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1st mini-vacation innew relationship! need help!!!
Posted by: Titi on Jan 14, 11 at 11:06pm
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Tagged: Connecticut , Massachusetts , New Jersey , New York , Rhode Island , Vermont
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Since the budget is tight, I'm looking for a radius of 4-hours driving distance from central Long Island, NY for a romactic, yet fun and active mini-vacation for end of February. Love food and good wine. Activities could include: skiing, antiquing, museums, wine tasting, golf....

any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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mclaurie on Jan 15, 11 at 12:35am
The Berkshires is one idea. Here's a very current thread on things to see/do in that area but there's also skiing. Mass Moca and the Clark Institute are terrific museums. http://www.fodors.com/community/united-states/berkshires-in-january.cfm For antiquing, Hudson, NY is loaded with antique shops and the town of Sheffield, Ma has a number of shops in/nearby. 

The area around Hyde Park is another idea with a visit to the Culinary Institute for a meal and the Vanderbilt Mansion.
http://www.nps.gov/vama/planyourvisit/hours.htm
http://www.ciachef.edu/restaurants/default.asp
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60801-d253262-Reviews-Culinary_Institute_of_America-Hyde_Park_New_York.html

The Hamptons off season can be quite romantic and much more affordable for some luxury. Ice skating, romantic walks on the beach or through the villages, some nice dinners and some antiquing and some wine tasting at Wolffer Vineyard or Channing Daughters.

mclaurie on Jan 15, 11 at 12:45am
There's also good antiquing in the New Hope, PA/Lamberville, NJ area with some nice b & b's although I've not been in a while.

bigbomoho on Jan 15, 11 at 5:38am
taking a ferry across the sound might be fun--could do Newport or Mystic ( avery romantic spot


http://www.webscope.com/li/ferries.html

sobster on Jan 15, 11 at 10:53am
You might look into Kent, CT/Lake Waramaug area.

sear on Jan 15, 11 at 11:02am
I would recommend Newport, RI for the first choice because it meets your criteria perfectly. Winter sports, museums, antiquing, just everything you want to do. I personally love Newport and have been there so many times.

I also agree with Bigbomoho that Mystic is another option. Though, it's a smaller town. But it's beautiful and a hot spot. Both towns are romantic spots. You'll just love the sunset while standing by the water on the main streets.

TarheelsInNj on Feb 4, 11 at 3:36am
How about staying local? Long Island wineries have a "Winterfest" every year with lots of activities and great deals on lodging: 
http://www.liwinterfest.com/liwinterfest/?src=liwinterfest.com

KatieR on Feb 7, 11 at 8:19am
http://www.mohonk.com/

Not inexpensive, but if you can go mid-week & get a good rate, Mohonk is a special & romantic as it gets.

nytraveler on Feb 7, 11 at 9:13am
Romantic is in the eye of the beholder. A couple of friends went to Mohonk last fall. they said the food was mediocre at best, rooms not very luxurious and not much to do unless you wanted to hike all over the place.

KatieR on Feb 8, 11 at 8:16am
nytraveler, everything is in the eye of the beholder. For those of us who love history and hiking, Mohonk is in a class of it's own. I guess it's possible to go there and fail to appreciate it though... but in dozens of hiking visits and quite a few dinners, I'm always captivated by it's unique charm.

suze on Feb 8, 11 at 8:52am
I'm a huge fan of the gorgeous state of Vermont, but not so much in February. Plus it would be the furthest distance for you. Save it for spring/summer/fall.

nytraveler on Feb 8, 11 at 8:51pm
It depends on what you're looking for. "Rustic" doesn't appeal to a lot of people at all - never mind for a romantic weekend. And I've heard complaints about the food from others.

And as for hiking through the woods in February - when you choice is snowy or muddy - not a chance in hell.

KatieR on Feb 9, 11 at 5:05am
nytraveler, just to correct misperceptions, Mohonk is not rustic. It's the site of many weddings and most would consider the setting romantic. The OP is looking for an active trip, hiking is active as is skiing. This winter's snow has made for great ski conditions. Mohonk has groomed X-C trails and is close to Minnewaska State Park where trails are also groomed. And you've "heard".... well, clearly you've never been there yourself and it doesn't help the OP to pass on rumors. The request was for recommendations. Engaging in discussion with you is certainly not helpful to Titi, as far as nytraveler goes, I'm out.

Titi, congratulations on your new relationship & wherever you go, enjoy your trip! mclaurie has good suggestions for the Berkshires or Hyde Park as well. You might also consider The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, just north of Hyde Park: http://www.beekmandelamaterinn.com/

nytraveler on Feb 9, 11 at 10:34am
I have been there - but it was about 8 years ago and didn't want to rely on that info - so I quoted my friends who went more recently and had a similar opinion. Frankly, I was bored stiff and it's not my idea of luxury. And it is rustic - certainly not sophisticated or elegant. And the food left much to be desired (anyplace that serves meals buffet style leaves much to be desired - food should be freshly cooked).

There are a lot of outdoor activities - and if that is what they primarily want - that's fine. But IMHO Mohonk is very expensive for what they provide.

As for appreciating history - I do - I'm a history buff. But my father grew up in New Paltz - near where Mohonk is located - in a stone farmhouse built in the 1750's - not long after the town was founded by refugee Hugenots. He used to take us to Mohonk when we were kids - when it was REALLY rustic - and I didn't like it them either.

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