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Zoos in winter can be lonely places. But the animals still want company. The Utica Zoo, in upstate New York came up with a brilliant idea, offering snowshoe rentals, for little kids through adults, so you can take a winter hike through the facility.
But you don’t have to just stay outside. The zoo has a small primate house, a reptile house and a gift shop with coffee and hot chocolate.
On the other side of the hill where the zoo is, the small, city-owned Val Bialas Ski Area has 5 trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding, snow tubing and sledding ice skating and cross country skiing.
Fraunces Tavern and Museum, located at 54 Pearl Street, is a piece of history that managed to survive the modernization of New York City and at one time barely escaped becoming a parking lot. Built in 1719, it was originally a residential home for the wealthy merchant, Stephan Delancey and his family. In 1762, after the Delancys bailed for a nicer part of town, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces, who turned it into one of the most popular taverns of its day.
Which of these words belong together? Maine. February. Romance. Tricked you—all of them.
The standard scenario for a sexy weekend away from the kids may involve a tropical beach, pina coladas, and moonlit walks through the surf. But how many parents have the bucks to jump on a plane spur of the moment? Not to mention the fact that if you haven’t in a pool since August, dragging out the MiracleSuit is probably the quickest romance killer you can think of.
Nah, I’ll take my getaway a car-ride from home, with a wardrobe of nice thick sweaters.
Where can you get to by T during the dreary winter where you can hear the calls of meadow larks, the croak of a frog or the slap of a beaver's tale on a pond? The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge has these and dozens of other natural sounds newly added to the New England Forests exhibition in the Zofnass Family Gallery. With motion detectors and different sound tracks concealed around the gallery, visitors can shut their eyes and imagine they are in the wilds.
The multi-media exhibition, which first opened in 2011, explores the natural history and ecology of our regional forests, their responses to human activity and their environmental significance.
I’m not saying that I haven’t had the occasional night when, because of a stuffy nose or pure exhaustion, I’ve been the guilty party. But nine times out of ten, I’m awakened (or even worse, can’t drop off at all) because Bob is snoring. This is particularly aggravating when you’ve splurged on a good dinner and a nice hotel room, and are looking forward to a night away from the routine.
So when The Benjamin, a boutique hotel in midtown Manhattan, came up with a Sleep Program, I was intrigued. I already knew about the place, primarily as the home of Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant, The National. But when I found out that they’ve got a Sleep Concierge who is charged with guaranteeing their guests a good night’s sleep, I booked a room.
Although you’ll not likely find the Carrie Bradshaws of the world at Cliffs Gym in Queens, New York is still a city where you can happily lose the Louboutins, and then lose yourself for hours at a time in a climbing gym.
Regardless of whether you’re fighting freezing temperatures or working up a sweat the minute you step out of your home; climbing gyms are an ever more popular way for many city & suburban dwellers to hit the “rocks” and test their strength and agility, without having to travel too far out of town.
There’s something for just about everyone, climbing novices to serious climbers alike, found within the converted warehouse space run by Brooklyn Boulders. Although outside it’s a non-descript building that you’d easily walk right past, inside you’ll find approximately 22,000 feet of climbing space and walls lined with hundreds of constantly changing climbing routes. If you need equipment, you can rent, buy or bring your own.