The introduction of fine cuisine and cute boutiques has yet to overwhelm the pastoral atmosphere and small-town charm of the Catskills. For some out-of-staters this bucolic region of undulating, forest-covered mountains and picturesque farmland is still synonymous with Borscht-belt family resorts. However, that era is long past, and after some economically tough times the Catskills, though having a lower profile than the Hamptons, have become a popular choice for sophisticated city dwellers seeking second-home getaways.
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Celebrity travel: if you can't be a star, join them
Now that you can fly to Iceland on the Iron Maiden plane (check out our recent Q&A with the plane’s captain, Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson), we thought we'd acknowledge a few other ways you can travel 'with the stars' – by going to their own shops, restaurants or private islands.
Great cat journeys
Hamlet, the world's most travelled cat, escaped his cage on board a plane from Toronto, Canada and was not found until he had accidentally clocked up 600,000km. This story sums up cats for me. Adventurous. Nimble. Overconfident.