There are more reasons than one to chose a local getaway in the Northeast or New York City than a major trip to the other side of the world. Leaving the majesty abroad out of the equation for a moment, sometimes we just need a little break from the stress of holiday cheer (that's now most assuredly rubbed off into something like a sore back and maybe some extra weight!) and winter winds.
I don't know if you know this... and why would you? but we are about to stumble onto one of the best holidays of the year. It's a shy little day, with lots of understated majesty: and that day falls on one of the most brilliant and enthusiastic days of the week (oh you didn't know the days of the week had their own moods?...) TUESDAY!!!!
Oh, okay, you're not really excited about Groundhog's Day? Well, anyway. This February 2nd is 2010's mirror into the future, if you will, the first hope for spring time. And Between this date, which unfortunately falls on a Tuesday, and Valentine's day (that other holiday that fosters more ambivalence than ignorance) on Sunday February 14th block out the perfect constraints for a festival.
And by festival, maybe we mean a weekend skiing in New York or Vermont; maybe it's a weekend in Boston (I know, these are for the lovers of snow and ice). There are buses that run to all of these locations that are cheap and convenient (most all run from NY and Phily). If you are desperate for some sun and are willing to pay slightly more, most airlines are running winter specials to either FLA or the Carolinas. Long weekend, lover, or groundhog... you should think about it.
Stay tuned, Groundhog's Day dinner festival (d.i.y. style) to come!