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Upstate New York Experience At Kenoza Hall, An Upscale Wellness Retreat In A Class Of Its Own

These Are Not Your Grandmother’s Catskills Before airplane travel became the norm, New York families sought easily accessible refuge in the Catskill mountains. Then the grandkids stopped going. My own immigrant family settled in the Catskills in the 1960s, acquiring property that would help the slavic community vacation. Even though I live in New York City I consider upstate to be my personal refuge. Today’s upstate continues to reel in a new kind of visitor – younger generations from all over the world come to the mountainous region for relaxation and inspiration. Fortunately, some things remain the same. From blueberry picking and hiking, to nighttime campfires and vintage shopping, some aspects of upstate still remind me of childhood. It is safe to say that the Catskills are in their heyday once again. New and restored hotels sprouting all over Upstate New York have plenty to offer to new and loyal visitors alike. Among the many new retreats, Kenoza Hall is in a class of its own. Not only is it awe-inspiring and well-preserved, it has …

Quaint ‘Land in the Sky’: The Best Upstate New York Getaways For All Budgets

The vastness of New York State beckons travelers to choose their own adventure. It is no secret, Upstate New York has a lot to offer and the recently renewed popularity of the Catskills is undeniable. The young and old alike go upstate in search of natural tranquility, lake cabins, fishing, hiking, historical site tours, art fairs, laid-back summer bungalows, Woodstock site concerts, skiing, and who can forget about nostalgia of the Borscht Belt resorts. The state has a history of being enjoyed as a vacation destination since the early 1920s, but it was not until the 1940s when the State Division of Commerce made it a part of their mission to attract even more tourism. The 1939 New York World Fair, held in New York City, took the opportunity to promote upstate with the help of the Barlow Advertising Agency. They suggested visitors to the city take a tour of the Catskills on their way to and from the Fair. Their catch phrase described the Catskills as the “Quaint ‘Land in the Sky’ where Rip …

Travel Like a Pro: Foolproof Beauty Essentials

Taking flight into foreign lands means you need the best skincare at your side. My short wellness getaway resulted in a red eye flight and exploration of three countries (Switzerland, Austria and Germany) in one week. How did my skin do? While I certainly experienced dryness on the flight, the problem was immediately remedied with my favorite essentials. These products mean business. Want to arrive bright-eyed and bushy tailed? Give these brands a go – you won’t be sorry. BEAUTY MASKS Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This means drink water but also find a few nourishing sheet masks to throw in your suitcase. While my philosophy on sheet masks is: use only before a big event (or when absolutely necessary), a red eye is an event in my book. I have tested out a lot of sheet masks in my career and these are the winners I chose for my trip. Leaders Cotton Sheet Masks are biodegradable (this is very important to me) and made with 100% natural cotton. All of their masks work wonders but when …