Millbrook, New York
Taking aim at clays at Sandanona Shooting Grounds.

From the March 24, 2003 Issue of New York

Think of shooting clays as bird hunting without all the mess. It’s all about marksmanship (not bloodlust), and there’s no better place to learn than the Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York. Once a tweedy private shooting club (the oldest in the country), Sandanona was purchased a few years ago by Orvis, the outdoor sports clothier, and opened to the masses. Sip coffee and roam the wood-shingled clubhouse before being outfitted for a twenty-gauge shotgun (manageable for beginners) and taking in a gun-safety lecture. Then head out for a round on the world-class sporting-clays course. The little disks come flying at you from all directions—you take aim and (hopefully) blast ’em. Though there’s no lodging at Sandanona, the Old Drover’s Inn, a Relais & Château property in nearby Dover Plains, offers snug but comfortable rooms, hearty country dinners like double-cut rack of lamb and browned turkey hash, and eighteenth-century atmosphere to spare.
— Kendall Hamilton

Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds (800-548-9548; orvis.com); Old Drover’s Inn (doubles from $325, including dinner and breakfast; 845-832-9311; olddroversinn.com).
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Photograph: Preston Schlebusch