Two hours north of New York City sits the Catskills Mountains, a region reminding us that the Colonial Dutch and wild cats once roamed there. We repeated a July weekend we spent in Windham last summer–we obviously liked it so much that we decided to not change a thing except add a hike to the itinerary. When we visit, we always stay at Hotel Vienna, a very simple, low key hotel with a nice breakfast that’s included in the rate and a kicking indoor swimming pool and hot tub enclosed in glass. We’re going back in February to introduce skiing to Anna and me to snowboarding, and I can’t wait to watch the crisp white snow fall while gliding across a sparkling blue pool. We don’t do the classic “Dirty Dancing” type of Catskills vacation. We go into the misty mountains to hide, and we emerge 48 hours later in a far better mood. While in hiding, I strongly recommend dining at Bistro Brie and Bordeaux also in Windham. Great wine selection and a real French chef behind the stove who knows what he’s doing.