OUT TO PASTURE
The best in farm-to-table weekend getaways
CSAs and greenmarkets are a welcome addition to city living. But while we love that the farm has come to us, now we want to return the favor, via an easy weekend getaway:
Greenwich Village's Blue Hill is a New York locavore haven, and it's totally worth the trip north to visit its equally high-end, Westchester location, Blue Hill Stone Barns. The lunch (a la carte) and dinner (tasting menu) are supplied by the restaurant's four-season farm; trust in the chefs, who choose each day's dishes based on the harvest.
For a more full-service experience, head south to Richard Branson's recently opened Natirar, a farm resort in scenic Somerset, New Jersey. You'll soon be able to stay the weekend at one of 75 gorgeous guest rooms (built into a historic mansion) and sign up for a cooking or wine-tasting class. All ingredients are locally grown and you can choose between set dishes or a customized daily tasting menu at the fancy on-site restaurant.
And for the intrepid DIY-ers, Feather Down Farms will set you up on one of their scenic Catskill properties with all you need for country living. Stay in a rustic 484-square-foot tent (fear not, all "tents" have a lovely kitchen, comfy master bedroom, and plenty of running water), shop for home-grown ingredients at an honor-system farmer's market and cook your meals by wood-burning stove. Remember to breathe in plenty of country air before returning to the city.