Even with spring officially here, New York is feeling rather drab. Which is why you need an escape, preferably somewhere with a little whimsy.
Two and a half hours north of Manhattan, The Roxbury is a 1960s motel-turned-thematic-suite getaway (you'll know it by its not-so-subtle, neon green lights). Owners Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa have a background in theater, and the hotel's 27 tricked-out rooms ($90 to $305 a night) draw inspiration from old films and TV shows like The Partridge Family and Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's just the right amount of camp, without crossing the line into tacky.
This past December, the hotel expanded with a new addition of nine rooms that range from playful love nests to 1970s throwbacks. Plus, there's a brand new spa that twinkles with iridescent blue tiles--unwind at the sauna and hot tub, or choose from a handful of luxurious treatments.
Located in downtown Roxbury, the retro-chic hotel is within walking distance of several restaurants, most notably the local watering hole, Public Lounge. But it's worth the drive for dinner at Peekamoose--run by New York expats Devin and Marybeth Mills--where the fare is fresh and the farmhouse locale undeniably romantic (a great mood-setter for a night at your weekend love pad).