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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Detox in Delaware County

Head to the western Catskills to find health-conscious B&Bs, farm-to-table feasts, and ecoretreats.

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1. Where to Stay


Tents at Stony Creek Farmstead open up for outdoor meals.  

Start your day with raw food at Turquoise Barn (from $145), a bed-and-breakfast that offers two stylish en suite rooms in a converted carriage house built in 1864. The vegan breakfast includes chia pudding made with fresh almond-and-Brazil-nut milk and a green smoothie made with wild edibles from the organic garden, which you can follow up with on-site yoga and raw food classes (call in advance to arrange).

Head into the forest at Harmony Hill Lodging and Retreat Center (from $140; two-night minimum), where you can choose between a tree-house yurt (available May through October only) with domed skylights, hardwood floors, and kitchens, or an eight-person mountain chalet with a fireplace and a wraparound deck. Pair your stay with life coaching ($100/hour) and guided meditation ($25/half-hour), or find serenity by exploring the property’s stone labyrinth.

Go camping without electricity in comfort at Stony Creek Farmstead, where four rustic tents (from $525 for two nights) come with cast-iron stoves, flush toilets, oil lanterns, and two snug bedrooms a master and a bunk. Eggs, grass-fed meats, dairy products, and seasonal vegetables are all available at the 24-hour honesty shop, and on Saturday nights you can make pizza ($15) at the outdoor wood-burning oven.


Published on Oct 3, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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