The highland town of Ringwood sits 39 miles northwest of New York City in the Ramapo Mountains—a region filled with lakes, forests, and other natural attractions. Ringwood State Park surrounds The Castle at Skylands Manor, providing easy access to woodland hiking trails and the spring-fed Shepherd Lake, which opens up for swimming from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park also contains some of the original buildings and mines dating back to the 18th century, when Ringwood was a leader in the iron industry. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Sarah and Krista, the lead trainers at Elite Equine Group, help students develop confident horseback-riding skills during lessons and nurture comfortable relationships between humans and horses. The teaching duo takes into account each rider’s variables⎯including experience, age, abilities, and hat gallon number⎯as they teach students within the two indoor rings or one outdoor arena.
With a focus on safety, the instructors typically start young riders out in 30-minute lessons, while older students partaking in hour-long lessons that teach grooming, tacking, and groundwork.
The auto experts at Personal Touch Car Wash Fast Lube and Detail Center cater to the roadster's exterior appearance as well as interior performance. Cars roll in for one of five types of car-wash packages $9–$29), each of which includes an undercarriage wash, polish wax, and rinsing wax. Customers select from washes with an ascending level of features, or add a la carte services, such as an Aquapel window treatment ($15) and a tire shine ($3). Personal Touch also offers a waiting room, where guests can lounge while their vehicle gets gussied up, and the option to pair the primping sessions with an oil change or purchase of new tires with or without a mani-pedi. The multiservice auto center also partners with Ringwood's fire department and ambulance auxiliary.
Catering to clients’ cosmetic concerns is only half of the goal at Paradiso Day Spa. The other half is providing a complete and total escape from the stress-inducing demands of everyday life. To this end, the studio strives to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere that encourages visitors to lounge for a bit and prolong their indulgent spa experience. This is readily apparent in the spa’s relaxation room, which resembles the quaint sitting room of a stately bed and breakfast, complete with plush armchairs, a low-slung divan, and complimentary beverages and snacks.
Select clients can indulge with a refreshing aromatherapy steam shower before receiving their treatment from one of the center’s aestheticians or therapists. Staffers then get busy performing facials, which can improve skin tone and restore a youthful glow to cheekbones by using everything from antibacterial LED lights to skin-firming ultrasound technology. The massage therapists similarly address a range of concerns by employing Swedish or deep-tissue modalities as well as energy-balancing reflexology techniques.