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Winter Wandering: Weekend Adventures both Indoor and Out
January 16, 2005
by Julian Kesner
A Night in the Roxbury
Rooms with Personality: Apres-tubing at Plattekill, rest your head at the nearby Roxbury. Owners Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa’s 11-room "boutique motel" will make New Yorkers feel right at home. Each unique room is an interior designer’s dream, from the mosaic tiles, zebra couches and leather curtains to fresh hues of lime green, bright orange and cobalt blue. "The key word we most want to associate ourselves with is ’fun,’ says Henderson, a former stage actor. "You can’t help but smile here." (Massa previously built stage sets for "Saturday Night Live" and the Metropolitan Opera.)
The Roxbury’s contemporary décor is tastefully done, and even if it’s not your cup of tea, it’s wonderful to stay at a property abounding with personality (the complimentary evening martinis don’t hurt either). Notable amenities include free high-speed Internet, "smartcard" door locks, dual shower heads, oversized plush mattresses, and DVD/CD players (with a library of 150 movie titles). A favorite feature: shower rods that curve outward for an expanded bathing area.
The Roxbury’s location is another perk. The East Branch of the Delaware River flows across and expansive lawn out back where, come springtime, chaise lounges will welcome guests returning from hiking, horseback riding, fishing or a round of golf. There’s even tubing when the weather gets warm—but this time you’ll be floating down the river instead of a snowy hill.
The Roxbury’s rates range from $85-$160 (607.326.7200; www.theroxburymotel.com). Tubing at Plattekill is $9-$12 per person. (607.326.3500; www.plattekill.com).
Picture caption: YEAH BABY! The Austin Powers suite at The Roxbury epitomizes the motel’s funky décor.