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Zen Retreat
Tillson, New York

The Details
Travel time: 2 hours.
Size: Sleeps 6.
Dates: Most of June and July.
Price: $300 a night (two-night min.) or $1,800 a week.
Source: airbnb.com/rooms/865653

Staying in this three-bedroom Hudson Valley home is about as close to the South Pacific as one gets in the tri-state area. Developer Ari Meisel had a friend reconstruct a Balinese estate on eight pastoral acres by importing a dense ironwood called ulin, piece by piece, from Bali. With it, he built three pavilions connected by covered walkways, with intricate carvings decorating the beams and columns. Each pavilion houses its own bedroom and has hardwood floors, terra-cotta tiles, and nearly floor-to-ceiling glass windows. There’s a separate cottage for overflow guests, and the spring-fed swimming pond out front is great for sweltering days. In nearby Rosendale, the Alternative Baker (407 Main St.; 845-658-3355) is known for its vegan, organic, and gluten-free indulgences. Those who can’t bear to leave should note that the house is on the market for $450,000.


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