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“We have two rules here: calories don’t count, and there is no inherent dignity.” Leigh Melander, the “founding fomenter” of Spillian Estate, tells us this before heading to the bar area and returning with glasses of Pilsner ale from the Catskills Brewery. The group of us–strangers that, within the few hours we’d been together, already felt like friends–sat in the foyer, glowing in the bask of the hearth, sipping beer, and listening to Leigh talk about the house like an adoring mother. “There’s a different energy here, I think because of the woods,” she said. “It almost becomes an instrument…

When in Rome, I really try to do as the Romans do. One of the biggest hurdles I face while traveling is not knowing the local landscape. My parents have always taken this sentiment to heart, annual summer vacations to the White Mountains of New Hampshire steeped with our longtime traditions. Anywhere else we’ve gone generally sees us wandering until something appears. As I’ve begun traveling separately, I’ve tried to maintain this, and sometimes try to be more proactive. Because, as we all know, it can be easy to lose sight given a number of variables. We all do it: read…