Now, you could stay home on weekends in February watching re-runs of Ground Hog Day or you can come to Tannersville in the northern Catskills, less than 10 minutes from Hunter Mountain and the Washington Irving Inn and do some Tree Walking at the Mountain Top Arboretum (http//mtarboretum.org)
In Japan it’s called Shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing. Japanese studies show that quietly walking in a forest for as little as half an hour dramatically increases signs of relaxation, including lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate and lower blood pressure.
This season, take a walk in through the Arboretum. Stroll through the Woodland Walk, the East Meadow or Black Spruce Glen Slowly walk, listen, bend down to touch the mosses, and breathe deeply.
But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir
Share a bottle of wine at the Hudson-Chatham Winery, also in Tannersville, on Valentine’s Day or any day for that matter!
“Head up…to…where it’s all about Hudson-Chatham Winery, which even the biggest snobs admit shows real promise.” – The New York Post
Visit the historic town of Andes, center of the mid-19th century New York State Anti-Rent Wars which ended the tyrannical system of tenant farming in America forever. Andes is now home to several fabulous antique shops, boutiques, Tea Room, Museum, The Andes Hotel (for lunch or dinner).