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By DAVE CALDWELL Published: December 31, 2008
West Point, in Cadet Gray Main Street in Highland Falls, N.Y ., Related marches to a halt at the handsome Winter Weekends: 1 2 Easy stone South Gate of the United States Getaway s (January 2 , 2 009 ) Military Academy at West Point. The prim brick Thayer Hotel is at the right, playing fields and a few low-slung buildings to the left. It is only as your tour bus begins snaking up the long hill that the noble grandeur of the academy becomes apparent. At the top looms the Cadet Chapel, a Gothic church built in 1910 of gray granite. Inside are a majestic sanctuary, 192 stained-glass windows and an organ with 23,000 pipes. Below the chapel sit eight stout granite barracks.
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At the parade grounds, where some of the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets march most Mondays before lunch, statues of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur appear to be standing in review. At Trophy Point, a sweeping panorama of the Hudson River north to Newburgh explains the onetime military significance of this site. Benedict Arnold earned his notorious place in history by attempting to betray the fort at West Point in 1780. Tours of the academy last one or two hours (West Point Tours; 845-446-4724; www.westpointtours.com; $11 and $13). But it’s easy to while away the rest of a day at the visitors center — where there are exhibits, a film and fatigues that children can don for photos — and the West Point Museum (www.usma.edu). Amid the museum’s six galleries of military artifacts from several eras, look for the toy-soldier dramatizations of the Siege of Avaricum in 52 B.C. and the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. Four miles downriver, there’s more Revolutionary War history at Fort Montgomery (Route 9W; 845-446-2134; www.nysparks.state.ny.us/sites; $3). It’s open daily, but the visitors center is closed Monday and Tuesday.
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including all meals. Poughkeepsie and Kingston. At the visitors center (3197 Route 44-55. DAVE CALDWELL On the Trail at Mohonk At the Mohonk Preserve west of the Hudson near New Paltz.” according to Patricia Fenoff.7mile loop skirting the base of rock-climbing cliffs. 518-822-1438. wraps) and stick-to-the-rib dinners. 845-255-4205). www. Get a sense of place with a walk through one of “the richest dictionaries of architectural history in the state.700-acre tract of cliffs.KATHRYN MATTHEWS Hudson’s Art and Antiques Throughout its colorful history. like potato Cheddar pierogies and steak au poivre. with a two-night minimum stay (ask for anniversary specials).com/2009/01/02/travel/escapes/02winter. Gardiner. 6 to 12). with tax. a 4. Or relax with a glass of wine at the Harvest Cafe Restaurant and Wine Bar (10 Main Street.org). www. Its Sunday Champagne brunch is $60. a castlelike private resort that is a sight in itself. 845-255-0919. Regular room rates. Highland Falls. lectures and workshops. book a spa treatment at Mohonk Mountain House. pick up a trail map and day pass ($9) for the preserve. www.mohonkanniversary. featuring light lunches (soup. level and easy-to-navigate Undercliff and Overcliff Carriage Roads.25 half-pound burger with fries (521 Main Street. forests and streams is managed by a nonprofit group and protects part of the northern Shawangunk Ridge. a long outcrop where rock climbers are frequently seen scaling dramatic white cliffs. head into New Paltz and warm up at the cozy Village TeaRoom (10 Plattekill Avenue. stroll up Warren Street past Federal.44 for two. readings. From the riverside promenade. closed Jan. For cheaper fare.NYTimes. Along with over 50 antiques shops. a pair of Swedish Sirocco chairs or a quirky objet d’art. For a splurge. you can hike year round — or ski. offers rooms for $220 to $250 on weekends (800-247-5047. join the academy employees pouring into the Gray Line Eatery just outside the gate for a $5.5-mile High Peters Kill Trail.. serving homey comfort fare like a miniature Irish-style Dingle pie (spiced minced lamb ensconced in flaky pastry crust) and afternoon tea with scones and sandwiches. start at $480 a night for two people on weekends. The Hudson Opera House (327 Warren Street.com). conditions permitting — on more than 65 miles of carriage roads and trails. with spectacular views of the Walkill Valley. 845-255-3434. Hudson has reinvented itself: as a once-bustling late-18thcentury whaling town.hudsonoperahouse.Y . built in 1926 to accommodate academy officers and their guests. 845-446-1118). Post-exertion.com). An 80-minute indigo herbal poultice massage is $186.html?pagewanted=all 2/9 Watch Now: Holiday Drinks | Mott and Mulberry ALSO IN VIDEO » App Smart: Document scanning Inside the Book: Rube Goldberg . Ninety miles north of New Y ork City.nytimes. a bawdy 19th-century industrial city and now the place to go for a rustic French country table. www.12/13/13 12 Winter Weekend Getaways From New York . N.com The Thayer Hotel. near Route 299.org) is a restoration-in-progress. with exhibition space and a center for concerts. a Hudson historian. from the short and easy LaVerne Thompson Nature Trail to the strenuous uphill 7.90 and a 50-minute nature-inspired Mohonk eco-sampler is $140. A scenic trek (for hikers and skiers) is on the wide. For budget-friendly options. which is celebrating its 140th year in 2009 with anniversary deals (845-255-1000.thethayerhotel. A Warren Street gallery crawl offers provocative exhibits at Limner Gallery (No. Italianate and Queen Anne buildings. www.mohonkpreserve. Trails vary in length and difficulty. 123). this 6. salad. chain hotels are nearby in New Paltz. the Catskills and the ridge of the Shawangunk Mountains. restaurants and lively performance arts. this small Hudson River city also offers galleries. From some of the trails. there are views down to Lake Mohonk and the Mohonk Mountain House.
org. $6 to park on winter weekends). which houses fish. www. 516-922-9200. And just outside of the village. And Mount Merino Manor (4317 Route 23. 518-828-2233). 800-291-8090. 516-692-6768. 518-8229474). www. a converted 19th-century firehouse where you’ll find 10. A house tour that paints a picture of life in the Revolutionary War era is at the Raynham Hall Museum (20 West Main Street. The Inn at Fox Hollow (7755 Jericho Turnpike.m. This is the renowned Gold Coast. www. www. Dine casual (burgers and soup) or fancy (foie gras panna cotta and dill-baked artic char) at the Scandinavian-inspired DA/BA (225 Warren Street. Or tuck into a crepe at Le Gamin (609 Warren Street.theinnathudson. www.gov/sahi). From the big veranda to the rooms filled with books and mounted heads of unlucky animals. The house sits on 83 acres on a peninsula that is an ideal place for a walk. If Oyster Bay touring inspires an appetite for oysters. the rambling Victorian home he built in 1885.olana. the winter specialty is camellias. Three centuries later. www.nps. Hudson is rich in charming bed-and-breakfasts. even in the dead of winter. Greenhouses are open daily. there’s yet another experience at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium. www. 518-671-6006). where you can shop for tableware between courses. 622). from $115) is in a former convent.org.theinnatfoxhollow. Billy Joel wrote.html?pagewanted=all 3/9 . but the hamlet of Oyster Bay is still a charming little place. Sagamore Hill. The Country Squire B & B (251 Allen Street. $5). from $200) occupies a Dutch-Jacobean mansion designed for a soapmaking heir. 518-828-5583. (119 Warren Street. Browse the shelves at Spotty Dog Books & Ale (440 Warren Street. you can find them prepared several different ways at Canterbury’s Oyster Bar and Grill (46 Audrey Avenue. 518-8229229. 518-828-0135. 336) and the work of Hudson Valley artists at Carrie Haddad Gallery (No. 518-828-2885). Get a make-up lesson ($90) at Face Stockholm (401 Warren Street. Woodbury.” Suburbia has encroached. but paradise for a big brood of children and a roomy container for the outsize personality of its owner.com. Or book a massage at Bodhi Holistic Spa (323 Warren Street. 518-249-4631). reptiles and amphibians native to New Y ork State (1660 Route 25A. meadows. where winter tours run from Wednesday through Sunday ($5). scenic bay on Long Island’s North Shore. KATHRYN MATTHEWS Takin’ It Easy in Oyster Bay Dutch and English settlers discovered a smooth. a salt marsh and a beach are open from dawn until dusk. Paths and a nature trail with forests. 516-922-3614). and another estate lives on as Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park (1395 Planting Fields Road. named it for its oysters and built a harbor town.com.com/2009/01/02/travel/escapes/02winter. www.com.com.plantingfields. DAVE CALDWELL www. www.com) is an all-suite hotel with off-season rates from $219 to $339. The Inn at Hudson (317 Allen Street.000 titles and eight artisanal beers on tap. Cold Spring Harbor.raynhamhallmuseum.countrysquireny. a new tapas and wine bar. and the area around it invites exploration. the stunning Persian-style home of Frederic Church (5720 State Route 9G.com contemporary art at Nicole Fiacco Gallery (No. 516-922-6808. 518822-9322.12/13/13 12 Winter Weekend Getaways From New York .mountmerinomanor.cshfha. The most famous local citizen is not Billy Joel but Theodore Roosevelt. from $175) sits on 100 wooded acres near the Olana State Historic Site.nytimes. Sagamore Hill looks like what by all accounts it was — not just the summer White House where Roosevelt brokered a peace between Russia and Japan (earning him a Nobel Peace Prize).NYTimes. Sample flights of Iberian wine at p. is a National Historic Site (516-922-4788. takin’ it easy. 518-828-2833). $5).org). “I wish that I was back in Oyster Bay.
a local institution with an extensive selection of books and a cozy cafe serving fresh-baked scones and homemade soups (1082 Chapel Street. Leap back to the 21st century at the Discovery Museum (4450 Park Avenue.com/2009/01/02/travel/escapes/02winter. Doubles from $269. Long Wharf Theater. has also transferred many plays to Broadway or Off Broadway. In the heart of the zoo.longwharf. opened in October in the heart of the cultural district — two blocks from the Y ale University Art Gallery and the Y ale Center for British Art and one block from the Y ale Rep. Coming productions include the debut of Octavio Solis’s “Lydia” (Feb. and a revival of “Death of a Salesman” (April 24 to May 23). www.12/13/13 12 Winter Weekend Getaways From New York . 203-368-1000. Lavinia Warren.soundtigers.com). 203-624-0507). www. 203-787-4282. affordable and easy to navigate. NANCY M. which has been in operation since 1914 and was recently refurbished.studyhotels. where the Henry B.NYTimes.com).barnum-museum. the Study at Y ale (1157 Chapel Street. and recent Internet rates started at $179. www.50. 203-331-1104. dedicated to the life and times of Phineas T. the January schedule at the Shubert Theater (247 College Street. $7). $11 and $9) exhibits a South American rain forest. The first floor showcases Barnum’s life. A 124-room boutique hotel. 6 to 28). du Pont Planetarium simulates the night sky and (for those calling ahead) the Challenger Learning Center offers virtual missions into space. Broadway-style musicals play at the Downtown Cabaret Theater www.html?pagewanted=all 4/9 . Among its winter productions is the world premiere of “Coming Home” by Athol Fugard. including his stint as mayor of Bridgeport. BETTER Child-Friendly Bridgeport Bridgeport is a surprisingly good place for a family weekend. starting at the eccentric Barnum Museum. www. The Omni Hotel at Y ale is the only full-service luxury property in town (155 Temple Street. $8. 203-394-6565.com). The less formal Zinc serves New American cuisine in a chic setting on the New Haven green (964 Chapel Street. includes “Cats” and a Beatles festival.discoverymuseum. 203-562-4299). while upper floors feature a hand-carved wooden model circus and curiosities like the marriage bed of the 33-inch Tom Thumb and his 32-inch wife. The Y ale Repertory Theater (1120 Chapel Street. 203-776-4040). A morning passes quickly at the Atticus Bookstore. www. 203-432-1234. Jan. It has hosted more than 100 premieres. 203-772-6664.shubert. For lighter fare. including 11 that ended up on Broadway and two that won Pulitzer Prizes. For dinner.beardsleyzoo. in a former warehouse near New Haven Harbor (222 Sargent Drive. the Beardsley has a Siberian tiger. 866-930-1157. 203562-5666. Nighttime activities come at family-friendly prices — most theater and sports tickets sell for less than $50. Hockey fans flock to the Arena at Harbor Y ard to see the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.org. 8. www.omnihotels.com New Haven Theaters Savvy theatergoers know New Haven as a place to see top-flight dramatic talent at a significant discount — a setting for a theater weekend that is convenient. a New England farmyard and a reptile house. the top affiliate of the New Y ork Islanders (600 Main Street.org. an Andean condor and a maned wolf.nytimes.com).yale. and $7 for children).edu/yalerep) produces new plays and bold interpretations of classics on three stages. 14 to Feb. The Beardsley Zoological Gardens (1875 Noble Avenue. Barnum (820 Main Street. As a participant in saving rare species. children bob up and down on a carousel. the Union League Cafe offers contemporary French cooking with elegant service and an excellent wine list (1032 Chapel Street. www. www. www. 203-3723521.org.org).
there’s always shopping. Full-day rates at Jack Frost and Big Boulder are $45 on weekends and holidays.com). 609-252-9680. artmuseum. www.m. Omanel offers classic Portuguese cuisine. For a small town. Princeton’s charming shopping district with stores from Kate Spade to the Papery. by appointment. doubles tubes and family or group tubes — and minimum height requirements. has two 500-foot conveyor carpets. or hang onto others’ tubes and slide together.smallworldcoffee. For hearty.m.com (263 Golden Hill Street. Pa. snowy hill is divided into chutes. (570-629-1661. Rooms at the Blakeslee Inn (Route 940. and Sundays from 1 p. the academic enclave 90 minutes south of New Y ork City has plenty of big-city activities. BETTER Tubing in the Poconos Who needs skis to hurtle down a snowy mountain? At least a half-dozen ski areas in the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania offer sledding on an inner tube. and slide down. Small World Coffee (14 Witherspoon Street. which provides generous portions of pasta and wood-oven pizzas (513 Broadbridge Road.blakesleeinn. When tubing palls.000 works include pieces by artists from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol. try Vazzy’s. Lodgings are a weak point. www. family-style Italian food. Its 72. 203-371-8046). but with a dusting of snow. There are many places to stay in the area.edu) is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a. is a good-looking town all year long. www.12/13/13 12 Winter Weekend Getaways From New York . and almost anyone can play.princeton.. The Princeton University Art Museum (McCormick Hall.95 for kids). 203-576-1636. 609-924-4377.com) start at about $70.skicamelback. NANCY M. There are singles tubes. from $99). 570646-1100. Jack Frost has seven snowtubing runs and two tow lines.NYTimes. www.com).m. Three-hour tubing sessions on weekends are $25. For a quick cup of coffee and sandwich while sightseeing. both have tubing. Tubing requires less skill even than sledding.J. stop by the Tannersville Diner at Exit 299. Pa. Nearby Mediterra (29 Hulfish Street. and the inn’s restaurant offers a $21. to 5 p.nytimes. respectively. get a push. For a terrific bowl of soup. 203-335-1676). to 5 p. featuring seafood paella and fresh Portuguese bread (1909 Main Street.com) is a good bet for Mediterranean-inspired fare.dtcab. Across Nassau Street is Palmer Square. it takes on an added sparkle. They put their feet up.jfbb. so get to the slope early in the day. stop at the Take Time Cafe (211 State Street. It also has a 600foot conveyor carpet to transport snow tubers to the runs. DAVE CALDWELL Princeton. 203-551-2522.95 Champagne brunch on Sundays ($9.terramomo. Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville.html?pagewanted=all 5/9 . For obvious reasons.m. away from the skiers. www. Pa.com). A slick. The Crossings Premium Outlets (I-80 Exit 299. a Touch of Ivy Princeton. both resorts offer three-hour tubing packages for $25. Big Boulder and Jack Frost (570-443-8425. 203-335-7255).com) is the go-to place for strong coffee and sublime hot chocolate for an afternoon pick-me-up. Tubing is popular. and Blakeslee. N. and even. both about 15 minutes from downtown. 609-258-3788. 570-629-4650) has about 100 stores selling familiar brands. 203-377-3322. tubers have their own slopes.com/2009/01/02/travel/escapes/02winter. They can spin as they slide. Stay in the suburbs at the Trumbull Marriott (180 Hawley Lane. reaching 40 or 50 miles an hour. sister resorts in Lake Harmony. etiquette lessons for children. www. Big Boulder offers as many as 20 tubing runs and two tow lines to get to the top of the hill. afternoon teas. www. with high snow berms to prevent people from sliding into each other. from $129) or the Homewood Suites in Stratford (6905 Main Street.
winterfestival. a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was home to several state governors. it is open for tours from noon to 4 p. www. then window-shop some more before maybe eating something else.NYTimes. www. One on West Mechanic Street. On South Main Street.com Bainbridge House (158 Nassau Street. traffic jams of weekend pedestrians form on the towns’ tight sidewalks.nytimes. www.princetonhistory.marriott. on weekends. clown memorabilia and.theinnatbowmanshill. on the state line. less than two miles from town.org). linked by a steel truss bridge that looks more fragile than it really is.americadesigns. www.m. Now a National Historic Landmark. The Lambertville Station (11 Bridge Street. Restored in 1992. 215-862-5067) Jan. which isn’t just for summer. 609-716-7662. down to historically correct paint colors. “Picturing Princeton 1783: The Nation’s Capital” marks the 225th anniversary of Princeton’s service as the United States capital and runs through June 2009.com) rates begin at $99. These are places to amble in — window-shop. 609-921-6748.J. The watermelon ice cream tastes so much like watermelon that you expect to spit seeds on the sidewalk. oh. look for Gerenser’s Exotic Ice Cream (215-862-2050). N.com). home of the Historical Society of Princeton.053 feet long. with breakfast included. www. ext. Accommodations near Princeton are plentiful.. the building now more closely resembles its original 1766 condition. www.net. strolling past restored Victorian houses enjoying second lives as inns.com/2009/01/02/travel/escapes/02winter. Even in winter. rates from $295). snuggle on either side of the Delaware River about 15 miles northwest of Trenton.com.chimneyhillinn. next to the Battle Monument. New Hope is loaded with small shops. rates from $225).org). www. A special exhibit. and from the middle. Among several highly regarded bed-and-breakfasts are the Inn at Bowman’s Hill near New Hope (215-862-8090. www. 609-397-8300. Sunday brunch and a river view in a restored stone train station built in 1867. death-related antiques like mourning jewelry and old funeralparlor advertising handouts.mccarter. It sits only 10 or 15 feet above the river surface.teardropmemories.goprincetontigers. and New Hope. 103.com. Order a double dip cone — maybe one scoop of African Violet and one of Jamaican Tree Bark. At Courtyard Princeton (3815 Route 1 at Mapleton Road. and the Chimney Hill Estate and Ol’ Barn Inn near Lambertville (609-397-1516. off Faculty Road. who might start their tour through its shops at America Antiques and Designs on South Main Street (609-397-6966.. No one seems to mind the crowds. yes. There are also some quaint bed-and-breakfast inns in Princeton Township.com). TearDrop Memories (215-862-3401. Pa. minutes from Princeton proper.com) offers American cuisine. www.html?pagewanted=all 6/9 . The highlight of a joint winter festival (www. was built in 1758 by Richard Stockton.org) offers a full theatrical season. Connecting them is the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Supported Bridge — actually toll-free since 1919. Morven Museum & Garden. www. Many good choices can be found along Route 1. sequined costumes and playing banjo-and-saxophone-heavy music. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Princeton. wearing feathered. 609-258-2787. Two Mummers bands will strut in the parade. the views up and down river are serene even when icy patches interrupt the water. with a pedestrian walkway and 1. opens at noon on weekends.lambertvillestation. (55 Stockton Street.historicmorven. eat. The McCarter Theater Center (91 University Place.com). 609-924-8144. 21 to 25 will be a parade that begins at noon in New Hope and ends an hour later in Lambertville. specializes in Victorian birdcages. Or perhaps the Princeton Tigers hockey team will be taking the ice at the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink (Elm Drive.12/13/13 12 Winter Weekend Getaways From New York . Lambertville is a destination for antique hunters. LOUISE TUTELIAN Lambertville and New Hope Lambertville. Another significant structure. 609-258-4849. www.
genossteaks.95 for adults and $15. which opened in 1992 as the New Jersey State Aquarium and reopened in 2005 after an expansion and renovation.com DAVE CALDWELL Camden’s Sharks and Ship When the sun is out and the wind is not blowing.fi. the Philadelphia skyline seems close enough to reach out and touch.camdenchildrensgarden. one of the country’s most renowned science museums. would be a huge mistake. N. who died in 1951.m. It is a spectacular view. 76 and 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike. A combination ticket for $31. check out the Institute of Contemporary www. to 5 p.NYTimes.patskingofsteaks. with a butterfly house and storybook gardens. A touch-a-shark exhibit is among five hands-on attractions. www. the hundreds of paintings collected by Albert Barnes. bus. Visitors can also see seals and sea turtles up close. The veterans order their steaks ($7.edu). have a cheese-steak taste test in South Philadelphia at Pat’s (www. $17.battleshipnewjersey. but the change of venue will alter the experience.95 for children.S. 34th Street and Girard Avenue.com) is open daily from 9:30 a.philadelphiazoo. The Barnes is easy to reach from Center City Philadelphia.org. 69 Cézannes and seven van Goghs. From the brick walking paths in Waterfront Park in Camden. The very capable Manhattan architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will recreate Barnes’s rooms in the new building.org) which features more than 1. www. not including the 4-D theater. DAVE CALDWELL Impressionists at the Barnes Sometime in the next few years. possibly as soon as 2011. Some shows feature SpongeBob. But waiting until then to see one of the world’s greatest collections. where you can also fill out another weekend day with child-friendly attractions including the Philadelphia Zoo (Fairmount Park. and there’s a 4-D deep-sea theater experience — a 3-D film augmented by sensory effects like being sprayed with mist.nytimes.html?pagewanted=all 7/9 .S. and a West African river experience has two Nile hippos. New Jersey.50 ($24 for children) also allows admission to the U. www. by car.com). Also on the waterfront is the Camden Children’s Garden (856-365-8733. built in 1942 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for duty in World War II and now moored at the Camden waterfront as a naval museum (866-877-6262: www. will move from the gallery at his former home in a Philadelphia suburb to a new building in the city center. The Camden waterfront is best known as the home of the Adventure Aquarium.org).J. Several downtown hotels offer packages that include guaranteed admission to the museum.50 at both places) wit’ fried onions and Cheez Wiz.12/13/13 12 Winter Weekend Getaways From New York . Admission is $19. open weekends in winter. which includes 181 Renoirs.m. He worked them into idiosyncratic compositions that use American Indian pottery. Barnes didn’t just hang his paintings. the Delaware River shimmers. Find overnight accommodations across the river in Philadelphia. www2. African masks and everyday items like spoons and door hinges to establish startling aesthetic connections. train or taxi.50). While you’re in town..com/2009/01/02/travel/escapes/02winter. One of its specialties is putting visitors a glass wall away from an alarming number of scary looking sharks.300 animals including a new big cat exhibit.adventureaquarium. and is easily accessible from Interstates 95. The aquarium (866-451-2782.com) and neighboring Geno’s (www. If you have time and want to see even more art. 215-448-1200. and the venerable Franklin Institute (222 North 20th Street.
609-884-5970. 2009. Books.m. a pocket bar and cozy fireplace keep winter at bay.org).org. There’s birding. also called Skeeter Point (directions at www. 2006).com/2009/01/02/travel/escapes/02winter. It’s the latest restaurant from Stephen Starr. www. a steakhouse at 1500 Walnut Street (215-732-4444). www. with his wife. on Bayshore Road in West Cape May (www. So make the Barnes (300 North Latch’s Lane. where the Perelman Building. opened last year in an Art Deco structure updated by Richard Gluckman.12/13/13 12 Winter Weekend Getaways From New York . (A Frank Gehry exhibition runs through April 5. Be sure to obtain tickets in advance and arrive well fed — no food is allowed on the grounds. LOUISE TUTELIAN A version of this article appeared in print on January 2.” said Clay Sutton.nytimes. you may want to try Butcher and Singer. The Fairthorne Cottage Bed & Breakfast (111 Ocean Street. light-filled annex. swampy woods.) But those museums — unlike the Barnes — aren’t going anywhere. at the Nature Conservancy’s Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge. Its Web site. 800-438-8742. 610-667-0290. FRED A. winter weekend rates start at $139. best-known for its beaches and gingerbread cottages. or the Blue Pig Tavern at the Congress Hall Hotel (251 Beach Avenue. a World of Birds Cape May.fairthorne.com) serves Chesapeake Bay Benedict with lump crabmeat ($12. has 10 rooms beginning at $230. Cape May Point.html?pagewanted=all 8/9 . whose Morimoto and Buddakan were Philadelphia stalwarts long before he opened branches in New Y ork. guides. week pass $15 at Cape May Bird Observatory). Pa. www. co-author. The Rea Farm.philamuseum. the designer of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. www. 800-732-4236. At the Virginia Hotel (25 Jackson Street. in the vast wild marshlands of the Delaware Bay shore. Short-eared owls frequent the skies above the parking lot in late afternoon. No more excuses. off Sunset Boulevard. too. the Mad Batter (19 Jackson Street. For Sunday brunch. a large. is a favored hangout for the red-shouldered hawk and lingering orange-crowned warblers. songbirds and. 609-884-2736).madbatter.org. Bald eagles may swoop at the tree line. Merion.50).njwildlifetrails.virginiahotel.. Back in Philadelphia. has a downloadable map of hot spots. www. Pat.icaphila.org. on Saturdays at Cape May Point State Park on Lighthouse Avenue.50) and orange and almond French toast ($7. with its pond.barnesfoundation.org) or the Philadelphia Museum of Art (www. Participants can expect to see waterfowl. of “Birds and Birding at Cape May” (Stackpole Books.njaudubon. 609-884-6500) are both good bets for dinner. free maps and first-rate advice are available at the Cape May Bird Observatory at Northwood Center (701 East Lake Drive. built in 1892 by a whaling captain. known as the Meadows. tall trees and fields. The observatory also sponsors naturalist-led walks ($10) from 8 to 10 a. “The person who coined the phrase ‘the dead of winter’ obviously wasn’t a birder. Or you’ll want to spend the evening calling friends and telling them to get to the Barnes now. www.. The Virginia Hotel’s Ebbitt Room. Go about an hour before sunset to Jake’s Landing. returning migrants.J. is a world-class destination all year for birders. on page D4 of the New York edition w ith the headline: Winter Weekends: A Dozen Easy Getaw ays. some are lingerers delaying flights farther south and some are year-round residents.NYTimes. Some winter birds at Cape May have fled the snow-covered north.birdcapemay.com Art on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania (www. and flocks of snow geese may show up. N. open Friday through Sunday in winter) your priority.com). BERNSTEIN Cape May. in March.com).org).
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