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Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel
by Carole Braden
"Meltdowns? We had them daily," says Greg Henderson of the yearlong redo he and his partner, Joseph Massa, did on The Roxbury, a 1961 Catskills motor lodge. The two theater vets had a weekend home nearby, and in 2003 they used the 11-room Roxbury as an excuse to move permanently from New York City. Once a fleabag, the Roxbury is now a colorful clash of ’60s and ’70s mod by way of Ikea, the Container Store, and local auction houses. Each room has its own vivid color palette, and all have zebra-print sofas, pillow-top mattresses, DVD players, and retro lamps behind apple-green doors. If the whole gang’s coming, book Inspiration Peaks, a mountaintop manor outside the neighboring town of Andes. The large home, which sleeps 10 (from $400 a night, two-night minimum), is also owned by the pair and is decorated in a similar style. 2258 County Highway 41, 607.326.7200, http://catskillvacationlodging.com, from $85.
Picture Caption: Beneath The Roxbury’s staid facade lurks an exuberant interior