Let's Get Away
25 Excellent Eco-Friendly Weekends.
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2 hours from White Plains
Don’t let the nondescript exterior or pedestrian common areas deter you; guestrooms and breakfast shine in this six-room B&B a mile from Windham Ski Mountain. Congenial mother/daughter team Josephine and Lea Moffett (former Mount Vernon residents) have transformed a plain old roadhouse into foodie heaven, with rooms that are playfully suave. The Champagne Room ($329)—done up in celery green—is flooded with light, framed by a corner Jacuzzi and two satin sea foam green chairs, hot-pink accents for “pop,” down-filled king-size bed, fresh flowers, and enclosed patio with two rocking chairs over- looking the hills. Josephine, a college professor, and Lea, an attorney, are passionate foodies who draw like-minded folks. Every morning, Lea posts ingredients and their farm sources used in the making of a toothsome three-course breakfast that might well include apricot muffins with homemade apricot jam, red and yellow raspberry parfait, and pumpkin pancakes.
What Makes It Green: Straight-from-the-farm breakfasts, organic amenities, paperless receipts, energy-efficient light bulbs.
Visit Green: Take advantage of the area’s landscape and bounti- ful farms on a “Catskill Maison B&B Signature Eco-Friendly Go Local Tour.” Josephine and Lea will send you off with a hiking- (Pratt Rock, Kaaterskill Falls, Grand Gorge), picnicking-, and farm-to-farm- map. Afterwards, lift a pint or take home a 64-ounce growler of Cave Mountain craft ale from the Cave Mountain Brewery downtown.
Greenbacks: Rooms rates include an exceptional three-course breakfast on china, weekend- evening wine and cheese, afternoon fresh-baked snacks, teas, and coffees, Wi-Fi, flat- screen TVs: $189 to $329.
5 hours from White Plains
For those who romanticize about stumbling on a wisteria-covered cottage in the woods, Sandy Grabbe and Sven Rudstrom’s adorable blue-doored gray weathered Cape Cod B&B will fulfill your Thoreau-esque fantasies. Set between the ocean and the bay, and surrounded by various-sized kettle ponds, this is the most hidden gem of the group. Up a shipboard-steep set of stairs, you’ll find the Liberty Coin Suite, named for the 1798 coin Sven found during renovation, which features two bedrooms with a shared bath separated by a center-flue fireplace chimney. A separate cottage sports the aforementioned wisteria-
covered exterior, a full kitchen with dining nook, queen bedroom with cathedral ceiling, a twin bedroom, a deck just off a glorious garden, and an enclosed patio. All beds are topped with Nature’s Rest mattresses, there’s an outdoor shower, and paintings by local artists festoon the walls.
What Makes It Green: Towels and sheets are eco-friendly, air-dried in summer. Green cleaning products and Sandy’s favorite natural amenities are in the rooms, and there are energy-
efficient lights and VOC-free paint. Sven used found objects and recycled wood and bricks for building remodeling.
Visit Green: If Wellfleet seems vaguely familiar, it’s because Edward Hopper painted here and Henry David Thoreau penned some journals nearby. Besides the vast beach of the National Seashore, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary supplies sustenance for tens of thousands of birds on a migratory route. The 213-seat Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater brings professional presentations to this end of the Cape. Excellent shops and restaurants are a walk away; try the snappy, casual Wicked Oyster for dinner and Left Bank Gallery to start or complete an art collection of your own.
Greenbacks: Rooms with breakfast, rides to town and beach, and wine and cheese: $130 to $175 in the main house. Two-bedroom cottage (for a family of three): $1,300 to $1,800 per week.