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A Woman and Her Wheels: Take a Hummer H2 SUT up to the Catskills and Shake Things up a Bit at the very Chic, Mod Roxbury motel. It’s the perfect way to chase away those Winter blahs!
Gotham Magazine
December, 2004

by Juliet Dyal Gray

Remember Tonka Trucks? You could play all day in the dirt with those things, leave them outside overnight in the rain, and the next day they would still work like you just brought them home? Meet your life-size Tonka truck: the Hummer H2 SUT ($52,205). Smooth enough to handle the pothole-infested (are you listening Mayor Bloomberg?) city and large enough to haul anything you could possibly need for a weekend away, the Hummer HS SUT is the perfect accessory for getting out of Manhattan in comfort. How could something so large be so easy to drive? You have to try it for yourself. The Hummer instills a sense of power in you that you do not experience in other vehicles. People, cars, even potholes, move out of the way for the Hummer. OK, so maybe you don’t feel the potholes because of the self-leveling rear air-suspension system, but it amounts to the same thing, doesn’t it? Picture yourself driving up the Sawmill Parkway taking full advantage of the Bose digital seven-speaker (including subwoofer, thank you) sound system. The leaves are off the trees, the snow is on the ground, and the powder is loose. Keep driving in comfort (feel free to turn on the seat warmers if you get chilly), and head three-plus hours Northeast to the Catskills.

But where does the true city-dweller stay in the mountains? Instead of the expected, rose-patterned Mom and Pop B and B, we suggest booking the Pop and Pop-run Roxbury, a fabulous, funky hostelry in the charming village of Roxbury, New York. The revved-up motel has everything the chic Gothamite needs to feel right at home. Pull into the parking lot and you’ll notice something different right away in the form of the property’s Palm Beachy, lime-green doors. The wink-and-nod decorating doesn’t end there. The rooms at the Roxbury look like the end of an episode of Trading Spaces. The Roxbury’s affable owners, former Manhattanites Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa, have paired a 1960s-inspired sensibility with punchy, bright colors; fresh flowers; DVD players; and comfortable, modish furnishings. the whole place has the feel of your cool downtown friend’s loft, except that here there’s a river running through it and a fabulous breakfast service.

Ah, but what to do in the Catskills aside from relax in your harem-like suite in the main house? There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied, from skiing just up the mountain at Plattekill to browsing the shops in nearby Margaretville and Andes. There is also amazing cuisine to be had. Don’t miss a trip to the nearby Blenheim House Bistro (Route 30 at Creaery Road, 518-827-3030, reservations a must). After Todd Graham’s stint as executive chef at the acclaimed Bacara resort in Santa Barbara, he moved East and opened what amounts to a private dining room, where he whips up multi-course menus based on your likes and dislikes (he’ll ask you when you book the reservation). Ah, the sublime, locally raised pork topped with chanterelle mushrooms finished off with pumpkin flan for desert. Divine!

Work off the incredible meal the next day by touring the towns in your Hummer; you might even catch a Girl Scout bake sale or a former Wall Streeter’s new antiques shop. The Catskills offers all that the city chic meets country cool—all you have to do is drive. The Roxbury, 2258 County Highway 41, Roxbury, NY, 607-326-7200; doubles from $85. Hummer H2 SUT, Hummer of Manhattan, 798 Eleventh Ave, 212-399-4400, hummer.com.

Picture caption: The auther, ABOVE, in her Hummer, and BELOW, two views of the swank digs at the Roxbury motel deep in the heart of the Catskills.