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What: Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel
Where: Woodstock, New York

The pitch: Okay, the town of Woodstock was not the site of the original concert. Even so, the name instantly evokes the '60s, and plenty of stores this town two hours north of New York City are happy to play off the association. But if you'd like to recapture the spirit of an earlier time—when the prevalent odor in the air was of apple pie rather than burning draft cards, say—this collection of '50s-era cabins at the edge of the Esopus Creek is for you. Co-owned by the B-52's frontwoman Kate Pierson, the cabins were done over in kitsch-tastic colors by designer William Stewart, who outfitted the eight rooms with vintage couches and coffee tables, Ozzie and Harriet kitchens, and checkered tile floors. Insert your own Love Shack joke here—but each cabin does feel like a slightly out-there home of your own. No. 8, for instance, is a duplex with a circular metal staircase, a private deck overlooking the river, and a full kitchen. If the rooms are booked, you can also park yourself in one of the Airstream trailers stationed in the meadow—each has a charcoal grill, air-conditioning, and a tiki-torch decor of its own.

The details: Slightly creepy ceramic gnomes perched around bookcases (handpicked by Kate), and a videotape collection in each room that veers toward campy C-horror flicks and musicals such as Grease.

The killer app: The classic Catskills countryside that inspired Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and the landscape paintings of the Hudson River School. Enjoy quality outdoor time at Lazy Meadow itself: It sits on nine wooded acres—the perfect spot to build your own campfire, sit by the riverside, or put your feet into the water.
–Jason Harper

Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel
Tel: 845 688 7200
Doubles from $155; Cabin No. 8 costs $255

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