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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Links, Trails, and Rapids in Jersey's Skylands

Top-notch mountain-biking raceways, some of the area’s best golf courses, and serious rapids await in Jersey's northern corner, only an hour’s drive from the George Washington Bridge.


1. Where to Stay

Take in the view while you roast your marshmallows at Grand Cascades Lodge.   

The Adirondack-style Grand Cascades Lodge (from $249) opened last April; an adjoining Reflections spa will open in the fall. Request an upstairs suite for a spacious balcony with outdoor gas fireplace overlooking the resort’s two golf courses. There’s also a 10,000-square-foot Biosphere with an aquarium and a waterslide into a glassed-in heated pool.

Book one of only five rooms at RoseMary Inn, a restored farmhouse in Columbia that opened in January. Breakfast is served on a communal patio overlooking seventeen acres of nature trails and rooms have flat-screens, Wi-Fi, bath products, and antique furniture. Ask for the Beach Room for the best views of the spring-fed pond.

The 300-year-old Stockton Inn (from $135), once a favorite retreat of F. Scott Fitzgerald and a boarding house for George Washington’s militia, offers eleven guest rooms and five dining rooms. The Federal Suite I, with a king-size bed and fireplace, is the one to book. Take in the sunset with a Pomegranate Cooler (mint, pomegranate liqueur, and Champagne) on the front porch of the Tavern, one of the state’s oldest watering holes.

Published on Sep 24, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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