Road Trips

| 09 Jun 2015 | 12:42



Presented by Videotron and Loto Quebec

July 8 to July 28

(514) 845-2322,

If you love to laugh – and don’t minding flying, training or driving way up north – Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival should not be missed. Comedian Bill Burr, JFL’s Stand-Up Comedian of the Year, returns to Montreal for two likely sell-out performances at the Olympia Theatre on July 22 and July 23. The hilarious Sebastian Maniscalco, who knocked them dead On the “Tonight Show,” will do his “Aren’t You Embarrassed” 11 solo-show run. And Margaret Cho, the self-styled agent provocateur of stand-up, will do a one-night-only show at the Olympia on July 24


WOODSTOCK 90 miles north of New York City

This quaint village, which unabashedly bills itself as “the most famous small town in the world,” is a hive of music, theater, arts, yoga and fine dining all summer long. Best known for the famous Woodstock music festival – which actually took place a few towns away – the village reinvented itself as a sort of utopian artists’ colony in 1902 and hasn’t looked back since. Check the Chamber of Commerce website for a listing of places to stay, eat and play just 90 miles north of the city.


ROCKING HORSE RANCH Summer packages start at $299 per adult; $79 per child, but check website for specials

600 Route 44/55, Highland, NY

Seven days a week

90 miles north of New York City

The name doesn’t quite say it all. This resort, opened in 1958, certainly offers trail riding for ages 7 and up, but the all-inclusive package includes three hearty meals a day and a wide range of activities, including banana boat rides, kayaking, paddle boating, an outdoor heated pool with two water slides and live nightly entertainment include music, comedy, magic shows and more. While the kids are riding and swimming, you can relax with an array of massages, starting at about $60 each.


BEAR MOUNTAIN INN AND OVERLOOK LODGE Rates run from about $160 a night to upward of $250

3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY

(845) 786-2731

Bear Mountain offers great outdoor adventures on the west bank of the Hudson River – hiking, biking and climbing the four mountain peaks – as well as fishing in the lakes and river. Then you can unwind at the Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge, which was built 100 years ago and has played host to presidents, celebrities and avid sportsmen and sportswomen. The Inn has 15 luxury guest rooms, plus a spa and restaurant, and the Overlook lodge boasts 24 standard guestrooms. Both include breakfast and complementary Wi-Fi.



Just a two-hour train ride – or about two-and-half hours by car – city dwellers have been flocking to this little urban gem in Columbia County. Much of the town has been beautifully preserved in every architectural style since the early 1800s and in the summer it’s hopping with art fairs and music. The website boasts that Hudson has 300 historic buildings, 10 B&Bs in old but roomy houses, 24 restaurants, 51 antique shops, 18 art galleries and three museums. There’s also a great farmer’s market with fresh fruit, veggies and sumptuous desserts at what seem like bargain prices to dyed-in-the wool New Yorkers.


TIMBERLOCK RESORT Weekly rates from $987 to $1,321 per person. Kids from $567 to $964

160 Farrington Way, Sabael, NY

(518) 648-5494

Pack up the car and head up to this 116-year-old family resort on Indian Lake, a 4½-hour drive from New York City. Their “basic, but comfortable” cabins lie along the pristine shoreline and all have a lake view. Activities include canoeing, kayaking, sailing archery, tennis, basketball, hiking, cruises and campfires.



25 Main St. Cooperstown, NY

Open 7 days a week. Summer hours 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(607) 547-2044

Located on Main Street in the heart of picturesque Cooperstown, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the country’s most popular destinations. First opened in 1939, the museum is the definitive repository of the game’s treasures from Abner Doubelday to the recent stars we know and love. View the plaques and historic photos and videos of players like Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and stars from the Old Negro Leagues and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, depicted in the hit movie “A League of Their Own.” Summer highlights include Hall of Fame weekend with this year’s honorees, and other activities.