Gift Guide: Casual Camping, Kayaking + Outdoor Cooking

Essential items to elevate your next outdoor adventure

Weekends spent outside the city hopefully provide an all-important opportunity to relax, but activities like camping, hiking, outdoor cooking and kayaking also offer the chance to reconnect with nature. To make the most out of a weekend in the woods or on creeks and rivers, one needs the essentials, but there are some extra accessories that can elevate a trip from enjoyable to excellent. From …

Upstate New York’s The DeBruce Inn

A 14-room lodge and restaurant showcasing the best of the state's wilderness

For New Yorkers googling “Livingston Manor,” the bar in downtown Brooklyn pops up first, before the hamlet in upstate New York. It’s likely due to proximity but also maybe the search engine algorithm doubts interest in a town whose population clocked in around 1,000 in the last US census. Why visit there? It’s the same question you could pose to the owners of The DeBruce, …

Rivertown Lodge, Hudson

Two hours from NYC, a beautifully designed 27-room hotel awaits upstate

Opened last October in Hudson, New York, Rivertown Lodge doesn’t look like much when you pull up (or walk the 20 minutes from the Amtrak train station). Formerly a 1920s movie theater later converted into a motel in 1958, the new 27-room hotel on Warren Street—a few doors down from Grazin’—preserves a discreet exterior that matches the block. And inside is a relaxed grandeur that …