Built in the quiet woodlands of Monroe more than a century ago, Arrow Park Lake and Lodge's main building still has the appeal of a quiet country home and the scenery is just as pristine. The resort centers on Arrow Lake, giving guests plenty of opportunities to fish, swim, and go boating.
Claim to fame: During the 1960s, the park was a haven for artists and musicians—folk singer Pete Seeger passed through on several occasions.
Fun on the water: This deal includes beach passes to Arrow Lake, along with complimentary access to a non-motorized boat.
Take a hike: Trails pass through dense forests inhabited by local wildlife. You can also take a stroll through a sculpture garden with busts of famous poets, including Walt Whitman and Alexander Pushkin.
Grab a bite: Lunch and dinner is available at the café; a shaded picnic table makes a nice spot for eating outdoors. There's also a concession stand on the beach.
Rest and relaxation: Set in an elegant, Italianate building with arched doorways and natural rock accents, the comfy suites are outfitted with fireplaces and feature views of the lake.
Monroe, New York: Historic Cheese Factories, Taverns, and Racetracks
Monroe, New York, sits near the New Jersey border, roughly an hour northwest of Manhattan's hustle and bustle. Picturesque lakes and woodlands surround the village, which has been home to several cheese factories over the last 150 years. In fact, Monroe is the birthplace of Velveeta (and you can still see the building where it was made). Each September, the town hosts a festival that pays homage to all things cheese—there’s a parade, wine pairings, and stands selling all kinds of cheeses and cheesecakes.
Nearby Central Valley boasts the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, while throughout Monroe you’ll find several historic buildings reflecting its milling and mining roots. Drive through town to see old grist mills, rail stations, and taverns. Harness racing had a big presence here at the turn of the century. Today, you can still watch the sport at the Goshen Historic Track.