness center, spa, complimentary non-motorized water sports, bicycles, an infinity pool, and beach service, to name a few. One should never be bored at the West Bay Club, unless being bored equates relaxation. Those in search of delicious nourishment needn’t wander far, the West Bay Club’s Atlantic Bar and Grill, an on-site restaurant, is surrounded by a tropical garden, offers full-service, a relaxed atmosphere, and features outdoor dining. The food is prepared daily in an open kitchen and grill. Bartenders surround the beach, bar, and pool providing guests with original and flavorful drink mixes. For an unparalleled dining experience nothing can be more exquisite than dinner under the stars and by the sea. West Bay’s signature beach dinner is the perfect setting for any special and romantic occasion. Most of the travelers visit The West Bay Club for the number one amenity: Grace Bay Beach, voted the number one beach in the world and famous for its crystal clear, warm calm waters on a large stretch of pure, white sand. Returning customers value the superior service, enhancing the guest’s overall experience. Guests will leave the West Bay Club feeling completely relaxed, rejuvenated, and energized to return to their daily lives. JetBlue Airways, US Airways, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines all offer connecting flights to Providenciales International Airport.

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Less than 90 miles outside of New York City, nestled in the Pocono Mountains, Woodloch Pines Resort provides an all inclusive escape for the whole family.

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Fill your water bottle. Strap on your helmet. Push off on the pedals. Westchester County’s for biking. The extraordinary trail system spanning the county has miles of scenic views and many beautiful sights. And, there’s so much more including cultural activities, historical sites, family events, fabulous fireworks all summer long, gourmet dining plus a variety of hotels. See it all online, then come see it for real. It’ll be your most summertastic summer ever.


Visit, shop, relax and enjoy - Westchester is Summertastic
estchester County, the first stop in New York’s Hudson Valley, offers a variety of amazing destinations that includes grand Rockefeller properties, well-preserved 18th-century homes and picturesque farming villages that dot the countryside. Plus, our shows, fairs and festivals are second to none – from the annual Peekskill Celebration to Yonkers Riverfest which showcases its vibrant waterfront to Caramoor International Music Festival and live musical performances at Tarrytown Music Hall, Paramount Center for the Arts, Cross County Shopping Center, Playland and Westchester’s Ridge Hill. Here, among our variety of attractions, great outdoors, events, dining for every taste and budget and a wide variety of accommodations, you will see why Westchester is Summertastic! For kids and kids at heart, visit Playland, a Long Island Sound amusement park with family-friendly entertainment, a boardwalk, beach and lake. You can try your luck at Empire City at Yonkers Raceway with live harness and simulcast thoroughbred racing and more than 5,600 gaming machines. Race open-wheel cars, climb an indoor cliff or go bowling. Partake in our great outdoors with golfing, fishing, sailing, kayaking, strolling through gorgeous gardens, hiking or biking our miles of trail ways. If you are looking to brush up on your


history visit the home of Thomas Paine, father of the American Revolution, furnished with original 18th-century artifacts. Walk among the gravestones in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the final resting place for Washington Irving, William Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie. Or visit Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s home. Westchester is home to more than 200 properties on the National Register of Historic Places including Lyndhurst, Philipse Manor Hall and the John Jay Homestead. Many have ties to African-American heritage and the Revolutionary War. The New York art scene extends to Westchester. Come and enjoy world class art at one of our museums: Neuberger Museum of Art, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art or visit art galleries and find the perfect gift at an antiques shop. Take in a movie or dinner and a show. Tour Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and taste award-winning brews. Buy fresh produce at one of our farmers markets or enjoy field and pasture plate cuisine at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. And for a real dining experience, sample great menus during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, now twice a year in March and November. Westchester’s calendar is packed with hundreds of enticing events. Westchester

Playland and much more! Westchester has six cities, 19 towns, two dozen villages and limitless possibilities, with a mighty, scenic river, sparkling sound waters and thousands of acres of fields, farms and trails. A vibrant arts scene, upscale shopping, an innovative nightlife, challenging golf courses and historic attractions are just some of what awaits you. Minutes north of New York City and surrounded by the beauty of the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, Westchester County is the Fireworks in Westchester smart choice for vacations and getaways. It is easily accessible by Metro-North County Center features live musical per- Railroad which serves 43 communities diformances, shows, exhibits and sporting rectly from Grand Central Terminal, or events, Lyndhurst hosts Spring and Fall by car via the Henry Hudson/Saw Mill, Crafts Fairs and Jazz on the Lawn. Other Hutchinson or Bronx River Parkways as well events include Jazz & Blues Concerts in as the Major Deegan I-87 and I-95. Whether downtown Yonkers, Thursday lunch hour you’re looking for family fun or just want a music at Renaissance Square in White romantic getaway, Westchester has so much Plains, performances at the Westchester to offer. Broadway Theatre, SUNY Performing Arts Find us Facebook and Twitter for the and White Plains Performing Arts Centers, most up to date information on everything Emelin Theatre, Empire City Casino and Westchester! www.VisitWestchesterNY.com fireworks every Wednesday and Friday at or call 800.833.9282

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Skytop Lodge
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to bring their jackets. Skytop also offers special white-gloved Butlered Picnics and every Sunday through Labor Day the resort hosts a Jazz Brunch. “Visiting Skytop Lodge is like visiting an English countryside manor house. It’s like stepping back in time to savor cocktails on the patio with F. Scott Fitzgerald,” explained Bob Baldassari, director of sales and marketing. At only two hours outside of New York, it can be the perfect family vacation or hideaway for couples looking for a relaxing break. For professionals, Skytop’s 17 meeting rooms, executive suites and 10,000 square foot Executive Conference Center ought to do the trick. The Skytop also is ideal for unforgettable special occasions hosted in the 4,200 square-foot Evergreen Ballroom. Skytop.com

kytop Lodge is a 5,500 acre estate in the Pocono Mountains that boasts a beautiful stone lodge that first opened its doors in 1928 and is currently a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Skytop is also home to an inn and individual cottages for a more private experience. In addition to the stunning accomodations, the Lodge boasts lushly landonly two hours scaped grounds including outside of new over thirty miles of mountain york, it can trails for hiking and biking, be the perfect flower gardens, a lake for family vacation fishing, boating or kayaking and an incredible Adventure options. In between acor hideaway Center that offers paintball tivities, guests can treat for couples and shooting, among other themselves to the many looking for a adrenaline-friendly activiculinary delights in the relaxing break. ties. For golf enthusiasts, Lodge’s multiple dinthe hotel also offers a chaming rooms. There is a pionship golf course and, for pub-themed Tap Room, a those who just want to relax, the Skyview Tea Room and the elegant Windsor Dining Spa at Skytop has a plethora of pampering Room where male guests mustn’t forget

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he Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers, in White Haven, has been guiding rafters down the Lehigh River for over thirty years. Take a zip-line ride or bike the scenic trails. Pocono Whitewater offers rafting and kayaking, biking excursions and paintball!! Several outfitters offer guided kayak trips down the beautiful Susquehanna River with many bald eagle sightings. Weather bad? Enjoy indoor paintball at Gotcha Paintball in beautiful downtown Wilkes-Barre. History abounds in this region. Late in the 17th century Native American Indians settled in the Wyoming Valley along the shores of the Susquehanna River. Innovations during the Industrial Revolution here set the


standard for a growing nation and a foundation for American prosperity. Eckley Miner’s Village depicts life among the coal families with an authentic patchtown village and was the film set for the movie “The Molly McGuires” starring Sean Connery. Steamtown National Historic Site presents the history of steam railroading and the people who made it possible. Go down in history at the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour where a coal miner will take you 300 feet below the earth’s surface to give you an overview of the dangerous life of miners. Take the kids to the Houdini Museum where they will have a great time as the eccentric John Bravo the Great makes rabbits appear and people disappear. Knoebels Amusement Park, the #1 family-owned amusement park in the US, is just minutes away from Wilkes-Barre. Luzerne County is home to the WilkesBarre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Catch the action at their season opener at the state-of-theart Mohegan Sun Arena. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, PA’s First Casino, is now open for business with over 1,500 slots and tables games. It also boasts a breath-taking

view of the mountains, offers live harness racing, and several restaurants. Experience a unique art-deco style theatre at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, which is host to great entertainment. Visit the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion is a must see for Victoriana antiques. Lastly, for another taste of Victoriana, visit The Lands at Hillside Farms where you can tour

the dairy barns, bring plenty of carrots for the goats, donkeys and whatnots, and treat yourself to their delicious homemade ice-cream. The farm store offers an array of country items, as well as organic milk, cheese, eggs and more. Call for our free Visitors Guide and Calendar of Events. www.tournepa.com. 1-888-905-2872.

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The Inn at Pocono Manor
f you’re looking to escape in the mountains without springing for a plane ticket, the idyllic Inn at Pocono Manor offers yearround outdoor activities just two hours north of the city in the picturesque Pocono Mountains. Along with shooting, hiking, fishing, golf and horseback riding, the Inn at Pocono Manor offers a full service spa for visitors who would prefer to spend their vacation being pampered with hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, tanning, waxing and a variety of massage services offered by a certified, professionally trained staff using the most luxurious spa products available including the Inn’s signature line. Visitors have been seeking refuge from the stresses of the city at the Inn at Pocono Manor for over 110 years and this rich history is on display throughout the Inn with antiques dotting the rooms and common areas. Though there is no shortage of rustic charms, the Inn recently underwent a $5 million renovation ensuring all the most modern comforts and amenities. “I love the sense of history, recalling an earlier era when guests arrived for the summer,” said Ken Ellens of the Inn at Pocono Manor. “What I love about The Inn is the escape one feels when driving up the mountain to the main lodge, which is an historic building wonderfully preserved.” The Inn at Pocono Manor is one of Pennsylvania’s historic springs resorts and the grounds include picturesque natural waterfalls, crystal clear springs, 3,000 acres of trails and dramatic views of the Delaware Water Gap. “One can still visit an original spring house on the property,” Mr. Ellens said. Though the Inn is a perfect destination for families with a variety of kid-friendly activities, it is also an ideal location for a romantic retreat or wedding in one of the lush ballrooms with mountain views that can accommodate groups of 25 t

The Inn At Pocono Manor

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Copperhood retreat
We sat doWn for a Q&a With elizabeth Winograd, proprietor of the Copperhood retreat & spa in the Catskills to learn about the total health resourCe that is her establishment.
STE: Can you please give us a broad overview of The Retreat and tell my readers what makes The Catskills and your location in particular such a wonderful place to visit and vacation? Copperhood (EW): We are a unique retreat and spa located in the picturesque Catskill Mountain Forest Preserve (offering) luxurious, charming accommodations and a multitude of services and programs. We dropped the word inn from our name in favor of retreat since we do not have roomonly rates. Our clients come to us with specific goals, be it a detoxing juice fast, weight loss or stress reduction and we bring them to their objectives. STE: Please tell me about your retreat’s amenities and special offerings and activities; be they recreational, spiritual, therapeutic or intellectual. Also, are you a 4-season destination Copperhood (EW): Our amenities address the main elements of well-balanced life — exercise, nutrition, peace of mind and care of the body. Indoor exercise amenities include 60-ft pool, Gym yoga studio. For some exercise options we offer Yoga, Pilates Mat Work, Belly Dancing, African Dancing, Aqua Aerobics and Aqua Jogging, Tai Chi, Boot Camp, Fencing, Abs Classes and meditation. Outdoor Fitness Programs include power walking, Nordic walking,Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing, tennis on our 40 acre private island, guided mountain hiking and biking (we have Trek hybrid bikes). Guests can also fly fish on Esopus Creek, which flows through our property. STE: I think I’m starting to get the idea, but as succinctly as you can, please tell us what keeps the retreat’s steady customers coming back year after year and weekend after weekend and is there a long-standing tradition of savvy, hardworking folks from Manhattan staying with you? Copperhood (EW): We have visitors coming from many far away places as well as from NY metropolitan area. The comfort, privacy, and beauty of the surrounding area plus resultdriven programs bring our guests back. From top models before fashion week to stressedoutfinancial executives looking for respite from grueling careers, our clients come to us to recharge. There is no social scene here; guests drop all pretenses to be what they need to be for themselves. It is a home away from home without any obligations to do anything, with full focus on oneself. STE: At the end of the day, what sets you apart from the rest and makes yours such a special place to visit? Copperhood (EW): Individual attention to every guest’s needs without being intrusive, respectful informality, great facilities, organic food and freshly extracted juicees successful wellness and weight loss programs in a small retreat where nothing is compromised.

Endless Mountains
The Endless Mountains of Northeastern PA is the perfect place to go and discover and have fun at the same time. Think of it as a treasure hunt waiting to be explored. You can surround yourself in nature’s beauty in so many ways here. Nature centers provide school programs with hands-on activities and wildlife displays. Go on a guided nature walk and uncover creatures and wild plants you never knew existed. Spend a day at any of our four state parks. Hike the trails there and encounter waterfalls, wildlife, scenery, and lakes. Try some sight-seeing for birds, too, including the majestic bald eagle. The past speaks volumes in the Endless Mountains! You’ll be amazed at the history revealed through 15 amazing museums – each housing wonderful collections and artifacts. Visit the town that spurred Stephen Foster to write his famous song, “Camptown Races”. Be a part of Native American history as you sit atop the Wyalusing Rocks Overlook, once used as an Indian signaling point. Marvel at the world’s largest poured concrete railroad bridge in the world. Walk on the grounds where a colony of French refugees once lived after fleeing the Revolution. Agriculture and the Arts are a big component of the Endless Mountains. You can attend classes on a variety of art mediums at cultural centers. Learn about natural fibers and how they are used to make clothes and other everyday items, and watch demonstrations of old trades such as blacksmithing and spinning. Find out about farming and raising livestock by taking a tour of a working farm, or spending time at a county fair’s agricultural exhibits and livestock shows. You can also take in a live, top-notch theatre production without the stress of the big city. For more information, contact the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau at 1-800-769-8999 or becky@endlessmountains.org

Woodloch keeps guests returning year after year …


nd offers a truly unique family vacation experience – with something for everyone. An award-winning family resort, championship golf course and a luxury destination spa. Situated in the picturesque Pocono Mountain’s Lake Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, on the banks of the majestic Lake Teedyuskung, Woodloch Pines Resort offers a unique escape from it all. A haven for outdoor adventure, you can enjoy four seasons of family fun at Woodloch. Bringing families and friends together and creating magical moments since 1958, Woodloch is less than 90 scenic and convenient miles outside NYC. Woodloch is the perfect location for weddings, reunions, senior groups, class trips, corporate retreats, meetings or just an exciting family vacation! Just down the road from Woodloch Pines is Woodloch Springs, home to our award-winning, par 72, championship golf course and private rental & residential community. Spend a challenging day on the greens, relax

on the driving range or get tips on lowering your score from one of our golf professionals. The Lodge at Woodloch is the first truly luxurious destination spa to open in 10 years- a perfect oasis for mind, body and spirit. Named “World’s Best” by Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, get your girlfriends together for an impressive weekend getaway, or get back to the basics with a romantic couples retreat. Woodloch’s signature warm hospitality provides an atmosphere for families to create memories that last a lifetime. This rare escape is best known for an array of activities that bring families together and its renowned staff who go above and beyond for each and every guest. For the past 50+ years, Woodloch Pines has boasted one of the highest repeat guest ratios in the industry, proving that spending time with family never goes out of style. To obtain more information or to book a stay, please visit Woodloch.com, or call 1-800-Woodloch.

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Discover the historic Hotel Fauchère, just 75 miles from New York City
Visit the village of Milford and enjoy a wide array of galleries, antique shops and boutiques, as well as great restaurants, heritage attractions and an exceptionally pristine natural environment. The historic HOTEL FAUCHÈRE is located in the heart of the village and offers fine hotel accommodations, two restaurants, a pâtisserie and day spa. Milford is also the north gate to the 70,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, with

miles of trails, abundant wildlife and a spectacular network of waterfalls. Also located in Milford is the historic Columns Museum, with its world-famous relic, the blood-stained flag upon which President Lincoln’s head rested moments after his assassination, and Grey Towers, the 19th century Normanesque chateau designed by Richard Morris Hunt for the James and Gifford Pinchot families.

www.hotelfauchere.com • 570.409.1212 401 broad street, milford, pa 18337

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time for just the two of you ~ at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

Adults-Only Concierge Level, Romantic Oceanfront Accommodations Private Rooftop Sundeck & Hot Tub, Plaza Pub for Cocktails & Light Fare Elegant Oceanfront Dining in Victoria’s, Full-Menu Room Service All Day Pampering Evening Turndown, Rehoboth Beach at your Doorstep

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