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Date #1: Head to the Hills

Bundle up, hit the ski slopes of the Catskills, then indulge in a scrumptious meal and overnight stay in a turn-of-the-century inn. Start your morning in the village of Tannersville with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and made-to-order donuts hot from the fryer at Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts. With toppings like caramel and sea salt and cinnamon sugar, it’s no wonder that this is the place where the locals congregate. Nearby Hunter Mountain (above) offers learn to ski and snowboard lessons at Hunter One, a special area just for beginners; a onetime lesson, with equipment and lift ticket, is $79. After schussing the afternoon away, relax with “back melt” massages at the resort’s Mountain Club Spa. Head back to Tannersville for magret duck breast or lobster butter poached cod at the Deer Mountain Inn. Built in the Arts and Crafts style, the inn has six cozy rooms furnished with antiques and William Morris textiles. A farmhouse breakfast awaits you come morning.

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Guests have a choice of stylish bedrooms (left) at the Deer Mountain Inn, as well as a new third-floor game room

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