Design aficionados, take note. The surrounding Catskills scenery is pretty, but the real eye candy is inside the Roxbury Motel, about 3 hours from New York, whose 27 rooms are gloriously theatrical. (The owners have Broadway backgrounds.)
The Shagadelic Suite is tricked out with a zebra-print sofa and mirrored mobiles in the bedroom, Fred’s Lair is a campy cave with a pebbly-floored shower and fake-fur throws on the bed, and Miss Kitty’s Saloon is a whimsical bordello with corset lamps and red velvet everywhere. (See a theme? They’re all inspired by ’60s and ’70s TV.)
While the aesthetics offer a balm for the soul—how can you step into a space-age bachelor pad and not feel happy?—the jewel box Shimmer Spa traffics in balms for the body, with a small menu of reasonably priced massages. (Deep tissue will run you $115.)
There’s terrific hiking nearby (we recommend Slide Mountain), and the staff is more than happy to help with recommendations and maps. But really, the greatest pleasure of a stay here is going back to your room.
Our three top memorable—and healthy—experiences at the Roxbury Motel:
1. Soaking in the Fabulous Bathtubs
All the rooms in the north building have 85-gallon two-person soaking tubs and dual showerheads in the showers. Our favorite is the illuminated red tub in George’s Spacepad, which turned out to be surprisingly comfortable. BYO bath salts.
2. A Visit to the Shimmer Spa
And shimmer it does, with thousands of iridescent mosaic tiles, and a lovely relaxation room that’s outfitted with cushy chaises and a great selection of art books. There are actually two spas, one in each building, with a hot tub, dry sauna, fireplace, “green steam” (steam room made entirely of recycled windshield glass), and foot-massaging river-rock shower. It’s worth the $20 admission fee if you aren’t having a treatment.
3. Manhattan-Quality Dining Nearby
The Roxbury is about a 30-minute drive from the deservedly popular Peekamoose Restaurant, whose owner-chef is a Gramercy Tavern alum and whose menu leans toward the local and organic. Dinner here can be as healthy as you want it to be, but our undeniably healthy Hudson Valley vegetable plate (parsnips, green lentils, quinoa, kale, beets, mushrooms, and white truffle oil) made a carnivorous dining companion jealous. —Ann Abel
Summer rates: $99–$355, theroxburymotel.com
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