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Ski Guide: Room and Bored? These lodges may just be more exciting than their surrounding slopes.
Time Out New York
January 22, 2009
By Cheryl Brody
For TV enthusiasts
2258 County Hwy 41, Roxbury, NY (607-326-7200, theroxburymotel.com)
For an experience straight out of Bedrock, stay in this Catskill lodge’s “Fred’s Lair” studio room (starting at $90 per night on weekdays, $160 to $180 per night on weekends). Not into the caveman aesthetic? Try the I Dream of Jeannie, Partridge Family or Mod Squad rooms. Owners Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa designed theme rooms inspired by films, TV shows and cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s. (Non–boob tube decor is also available.) Stay here and get a deal at Plattekill Mountain (plattekill.com): a full-price Saturday ticket ($50 for adults) includes free skiing on Sunday (holidays excluded).
Getting there: Pine Hill Trailways (800-776-7548, trailwaysny.com) will take you the (approximately) three hours to Margaretville, New York—the village next to Roxbury—for $68 round-trip. Someone from the hotel will come pick you up.
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For a “home sweet home” feel
1860 Rte 565, Glenwood, NJ (973-764-8660, glenwoodmill.com)
Eight years ago, owner Sue Capro converted a 200-year-old grist mill into this charming four room, antique-filled B&B. Ask for the large suite on the top floor with a view of the amazing 18-foot waterfall (frozen in midair during the winter) that used to power the mill. The suite runs $175 a night on weekdays and $200 on weekends, but mention TONY and you’ll get a 10 percent discount. And don’t even think about skipping out on breakfast (included): Fill up on Capro’s cheesecake-stuffed-croissant French toast before heading out to nearby resorts Mountain Creek (mountaincreek.com) and the Hidden Valley Club (hiddenvalleynj.com).
Getting there: An $11 two-hour bus ride on NJ Transit from Port Authority will take you to Warwick, New York, where you can catch a cab to the inn.
For French Alps-esque skiing
The French Manor
Huckleberry Rd, South Sterling, PA (877-720-6090, thefrenchmanor.com)
A taste of France in the Poconos? Bien sűr. In the 1930s, the original owner attempted to build a manor house that would look just like a château in France. Ron and Mary Kay Logan, the owners for the past 28 years, have transformed the building into a charming country inn, maintaining the original decor, including a Spanish slate roof and large vaulted ceilings. Spend a night in a Carriage House room for $195 and you’ll also get a fruit-and-cheese plate, afternoon tea and a gourmet breakfast served in the dual-fireplace grand dining room. Or stay in one of their new suites ($340), which boast a Jacuzzi and a private balcony with a view of Huckleberry Mountain. While you’re there, grab a voucher for a lift ticket at Camelback Mountain ($79 per couple and up; skicamelback.com).
Getting there: Martz Trailways buses run daily from Port Authority to Mount Pocono, which is about 20 minutes away, for $66 round-trip. Someone from the Manor will pick you up. (800-233-8604, martzpoconos.com)
For history lovers
Inn at Stony Creek
34 Spanktown Rd, Warwick, NY (845-986-3660, innstonycreek.com)
Owner Bill Signor restored this vacant rundown dairy farm, turning it into a gorgeous inn complete with a 19th-century Greek-revival farmhouse. People rave about Signor’s collection of circa-1800 American clocks and his home cooking, which you’ll get to try as part of the complimentary breakfast. Take advantage of the “Ski and Stay” package: two weekend nights in a deluxe room with either a Jacuzzi or fireplace and two ski-lift-ticket passes to Mountain Creek (mountaincreek.com) for $399.
Getting there: Take the Woodbury Common Outlet bus (800-631-8405, coachusa.com) from Port Authority for $32.40 round-trip. The Inn will pick you up and drop you off for free.
For a total time warp
The Filbert Bed & Breakfast
3740 Filbert Dr, Danielsville, PA (610-428-3300, filbertbnb.com)
Take one step into this vintage Victorian building, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the set of a bodice-ripper romance. Each suite has an antique wooden or iron bed, and one room even has the original rose-print wallpaper. Not everything is old-fashioned: The Filbert recently installed wireless Internet. On nonholiday weekends, suites go for $130 a night, which includes a full country breakfast made with eggs and produce from the owners’ farm. Ask at the B&B for a discount (about $4 to $10 off) on an all-day lift ticket at Blue Mountain (skibluemt.com), which is about two miles away.
Getting there: As the Filbert is just an hour and a half away from the city, your best bet is to rent a car and drive there.