With the legalization of same sex marriage in New York state, the press (including yours truly) rushed to (un)cover the perfect lavender wedding locales in the Big Apple. It was almost as if the rest of the Empire State wasn’t joining in on the celebration. Silly, considering every summer weekend many Manhattanites desert the island and head for the beach—or the hills. Which is exactly where fabulously fun The Roxbury is beckoning travelers looking to get hitched with its Elope-to-Moon Menu. I recently peeked inside many of their elaborately designed suites—largely inspired by hit films and television shows of the 1960s and 70s—and I’m telling you the hardest decision you’ll be making for your wedding day is if you’re feeling more Breakfast at Tiffany’s elegant glam or more Charlie’s Angels kick-ass fabulous.
Just a 2 ½ hour drive from New York City, The Roxbury is nestled in the Catskills Mountains—always associated in my mind with “Nobody puts Baby in a Corner” Dirty Dancing. But forget any preconceived notions of quaint little inn; The Roxbury will rock your world with a big city, big thinking attitude with rooms and suites that take their inspiration from pop-culture. There’s Tony’s Dance Floor aglow in glittery splendor with a twirling disco ball reminiscent of Saturday Night Fever. Maryann’s Coconut Cream Pie abode that is like walking into a wet dream on Gilligan’s Island. Something more understated? Book Maria’s Curtains, an homage to some favorite things “straight” out of Sound of Music.
Thankfully, owner Greg Henderson, also your certified wedding officiant, makes sure the rooms don’t veer into kitsch, instead they just remain pure, unadulterated, campy fun. Plus, they’re filled with luxury amenities. Suites in the new wing that opened in December 2010 have 85-gallon two-person soaking tubs, dual shower heads, Egyptian cotton towels, enormous flat screen TVs connected to the Internet with free streaming Netflix movies, iPod docking stations, and more.
So if you’re looking to leave the stress of wedding planning behind, and have always wanted to get hitched like Gunsmoke’s Miss Kitty or have dreamed of letting the genie out of the bottle, then hightail to the mountains and let the lovely folks at The Roxbury manage all the details. For more details on the Elope-to-Moon Package, and a full run down on theme suites, check out theroxburymotel.com.
Taste-y Tip: While you’re in the area, make sure to book a table at local hotspot Peekamoose specializing in farm-to-table cuisine, with a side of serious cocktails.
Editor’s note: JP lived it up in 18th century European glamour as a guest of The Roxbury for one night in the Amadeus’ Bride suite.
Jon Paul Buchmeyer is the author of the award-winning humorous memoir Alphabet City: My So-Called Sitcom Life and writes frequently for Condé Nast Traveler and Bon Appétit magazines. In addition, he is the author of his own popular blogs: ABCityblog.com and Poptimistic.com.