Commune with nature, near and far.
1. If by Land
Indulge your inner farmhand at Handsome Brook Farm in Franklin, New York, when you help in the berry fields, feed animals, and learn to make preserves. Sleep in the Americana-themed Folk room with walls of 150-year-old barn wood and enjoy creature comforts like a full, farm-fresh breakfast, stargazing in the hot tub, and outdoor movies.
Forget the city entirely at The McMeekin House in Orwell, Vermont. Working dairy and sheep farms and maple sugar operations surround the circa 1796 farmhouse. Swim in Lake Champlain (two minutes away) or explore the Revolutionary War-steeped region.
2. If by Sea
Swap wet sheep for ocean spray at the civilized North Fork Table & Inn, just a ride away on the LIRR or Hampton Jitney. Stay overnight (Frette linens are standard) and savor the seasonal Tito’s Tomatini, a vodka and tomato water cocktail that resurfaced last week. Soon, they’ll launch a food truck serving ceviche, hot dogs, lobster rolls, and more, for consuming at the beach or a nearby winery.
Boutiquey Bungalow Hotel dispels the Jersey Shore myth of GTL-filled days. Retro surf decor mingles with high-end art in each of the suites (think Jonathan Adler meets Philippe Starck) and Le Club, the hotel’s exclusive pool, summons the glamour of Slim Aarons photographs. Take the North Jersey Coast line from Penn Station or the SeaStreak ferry from Pier 11.
3. If by Subway
Take the R to 36th Street in Queens to spend the day at Brooklyn Grange, a 40,000-square-foot rooftop farm in Long Island City. Buy veggies on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. Or set up a time to work the crops.
Rockaway Taco, a Cali-style snack shack by the sea, is a locavore’s dream. Taste Blooming Hill Farm produce; addictive, sneaky-vegan Woodside Bakehouse treats (granola bars, coffee cake muffins) by Sarah Peltier (at Jack’s Coffee Stand); and chef Andrew Field’s locally sourced meat tacos stuffed with roof-grown tomatoes and peppers. Take the A to Broad Channel and transfer to the S shuttle train; get off at 98th Street.
Photos: Betsy Babcock / Courtesy of Handsome Brook Farm; New World Group; Courtesy of Brooklyn Grange
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