leisure 07.1.13

Out of Town
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Did Christine Quinn term-limit herself out of a new job?

Some of our favorite getaways and activities, more and less known,
near and a little farther.

Take MetroNorth to Cold Spring for a walk up Mt. Taurus, which is of moderate difficulty, plus a couple of more challenging patches. Reward: Ruins of the old Cornish estate and at the top, beautiful views of the Hudson Valley. Details at Hike the Hudson Valley.

On the outside, a nicely maintained New England facade. Inside, shagadelic, baby. If you're looking for Catskills lodging, may we point you to a motel? Specifically, The Roxbury Motel in Roxbury, NY. We probably wouldn't have dragged out the 'shagadelic' thing again but one of the rooms here actually is called The Shagadelic, and the rest have fun themes of one sort or another, like Genie's Bottle, pictured above… Or let Kate Pierson of the B-52's be your innkeeper at the Lazy Meadow in Mt. Tremper, NY, near Woodstock. Mid-century modern and space age-y rooms.

What better reason to leave town than a perfect lobster roll, a bucket of steamers, and some ocean spray? That was the fact-finding mission undertaken by Elizabeth Bougerol in her book New England's Favorite Seafood Shacks: Eating Up the Coast from Connecticut to Maine. The poor thing had to taste 156 lobster rolls, 211 cups of chowder, and 308 orders of clams, oysters, and scallops. By all means, follow in her footsteps.

The Homestead Inn, a short car-ride to Greenwich, has 18 rooms and a fine chef: Thomas Henkelmann, who trained with the Haeberlin brothers of Auberge de l'Ill as well as Eckart Witzigman. You will eat very well. Whether you will sleep well may depend on your noise tolerance: the inn is just barely off I-95.

In Cornish, New Hampshire, you can visit the gorgeous house, studio, and grounds of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Nathan Gunn bring his bodacious baritone to the sublime score of Camelot at Glimmerglass in Cooperstown, July 13-August 23.

Get a breath of Westchester's fresh air, stroll the gardens, and listen to opera, symphonies, chamber music and jazz at Katonah's schmancy Caramoor. July 4: Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks

Tibet House has a place in Phoenicia, NY called the Menla Mountain Retreat, which is true to its billing. They offer many kinds of programs including the ancient, though infrequently taught Tummo practice that helps you develop your inner fire. Tulku Lobsang leads the retreat,
July 25-29.

There are so many reasons to visit MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, that beer might not immediately spring to mind. Ambitious and often gigantic art installations, sure, music, theater, movies, yes. But don't forget the suds: last year Dean Baldwin created The Chalet, an interactive artwork that happily includes drinking beer. It's open Thursdays throughout the summer.

Crumbling underbelly fans should use Hudson Valley Ruins by Thomas Rinaldi and Robert J. Yasinsac as their guide to the area's abandoned, the endangered and the demolished.

It's really been 25 years since Swing Out Sister released their first album It's Better to Travel? Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell still create irresistible jazzy pop and they'll be live at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut on July 12. [Photo: Jody Linscott]


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