“Over the river and through the woods…” are lyrics that remind me of leaf-peeping season, Thanksgiving reunions and snowy school holidays. The words came to mind as I drove into Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, a privately owned country inn on a 75-acre riverfront estate in the Hudson Valley. The bucolic retreat in the historic hamlet of Milton, New York, is an inviting destination that appeals as much to families — who can stroll the grounds, cross the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park (four miles away) or hike the woods — as it does couples and multigenerational families who like the fact that some may prefer to stay put and spa, while others visit shops and art venues in the small towns sprinkled throughout the valley.
Thanksgiving is the one annual long weekend when most families want to — and can — make time to spend together. “At home” may be your most typical choice, but it’s not the only option. There are lots of appealing places for your family to gather. Here are just a few to prompt your search for others, whether near or far from home.
When people ask why I keep returning to the south of France, I always reply: There are other places in the world with scenic topography, comfortable weather, beautiful beaches and even great food. The French Riviera is the one where museums show work from an impressive array of my favorite artists, alphabetically from Arp, to Bonnard, Braque, Chagall, Dufy, Giacometti, Leger, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Renoir, Signac and Seurat to van Dongen. These 10 small, easy-to-maneuver museums in and near Nice can be enjoyed in an hour or less, the perfect length of time to introduce young people to the great artists who lived and worked on the Cote d’Azur.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Cannes, the glamorous city on the Cote d’Azur, may be best known for its famed film festival, held each May; actually, long before the Riviera became a summer destination, well-to-do northern Europeans wintered on the temperate coast. The joie de vivre spirit of the city was enhanced with the début of Hotel Martinez on the tree-lined, seafront Boulevard de la Croisette in 1929. Since then, the city has welcomed celebrities, the glitterati and the international elite, called Le Beau Monde.