The Bull Monty
In Cody, Wyoming, you can take in an art museum and go to a rodeo, all in one day
New Yorkers may consider themselves the kind of people that take no bull, but the residents of Cody, Wyoming, not only take it, they jump on its back, ride it, and call it the "Cody Nite Rodeo." After an evening of calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding, sidle up to some real cowboys at the bar of the Irma Hotel, built in 1902. From there, head to Cassie's Supper Club and Dance Hall, a former whorehouse with line dancing, wagon wheels, and stuffed moose heads. Later, as the cowboys mosey on home, settle onto the porch of your hand-peeled log cabin at DNR Ranch and listen to the crickets. In the morning, polish your rhinestone belt, saddle up a horse, and hit the trails to look for bears and moose, but don't dare miss the one thing Cody has that no other town in America can offer: a world-class museum of Western art, packed with more than 200 works by Frederick Remington. And that's no bull.
-- AARON RASMUSSEN
Details Delta flies nonstop from JFK to Salt Lake City, then a quick hop to Cody (800-221-1212); Cody Nite Rodeo (800-207-0744; 6/18/31; $12$14 for adults, $6 for kids); Irma Hotel (800-745-irma); Cassie's Supper Club and Dance Hall (307-527-5500); Buffalo Bill Historical Center (307-587-4771); DNR Ranch at Rand Creek (cabins start at $94.50; 888-41creek or DNRRanch.com; open May to September).
Emerson, Lake & Calmer
Indulge in Colonial splendor in the Catskills
All 24 rooms at the Emerson Inn & Spa, the Catskills' first high-end, ultraluxurious hideaway, are so thoughtfully decorated -- in Persian, Victorian, West Indies Colonial, and Asian themes -- that you'll find yourself jotting down ideas for your own home. There's a 5,000-bottle wine room with a floor-to-ceiling humidor, a swanky Africa-themed bar, and a gym so beautiful you'll actually want to work out. Spa treatments are the house specialty (but be sure to book ahead), as is the gourmet food, served on Limoges china. True sybarites will appreciate details like a glass of champagne in Waterford crystal at check-in, personalized stationery, and Frette labels on the linens, robes, towels -- even the bath mats. If you want to explore the area, Woodstock is just ten minutes away, but we're not sure why you'd ever want to leave.
-- TARA MANDY
Details The Emerson is two hours by car (doubles start from $500 and include three meals daily; 845-688-7900 or theemerson.com).
Go native (for a day or two) on Nantucket island
Keep your oxford shirt on: Just because you're not invited to Lee Iacocca's house or Tommy Hilfiger's $4.6 million spread doesn't mean you can't wine and dine, bike and fish, or sail and swim on preppy Nantucket island. Your secret weapon is the Wauwinet, whose gray-shingled cottages feature wicker and antique furniture and whose nightly menu includes the island's trademark steamed littleneck clams and smoked Atlantic salmon with johnnycakes and caviar. For the nautically minded, there's whale-watching, deep-sea fishing, and sailing excursions; landlubbers can keep busy mountain biking, take a four-wheel-drive-jeep ride over 75 miles of trails, or don whites for tennis lessons with the inn's resident pro. To blend in better, shop for your Nantucket Reds (faded pink denim) at Murray's Toggery Shop, a local favorite. At night, crawl into bed under a handmade quilt to watch one of 500 movies, delivered to your door with a bucket of fresh popcorn.
-- BETSY GOLDBERG
Details The Wauwinet (summer rates from $400; 800-426-8718 or wauwinet.com); Murray's Toggery Shop (800-368-2134 or nantucketreds.com). Fly nonstop from La Guardia (USAirways; 800-428-4322) or Newark (Continental Express; 800-523-3273).
Om, Sweet Home
Find your bliss in Lenox, Mass.
Sipping cocktails on the beach is one way to follow your bliss, but if you're seeking a more lasting spiritual renewal, a weekend at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health on 300 wooded acres in the Berkshires may be the answer. Guests can combine yogic techniques with outdoor sports like golf or horseback riding; with the Retreat and Renewal package, you can mix yoga and meditation classes with spa treatments or acupuncture sessions. Meals are gourmet vegetarian, and the accommodations, in a former Jesuit seminary, are either dorm-style bunks or minimalist private rooms.
-- SARAH BERNARD
Details Kripalu is three hours by car, or take the Peter Pan bus (800-237-8747) to Lenox; the resort offers a $5 shuttle service (packages from $113; 800-741-7353 or kripalu.org).
Tapas and towers in Barcelona
Youll scarcely skim la crema of Barcelonas rich cultural custard in a stretched-out weekend, but its never been easier now that Delta offers a direct flight. Start the feast early, exploring La Boquería market, where you can grab a stool for breakfast at the legendary Bar Pinotxo: café con leche, scrambled eggs with shrimp, and a custard-filled doughnut to share. Its corny, I admit, but the Bus Turistic, letting you off and on as you please, allows a fast overview. Since 2002 is Gaudí year, a special Gaudí bus will make the pilgrimage easier. Stroll the winding streets of the Gothic Barrio, lingering in the plazas for coffee. Restaurant mania is epidemic right now, so reserve ahead. Savvy locals hog the bar Monday nights for the freshest sea creatures at Cal Pep; Agua, at the beach in Barceloneta, is great for people-watching. Make a meal of the fabulous tapas tastings at Santa María in El Born (Barcelonas SoHo). For accommodations, unabashed luxury-seekers prefer the Hotel Claris; Sant Augustín, off the Ramblas, draws the budgeteers.
-- GAEL GREENE
Details Delta (800-241-4141); Agua (93-225-1272); Bar Pinotxo (93-317-1731); Cal Pep (93-310-7961); Hotel Claris (doubles from $190; 93-487-6262); Santa María (93-315-1227); Sant Augustín (doubles from $113; 93-318-1708).